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Textainer Group Holdings Limited Reports Third Quarter and Nine Months 2009 Results and Declares Quarterly Dividend

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Textainer Group Holdings Limited Reports Third Quarter and Nine Months 2009 Results and Declares Quarterly Dividend

Textainer Group Holdings Limited Reports Third Quarter and Nine Months 2009 Results and Declares Quarterly Dividend

HAMILTON, Bermuda--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Textainer Group Holdings Limited (NYSE:TGH) (“Textainer” or the “Company”), the world’s largest lessor of intermodal containers based on fleet size, today reported results for the third quarter and the nine months ended September 30, 2009.

Total revenue for the quarter was $56.1 million, which was a decrease of $13.6 million, or 20%, compared to $69.7 million in the prior year quarter. This decrease was primarily due to a $5.5 million, or 11%, decrease in lease rental income to $45.4 million from $50.9 million in the prior year quarter primarily due to an 11.3 percentage point decline in utilization to 85.4% for the quarter from 96.7% for the prior year quarter. The decrease in total revenue was also partly due to a $5.1 million, or 76%, decrease in trading container sales proceeds to $1.6 million from $6.7 million for the prior year quarter atributable to a decline in the number of trading containers available for sale. For the nine months ended September 30, 2009, total revenue was $170.1 million, which was a decrease of $41.4 million, or 20%, compared to $211.5 million for the prior year comparable period. As previously reported, the large quantity of trading containers sold in the first half of 2008 was the result of transactions that concluded near the end of 2007. EBITDA(1) for the quarter was $34.4 million, which was a decrease of $11.0 million, or 24%, compared to $45.4 million for the prior year quarter. EBITDA(1) for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 decreased $9.8 million, or 7%, to $127.0 million from $136.8 million for the prior year comparable period.

Net income attributable to Textainer Group Holdings Limited common shareholders excluding unrealized losses (gains) on interest rate swaps, net(1) for the quarter was $14.0 million, a 41% decrease compared to $24.0 million earned for the prior year quarter. Net income attributable to Textainer Group Holdings Limited common shareholders per diluted common share excluding unrealized losses (gains) on interest rate swaps, net(1) for the quarter was $0.29 per share, a 42% decrease compared to $0.50 per share for the prior year quarter. Net income attributable to Textainer Group Holdings Limited common shareholders excluding unrealized losses (gains) on interest rate swaps, net(1) for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 was $59.4 million (which includes a gain on early extinguishment of debt of $15.3 million net of related net income attributable to noncontrolling interest and income tax expense), a 16% decrease compared to $71.0 million for the prior year comparable period. Net income attributable to Textainer Group Holdings Limited common shareholders per diluted common share excluding unrealized losses (gains) on interest rate swaps, net(1) for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 was $1.24 per share, a 16% decrease compared to $1.48 per share for the prior year comparable period.

Net income attributable to Textainer Group Holdings Limited common shareholders for the quarter was $13.5 million, which was a decrease of $11.1 million, or 45%, compared to $24.6 million for the prior year quarter. For the nine months ended September 30, 2009, net income attributable to Textainer Group Holdings Limited common shareholders decreased 10% to $65.4 million from $72.3 million for the prior year comparable period. Net income attributable to Textainer Group Holdings Limited common shareholders per diluted common share for the quarter was $0.28, a 45% decrease from $0.51 per share for the prior year quarter. Net income attributable to Textainer Group Holdings Limited common shareholders per diluted common share for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 was $1.36, a 10% decrease from $1.51 per share for the prior year comparable period.

John A. Maccarone, President and CEO of Textainer, commented: “Given the broad economic and industry challenges Textainer has faced this year, we are encouraged by our achievements during the third quarter and first nine months of 2009, as well as the Company’s strong long-term prospects. Our strategy of securing a significant percentage of the Company’s fleet on long-term lease agreements, which now accounts for greater than 70% coverage, continues to have a positive effect on our utilization rate. During a challenging time for the industry, we are also pleased to have continued to take advantage of accretive growth opportunities. We were able to conclude transactions year-to-date totaling nearly $200 million in cash consideration, which consisted of growing the Company’s total fleet, increasing the percentage of the fleet that it owns, expanding its presence in the refrigerated container business, purchasing containers for its trading business, entering into purchase-leaseback transactions with shipping lines and retiring debt. These transactions have increased our earnings potential, strengthened our balance sheet and enhanced our industry leadership.”

Mr. Maccarone continued, “Along with execution of our growth strategy, we continue to provide value to our shareholders through the distribution of dividend payments. We recently declared our ninth dividend since our October of 2007 initial public offering. In total, after payment of this dividend, we will have returned $2.01 per share to our shareholders since our initial public offering while maintaining our commitment to actively pursuing accretive growth opportunities. Going forward, we plan to build upon our past success by utilizing our current available liquidity of over $275 million to capitalize on accretive opportunities in a disciplined manner.”

