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August 30, 2012 11:00 am ET
Donald W. Duda - Chief Executive Officer, President and Director
Douglas A. Koman - Chief Financial Officer, Principal Accounting Officer and Vice President of Corporate Finance
David Leiker - Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated, Research Division
Jeremy Hellman - Divine Capital Markets LLC, Research Division
Gregory M. Macosko - Lord, Abbett & Co. LLC
Welcome to the Methode Electronics Fiscal 2013 First Quarter Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions] As a reminder, this conference is being recorded.
This conference call does contain certain forward-looking statements, which reflects management's expectations regarding future events and operating performances and speak only as of the date hereof. These forward-looking statements are subject to the Safe Harbor protection provided under the securities laws. Methode undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statements to conform the statements to actual results or changes in Methode's expectations on a quarterly basis or otherwise.
The forward-looking statements in this conference call involve a number of risks and uncertainties. The factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations are detailed in Methode's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, such as our annual and quarterly report. Such factors may include, without limitations, the following: dependence on a small number of large customers, including 2 large automotive customers; dependence on the automotive, appliance, computer and communications industries; further downturns in the automotive industry or the bankruptcy of certain automotive customers; ability to compete effectively; customary risks related to conducting global operations; dependence on the availability and price of raw materials; dependence on our supply chain; ability to keep pace with rapid technological changes; ability to improve gross margins due to a variety of factors; ability to avoid design or manufacturing defects; ability to protect our intellectual property; ability to withstand price pressure; the usage of a significant amount of our cash and resources to launch new North American automotive programs; location of a significant amount of cash outside of the U.S.; currency fluctuations; ability to successfully benefit from acquisitions and divestitures; ability to withstand business interruptions; income tax rate fluctuations; ability to implement and profit from newly acquired technology; and the future trading price of our stock.