Thank you, Michael and good morning everyone. As a reminder, any statements made by Gardner Denver during this call other than historical facts are forward-looking statements made in reliance upon the Safe Harbor of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
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These uncertainties and factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those matters expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Please refer to Gardner Denver's second quarter 2012 earnings press release issued on July 20, 2012 for further information regarding potential uncertainties and factors that could cause actual results to differ from anticipated results.
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And now I’d like to turn the meeting over to Michael.
Michael M. Larsen
Thanks, Vic. Last night we announced second quarter results that exceeded our expectations in terms of diluted earnings per share. In a more challenging macro environment, the Gardner Denver team delivered margin expansion and a 19% increase in diluted earnings per share exceeding the second quarter guidance communicated on April 18, 2012.