Transactions Year-to-Date

Year-to-date, Textainer has continued to take advantage of its financial flexibility and opportunities within the industry to enter into accretive transactions. The Company’s recent transactions have consisted of growing its total fleet, increasing the percentage of the fleet that it owns, expanding its presence in the refrigerated container business, purchasing containers for its trading business, entering into purchase-leaseback transactions with shipping lines and retiring debt. Specific transactions include:

  • Expanding total fleet size by 15% by acquiring the rights to manage the container fleet of Amphibious Container Leasing Limited (“Amficon”) effective May 1, 2009 and Capital Intermodal and Xines effective July 1, 2009. Both transactions have been accretive to earnings;
  • Concluding an accretive purchase-leaseback transaction for more than 28,000 containers with a major Asian shipping line effective July 1, 2009;
  • Purchasing approximately 29,000 containers that Textainer had been managing for a large institutional investor effective August 1, 2009;
  • Securing a long-term lease with a large Asian shipping line for 650 new 40’ high cube refrigerated containers effective September 1, 2009. This was Textainer’s largest single new reefer transaction;
  • Concluding a trading deal with a large Asian shipping line for more than 11,000 containers effective September 1, 2009. This was the tenth trading transaction with the same customer since 1996, demonstrating the Company’s ability to earn repeat business through long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with its customers. Over 1,000 of these containers were sold during September 2009, making a contribution to earnings;
  • Purchasing approximately 31,000 containers that Textainer had been managing for Amficon effective October 1, 2009; and
  • Reducing debt by $90.5 million through re-purchases and repayments. Re-purchasing debt resulted in a gain on early extinguishment of debt of $19.4 million (a $15.3 million gain net of related net income attributable to noncontrolling interest and income tax expense) for the nine months ended September 30, 2009.

Outlook

Industry

The current cyclical downturn in container shipping was primarily the result of a worldwide recession and oversupply of container vessels, which caused a decline in cargo volumes and freight rates. According to Alphaliner, a worldwide reference in liner shipping, the top 17 companies in container shipping collectively lost over $6 billion in the first half of this year. As the recession eases and cargo volumes improve month by month and new vessels are delivered, we believe that shipping lines may have to remove up to another 5% of the existing container vessel fleet from service, in addition to the 10% that is currently laid-up, in order to match supply with demand and continue to restore freight rates. Many of the laid-up vessels are owned by charter operators, who will continue to see shipping lines return vessels as they are replaced by the new builds to be delivered in 2010 and 2011. We believe that increased scrapping of older container vessels as well as cancellations of more of the current order bookings for new vessels can help bring supply and demand back into balance. To date there have been no major container shipping line failures, and several lines have been able to re-capitalize.

Manufacturers of dry freight containers have been shut down since the third quarter of 2008, a trend that is likely to continue as we enter 2010. Lack of new production and continued retirement of older containers is expected to cause a net decline in the world container fleet of approximately 5% in 2009 compared to net annual growth of approximately 8% in each of the previous six years. We believe that supply and demand will begin to balance in 2010 and that shortages may develop during the year, since many shipping lines and container lessors will not be in a position to buy new containers.

Textainer’s Operations

At the end of September 2008, Textainer’s utilization was at an all-time high of 97.5%. By the end of 2008, utilization had declined to 94.0% as our customers reduced their container fleets to match lower cargo volumes. Utilization declined by 4.7% in the first quarter of 2009 and an additional 3.6% in the second quarter of 2009, reaching 85.7% by the end of the second quarter of 2009. During the third quarter of 2009, utilization averaged 86% and ended the quarter at 86.5%.

Many of Textainer’s customers appear to have reached the end of their container fleet reduction programs and have now started to lease containers in order to cover shortages. With very low new container production forecasted for 2010, and many shipping lines allocating their limited capital expenditures to vessels, we believe our customers will rely on leasing to meet their capacity requirements as demand increases. We believe that this trend, coupled with the fact that 72% of our off-hire containers are located in Asia, where demand has historically been stronger, means there could be ample opportunity for utilization to improve significantly over the next 12 months.

Although our container resale segment’s 2009 annualized sales volume is equal to 2008’s record 86,000 unit sales volume, prices have been lower this year. Recently, prices have started to improve and, with potentially less supply in 2010, sales prices may continue to improve.

Strategic Focus

Textainer expects to continue to utilize its current available liquidity of over $275 million and low 1.3 to 1 debt-to-equity ratio to further its growth strategy through accretive transactions. Textainer will continue to explore opportunities including acquiring competitors, entering into purchase-leaseback transactions, purchasing fleets under management and growing its specialty container fleet.

