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Triton Container Int’l, Tal Int’l Group to merge

HAMILTON, Bermuda and PURCHASE, N.Y.–Triton Container International Limited and TAL International Group, Inc. have entered into a definitive agreement under which the companies will combine in an all-stock merger of equals transaction.

The transaction will create the world’s largest lessor of intermodal freight containers with a combined container fleet of nearly five million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) and revenue earning assets of $8.7 billion, said a company release.

Triton and TAL International will combine under a newly-formed holding company, Triton International Limited which will be domiciled in Bermuda and is expected to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Triton shareholders will own 55% of the equity of the combined company and TAL International shareholders will own 45%.

Triton operates a container fleet of 2.4 million TEU, services its customers through 19 subsidiary offices in 13 countries and is domiciled in Bermuda.

TAL International was founded in 1963 and has been publicly listed since 2005. TAL International operates a container fleet of 2.4 million TEU, services its customers through 17 offices in 11 countries and is domiciled in Delaware.

The combined company will offer its customer base a broad range of container types and will maintain close customer relationships across all major geographic locations.

“This transaction will create a company with deep industry knowledge, enhanced operating and systems capabilities and expanded fleet size. Both Triton and TAL International have well-earned reputations for competence and reliability with our customers, suppliers and capital providers. We are proud of what Triton has accomplished over the last 35 years and we believe that joining forces with TAL International is a next logical step in our evolution. We look forward to bringing together our similar cultures of dependability, high quality customer service and teamwork,” said Ed Schneider, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board, Triton.

“This is a transformational transaction. The new company’s enhanced capabilities, larger scale and improved cost competitiveness will better position it in the current soft operating environment and provide valuable operating leverage when the market recovers. In addition, our customers will benefit from significantly expanded supply capabilities, the industry’s best container build quality and top-tier customer service. Both Triton and TAL International have delivered industry-leading returns over the last ten years, and we are very excited to work together to continue this tradition of success as a larger, stronger, more profitable company,” said Brian Sondey, President and Chief Executive Officer, TAL International.

“Bringing together our two highly compatible companies is a powerful combination that will deliver a number of compelling strategic and financial benefits to the stakeholders of both companies. The product line and customer strengths of Triton and TAL International are highly complementary, which will allow us to preserve the core strengths of each company. We also share a strong commitment to container quality, investment discipline and operational excellence. Both organizations are focused on making the integration as seamless as possible for our respective customers and suppliers. TAL International will be an excellent partner for us and we are looking forward to bringing these two outstanding companies together,” said Simon Vernon, President and Chief Executive Officer, Triton.