Carl Icahn takes 10% position in Greenbrier's common stock
LAKE OSWEGO, Ore., Nov. 13, 2012
LAKE OSWEGO, Ore., Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --The Greenbrier Companies,
Inc. [NYSE: GBX] said today that Carl C. Icahn and Reporting Persons
affiliated with him have acquired 9.99% of the outstanding Common Stock of
Greenbrier. In a conversation yesterday, Mr. Icahn, who also owns a majority
interest in American Railcar Industries, Inc. ("ARII"), contacted Greenbrier's
president and chief executive officer, Bill Furman, to notify him of the
investment and spoke about past discussions and investments with Greenbrier.
He suggested the parties have further discussions possibly relating to
strategic opportunities. Mr. Icahn added he believes that Greenbrier shares
Greenbrier noted that no specific proposals or opportunities have been
suggested, nor any specific times established for further conversations.
Bill Furman, president and chief executive officer, said, "Mr. Icahn is a
respected investor, and we have had considerable interaction on several
occasions in the past with him and ARII. We are joint venture partners with
ARII in Ohio Castings. We also have worked together with ARII in the past to
our mutual benefit, including purchasing over 2,000 railcars from them, and
subcontracting the manufacture of railcars to them. We believe this purchase
of Greenbrier shares validates our business model and strategic decisions.
Among other things, our business plan has led to growth in our new railcar
market share in North America to 24% of deliveries, double ARII's market
share. This is a result of decisions to expand our product offerings in
covered hopper cars, tank cars, and other diversified railcar types, with
additional capacity within our low cost manufacturing footprint. We agree
that our stock is a very good value opportunity at present pricing.
Greenbrier remains committed to enhancing shareholder value and to maintaining
an open dialogue with its shareholders."
Greenbrier, (www.gbrx.com), headquartered in Lake Oswego, Oregon, is a leading
supplier of transportation equipment and services to the railroad industry.
Greenbrier builds new railroad freight cars in its three manufacturing
facilities in the U.S. and Mexico and marine barges at its U.S. facility. It
also repairs and refurbishes freight cars and provides wheels and railcar
parts at 39 locations across North America. Greenbrier builds new railroad
freight cars and refurbishes freight cars for the European market through both
its operations in Poland and various subcontractor facilities throughout
Europe. Greenbrier owns approximately 11,000 railcars, and performs management
services for approximately 219,000 railcars.
SOURCE The Greenbrier Companies, Inc.
Contact: Mark Rittenbaum, +1-503-684-7000
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