Berkshire Reveals Price it Paid for GE Railcar Services’ Fleet

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The price for Berkshire Hathaway’s acquisition of substantially all of GE Railcar Services’ owned fleet of railroad tank cars has just been revealed.

Berkshire’s Marmon Holdings, Inc. acquired the assets on September 30, 2015, but at the time no price was announced.

In a filing on Friday, November 6, Berkshire revealed that the price was $1 billion.

Approximately 25,000 full-service and net-leased tank cars were acquired in the transaction, and Marmon also will take over certain GE Railcar Repair Services’ repair and maintenance facilities by the end of 2015.

Marmon already owns tank car manufacturer UTLX, which manufactures tank cars and engages in full-service leasing. UTLX furnishes all the services that are normally the responsibility of an owner and backs those services with the necessary specialists to keep fleet records of maintenance, repairs, and other administrative details.

GE is selling its remaining railcar leasing business, General Electric Railcar Services LLC, to Wells Fargo & Co.

© 2015 David Mazor

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