The Board of Directors have approved a share buy-back programme of up to $50 million to commence in Q4.CEO Ciaran Murray commented, “Our success in developing significant strategic partnerships has resulted in a milestone quarter of record net new business of $431m. To position ourselves for the future growth that will result from our backlog increasing by 16% over last year we have added circa 500 staff during the quarter which has impacted profitability. Looking forward, we will continue to invest in both our existing business and in our strategic relationships to provide quality services to our customers. For 2012, we expect revenue growth to be in the region of 15% to 20% and EPS to be in the range of $0.90 to $1.10.” In addition to the financial measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), this press release contains certain non-GAAP financial measures, including non-GAAP operating and net income and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share. While non-GAAP financial measures are not superior to or a substitute for the comparable GAAP measures, ICON believes certain non-GAAP information is useful to investors for historical comparison purposes. The company will hold its third quarter conference call today, October 27, 2011 at 9:00 EST [14:00 Ireland & UK]. This call and linked slide presentation can be accessed live from our website at http://www.iconplc.com. A recording will also be available on the website for 90 days following the call. In addition, a calendar of company events, including upcoming conference presentations, is available on our website, under “Investors”. This calendar will be updated regularly. The statements made in this press release may contain forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. In addition to the matters described in this press release, the ability to maintain large client contracts or enter into new contracts, maintain client relationships and the ability to manage the opening of new offices, the integration of new business mergers and acquisitions, as well as other risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in SEC reports filed by ICON, including its Form 20-F, F-1, S-8 and F-3, may affect the actual results achieved by ICON. ICON disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.