Greenbrier, Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance Sign $1B Railcar Agreement

The Greenbrier Companies and Tokyo-based Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance entered into a memorandum of understanding to substantially expand the parties’ existing commercial relationship in North America.

MUL intends to grow its portfolio from 5,000 railcars to a total of 25,000 railcars over the next four years. The MOU includes a multi-year purchase commitment by MUL for 6,000 newly-manufactured railcars from Greenbrier through 2020. Further, MUL has committed to obtain all its newly-manufactured railcars exclusively from Greenbrier through 2023.

In addition to the new equipment ordered, over the next few years, MUL will supplement its portfolio growth through a combination of lease syndications and used equipment owned and originated by Greenbrier. The combined value of the transaction exceeds $1 billion.

In 2014, Greenbrier and MUL collaborated on a railcar lease syndication and asset management partnership designed to establish MUL as a leading owner and lessor of railcar assets in North America. Under this arrangement, Greenbrier has syndicated and sold to MUL nearly 5,000 new and used, leased railcars, which Greenbrier currently manages.

The MOU provides that the parties will form a new asset management service entity, owned 50% by each company, solely for railcars in the MUL fleet. The 5,000 cars currently managed by Greenbrier will be managed by this new entity. Greenbrier will receive fee income from MUL related to its railcar asset management services.

“Greenbrier’s business relationship with MUL continues to flourish as we focus on mutually beneficial transactions to achieve our respective business goals,” said William A. Furman, chairman and CEO of Greenbrier. “The MOU we announced today advances Greenbrier’s well-established strategy to reduce the amount of long-term capital invested in our leasing [and] services business as we drive greater transaction volume through our lease underwriting, syndication and asset management model.”

“MUL is committed to growing our investment in railcars to serve the North American freight rail market,” said Tadashi Shiraishi, MUL president and CEO. “We have set an ambitious target to increase MUL’s market share to a level that places it among North America’s top eight leading operating lessors of railcars. MUL selected Greenbrier as the exclusive builder of new railcars for our fleet because of Greenbrier’s well-established reputation for building high quality freight railcars. MUL has also secured access to Greenbrier’s proficiency in railcar management through the formation of a new enterprise that will serve as the sole provider of railcar management supporting MUL’s rapidly expanding fleet.”

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