Textainer Group Holdings' (TGH) first-quarter results marked a noticeable turn for the company. For the first time in two years, lease rental income grew. Meanwhile, the prices of new and used containers are substantially higher than last year, which led to lower impairment charges and higher gains on sales. That said, the company continues to face challenges relating the bankruptcy of Hanjin, which kept earnings in the red once again.

Textainer Group Holdings results: The raw numbers


Q1 2017

Q1 2016

Year-Over-Year Change


$116.7 million

$128.3 million


Adjusted net income

($9.1 million)

$6.0 million


Adjusted EPS




Data source: Textainer Group Holdings Limited.

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What happened with Textainer Group Holdings this quarter? 

Things are starting to get better:

  • While lease rental income was down 12% versus last year's first quarter, it was up 0.9% from the fourth quarter, which was the first sequential increase in lease rental income in two years. That said, management fees, trading container sales proceeds, and the net gain on the sale of containers were all down versus last quarter, though gains on the sale of containers did increase 22% versus the year-ago period.
  • One of the drivers of the increase in gains on container sales was the significant increase in pricing. New container prices were 75% higher than one year ago, while used container prices are up 50% from the low point last August.
  • The Hanjin bankruptcy continues to affect results. The company noted that direct container expenses increased 34% from last year because of the cost of repositioning containers it had previously leased to Hanjin. That said, on a more positive note, the company now expects to recover 94% of the 114,000 containers it once leased to Hanjin, which is well above its initial estimate. Further, it has $80 million of insurance coverage that will offset some of the costs associated with the bankruptcy. However, the company expects its final claim to exceed insurance coverage by $10 million to $20 million.

What management had to say

CEO Phillip Brewer commented on the quarter by saying:

We saw our first sequential growth in lease revenue in more than two years. That growth, combined with a quarter-to-quarter reduction in container impairments and increase in gains on container sales, is further evidence of the strong improvement that we are experiencing in our industry. Both new and used container prices have increased dramatically since the third quarter last year. Additionally, the lease rates for both new and depot container lease-outs have increased even faster than container prices indicating material improvement in lease yields. Our utilization continues to improve as we lease out depot inventory and containers recovered from Hanjin.

Conditions in the container shipping industry are clearly starting to improve. That's driving up lease rental rates as well as container pricing, which is positively impacting Textainer's financial results.

Looking forward 

The company anticipates that industry conditions will continue improving in 2017, with Brewer noting in the earnings release that the "limited inventory of new and depot containers will continue to support lease rates at today's attractive levels." Meanwhile, the company expects a further boost later this year when it receives the proceeds from its insurance claim as well as from lower expenses thanks to having completed repositioning the former Hanjin containers.