W.R. Berkley Corporation (WRB)
Q2 2012 Earnings Call
July 25, 2012, 10:00 a.m. ET
William R. Berkley – Chairman and CEO
W. Robert Berkley, Jr. – President and COO
Eugene G. Ballard – SVP, CFO
Amit Kumar – Macquarie Research Equities
Gregory W. Locraft – Morgan Stanley
Vinay Misquith – Evercore Partners, Inc.
Michael Nannizzi – Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
Robert Farnam – Keefe, Bruyette & Woods
Meyer Shields – Stifel Nicolaus & Company, Inc.
Jeffrey Cohen – Bank of America/Merrill Lynch
Good day and welcome to W.R. Berkley Corporation’s Second Quarter 2012 earnings conference call. Today’s call is being recorded. The speakers’ remarks may contain forward-looking statements. Some of the forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking words including, without limitation, “believes,” “expects” or “estimates.” We caution you that such forward-looking statements should not be regarded as a representation by us that the future plans, estimates or expectations contemplated by us will in fact be achieved. Please refer to our annual report on form 10-K for the year ended December 31
, 2011 and other fillings made with the SEC for a description of the business environment in which we operate and the important factors that may materially affect our results. W.R. Berkley Corporation is not under any obligation and expressly disclaims any such obligations to update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. I would now like to turn the call over to Mr. William R. Berkley. Please go ahead, sir.