Dividend

On November 3, 2009, Textainer’s board of directors approved and declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.23 per share on Textainer’s issued and outstanding common shares, payable on November 25, 2009 to shareholders of record as of November 16, 2009. This dividend is unchanged from the prior quarter and will be the ninth consecutive quarterly dividend since Textainer’s October 2007 initial public offering. Combined, these dividends have averaged 50% of net income attributable to Textainer Group Holdings Limited common shareholders excluding unrealized losses (gains) on interest rate swaps, net(1) during this period. The current dividend represents 78% of net income attributable to Textainer Group Holdings Limited common shareholders excluding unrealized losses (gains) on interest rate swaps, net(1) for the third quarter and 55% for the nine months ended September 30, 2009, which is temporarily above our historical average but still allows us to pursue accretive opportunities. Textainer’s board of directors considers dividends on a quarterly basis. Historically, Textainer has paid about 50% of net income attributable to Textainer Group Holdings Limited common shareholders excluding unrealized losses (gains) on interest rate swaps, net(1) in dividends, but the board of directors takes a fresh view every quarter and sets the dividend subject to various factors including cash needs for opportunities that may be available to us.

Investors’ Webcast

Textainer will hold a conference call and a Webcast with an accompanying slide presentation at 11:00 a.m. EST on Wednesday, November 4, 2009 to discuss Textainer’s 2009 third quarter results. An archive of the Webcast will be available one hour after the live call through November 4, 2010. For callers in the U.S. the dial-in number for the conference call is 800-378-6902; for callers outside the U.S. the dial-in number for the conference call is 913-312-0652. To access the live Webcast or archive, please visit Textainer’s website at http://www.textainer.com.

About Textainer Group Holdings Limited

Textainer has operated since 1979 and is the world’s largest lessor of intermodal containers based on fleet size. We have a total of more than 1.5 million containers, representing over 2.3 million TEU, in our owned and managed fleet. We lease containers to more than 400 shipping lines and other lessees. We lease dry freight containers, which are by far the most common of the three principal types of intermodal containers, as well as specialized and refrigerated containers. We have also been one of the largest purchasers of new containers among container lessors over the last 10 years. We believe we are one of the largest sellers of used containers, having sold more than 170,000 containers during the last two years to more than 1,000 customers. We provide our services worldwide via a network of offices and independent depots.

Important Cautionary Information Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of U.S. securities laws. Forward-looking statements include statements that are not statements of historical facts and include, without limitation, statements regarding (i) Textainer’s expectation that as the recession eases and cargo volumes improve month by month and new vessels are delivered, shipping lines may have to remove up to another 5% of the existing container vessel fleet from service, in addition to the 10% that is currently laid-up, in order to match supply and demand and continue to restore freight rates; (ii) Textainer’s belief that charter operators, which own many of the laid-up vessels, will continue to see shipping lines return vessels as they are replaced by the new buildings to be delivered in 2010 and 2011; (iii) Textainer’s belief that increased scrapping of older container vessels as well as cancellations of more of the current order bookings for new vessels can help bring supply and demand back into balance; (iv) Textainer’s belief that the trend of manufacturers of dry freight containers being shut down since the third quarter of 2008 is likely to continue as it enters into 2010; (v) Textainer’s expectation that the lack of new production and continued retirement of older containers is expected to cause a net decline in the world container fleet of approximately 5% in 2009 compared to net annual growth of approximately 8% in each of the previous six years; (vi) Textainer’s belief that supply and demand will begin to balance in 2010 and that shortages may develop during the year, since many shipping lines, and container lessors will not be in a position to buy new containers; (vii) Textainer’s belief that with very low new container production forecasted for 2010, and many shipping lines allocating their limited capital expenditures to vessels, that its customers will rely on leasing to meet their capacity requirements as demand increases and that this trend means there could be ample opportunity for utilization to improve significantly over the next 12 months; (viii) Textainer’s belief that because its customers will rely on leasing to meet their capacity requirements and since 72% of Textainer’s off-hire containers are in Asia, where demand has historically been stronger, that there is ample opportunity for utilization to improve significantly over the next 12 months; (ix) Textainer’s belief that with recent price improvements and potentially less supply in 2010, sales prices may continue to improve; and (x) Textainer’s expectation regarding furthering its growth strategy through accretive transactions. Readers are cautioned that these forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, are only predictions and may differ materially from actual future events or results. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, the risk that the current global financial crisis and global recession may adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations, including the risk that the current global financial crisis and global recession may delay or prevent Textainer's customers from making payments; the risk that gains and losses associated with the disposition of equipment may fluctuate; Textainer's ability to finance the continued purchase of containers; the demand for leased containers depends on many political and economic factors beyond Textainer's control; lease and freight rates may decline; the demand for leased containers is partially tied to international trade; Textainer faces extensive competition in the container leasing industry; the international nature of the container shipping industry exposes Textainer to numerous risks; acquisitions involve a number of risks and present financial, managerial and operational challenges; and other risks and uncertainties, including those set forth in Textainer's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. For a discussion of some of these risks and uncertainties, see Item 3 "Key Information-- Risk Factors" in Textainer's Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 16, 2009.

