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Cowen Insight: 1Q22 Shipper Surveys Say …

Cowen and Company transportation analysts Jason Seidl (Managing Director and Railway Age Wall Street Contributing Editor), Matt Elkott and Elliott Alper recently conducted their first-quarter 2022 rail equipment and shipper surveys. Following are the results, plus insights on The Greenbrier Companies Inc. (GBX), Trinity Industries Inc. (TRN), GATX Corporation, and the Class I railroads, ahead of earnings.

“Order intake for the quarter was more than 35% of all new orders received during fiscal 2021,” Furman said during Greenbrier’s first-quarter 2022 earnings announcement on Jan. 7.

Greenbrier: $3B Backlog in 1Q22, ‘Strengthening’ Market Demand

“During the first fiscal quarter of 2022, Greenbrier achieved its fourth consecutive quarter with a book-to-bill ratio exceeding 1.0x amid the strengthening demand environment,” Chairman and CEO William A. Furman reported on Jan. 7; net earnings came in at $11 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, on revenue of $551 million.

The Cowen and Company analysts reported that Kansas City Southern “again” received the highest “positive” rating, followed by BNSF in their 4Q Rail Shipper Survey.

Cowen 4Q20 Surveys: Rail Pricing, Car Orders Up Slightly, Say Shippers

Rail shippers in fourth-quarter 2020 expected price increases of 3.2% (up 10bps sequentially), and their sub-group of railcar buyers raised order expectations modestly, according to two surveys conducted by Cowen and Company analysts Jason H. Seidl (Managing Director and Railway Age Wall Street Contributing Editor), Matt Elkott and Elliot Alper.

“Greenbrier remains focused on sustaining a high level of liquidity and carefully managing our manufacturing footprint in order to continue to generate operating cash flow,” Chairman and CEO William A. Furman said.

GBX Fiscal 1Q21: ‘Strong Liquidity,’ $2.35B Backlog

The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. (GBX), in its first fiscal quarter ended Nov. 30, 2020, reported a net loss of $10 million, attributable to the company, in what continues to be a “challenging market environment.” GBX noted it has been successful in maintaining cash flow and liquidity—“essential components” of its operating strategy—and its diversified $2.35 billion new railcar backlog of 23,900 units—including orders for 2,900 railcars in the quarter, valued at $260 million—“provides a baseload of activity as we gain greater visibility into customer needs as the year unfolds.”

GBX Idles Gunderson Facility

The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. (GBX) has suspended new railcar production at its Greenbrier Gunderson flagship manufacturing facility in Portland, Ore., due to the economic impacts of COVID-19.

Greenbrier: “Our Strategy Is Working”

The Greenbrier Companies (GBX) reported financial results for its first fiscal quarter ended Nov. 30, 2019, and the highlights include orders for 4,500 diversified railcars valued at $450 million; railcar deliveries totaling 6,200 units; and the Board increasing the quarterly dividend 8% to $.27 per share, payable on Feb. 18, 2020, to shareholders as of Jan. 28, 2020.