March 10, 2009

CAI International, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2008 Results

SAN FRANCISCO, Mar 10, 2009 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX News Network) -- CAI International, Inc. (CAI) (NYSE:CAP) announced today that it reported adjusted net income for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2008 of $0.33 cents per share (on a fully diluted share count of 17.9 million) and adjusted net income of $1.34 per share for the year ended December 31, 2008 (on a fully discounted share count of 17.4 million). Adjusted net income excludes the $50.2 million goodwill impairment charge that the company reported for the fourth quarter of 2008. Including the goodwill impairment charge, the company reported a net loss per share for the fourth quarter of 2008 of $2.48 and a net loss per share of $1.55 for the full year of 2008.

During the fourth quarter of 2008, the Company's revenue was $22.7 million, an increase of $3.9 million, or 20.4%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2007. Container rental revenue increased $3.0 million, or 25.4%, to $14.8 million from $11.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2007. Management fee revenue was $3.0 million, an increase of $0.2 million, or 7.1%, from $2.8 million of management fee revenue reported in the fourth quarter of 2007. Gain on sale of container portfolios increased $0.2 million, or 5.1%, to $4.1 million, compared to $3.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2007. Finance lease income in the fourth quarter of 2008 increased $0.5 million, or 166.7%, to $0.8 million, compared to finance lease income of $0.3 million reported in the fourth quarter of 2007.

As was announced on February 9, 2009, the Company recorded a fourth quarter non-cash charge of $50.2 million for impairment of goodwill in accordance with Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (SFAS) 142 "Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets." The goodwill charge was primarily a result of the material decline in the market value of the Company's shareholders' equity during the fourth quarter of 2008. The impaired goodwill was associated with the Company's acquisition of its shares from Interpool, Inc. in October, 2006. The Company does not expect that the non-cash charge will have an impact on its financial condition or affect the performance covenants in its debt agreements.

Masaaki (John) Nishibori, Chief Executive Officer of CAI, commented, "As we indicated last month, we had a very good fourth quarter and full year, with historically high revenues and net income before the effect of the impairment charge. We are very pleased with our accomplishments of increasing revenue and earnings. Specifically in 2008 our adjusted net income was $23.3 million, an increase of 21.4% compared to our net income of $19.2 million in 2007. Our container rental revenue continued to exhibit very strong quarter over quarter growth and we did not experience a general decrease in revenue from our owned container fleet revenue during the fourth quarter of 2008."

He continued, "We strengthened our financial position during the fourth quarter of 2008. During the fourth quarter we sold $35 million of containers to container investors and recognized gains on the transactions. We used the proceeds to increase our cash balance by $12 million and reduce outstanding debt under our senior secured credit facility by $23 million. We also set out at the beginning of the fourth quarter of 2008 to aggressively dispose of older, idle equipment at what we believed were exceptionally strong container prices considering the economic environment.

"Our adjusted EBITDA for 2008 was $68.4 million, an increase of $13.9 million from the adjusted EBITDA of $54.5 million reported in 2007. For 2009, we estimate our debt service requirements to be approximately $12 million, which consist of interest payments on our senior secured credit facility and principal and interest payments on our capital leases. Although we expect the utilization of our fleet to decline in 2009 as compared to 2008, and expenses, such as storage and handling to increase in 2009, we expect to generate significant excess cash flow. We will use the excess cash flow to purchase equipment or repay debt."

He continued further, "We remain optimistic that the demand for containers during the second half of 2009 will be better than during the first half of the year. Although demand for containers is currently weak, we have noted some early positive signs that lead us to believe that demand will increase later in the year. These positive signs include rate increases announced by several major shipping lines on the main Asia to Europe routes and increased containerized trade demand in Asia that we believe is a result of the announced stimulus package by the Chinese government. In addition, Clarkson Research Services in its February, 2009 issue of Container Intelligence Monthly forecast containerized trade growth in 2009 of 3.1%. We believe that this forecasted trade growth, in conjunction with limited incremental container manufacturing and historical annual attrition in the existing population of containers of 5% to 6% support our view that demand for existing containers should improve in the second half of 2009. Our primary objective this year will be to proactively manage through the current difficult economic environment, while preparing to be able to take advantage of the improvements in the global economy and the demand for containers."

Conference Call

A conference call to discuss the financial results for the fourth quarter of 2008 will be held on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. The dial-in number for the teleconference is 1-877-874-1586; outside of the U.S., call 719-325-4831. The call may be accessed live over the internet (listen only) under the "Investors" tab of CAI's website,, by selecting "Q4 2008 Earnings Conference Call." A webcast replay will be available for 30 days on the "Investors" tab of our website.

About CAI International, Inc.

