LAKE OSWEGO, Ore., March 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. (NYSE: GBX) today announced that it had received orders for 3,800 new railcars with an aggregate value of nearly $450 million during its fiscal second quarter ended on February 28, 2019. Orders for the quarter include tank cars, automobile-carrying railcars and covered hopper cars, and were consistent with Greenbrier's expectations for the period. New railcar backlog of 26,000 units valued at $2.7 billion continues to be diversified across railcar types.
Separately, Greenbrier today announced preliminary financial results for its fiscal second quarter. Greenbrier expects revenue of approximately $650 million and unadjusted EPS of $0.07 to $0.09 per share. Challenges in Romania, Gunderson and railcar repair operations impacted results by $0.29, including one-time charges of $0.14 related to loss contingencies on certain railcar contracts, primarily in Romania, along with facility closure costs in the railcar repair operations.
William A. Furman, Chairman and CEO, said, "In the quarter, railcar order demand was solid overall. However, we are disappointed with our earnings. This was largely driven by three factors. First, poor manufacturing execution in Romania compounded by supplier delivery failures and railcar contract loss contingencies created losses in the quarter at our European railcar manufacturing operations. Next, lower overhead absorption due to increased labor costs and lower railcar build activity at our Gunderson manufacturing facility weakened results. Finally, continued challenges in railcar repair operations, including extreme winter weather and closure costs, impacted earnings. Collectively, these items negatively impacted results by $0.29 per share. Greenbrier is actively addressing these performance issues and will resolve them."
Furman continued, "In Europe, effective February 1, 2019, William Glenn re-joined Greenbrier as Chair of the Management Board and CEO of Greenbrier-Astra Rail with a mandate to improve operating profitability. A railcar production line re-opens at Gunderson in the fiscal third quarter, improving the overhead absorption and production volumes."
Furman concluded, "Since regaining direct control of our North American railcar repair shops in September following the dissolution of GBW Railcar Services, the Greenbrier Rail Services (GRS) management team has been strategically reviewing the network. After first ensuring fair treatment was given to our employees, in the second quarter GRS announced plans to conclude operations at two railcar repair locations. Although the site evaluation by GRS leadership continues, we are optimistic about the progress we have made with our railcar repair shop network. We will have the network solidified by the end of the fourth quarter resulting in improving operating performance during the balance of this fiscal year."
Greenbrier is reviewing its previous annual financial guidance, which will be updated at its next earnings conference call to occur in early April. Certain orders referenced in this release are subject to customary documentation and completion of terms.
Greenbrier, headquartered in Lake Oswego, Oregon, is a leading international supplier of equipment and services to global freight transportation markets. Greenbrier designs, builds and markets freight railcars and marine barges in North America. Greenbrier Europe is an end-to-end freight railcar manufacturing, engineering and repair business with operations in Poland, Romania and Turkey that serves customers across Europe and in the nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council. Greenbrier builds freight railcars and rail castings in Brazil through two separate strategic partnerships. We are a leading provider of freight railcar wheel services, parts, repair, refurbishment and retrofitting services in North America through our wheels, repair & parts business unit. Greenbrier offers railcar management, regulatory compliance services and leasing services to railroads and related transportation industries in North America. Through unconsolidated joint ventures, we produce industrial and rail castings, tank heads and other components. Greenbrier owns a lease fleet of 10,600 railcars and performs management services for 372,000 railcars. Learn more about Greenbrier at www.gbrx.com.
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