Railroad IPO chugs along
RailAmerica's $357 million IPO set for Tuesday on NYSE
The train is still the least expensive way to move heavy freight across long distances, according to The Wall Street Journal. And that is why one railroad company hopes its upcoming initial public offering will succeed.
RailAmerica's $357 million IPO is scheduled for Tuesday, when it will debut on the New York Stock Exchange as symbol RA.
are hard times for any company to go public, and RailAmerica isn't any
different. Its revenue dropped 19% in the first half of this year, the
Journal reports. But cost-cutting and other moves helped boost income
RailAmerica is hoping that investors are optimistic about the economy and the future of the transportation industry. The company operates about 40 individual railroads in 27 states, and hauls everything from food and lumber to metals and chemicals.
has big plans for expanding, even in this economy. It wants to go after
companies on its lines that use other forms of transport and convert
them to rail.
It also hopes to expand non-fright services, like repairing or storing railcars. And finally, it wants to buy more railroads in the highly fragmented industry (there are about 550 regional railroads in North America).
The company expects to sell 21 million shares in the $16 to $18 range; the IPO is scheduled to price Monday.
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Serious issues like drought and the deterioration of the developed world spell opportunity for this industry leader.
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