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The Greenbrier Companies Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-Q)

January 08, 2010 | About:
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The Greenbrier Companies Inc. (GBX) filed Quarterly Report for the period ended 2009-11-30.

The Greenbrier Companies Inc. has a market cap of $177.7 million; its shares were traded at around $10.4 with and P/S ratio of 0.2. The Greenbrier Companies Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 3.4% over the past 10 years.GBX is in the portfolios of John Keeley of Keeley Fund Management, Bruce Kovner of Caxton Associates.

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Total revenue for the three months ended November 30, 2009 was $171.7 million, a decrease of $84.4 million from revenues of $256.1 million in the prior comparable period. Net loss attributable to controlling interest for the three months ended November 30, 2009 was $3.2 million or $0.19 per diluted common share compared to net loss attributable to controlling interest of $3.9 million or $0.23 per diluted common share for the three months ended November 30, 2008. The net loss attributable to controlling interest for the three months ended November 30, 2009 included noncash charges of warrant amortization expense and amortization of convertible debt discount related to the adoption of ASC 470-20 aggregating $2.1 million pre-tax, $1.2 million net of tax or $0.07 per diluted common share. The net loss attributable to controlling interest for the three months ended November 30, 2008 included noncash amortization expense of the convertible debt discount related to the adoption of ASC 470-20 of $0.9 million pre-tax, $0.6 million net of tax or $0.03 per diluted common share.

Selling and administrative expense was $16.2 million for the three months ended November 30, 2009 compared to $16.0 million for the comparable prior period, an increase of $0.2 million. The increase was primarily due to the reversal of certain reserves of $0.2 million taken in the current year compared to $1.0 million in the prior year. Excluding these reserve reversals, selling and administrative expense was lower in the current period principally due to decreased employee related costs and the effects of cost reduction efforts.

Capital expenditures totaled $11.9 million and $8.5 million for the three months ended November 30, 2009 and 2008. Of these capital expenditures, approximately $8.4 million and $3.3 million were attributable to Leasing & Services operations. Leasing & Services capital expenditures for 2010, net of proceeds from sales of equipment, are expected to be minimal depending on market conditions and fleet management objectives. We regularly sell assets from our lease fleet, some of which may have been purchased within the current year and included in capital expenditures. Proceeds from sales of equipment were $2.7 million and $0.3 million for the three months ended November 30, 2009 and 2008.

Cash used in financing activities was $3.4 million for the three months ended November 30, 2009 compared to cash provided in financing activities of $49.4 million during the three months ended November 30, 2008. During the three months ended November 30, 2009 we repaid $3.9 million in net revolving credit lines and $1.2 million in term debt. This was partially offset by $1.7 million received in net proceeds from a new term loan borrowing. During the prior comparable period $51.1 million in net proceeds were received from revolving note borrowings.

All amounts originating in foreign currency have been translated at the November 30, 2009 exchange rate for the following discussion. As of November 30, 2009 senior secured revolving credit facilities, consisting of two components, aggregated $123.6 million. As of November 30, 2009 a $100.0 million revolving line of credit was available to provide working capital and interim financing of equipment, principally for the United States and Mexican operations. Advances under this revolving credit facility bear interest at variable rates that depend on the type of borrowing and the defined ratio of debt to total capitalization. In addition, current lines of credit totaling $23.6 million, with various variable rates, are available for working capital needs of the European manufacturing operation. European credit facilities are continually being renewed. Currently these European credit facilities have maturities that range from March 2010 through June 2010. As of November 30, 2009 outstanding borrowings under our facilities consists of $4.0 million in letters of credit outstanding under the North American credit facility and $12.8 million in revolving notes outstanding under the European credit facilities.

Available borrowings under our credit facilities are generally based on defined levels of inventory, receivables, property, plant and equipment and leased equipment, as well as total debt to consolidated capitalization and interest coverage ratios which, as of November 30, 2009 would allow for maximum additional borrowing of $110.5 million. The Company has an aggregate of $106.8 million available to draw down under the committed credit facilities as of November 30, 2009. This amount consists of $96.0 million available on the North American credit facility and $10.8 million on the European credit facilities.

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