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SOURCE The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. (GBX)
~ High-quality, diverse backlog provides visibility for 2018 and beyond ~
~ Stronger revenue in fiscal 2018 will drive higher EPS than in 2017
LAKE OSWEGO, Ore., Oct. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. (NYSE: GBX) today announced new orders during its fourth quarter ended August 31, 2017 totaling 2,500 railcar units valued at $200 million. Subsequent to quarter end, orders for another 1,400 units were received, valued at $120 million. This signals a strong start to Greenbrier's fiscal 2018 and brings total orders received since May 31, 2017 to 3,900 units. Greenbrier also reported it expects to exceed previously announced diluted EPS guidance of $3.45 to $3.65 for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2017 (excluding expected moderate non-cash impairment charges related to Greenbrier's interest in GBW Railcar Services). Orders announced today comprise a broad range of railcar types including double-stack intermodal units, covered hoppers for carrying a variety of products, automotive-carrying railcars, and tank cars.
William A. Furman, Chairman and CEO said, "Order activity in the fourth quarter and early fiscal 2018 demonstrates the benefit of focusing on core North American business while we continue to gain traction internationally. More than 25% of orders announced today originated from markets outside North America. Greenbrier's strategy remains to sustain our foundational North American business while we simultaneously expand our international presence. This strategy is helping to significantly grow Greenbrier's global market opportunity, bringing greater balance through the peaks and valleys of the economic cycle."
Furman continued, "In fiscal 2017, Greenbrier received orders for over 16,500 railcars in North America, Europe and Brazil valued at $1.5 billion. The number and value of railcars ordered in fiscal 2017 was more than double fiscal 2016. This strong order activity contributed to our already diverse and high-quality backlog, providing visibility for fiscal 2018 and beyond. Our backlog, combined with the order activity in the first month of the fiscal year, gives us continued confidence in current operating expectations. While markets remain competitive, we expect EPS growth in fiscal 2018 to be driven by higher revenue and deliveries from domestic and foreign markets, broadening product lines, access to new global customers, and creative transactions like our recent multi-year agreement with Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance."
Greenbrier expects to announce fiscal 2017 earnings and provide additional fiscal 2018 guidance on Friday, October 27. Certain orders in this release are subject to customary documentation and completion of terms.
Greenbrier, headquartered in Lake Oswego, Oregon, is a leading international supplier of equipment and services to global freight transportation markets. Greenbrier designs, builds and markets freight railcars and marine barges in North America. Greenbrier Europe is an end-to-end freight railcar manufacturing, engineering and repair business with operations in Poland and Romania that serves customers across Europe and in the Middle East. Greenbrier builds freight railcars and rail castings in Brazil through two separate strategic partnerships. We are a leading provider of wheel services, parts, railcar management & regulatory compliance services and leasing services to railroads and related transportation industries in North America. Greenbrier offers freight railcar repair, refurbishment and retrofitting services in North America through a joint venture partnership with Watco Companies, LLC. Through other unconsolidated joint ventures, we produce rail castings, tank heads and other railcar components. Greenbrier owns a lease fleet of over 9,000 railcars and performs management services for 267,000 railcars. Learn more about Greenbrier at www.gbrx.com.
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