Textainer’s adjusted net income (1) for the quarter and full year benefited from higher revenue from an increase in the size of the owned container fleet, offset by increased depreciation expense due to our record level of capex and higher new container prices, which averaged almost $2,400 per CEU in 2012, and an increase in interest expense due to an increase in debt required to fund the expansion of our owned fleet.
On December 20, 2012, Textainer acquired a 50.1% interest in TAP Funding Ltd., a company that owns an approximately 99,000 TEU (“twenty-foot equivalent unit”) fleet of containers currently managed by Textainer, for cash consideration of approximately $21 million plus 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 both to grow the portfolio and maintain the relatively young average age of the containers. As a result of the acquisition, the Company consolidated TAP Funding Ltd. and recorded a $9.4 million non-cash bargain purchase gain.
On December 31, 2012, Textainer also acquired approximately 24,000 TEU of standard dry freight containers from its managed fleet for approximately $33 million.
Textainer ended the year with a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.16:1. In 2012 the Company completed approximately $2.4 billion of financing in the debt and equity markets, resulting in over $1.3 billion in net incremental funding.Outlook “We believe the outlook for 2013 for our industry remains attractive. Shipping lines are likely to remain dependent on container lessors for the majority of their container needs due to limitations on both the cash they have available for investment and the funding provided by banks. Manufacturers are expected to produce 2.7 million TEU in 2013 compared to 2.5 million TEU during 2012, and lessors are expected to purchase 70% or more of total production versus 65% last year. Additionally, shipping lines are expected to continue their recent increase in disposals, which provides opportunities for purchase leaseback and trading business as well as increases in the demand for new replacement containers,” commented Mr. Brewer. “These factors, coupled with our strong balance sheet and access to financing, position us to continue to grow our market share, provide consistent financial results and maintain our market leading position. We are off to a good start in 2013, with over $95 million already invested in new and used containers.”