Textainer sees better performance in 1Q18 vs. 4Q17
The company said, "Three major determinants of our success in 2018 will be growth in container trade, stable container prices and maintenance of current investment return levels. Forecasted growth in 2018 GDP has increased recently to around 4% due to several factors including strengthening European economies and the tax cut in the US. Container trade is expected to grow at an even faster rate. We expect container prices to remain stable given the recent increase in steel prices and ongoing demand. Resale prices are also expected to remain high given the level of new container prices and the limited supply of containers placed on sale as a result of near full utilization. Yields on new leases have slightly moderated as competition increases. However, assuming disciplined ordering by lessors and shipping lines, we expect returns to remain at attractive levels. We enter 2018 with great momentum and the support of a favorable market environment. We were the second largest purchaser of containers among our peers in 2017 and have the size, resources, and liquidity to continue investing in new containers while returns remain attractive. We expect our performance in the first quarter of 2018 to be better than the fourth quarter of 2017, with increasing profitability as we move into 2018."