SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) March 2, 2017
THE GREENBRIER COMPANIES, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Commission File No. 1-13146
|(State of Incorporation)||(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)|
|One Centerpointe Drive, Suite 200, Lake Oswego, OR||97035|
|(Address of principal executive offices)||(Zip Code)|
(Registrants telephone number, including area code)
Former name or former address, if changed since last report: N/A
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|Item 8.01||Other Events|
On March 2, 2017, the Company issued the attached press release announcing the execution of an agreement (the Option Exercise) to increase its ownership in Amsted-Maxion Equipamentos E Serviços Ferroviários S.A. (Greenbrier-Maxion) from 19.5% to 60%. Greenbrier-Maxion is the leading railcar manufacturer in South America with over 60% share of the railcar production in Brazil. Greenbrier-Maxion will use the proceeds from the Option Exercise to pay down debt and reduce current interest payments by approximately $4,000,000 annually.
Simultaneously with the closing of its investment into Greenbrier-Maxion, the Company will increase its ownership interest in Amsted-Maxion Fundição E Equipamentos Ferroviários S.A. (Amsted-Maxion Cruzeiro) from 19.5% to 24.5%. The Company retains an option to further increase its ownership stake in Amsted-Maxion Cruzeiro to 29.5% subject to certain conditions. Amsted-Maxion Cruzeiro manufactures castings and components for railcars and other heavy industrial equipment.
Closing of the investments is contingent on meeting certain conditions, including the completion of antitrust approval in Brazil.
|Item 9.01||Financial Statements and Exhibits|
|99.1||Press Release dated March 2, 2017 of The Greenbrier Companies, Inc.|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.
|THE GREENBRIER COMPANIES, INC.|
|Date: March 2, 2017||By:|
|Martin R. Baker|
|Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer|