Q4 2012 Earnings Call Transcript

Transcript Call Date 03/01/2013

Operator: Welcome to the Fourth Quarter 2012 Earnings Conference Call for Integrys Energy Group. All lines will remain on listen-only until the question-and-answer session. At that time, instructions will be given should you wish to participate. At the request of Integrys Energy Group, today's call will be recorded for instant replay.

I would now like to introduce today's host, Mr. Steve Eschbach, Vice President of Investor Relations at Integrys Energy Group. Sir, you may now begin.

Steven P. Eschbach - VP, IR: Thank you very much and good morning, everyone. Welcome to Integrys Energy Group's fourth quarter 2012 earnings conference call. Delivering formal remarks with me today are Charlie Schrock, our Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer; and Jim Schott, our Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Other executives including Larry Borgard, our President and Chief Operating Officer of Utilities; Mark Radtke, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer; and Dan Verbanac, President of Integrys Energy Services are also available for the question-and-answer session at the conclusion of our formal remarks.

The slides supporting today's presentation and an associated data package are located on our website at Select Investor, select Presentations, and then today's presentation. Before we begin, I will advise everyone on this call that this is being recorded and will be available for audio replay through April 30, 2013.

Now, I need to direct you to Slides 3 and to point out that this presentation contains forward-looking statements within the definition of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission's Safe Harbor rules including projected results for Integrys Energy Group and its subsidiaries. Forward-looking statements contain factors that are beyond our ability to control and in many cases we cannot predict what factors would cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by forward-looking statements except, as maybe required by federal securities laws, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement contained in this presentation, whether the result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

This slide is a condensed commentary on forward-looking statements and you are encouraged to read and understand the more specific language that is contained in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Annual report on Form 10-K we just filed, the forward-looking statement section of yesterday's news release and Slide 50 in the appendix of the slide deck.

Slide 4 indicates that today's presentation includes non-GAAP financial information related to diluted EPS adjusted, and adjusted earnings and/or loss. We believe these are useful financial measures for providing investors with additional insight into our operating performance because they eliminate the effect of certain items that are not comparable from one period to the next. Please review the text of this slide for more information regarding these non-GAAP financial measures.

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