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Today we reported 2012 second quarter net income of $23.5 million or $0.49 per diluted share. This includes the negative impact of $15.3 million or $0.31 per diluted share from tax adjustments and other items which are detailed on page 12 of the press release.This compares to 2011 second quarter net income of $26.4 million or $0.56 per diluted share, which includes the positive impact from tax adjustments and other items of $6.2 million or $0.13 per diluted share. Year-to-date 2012, we reported net income of $53.8 million or $1.13 per diluted share, including the negative impact of $17.5 million or $0.36 per diluted share from tax adjustments and other items. Again, these items are detailed on page 12 of the press release. Year-to-date 2011, we reported net income of $46.3 million or $0.98 per diluted share, including the positive impact from tax adjustments and other items of $12.6 million or $0.27 per diluted share. At the end of the second quarter, GATX’s North American fleet utilization was 98.3%, and utilization in Europe was 96.3%. The renewal rates for railcars in the lease price index were 23.9% above expiring lease rates and lease terms were 59 months on average for renewals in the quarter. The renewal success rate in North America remains strong in the mid 70% range, which is reflective of the continued strong demand for many car types in the GATX fleet. In particular, we continued to see strong demand across our tank car fleet. We are seeing ample opportunity to lock in attractive rates on long-term leases and will continue to pursue this objective. American Steamship Company has moved more tonnage year-to-date 2012, compared to the same period of 2011, driven by increased demand for iron ore shipments by steel manufacturers. ASC expects to move modestly more volume in 2012 than in the prior year.
Portfolio Management had another solid quarter, benefiting from strong results at Rolls-Royce and Partners Finance, and improving charter rates for the ocean-going marine joint ventures operating in the ethylene market.During the second quarter, investment volume was nearly $240 million, primarily in rail and inland marine assets. Rising asset prices make it more challenging to find economically attractive investments in secondary market assets, but our team is doing an excellent job of executing on select opportunities. In addition, rail cars delivering under our multi-year order program are insignificant demand and we will continue allocating these cars on long-term leases to some of our strongest customers. As we noted in the press release, we are raising our full year 2012 earnings guidance to a range of $2.65 to $2.75 per diluted share. The increase is based on the continued strength in rail and excludes any impact from tax adjustments or other item. So, with that overview, we’ll go to your questions. Ann? Question-and-Answer Session Operator Thank you very much. (Operator Instructions) We’ll take our first question from Art Hatfield with Raymond James. Art Hatfield – Raymond James Good morning, everyone. Jennifer Van Aken Good morning. Art Hatfield – Raymond James Hey. Just a couple quick questions and I want to see if I understand that, but I want to start with the American Steamship. It looks like I think the numbers that I had calculated in the quarter that roughly revenue year-over-year was up about 34% ballpark and it looks like in your stats, tonnage was up about 17%. So is it fair to say that pricing is kind of the difference there and that you’re pricing mid-teens type pricing increases at American Steamship this year? Bob Lyons Art, it’s Bob. We have seen favorable pricing environment at American Steamship. I can’t comment specifically on the percentage rate increases, but it has been a very good environment for us. Read the rest of this transcript for free on seekingalpha.com