Profile: Greenbrier Companies Inc (GBX.N)
20 Sep 2018
The Greenbrier Companies, Inc., incorporated on October 25, 2005, is a designer, manufacturer and marketer of railroad freight car equipment in North America and Europe; a manufacturer and marketer of marine barges in North America; a provider of wheel services, parts, leasing and other services to the railroad and related transportation industries in North America, and a provider of railcar repair, refurbishment and retrofitting services in North America through a joint venture partnership. It operates in four segments: Manufacturing; Wheels & Parts; Leasing & Services, and GBW Joint Venture. The Manufacturing segment, operating from facilities in the United States, Mexico and Poland, produces double-stack intermodal railcars, tank cars, conventional railcars, automotive railcar products and marine vessels. The Wheels & Parts segment performs wheel and axle servicing, as well as production of various parts for the railroad industry in North America. As of August 31, 2015, the Leasing & Services segment owned approximately 9,300 railcars (6,300 railcars held as equipment on operating leases, 2,800 held as leased railcars for syndication and 200 held as finished goods inventory) and provided management services for approximately 260,000 railcars for railroads, shippers, carriers, institutional investors, and other leasing and transportation companies in North America. As of August 31, 2015, the GBW Joint Venture segment provided repair services at 33 locations across North America. It also produces rail castings and tank heads through unconsolidated joint ventures. It operates an integrated business model in North America that combines freight car manufacturing, wheel services, repair, refurbishment, retrofitting, component parts, leasing and fleet management services. Its model is designed to provide customers with a set of freight car solutions utilizing its engineering, mechanical and technical capabilities. Its customers include railroads, leasing companies, financial institutions, shippers, carriers and transportation companies.
The Company manufactures a range of railcar types in North America, which includes most railcar types other than coal cars. The Company's primary products for the North American market are Intermodal Railcars, Tank Cars, Automotive and Conventional Railcars. It manufactures a range of intermodal railcars. Its intermodal product is its articulated double-stack railcar. The double-stack railcar is designed to transport containers stacked two-high on a single platform. Its line of articulated and non-articulated double-stack intermodal railcars offers varying load capacities and configurations. It also produces various tank cars, including both general and certain pressurized tank cars, which are designed for the transportation of products, such as crude oil, ethanol, liquefied petroleum gas, caustic soda, urea ammonium nitrate, vegetable oils, bio-diesel and various other products for the North American market. It manufactures a line of railcar equipment specifically designed for the transportation of automotive products. Its automotive offerings include its Auto-Max railcar, Multi-Max auto rack and flat cars for automotive transportation.
The Company produces a range of boxcars, which are used in the transport of forest products, perishables, general merchandise and commodities. The Company also produces various covered hopper cars for the grain, fertilizer, sand, cement and petrochemical industries, as well as gondolas for the steel and metals markets and various other conventional railcar types. Its flat car products include center partition cars for the forest products industry, bulkhead flat cars and solid waste service flat cars. Its European manufacturing operation produces various tank, automotive and conventional freight railcar (wagon) types, including a line of pressurized tank cars for liquid petroleum gas and ammonia, and non-pressurized tank cars for light oil, chemicals and other products. In addition, it produces flat cars, coil cars for the steel and metals market, coal cars, gondolas, sliding wall cars and automobile transporter cars for both the continental European and United Kingdom markets.
The Company's Portland, Oregon manufacturing facility, located on a deep-water port on the Willamette River, includes marine vessel fabrication capabilities. The Company manufactures a range of Jones Act ocean-going and river barges for transporting merchandise between ports within the United States, including conventional deck barges, double-hull tank barges, railcar/deck barges, barges for aggregates and other heavy industrial products and dump barges. It operates wheel services and component parts network in North America. As of August 31, 2015, its wheel shops, operating in approximately nine locations, provided wheel services, including reconditioning of wheels and axles in addition to new axle machining and finishing and axle downsizing. Its component parts facilities recondition and manufacture railcar cushioning units, couplers, yokes, side frames, bolsters and various other parts. It also produces roofs, doors and associated parts for boxcars.
The Company's relationships with financial institutions, combined with its ownership of a lease fleet of railcars, enables it to offer flexible financing programs, including operating leases and by the mile leases to its customers. In addition, the Company originates leases of railcars, which are either newly built or refurbished by it, or buys railcars from the secondary market, and sells the railcars and attached leases to financial institutions and subsequently provides such institutions with management services under multi-year agreements. As an equipment owner and an originator of leases, it participates principally in the operating lease segment of the market.
The Company's management services business offers a range of software and services that include railcar maintenance management, railcar accounting services (such as billing and revenue collection, car hire receivable and payable administration), total fleet management (including railcar tracking using software), administration and railcar remarketing. The Company owns or provides management services for a fleet of railcars for railroads, shippers, carriers, institutional investors and other leasing and transportation companies in North America.
Greenbrier Companies Inc
1 Centerpointe Dr Ste 200
LAKE OSWEGO OR 97035-8612