Northwest Natural Gas Company (NWN)

Q1 2010 Earnings Call Transcript

May 5, 2010 11:00 am ET

Executives

Bob Hess – Director, IR

Gregg Kantor – President and CEO

David Anderson – SVP and CFO

Analysts

Michael Bates – D.A. Davidson & Company

Jim Lykins – Hilliard Lyons

Dan Fidell – Brean Murray

Mike Hahn – Bryn Mawr Capital

Presentation

Operator

Good day. And welcome to the Northwest National Gas Company first quarter and year-to-date conference call and webcast. All participants will be in a listen-only mode. (Operator Instructions) Please note this event is being recorded. I would now like to turn the conference over to Bob Hess. Mr. Hess, the floor is yours, sir.

Bob Hess

Thank you, Mike. Good morning and welcome to the first quarter results call for Northwest Natural Gas Company for 2010. As a reminder, some of the things that will be said this morning contain forward-looking statements. They are based on management's assumptions, which may or may not come true and you should refer to the language at the end of our press release for the appropriate cautionary statements and also our SEC filings for additional information. We expect to file our 10-Q by the end of our week. This teleconference is being recorded and will be available on our website following the call.

Please note that these conference calls are designed for the financial community. If you are an individual investor and have questions, please contact me directly at 1-800-422-4012, extension 2388.

Speaking this morning are Gregg Kantor, President and Chief Executive Officer of Northwest Natural and David Anderson, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Gregg and David have some opening remarks and then will be available to answer your questions. We are also joined by other members of our executive team.

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