LAKE OSWEGO, Ore., April 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. (NYSE:GBX) ("Greenbrier") today announced that it is notifying holders of its outstanding 2.375% Convertible Senior Notes due 2026 (the "Notes") that, pursuant to the terms of the Notes and the indenture governing the Notes, they have the option to require Greenbrier to purchase, on May 15, 2013 (the "Purchase Date"), all or a portion of their Notes (the "Put Option") at a purchase price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the Notes ( $67,724,000 as of April 15, 2013), plus any accrued and unpaid interest to, but not including, the Purchase Date. Greenbrier will pay for any Notes validly surrendered and not validly withdrawn with cash. If all outstanding Notes are validly surrendered for purchase, the aggregate purchase price, including accrued and unpaid interest, will be approximately $68,500,000. The opportunity to surrender the Notes for purchase pursuant to the Put Option commences today and expires at 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, on May 13, 2013, which is the second business day immediately preceding the Purchase Date. Holders may withdraw any Notes previously surrendered for purchase at any time prior to 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, on May 14, 2013. As required by the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), Greenbrier will file a Tender Offer Statement on Schedule TO with the SEC. The Tender Offer Statement will include a notice to holders from Greenbrier (the "Issuer Put Right Notice") specifying the terms and conditions of the Put Option and the procedures to exercise the Put Option, which is available through The Depository Trust Company and the paying agent, which is U.S. Bank National Association. Holders of Notes are strongly encouraged to read the Issuer Put Right Notice and other relevant documents filed with the SEC before making a decision relating to the Put Option.