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I’d now like to turn the call over to David Cash.
David Cash – Chief Executive OfficerThank you, Greg. Good morning and welcome to our call. Endurance had a good second quarter and first half of 2012 generating improved net income, operating income and earnings per share while also delivering strong growth in book value per share. Book value per share grew 3% in the quarter ending up 5.8% from year ended 2011. Like catastrophes and an improved pricing environment in both our insurance and reinsurance segments contributed to the growth, market conditions and pricing continue to improve in most of our insurance lines of business as well as in key reinsurance lines such as catastrophe. Against this pricing backdrop, the company was able to grow premiums in both its insurance and reinsurance segments and was able to improve the overall risk adjusted return potential of our portfolio. Finally, our investment portfolio generated a positive total return in the quarter and first half of the year even this financial market volatility and the low interest rate environment continue to suppress investment yields. Later in the call, I’ll provide some detailed commentary and market conditions we’re seeing across our key lines of business as well as providing a review of our crop insurance portfolio in light of the challenging growing conditions that Midwestern farmers are facing this year. First, I’ll hand the call to Mike McGuire who will review our financial results in more detail.
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