Textainer's views, estimates, plans and outlook as described within this document may change subsequent to the release of this press release. Textainer is under no obligation to modify or update any or all of the statements it has made herein despite any subsequent changes Textainer may make in its views, estimates, plans or outlook for the future.

TEXTAINER GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
September 30, 2009 and December 31, 2008
(Unaudited)
(All currency expressed in United States dollars in thousands)
   
2009 2008
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 47,454 $ 71,490

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $8,824 and $5,855 in 2009 and 2008, respectively

51,900 49,328
Net investment in direct financing and sales-type leases 17,182 17,086
Containers held for resale 1,452 1,596
Prepaid expenses 3,396 3,271
Deferred taxes 2,002 1,961
Due from affiliates, net   -     39  
Total current assets 123,386 144,771
Restricted cash 5,791 16,107

Containers, net of accumulated depreciation of $341,142 and $338,190 at 2009 and 2008, respectively

1,004,478 999,411
Net investment in direct financing and sales-type leases 71,509 74,633

Fixed assets, net of accumulated depreciation of $8,275 and $8,008 at 2009 and 2008, respectively

1,369 1,406

Intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization of $19,173 and $12,642 at 2009 and 2008, respectively

71,995 64,751
Other assets   1,650     2,688  
Total assets $ 1,280,178   $ 1,303,767  
Liabilities and Equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 6,461 $ 4,922
Accrued expenses 8,536 10,212
Container contracts payable 3,085 2,068
Deferred revenue 7,382 -
Due to owners, net 14,235 10,877
Secured debt facility 8,513 -
Bonds payable   51,500     58,000  
Total current liabilities 99,712 86,079
Revolving credit facility 3,000 53,000
Secured debt facility 331,481 300,402
Bonds payable 239,695 313,241
Deferred revenue 12,287 -
Interest rate swaps 12,134 19,387
Income tax payable 19,450 16,074
Deferred taxes   7,266     7,577  
Total liabilities   725,025     795,760  
Equity:
Textainer Group Holdings Limited shareholders' equity:

Common shares, $0.01 par value. Authorized 140,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding 47,760,771 and 47,604,740 at 2009 and 2008, respectively

478 476
Additional paid-in capital 169,535 166,744
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (163 ) (224 )
Retained earnings   315,090     282,613  
Total Textainer Group Holdings Limited shareholders’ equity 484,940 449,609
Noncontrolling interest   70,213     58,398  
Total equity   555,153     508,007  
Total liabilities and equity $ 1,280,178   $ 1,303,767  
 
TEXTAINER GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2009 and 2008
(Unaudited)
(All currency expressed in United States dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
       
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2009 2008 2009 2008
 
Revenues:
Lease rental income $ 45,428 $ 50,914 $ 138,719 $ 147,016
Management fees 6,769 7,610 18,647 22,019
Trading container sales proceeds 1,584 6,716 5,272 30,799
Gains on sale of containers, net   2,273     4,435     7,435     11,683  
Total revenues   56,054     69,675     170,073     211,517  
Operating expenses:
Direct container expense 10,276 5,975 27,586 18,899
Cost of trading containers sold 1,274 5,314 4,553 23,533
Depreciation expense 12,553 10,614 34,966 37,264
Amortization expense 2,020 1,670 5,479 5,314
General and administrative expense 4,859 4,951 15,248 16,190
Short-term incentive compensation expense 640 1,287 1,830 3,063
Long-term incentive compensation expense 892 807 2,616 2,288
Bad debt expense, net   1,011     2,477     3,205     3,100  
Total operating expenses   33,525     33,095     95,483     109,651  
Income from operations   22,529     36,580     74,590     101,866  
Other income (expense):
Interest expense (2,587 ) (6,307 ) (8,899 ) (18,552 )
Gain on early extinguishment of debt - - 19,398 -
Interest income 8 362 59 1,255
Realized losses on interest rate swaps and caps, net (3,538 ) (1,898 ) (11,240 ) (4,177 )
Unrealized (losses) gains on interest rate swaps, net (809 ) 711 7,253 1,617
Gain on lost military containers, net 646 480 814 2,169
Other, net   156     (511 )   125     180  
Net other expense   (6,124 )   (7,163 )   7,510     (17,508 )
Income before income tax

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