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Participating on today’s call are Malon Wilkus, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer; John Erickson, President, Structured Finance and Chief Financial Officer; Gordon O’Brien, President, Specialty Finance and Operations; Sam Flax, Executive Vice President and General Counsel; Rich Konzmann, Senior Vice President, Accounting and Reporting; Tom McHale, Senior Vice President, Finance.With that, I’ll turn the call over to Malon. Malon Wilkus Thanks, Pete. Welcome, everyone, to our second quarter earnings conference call. And before I take you through our slides, I’d like to comment on the overall performance of our various business lines and capital management. The performance of our portfolio companies and the diversity of our business lines and our focus on after-tax shareholder returns continued to increase shareholder value. We, like the market, were worried that we would underperform this quarter, because European Capital would be impacted by the volatility and stresses of the European markets and economy. However, I am pleased to report that despite these pressures, which caused depreciation of our investment in European Capital, the overall performance of our aggregate business lines was quite good in the second quarter. This coupled with our capital management strategies leaves us well positioned for the second half of 2012.