The Kroger (KR) Q4 2011 Earnings Call March 01, 2012 10:00 am ET Executives Cindy Holmes - Director of Investor Relations David B. Dillon - Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Member of Proxy Committee W. Rodney McMullen - President, Chief Operating Officer and Director J. Michael Schlotman - Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President Analysts John Heinbockel - Guggenheim Securities, LLC, Research Division Kenneth Goldman - JP Morgan Chase & Co, Research Division Karen F. Short - BMO Capital Markets U.S. Mark Wiltamuth - Morgan Stanley, Research Division Scott Andrew Mushkin - Jefferies & Company, Inc., Research Division Meredith Adler - Barclays Capital, Research Division Charles Edward Cerankosky - Northcoast Research Charles X. Grom - Deutsche Bank AG, Research Division Kelly A. Bania - BofA Merrill Lynch, Research Division Deborah L. Weinswig - Citigroup Inc, Research Division PresentationOperator
Good day, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the Fourth Quarter 2011 The Kroger Company Earnings Conference Call. My name is Fab, and I'll be your operator for today. [Operator Instructions] I would now like to turn the conference over to Cindy Holmes, Director of Investor Relations. Please proceed. Cindy Holmes Thank you, Fab. Good morning, everyone, and thank you for joining us. Before we begin, I want to remind you that today's discussion will include forward-looking statements. We want to caution you that such statements are predictions, and actual events or results can differ materially. A detailed discussion of the many factors that we believe may have a material effect on our business on an ongoing basis is contained in our SEC filings, but Kroger assumes no obligation to update that information.