LAKE OSWEGO, Ore., May 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. (NYSE: GBX) today announced the successful completion of its previously announced investment in Amsted-Maxion Equipamentos E Serviços Ferroviários S.A. ("Greenbrier-Maxion"). The transaction was finalized on April 28, 2017, increasing Greenbrier's direct ownership position in Greenbrier-Maxion from 19.5% to 60%.
Located in Hortolândia near São Paolo, Brazil, Greenbrier-Maxion is the leading South American railcar manufacturer with over 70% share of new railcar production in Brazil. Greenbrier-Maxion also offers a range of aftermarket services. These include railcar overhaul and refurbishment to address an aging railcar fleet, with more than 60% of the fleet at 30 years of age or older.
Greenbrier has also completed transactions increasing its ownership stake in Amsted-Maxion Cruzeiro from 19.5% to 24.5%. Amsted-Maxion Cruzeiro manufactures various castings and components for railcars and other heavy industrial equipment. With a 40% ownership position in Greenbrier-Maxion, Amsted-Maxion Cruzeiro is well-integrated with the operations of the railcar builder. Greenbrier's increased ownership position in Amsted-Maxion Cruzeiro also provides the Company an additional approximately 10% indirect ownership interest in Greenbrier-Maxion. Amsted-Maxion Cruzeiro draws on the experience of Chicago-based Amsted Rail, the global leader in railcar bogie and component systems. It also benefits from its affiliation with Iochpe-Maxion, S.A., a prominent, publicly-held, Brazilian-based global auto parts supplier, providing access to customer and supplier relationships.
"We are pleased to grow our presence in the emerging Latin American rail market with an increased stake in Greenbrier-Maxion and Amsted-Maxion Cruzeiro as we extend our partnership with Amsted Rail and Iochpe-Maxion," said William A. Furman, Chairman and CEO of Greenbrier. "Greenbrier-Maxion, with strong leadership and access to innovations from its U.S. investors, Greenbrier and Amsted, is well-positioned to provide leading railcar manufacturing, design and aftermarket services to Brazil, other Latin American markets, and beyond."
Through its majority ownership in Greenbrier-Maxion, Greenbrier is now the largest freight railcar builder in South America. Greenbrier is the second largest freight railcar builder in North America. Upon the closing of its Greenbrier-Astra Rail transaction, expected soon, Greenbrier will be the largest freight railcar builder in Europe. Combined, this global footprint places Greenbrier among the largest freight railcar builders in the world. Greenbrier's worldwide reach allows it to access railcar markets throughout North America, Latin America and Europe, as it also addresses customers in the nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Africa, and Eurasia.
Greenbrier (www.gbrx.com), headquartered in Lake Oswego, Oregon, is a leading international supplier of equipment and services to freight rail transportation markets. Greenbrier designs, builds and markets freight railcars in North America and Europe. We also build and market marine barges in North America. We manufacture freight railcars and rail castings in Brazil through a joint venture in which we hold majority ownership. Through our European manufacturing operations, we are delivering U.S.-designed tank cars to Saudi Arabia. In October 2016, we entered into an agreement with Astra Rail Management GmbH to form a new company, Greenbrier-Astra Rail, which will create an end-to-end, Europe-based freight railcar manufacturing, engineering and repair business. We expect this combination to be completed during 2017. We are a leading provider of wheel services, parts, leasing and other services to the railroad and related transportation industries in North America and a supplier of freight railcar repair, refurbishment and retrofitting services in North America through a joint venture partnership with Watco Companies, LLC. Through other joint ventures, we produce rail castings, tank heads and other railcar components. Greenbrier owns a lease fleet of over 8,000 railcars and performs management services for over 266,000 railcars.
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