This webcast contains statements about the Company’s business prospects and estimates of the Company’s financial results for future periods that are forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are included above under “Outlook for 2016,” “Outlook for 2017” and elsewhere and can be identified by the use of words such as “expects,” “may,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “would,” “will,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates,” “should,” and similar words and expressions. Our forward-looking statements include statements relating to our revenue growth and EPS outlooks; operating and free cash flow forecast; projected impact of foreign currency exchange rates; and projected operating margins, capital expenditures, tax benefits from share-based compensation arrangements, effective tax rate, weighted average shares outstanding and interest expense. These statements are based on management's expectation of future events as of the date of this earnings release, and the Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of new information or future events or developments. Actual results could differ materially from management’s expectations. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include the following: the Company’s ability to successfully execute its strategy, including supporting its all-direct sales strategy in the US; the Company’s ability to develop, manufacture, introduce and market new products and enhancements to existing products; the Company’s ability to achieve cost improvements in its worldwide network of laboratories and in the manufacture and service of in-clinic instruments; the Company’s ability to identify acquisition opportunities, complete acquisitions and integrate acquired businesses; disruptions, shortages or pricing changes that affect the Company’s purchases of products and materials from third parties, including from sole source suppliers; the effectiveness of the Company’s sales and marketing activities; the Company’s ability to manufacture complex biologic products; the impact of a change to our relationship with the Company’s former distributors; the impact of distributor purchasing decisions on sales of the Company’s products that are sold through distribution; the Company’s ability to manage the risks associated with the use of distributors to sell the Company’s products; the impact of increased competition from existing and new technologies and technological advances by our competitors; the promotion and sale of our competitors’ products by our former US distribution partners; the effect of government regulation on the Company’s business, including government decisions about whether and when to approve the Company’s products and decisions regarding labeling, manufacturing and marketing products; the impact of consolidation in our customer base, including veterinary hospital consolidation, and the prevalence of buying consortiums on the markets for the Company’s products; the Company’s ability to obtain patent and other intellectual property protection for its products, successfully enforce its intellectual property rights and defend itself against third party claims against the Company; changes in testing patterns or practices in veterinary medicine that affect the rate of use of the Company’s products and services by veterinarians; a failure or perceived failure to comply with regulations and our policies regarding the privacy and protection of user data; the effect of any strengthening of the rate of exchange for the US dollar; the impact of a weak economy on demand for the Company’s products and services or increased customer credit risk; the effects of operations outside the US, including from currency fluctuations, different regulatory, political and economic conditions, and different market conditions and local business and cultural factors; the impact of the Company’s limited experience and small scale in the human point-of-care market; the effects of interruptions to the Company’s operations due to natural or man-made disasters, system failures or disruptions or security breaches; the effect of any adverse changes in the financial markets on the value of the Company’s investment portfolio; the effect on the Company’s stock price if quarterly or annual operating results do not meet expectations of market analysts or investors in future periods; potential exposures related to our worldwide provision for income taxes and the potential loss of tax incentives; and the Company’s ability to obtain financing on favorable terms. A further description of these and other factors can be found in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 and the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, in the sections captioned "Risk Factors,” as well as the Company’s other periodic reports filed or to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.