Textainer Group Holdings Limited ( TGH) (“Textainer,” “we,” and “our”), the world’s largest lessor of intermodal containers based on fleet size, today announced that it acquired a 50.1% interest in TAP Funding Ltd., a Bermuda company that owns an approximately 99,000 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) fleet of containers currently managed by Textainer for approximately $78 million, including the value of TAP Funding Ltd.’s existing debt that remains outstanding. This fleet contains a well diversified mix of container types, including standard dry freight, refrigerated and specialized dry freight containers. Additionally, the fleet has high utilization and a diversified lessee mix consistent with Textainer’s overall container fleet. Textainer has agreed with TAP Ltd., the other shareholder in TAP Funding Ltd., to continue to invest in new containers for this fleet, in order to both grow the portfolio and maintain the relatively young average age of the containers.
“We have long stated that Textainer’s strategy is to grow our overall fleet and increase the portion which we own. This transaction reflects our continued execution of that strategy,” commented Philip K. Brewer, Textainer President and Chief Executive Officer. “Additionally, this investment is another example of our ability to productively deploy recently raised equity. The TAP Funding Ltd. fleet consists of seasoned income producing assets, the acquisition of which we expect will be immediately accretive to earnings and contribute to long-term growth in shareholder value.”
“In 2012, Textainer acquired more than 230,000 TEU from managed container acquisitions. Textainer has increased the percentage of our owned fleet from 59% at the start of 2012 to 71% including this transaction. We previously announced that 2012 capital expenditures will be at record levels and this transaction ensures that we will significantly exceed that goal.”
About Textainer Group Holdings LimitedTextainer Group Holdings Limited and its subsidiaries ("Textainer") has operated since 1979 and is the world's largest lessor of intermodal containers based on fleet size. As of the most recent quarter end, Textainer had more than 1.7 million containers, representing more than 2.6 million TEU, in its owned and managed fleet. Textainer leases dry freight, dry freight specialized, and refrigerated containers. Textainer 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. Textainer provides services worldwide via a network of regional and area offices, as well as independent depots. More information is available on the Company's website at http://investor.textainer.com. Important Cautionary Information Regarding Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of U.S. securities laws. Forward-looking statements include statements that are not statements of historical facts and include, without limitation, statements regarding: (i) the successful implementation of our strategy to increase our fleet and the owned portion of our fleet, and (ii) our belief that we entered into an immediately accretive transaction to grow shareholder value. For a discussion of some of these risks and uncertainties, see Item 3 "Key Information-- Risk Factors" in Textainer's Annual Report on Form 20-F/A filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 27, 2012.
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