Textainer Group Holdings Limited (NYSE: TGH) (“Textainer”, the “Company”, “we”, and “our”), the world’s largest lessor of intermodal containers based on fleet size, today announced that it has entered into two separate agreements to acquire 52,000 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) from its managed fleet for approximately $66 million with the transfer of ownership rights effective as of August 1, 2012. The purchase of approximately 4,300 TEU was completed on August 1, 2012 and the purchase of approximately 47,800 TEU is expected to close by the end of September 2012. The two acquired fleets consist of standard dry freight containers and the purchases increase the percentage of Textainer’s owned fleet from 61% as of July 31, 2012 to 63% as of August 1, 2012.
“We are pleased to once again take advantage of opportunities presented by the current industry fundamentals and enter into another accretive transaction for our shareholders,” stated Philip K. Brewer, President and CEO of Textainer. “While managing containers is a key part of our business strategy, container ownership is typically more profitable. This transaction will increase the owned portion of our fleet and position us to further increase our profitability. We intend to continue to utilize our financial resources to take advantage of similar opportunities that allow us to grow the owned portion of our fleet,” commented Mr. Brewer.
About Textainer Group Holdings Limited
Textainer Group Holdings Limited and its subsidiaries (“Textainer”) is the world's largest lessor of intermodal containers based on fleet size. The Company began operations in 1979 and as of the most recent quarter end had more than 1.7 million containers, representing more than 2.6 million TEU, in its owned and managed fleet. Textainer leases dry freight, refrigerated, and specialized containers. Each year the Company is one of the largest purchasers of new containers as well as one of the largest sellers of used containers. Textainer leases containers to approximately 400 shipping lines and other lessees and sells containers to more than 1,100 customers worldwide and provides services worldwide via a network of regional and area offices, as well as independent depots.