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Lincoln Electric's CEO Discusses Q2 2012 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

But before we get started, let me remind you that certain statements made during this call and in our discussions may be forward-looking and actual results may differ from our expectations. Actual results may differ materially from such statements due to a variety of factors that could adversely affect the company's operating results. Risks and uncertainties that may affect our results are provided in our press release and in our SEC filings on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q.

Now with that, let me turn the call over to John Stropki.

John Stropki

Thank you Vince and good morning everyone. We are pleased with the overall financial results for the quarter. Q2 of 2012 marked the second consecutive quarter of record sales and our operating results were very solid especially given the ongoing economic challenges in many of our key markets. The ongoing commitment to our 2020 vision and our long term strategy continues to driver our results and position the company for continued success. The strong contributions of our global workforce resulted in improved operating performance, increased sales, improved overall profitability and strong operating cash flows. We are very pleased with the overall quality of our earnings and results, Vince will cover shortly.

As Vince mentioned at the beginning of our call, Chris Mapes has joined our discussion today. Last Friday, we announced that Chris will succeed me as President and Chief Executive Officer of Lincoln. I will remain as Chairman with a new title of Executive Chairman. This leadership transition will be effective December 31 of this year and it is a direct result of mine and the board’s conscientious focus on developing a deep talented and experienced management team for the company.

We believe, we have the strongest and the best global team in our history as a result of our ongoing commitment to hiring and developing the best people in our industry. As COO and as a Director, Chris has demonstrated outstanding global leadership skills, broad strategic insights and significant operational expertise.

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