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Trinity Industries, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2012 Earnings Growth Of 100% And Raises Full Year 2012 Earnings Guidance

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During the third quarter of 2012, the Railcar Leasing and Management Services Group reported leasing and management revenues of $136.5 million compared to $123.8 million in the third quarter of 2011 due to continued growth in the lease fleet and higher rental rates. In addition, the Group recognized revenue of $23.4 million in sales of railcars from the lease fleet during the third quarter. Operating profit for this Group was $85.1 million for the third quarter of 2012 compared to operating profit of $64.2 million during the third quarter of 2011. Included in the operating results for the third quarter of 2012 were $21.3 million of profit from railcar sales. For the same period last year, the operating results included $6.5 million of profit from railcar sales.

The Inland Barge Group reported revenues of $166.5 million compared to revenues of $143.2 million in the third quarter of 2011. The increase in revenues was due to higher volumes and a change in mix of barge types. The increased volume was partially due to the recovery from flooding that reduced production levels in the third quarter of last year. Operating profit for this Group was $26.9 million in the third quarter of 2012 compared to $26.0 million in the third quarter of 2011. Third quarter 2011 operating profit included a $3.1 million net gain from flood-related insurance recoveries. During the third quarter of 2012, the Inland Barge Group received orders of $162 million, and as of September 30, 2012 had a backlog of $537 million compared to a backlog of $542 million as of June 30, 2012.

The Energy Equipment Group reported revenues of $135.6 million in the third quarter of 2012 compared to revenues of $111.6 million in the same quarter of 2011. Revenues increased compared to the same period in 2011 as a result of higher structural wind tower shipments and increased demand for tank heads and utility structures. Operating profit for the third quarter of 2012 increased to $9.5 million compared to a loss of $1.9 million in the same quarter last year due to manufacturing challenges that negatively impacted the Group's 2011 results. The backlog for structural wind towers as of September 30, 2012 was $754 million compared to $817 million as of June 30, 2012. Approximately $413 million of this backlog is subject to litigation with a customer for the customer's breach of a long-term supply contract for the manufacture of towers.

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