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11 Apr 2011

Q1 Operating results

Open Joint Stock Company "TransContainer" ("TransContainer" or the "Company") (LSE: TRCN) announces its preliminary operating results for the first quarter of 2011.

RNS Number : 6497E
OJSC Transcontainer
11 April 2011

Press Release: Moscow, 11 April 2011
OJSC TransContainer
TransContainer operating results for the first quarter of 2011
Open Joint Stock Company "TransContainer" ("TransContainer" or the "Company") (LSE: TRCN) announces its preliminary operating results for the first quarter of 2011.
The results show growing business volumes and a continuing improvement in key operational metrics, reflecting both the overall market recovery and the effectiveness of the Company's measures aimed at improving the fleet's efficiency.
Rail Transportation equipment for shipping cargo via various means of transport. Containers are durable enough for repeated use and can be stacked. Containers are divided into medium-duty (three- and five-tonne), which conform to former Soviet Union standards and are still used for shipments in Russia and the CIS, and ISO (20- and 40-foot) containers, which are used for Russian and international shipments. The universal standard unit TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) was introduced to measure transport flow volumes.
transportation volumes
The Company's rail container transportation volumes for the first quarter of 2011 increased by 23.5% to 313.2 thousand twenty-foot equivalent units ("TEU") compared to 253.5 thousand TEU in the first quarter of 2010. This was mainly driven by an increase in Import-bound container traffic, as indicated in the respective waybill.
import transportation
which went up by 63.6% year-on-year to 51.5 thousand TEU. Domestic transportation for the same period also increased by 13.9% year-on-year to 179.1 thousand TEU. The share of international transportation in the Company's operations increased to 42.8% of total transportation from 38.0% in the first quarter of the previous year.
Transportation of containers by TransContainer's fleet in 1Q 2011 (ISO Loaded + Empty), 000' TEU
 1Q2010 1Q2011 Change  1Q2011
   000' TEU %  Structure, %
Domestic Routes 157.2 179.1 21.9 13.9%  57.2%
International Routes 96.3 134.2 37.8 39.3%  42.8%
incl.      Export 58.6 77.2 18.6 31.7%  24.6%
            Import 31.5 51.5 20.0 63.6%  16.5%
            Freight passing from one country to another through a third country. Whether cargo is permitted to transit a certain country and under what terms is subject to trade agreements and treaties between countries. Direct transit is when foreign goods are shipped under tariff protection, without holding at a customs warehouse; indirect transit is when goods arrive at customs warehouses and are then transported abroad.
 6.2 5.5 -0.8 -12.1%  1.8%
All Routes 253.5 313.2 59.7 23.5%  100.0%
The increase in the Company's transportation volumes was largely driven by growth in demand for container transportation supported by an improvement in both the Company's railcar fleet turnover and its fleet capacity use.
The Company's estimated market share in the first quarter of 2011 remained flat at 52%.
Terminal handling
Throughput of the Company's rail A place equipped for the trans-shipment and storage of containers. A container terminal
typically includes one or more container yards. Rail-based container terminals are equipped with spur tracks for loading and unloading containers to/from railroad platforms (cars).
container terminal
network for the first quarter of 2011 amounted to 367.5 thousand TEU, an increase of 34.6 thousand TEU, or 10.4%, compared to 332.9 thousand TEU in the first quarter of 2010.
Asset utilisation
The Company's key asset utilisation metrics showed improvement in the first quarter of 2011 from the first quarter of 2010.
 1Q2010 1Q2011 Change Change %
Turnover of containers, days 23.8 22.4 -1.4 -5.9%
Turnover of flatcars, days 15.9 13.6 -2.3 -14.5%
For containers - transporting an empty container on a flatcar, for flatcars – a flatcar run without container(s) or any non-container cargo.
Empty run
* for containers, % 40.3% 36.1% -4.1 pp -10.3%
Empty run* for flatcars, % 8.6% 8.9% +0.3 pp 3.7%
* Empty run ratio is calculated as an average empty run in kilometers divided by an average total run in kilometers
The company's A specialised type of rolling stock designed to carry ISO containers.
turnover period went down 14.5% year-on-year to 13.6 days while the container turnover period reduced 5.9% year-on-year to 22.4 days.
In the first quarter of 2011 the empty run ratio for containers, a key driver for the Company's transportation costs, decreased to 36.1%, as compared to 40.3% in the first quarter of 2010.  At the same time, the empty run ratio for flatcars marginally increased by 0.3 percentage points to 8.9% from 8.6% in the first quarter of the previous year.
For further enquiries:
Andrey Zhemchugov
Director, Capital Markets and Investor Relations
Phone: +7 (499) 262 8506
E-mail: ir(at)

Simon Whitehead
College Hill, London
Phone: +44 20 7457 2072
Email: simon.whitehead(at)

This information is provided by RNS
The company news service from the London Stock Exchange

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