Good afternoon and welcome to the Empire District Electric Company Analyst Conference Call and Webcast. All participants will be in listen-only mode. Should you need assistance, please signal a conference specialist by pressing the star key followed by 0. After today’s presentation there will be an opportunity to ask questions. To ask a question you may press star then 1 on a touch-tone phone. To withdraw your question, please press star then 2. Please note this event is being recorded.
I’d now like to turn the conference over to Mr. Dale Harrington, Secretary and Director of Investor Relations. Please go ahead.
Thank you Nan, and good afternoon everyone. Welcome to today’s conference call where we will be discussing Algonquin Power and Utilities Corporation’s acquisition of Empire. Our joint press releases announcing the transaction were issued Tuesday of this week. Our press release and a live webcast of this call including our accompanying slide presentation are available on our website at www.empiredistrict.com and a replay of the call will be available on our website through February 18 of 2016.