Railcar demand is on the rise, but so is the price of steel, which Cowen and Company estimates has put a 15%-25% premium on newly built equipment.
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.
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.”
The Greenbrier Companies (GBX) has amended its 50/50 joint venture agreement with Grupo Industrial Monclova, S.A. De C.V. (GIMSA), its manufacturing partner at Greenbrier GIMSA facilities in Monclova, Mexico. This and other measures aim to help GBX achieve its goal of $1 billion in total liquidity.
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.
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.
Railcar builder Greenbrier Cos. reported weaker revenue and earnings in the fiscal third quarter from a year ago amid “challenging” markets that are expected to continue into 2018.