KeyBanc: “Strength beyond our expectations”

Fourth-quarter 2018 freight car order, delivery, and backlog figures compiled by the Railway Supply Institute represent a sustainable longer-term market for carbuilders, according to analysis conducted by Steve Barger, Kenneth Newman and Ryan Mills of KeyBanc Capital Markets. Orders were “strong” at 19,955 cars. Carbuilders delivered 13,462 units. The backlog now stands at 80,223—the highest level since 2Q16.

Wabtec + GE slated for late-February closure; terms modified

Wabtec Corp. and General Electric (GE) announced Jan. 25 that the planned merger of Wabtec and GE Transportation is expected to close by the end of February 2019, “subject to satisfaction or waiver of customary closing conditions.” The two have modified the terms of their merger agreement and have publicly filed S4 and S1 registration statements, respectively, with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Railway Interchange keynote: Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour

Vernice Armour, a motivational speaker who served as America’s first African-American female combat pilot, will give the keynote address at the Railway Interchange 2019 exhibition and technical conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Armour will address the general session on Monday, Sept. 23.

The Ghosts of A Railroad Christmas Story

Financial Edge, January 2019: Railway Age’s January Issue will be released early next month, but we thought we’d give our readers a Holiday treat with Financial Editor David Nahass’ column, which has a particularly relevant (and a bit tongue-in-cheek) Christmas theme centered around a famous Charles Dickens short story.

Carl Icahn knows rail investing

Financial Edge, December 2018 Railway Age: On Oct. 22, American Railcar Industries Inc. (ARI) announced that it was being acquired by a subsidiary of ITE Rail Fund L.P. (ITE). The acquisition price was $70 per share, for a total purchase price (including debt) of $1.7 billion. That price represented a 51% premium to the previous day’s close (Oct. 19) of $46.29 per share. As ITE is privately held, ARI will become a private company at acquisition.