In a transaction valued at $400 million, the Greenbrier Companies, Inc. (GBRX) has entered into an agreement to acquire the manufacturing business of American Railcar Industries (ARI) from ITE Management LP (ITE), the hedge fund that bought ARI from investor Carl Icahn in December 2018. GBX said the result will be “a larger U.S. railcar manufacturing footprint, adding ARI’s two manufacturing facilities in Arkansas. It will employ more U.S. workers at cost-competitive and flexible facilities, with a more-efficient delivery model throughout North America, due to lower transportation costs.”
American Railcar Industries
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.
Amid a surging market for new railcars, American Railcar Industries agreed to sell itself back to a group led by its former founder and CEO at a premium more than 50% above its share price.
Mostly solid quarterly financial results and a spate of new orders for freight car builders show a market that’s stable and growing.
Analyst Cowen and Co. this week hosted its quarterly rail equipment conference call with expert panelists across the industry spectrum.
American Railcar Industries reported modest revenue gains but weaker earnings in the first quarter of 2018, but added the railcar market is showing signs of improvement.
Reporting on Cowen and Co.’s just-concluded 10th Annual Global Transportation Conference, analyst Matt Elkott said that railcar demand recovery is “likely sustainable but not at the same level as second-quarter 2017.” Cowen is projecting third-quarter 2017 orders for 9,400 units, below the second quarter’s 12,000 but significantly higher than the first quarter’s 4,800 and similarly low prior levels.
Demand for new freight cars is on the rise, and builders appear to be aggressively using pricing tools to take advantage of the recovery and retain or increase market share, according to market research conducted by Cowen and Company analyst Matt Elkott.
SMBC Rail Services, LLC on June 1 acquired American Railcar Leasing (ARL); all railcars previously leased from ARL (SHPX and ACFX reporting marks) are now owned or managed by SMBC Rail. In addition, American Railcar Industries (ARI) began to directly manage the ARI fleet (AMFX, SHQX reporting marks).