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August 10, 2012 8:30 am ET
Melissa A. Gaither - Director of Investor Relations
Randall C. Stuewe - Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
John O. Muse - Executive Vice President of Finance & Administration
Farha Aslam - Stephens Inc., Research Division
John Quealy - Canaccord Genuity, Research Division
William D. Bremer - Maxim Group LLC, Research Division
Kenneth B. Zaslow - BMO Capital Markets U.S.
JinMing Liu - Ardour Capital Investments, LLC, Research Division
Daniel J. Mannes - Avondale Partners, LLC, Research Division
Jeffrey Linn Gates - Gates Capital Management, Inc.
Tyson L. Bauer - Kansas City Capital Associates
Good morning, everyone, and welcome to the Darling International Conference Call to Discuss the Company's Second Quarter 2012 Financial Results. With us today are Mr. Randall Stuewe, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Darling International; and Mr. John Muse, Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration. [Operator Instructions] This call is being recorded, and your participation implies consent to our recording this call. If you do not agree to these terms, simply drop off the line.
I would now like to turn the call over to Ms. Melissa Gaither, Director of Investor Relations for Darling International. Please go ahead, ma'am.
Melissa A. Gaither
Thank you, Mike. Good morning. Thank you for joining us to review Darling's Second Quarter 2012 Earnings Results. Randy Stuewe, our Chairman and CEO, will begin today's call with an overview of our second quarter financial performance and discuss some of the trends that impacted the outcome. John Muse, Executive Vice President, will then provide you with additional details about the financial results. Randy will conclude the prepared portion on the call with some general remarks about the business, after which time we will be happy to answer your questions.