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Quynh McGuire Vice President-Investor Relations
Leroy Ball President & Chief Executive Officer
Jimmi Sue Smith Chief Financial Officer
Chris Howe Barrington Research
Chris Shaw Monness, Crespi, Hardt
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Operator

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for standing by. Welcome to Koppers' Q2 2022 Earnings Conference Call and Webcast. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. [Operator Instructions] Following the presentation, instructions will be given for the question-and-answer session. event recorded. this that note, is being Please I McGuire. turn the to Quynh call over will now ahead. go Please,

Quynh McGuire

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Leroy Ball

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Operator

the the Chris begin will Instructions] from We go Please first Barrington Howe And now from session. question ahead. is [Operator question and answer Research.

Chris Howe

Thank questions. for everyone. my morning, taking Good you

Leroy Ball

Hi, Chris.

Chris Howe

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Leroy Ball

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Chris Howe

Okay. even other more I have And few one a questions though quite then here. I'll ask

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Leroy Ball

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Chris Howe

that January of And as increase segment? some price as this keeping anticipate cost in PC the some you put price through the do alleviate you of pressures

Leroy Ball

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Chris Howe

Thanks Great. for taking my questions.

Leroy Ball

Thank you.

Operator

Chris from next go Shaw question Monness, Hardt. Crespi, the ahead. will from And come Please

Chris Shaw

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Jimmi Sue Smith

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Chris Shaw

Are you for on guys hedged XXXX? out copper

Jimmi Sue Smith

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Chris Shaw

based to I on copper? volatility recently sort the of And to same how or does the hedge you policy? just change in your, strategy try guess, Anything stick

Leroy Ball

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Chris Shaw

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Leroy Ball

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Chris Shaw

Great. That's helpful. Thank you.

Leroy Ball

Sure. Yes.

Operator

At to any this would remarks. Leroy back for to closing further Ball CEO, I no time, questions. conference like the there over turn are

Leroy Ball

again Everyone on thank Thank for please. Okay. just continued in I Bye-bye. Thank stay your today's call to everyone for you. And again interest you. and safe participating Koppers. want

Operator

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