RPC United Wagon Company completes its initial public offering

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Public Joint Stock Company “Research and Production Corporation United Wagon Company” (“RPC UWC” or the “Company”), the market leader in innovative railcar manufacturing in Russia, today announces that it has completed the initial public offering (“IPO”, the “Offering”) of its ordinary shares (the “Shares”) on the Moscow Exchange.

  • 12.22% of the Company’s Shares were sold as part of the Offering for a total of RUB 9.028 billion.
  • Based on the offer price of RUB 700 per share, RPC UWC’s market capitalisation is RUB 73.9 billion.
  • Over 50 investors participated in RPC UWC’s IPO.
  • 38.3% of demand came from foreign investors. Demand from institutional investors covered 81.6% of the Offering, including pension funds (11.1%), while retail and high net worth investors acquired 18.4% of placed Shares. The top managers of the Company participated in the Offering, as previously announced.
  • Public trading of Shares on the Moscow Exchange will begin today at 10:00 Moscow time.
  • VTB Capital is the global coordinator of the Offering. Otkritie Financial Group and VTB Capital are joint lead managers and joint bookrunners of the Offering.

Roman Savushkin, Chief Executive Officer of RPC United Wagon Company, commented:

“Many investors have shown interest in the investment case of both RPC UWC and the wider rail market, and we are delighted with the results of the IPO. We were able to build a quality and diversified order book, consisting of both institutional and retail investors. Even though the Offering was focused on the domestic market, foreign investors made up over a third of demand. We welcome our new shareholders and we remain focused on developing the Company to enhance the value of our business.”

About Company

RPC UWC is a leader in manufacturing of innovative railcars in the 1520mm gauge area. Established in 2012, RPC UWC is an integrated rail holding, which develops, manufactures and maintains new generation railcars and also provides leasing and transportation services. In 2014, the Company produced 9,600 innovative railcars, making it one of the Russia’s largest innovative railcar manufacturers. As at the end of the first quarter of 2015, RPC UWC’s fleet under management stands at more than 21,000 railcars.

Innovative freight railcars have improved technical and economic characteristics that increase efficiency of freight traffic for rolling stock owners and shippers. RPC UWC produces new generation railcars equipped with Barber bogies with 25t axle loads. Features of this type of rolling stock include greater capacity, longer service life, lower operational costs and a separate tariff system for empty runs, which mean that these railcars have significant economic advantages compared to railcars equipped with standard bogies.

Manufacturing innovative railcars is one of the most promising segments of the Russian railcar manufacturing market. Market experts expect nearly 35% of the Russian Federation’s railcar fleet to be written off between 2015 and 2022, and this, in conjunction with the reduced economic efficiency of the older wagons, means there will be stable demand for new generation rolling stock. Government measures supporting innovative railcar manufacturing, including a special tariff system for empty runs and subsidies for purchasing innovative wagons, are additional drivers behind the growing demand for new generation rolling stock.

RPC UWC has the most advanced production facilities in the industry. Joint Stock Company Tikhvin Freight Car Building Plant, located in Tikhvin, Leningrad region, is the Company’s production centre. The total investment in the construction of the plant amounted to US$ 1.5 billion. The plant’s current annual production capacity is 16,000 innovative railcars (increasing to 22,000 by 2016) and 30,000 car-sets using innovative casting methods. The plant has an integrated process system which combines railcar assembly and castings production lines with a high level of automation, efficiency and versatility. Other parts of the UWC rail holding include LLC NPC Springs, which meets the Company’s need for heavy-duty rail springs for innovative bogies and its own engineering centre. RPC UWC also has a network of over 40 service centres across Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus.

RPC UWC’s business model enables the Company to promote its products to the market through multiple channels, meaning it has effective operations in all market conditions. Long-term operational leasing is a key element of RPC UWC’s business. RPC UWC provides its leasing services through RAIL1520, the common brand for UWC’s leasing companies and one of the Russia’s five largest lessors in this market. Besides leasing, RPC UWC conducts direct sales of new generation wagons through its own transport company, LLC Vostok1520, which also provides rolling stock operating services. Through the combination of leasing and direct sales, the utilisation rate of RPC UWC’s fleet is nearly 100%. The railcars that RPC UWC sells or leases are mainly used for export freight traffic, which is a rapidly growing area of freight transport.

In 2014, RPC UWC generated consolidated IFRS revenue of RUB 17,057 million, which is more than 5 times the figure for 2013. EBITDA grew to RUB 3,572 million in 2014, compared to RUB 1,403 million in the previous year. The EBITDA margin in 2014 was approximately 21%.

Research and Production Corporation United Wagon Company is focused on achieving its key strategic goals, which are to increase its market share and maximise the economic effect from operating innovative railcars. For this, the Company intends to launch new, value-added products. In the medium-term, RPC UWC plans to expand its range of innovative railcars to 60 models. The Company’s strategy also includes diversifying its client base by both geography and industry, as well as developing its service centres network and its own expertise in operating rolling stock. Gradually enhancing the operating efficiency is another key area of focus for RPC UWC.


For more information about the Company, please visit www.uniwagon.com, or contact:

RPC United Wagon Company


Vasily Somov

Head of Corporate Communications

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Lilia Lavrova

Deputy Head of Corporate Communications

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Instinctif Partners


Leonid Fink

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Anton Karpov

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