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July 31, 2012 1:00 pm ET
Michael Monahan - Senior Vice President of External Relations
Douglas M. Baker - Chairman of The Board and Chief Executive Officer
David L. Begleiter - Deutsche Bank AG, Research Division
Nathan Brochmann - William Blair & Company L.L.C., Research Division
John P. McNulty - Crédit Suisse AG, Research Division
Edward H. Yang - Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., Research Division
Gary E. Bisbee - Barclays Capital, Research Division
Dmitry Silversteyn - Longbow Research LLC
David Ridley-Lane - BofA Merrill Lynch, Research Division
Laurence Alexander - Jefferies & Company, Inc., Research Division
Shlomo Rosenbaum - Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Inc., Research Division
Andrew J. Wittmann - Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated, Research Division
Michael J. Harrison - First Analysis Securities Corporation, Research Division
Rosemarie J. Morbelli - Gabelli & Company, Inc.
Jeffrey J. Zekauskas - JP Morgan Chase & Co, Research Division
Welcome to the Ecolab Second Quarter 2012 Earnings Release Conference Call. [Operator Instructions] This call is being recorded. If you have any objections, you may disconnect at this time. Now I would like to turn the call over to Mr. Michael Monahan, Senior Vice President, External Relations. Sir, you may begin.
Thank you. Hello, everyone, and welcome to Ecolab's second quarter conference call. With me today is Doug Baker, Ecolab's Chairman and CEO. A copy of our earnings release and the accompanying slides referenced in this teleconference are available on Ecolab's website at ecolab.com/investor.
Please take a moment to read the cautionary statements on Slide 12 -- or Slide 2, stating that this teleconference and the slides include estimates of future performance. These are forward-looking statements, and actual results could differ materially from those projected. Factors that could cause actual results to differ are described in the section of our most recent Form 10-K under Item 1A, Risk Factors, and our second quarter earnings release and on Slide 2. We also refer you to supplemental diluted earnings per share information in the release.