We believe these three tenets have produced industry leading shareholder returns and returns on investment capital. We will also discuss Core’s long health philosophy of returning excess capital back to our shareholders.
Then Dick will come and follow-up with a detailed financial overview and additional comments regarding building shareholder value and Core’s industry outlook for the third quarter of 2012, which confirm our confidence in the trends of increasing activities in unconventional oil reservoirs in North and South America, and North Africa, and especially the international deepwater activities tied to crude oil and large LNG developments.
Then Monty will go over Core’s three operating segments, detailing our progress and discussing the continued successful introduction of new Core Lab technologies and services, and then highlighting some of Core’s operations and major projects. Then we’ll open the phones to a Q&A session.
So I’ll now turn it over to Dick for remarks regarding forward-looking statements. Dick?Dick Bergmark Before we start the conference this morning, I’ll mention that some of the statements that we make during this call may include projections, estimates, and other forward-looking information. This would include any discussion of the company’s business outlook. These types of forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties relating to the oil and gas industry, business conditions, international markets, international political climate and other factors including those discussed in our ‘34 Act filings that may affect our outcome. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize or should any one of our assumptions prove incorrect actual results may vary in material respects from those projected in the forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. For more detailed discussion of some of the foregoing risks and uncertainties see item 1A risk factors in our annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, as well as the other reports in registration statements filed by us with the SEC or the AFM.