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Steuart Tower

1 Market Plaza

Suite 900

San Francisco, CA 94105

United States

Phone: 415-788-0100

Fax: 415-788-3430

CAI International, Inc. operates as the equipment leasing and management company. Segments The company operates its business through two segments, Equipment Leasing and Equipment Management. The Equipment Leasing segment specializes primarily in the ownership and leasing of intermodal containers. The Equipment Management segment manages equipment for third-party investors. The company leases its equipment principally to international container shipping lines located throughout the world. The company sells equipment primarily to third-party investor groups and provides management services to those investors. Business The company purchases new and used equipment, which the company leases primarily to container shipping lines, freight forwarders and other transportation companies and either retain as part of its owned fleet or sell to third-party investors for whom the company then provide management services. In operating its fleet, the company leases, re-leases, and disposes of equipment, as well as contracts for the repair, repositioning and storage of equipment. The company owns a fleet of railcars of various types including 50ft and 60ft box cars for paper and forest products; covered hoppers for grain, cement, sand, plastic pallets and many other industrial products; general purpose tank cars that are used to transport non-hazardous commodities; gondolas for coal; and general service flat cars. The company owned 1,804 railcars, as of December 31, 2013. The company offers multiple lease options to its railcar customers, including full service and net operating leases, per diem leases, sale/leasebacks and asset based financings. Its full service leases provide customers with comprehensive management services including the cost of maintenance and taxes. Seasonality The company experiences seasonal increased demand for containers in the several months up to the holiday season in the United States and Europe, and higher demand for purchasing containers by container investors toward the end of the calendar year. Customers The company’s railcar customers are industrial companies who ship their products or raw materials by rail. The company’s industrial customers include Exxon, Proctor and Gamble, BASF, Halliburton and Mead Westvaco. Additionally, the company works with North American Class I Railroads, such as CSX, Norfolk Southern, Union Pacific, BNSF and Canadian National, and regional carriers including Genessee & Wyoming. The company’s major container lessee includes CMA CGM. Regulations The company is subject to regulations promulgated in various countries, including the United States, seeking to protect the integrity of international commerce and prevent the use of equipment for international terrorism or other illicit activities. History CAI International, Inc. was founded in 1989. The company was incorporated under the name Container Applications International, Inc. in the state of Nevada in 1989. In 2007, the company was reincorporated under the CAI International, Inc. name in the state of Delaware.

 

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