CAI is one of the world's leading managers and lessors of intermodal freight containers. As of December 31, 2008, the Company operated a worldwide fleet of 778,000 TEU of containers through 13 offices located in 10 countries.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events and the future performance of CAI International, Inc. These statements are forward looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results of operations and other performance measures (including utilization rates) to differ materially from current expectations including, but not limited to, expected economic conditions, the impact of economic stimulus plans on shipping and container demand, availability of credit on commercially favorable terms or at all, customer demand, lessee defaults, container prices, lease rates, increased competition, volatility in exchange rates and others. CAI refers you to the documents that it has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007 and its interim reports on Form 10-Q and its reports on Form 8-K. These documents contain additional important factors that could cause actual results to differ from current expectations and from forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Furthermore, CAI is under no obligation to (and expressly disclaims any such obligation to) update or alter any of the forward-looking statements contained in this press release whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless required by law.

                       CAI International, Inc.
                     Consolidated Balance Sheets
               (In thousands, except share information)

                                            December 31,  December 31,
                                                2008          2007
                                            ------------  ------------
 Cash                                       $     28,535  $      8,433
 Accounts receivable (owned fleet), net           16,224        12,995
 Accounts receivable (managed fleet)              24,683        22,238
 Current portion of direct finance leases          6,108         4,610
 Prepaid expenses                                  2,954         3,151
 Deferred tax assets                               1,924         1,777
 Other current assets                                563           224
                                            ------------  ------------
   Total current assets                           80,991        53,428
 Container rental equipment, net                 310,397       242,606
 Net investment in direct finance leases          14,003         6,356
 Furniture, fixtures and equipment, net              629           468
 Intangible assets, net                            6,608         5,994
 Goodwill                                             --        50,247
                                            ------------  ------------
   Total assets                             $    412,628  $    359,099
                                            ============  ============
 Accounts payable                           $      4,682  $      3,060
 Accrued expenses and other current
  liabilities                                      5,730         3,275
 Due to container investors                       23,847        21,075
 Unearned revenue                                  4,542         3,744
 Current portion of capital lease obligation       4,514            31
 Rental equipment payable                          3,905        25,446
                                            ------------  ------------
   Total current liabilities                      47,220        56,631

 Revolving credit facility                       208,200       147,600
 Deferred income tax liability                    25,348        23,720
 Capital lease obligation                         18,070            --
                                            ------------  ------------
   Total liabilities                             298,838       227,951
                                            ------------  ------------
 Stockholders' equity:
 Common stock                                          2             2
 Additional paid-in capital                      102,706        90,988
 Accumulated other comprehensive income
  (loss)                                          (2,022)          101
 Retained earnings                                13,104        40,057
                                            ------------  ------------
   Total stockholders' equity                    113,790       131,148
                                            ------------  ------------
   Total liabilities and stockholders'
    equity                                  $    412,628  $    359,099
                                            ============  ============

                       CAI International, Inc.
                Consolidated Statements of Operations
                (in thousands, except per share data)

                                Three Months Ended      Year Ended
                                   December 31,        December 31,
                                ------------------  ------------------
                                  2008      2007      2008      2007
                                --------  --------  --------  --------
  Container rental revenue      $ 14,815  $ 11,840  $ 56,436  $ 38,148
  Management fee revenue           3,038     2,783    11,969    12,663
  Gain on sale of container
   portfolios                      4,068     3,909    12,443    12,855
  Finance lease income               807       338     2,297     1,206
                                --------  --------  --------  --------
   Total revenue                  22,728    18,870    83,145    64,872
                                --------  --------  --------  --------
 Operating expenses:
  Depreciation of container
   rental equipment                4,599     3,039    15,824     8,805
  Amortization of intangible
   assets                            411       313     1,534     1,241
  Impairment of container
   rental equipment                   90        75       331       365
  Gain on disposition of used
   container equipment              (912)   (1,075)   (4,155)   (4,400)
  Gain on settlement of lease
   obligation                         --       (86)       --      (780)
  Equipment rental expense            --        66        20       961
  Storage, handling and other
   expenses                        1,646       790     4,854     3,077
  Marketing, general and
   administrative expense          5,475     4,076    20,215    15,772
  Impairment of goodwill          50,247        --    50,247        --
  Loss (gain) on foreign
   exchange                          115      (117)      564      (104)
                                --------  --------  --------  --------
   Total operating expenses       61,671     7,081    89,434    24,937
                                --------  --------  --------  --------
 Operating income (loss)         (38,943)   11,789    (6,289)   39,935
 Net interest expense              2,787     2,284     9,117     9,599
                                --------  --------  --------  --------
 Income before income taxes      (41,730)    9,505   (15,406)   30,336
 Income tax expense                2,665     3,395    11,547    11,102
                                --------  --------  --------  --------

 Net income (loss)               (44,395)    6,110   (26,953)   19,234
 Accretion of preferred stock         --        --        --    (5,577)
                                --------  --------  --------  --------

 Net income (loss) available to
  common shareholders           $(44,395) $  6,110  $(26,953) $ 13,657
                                ========  ========  ========  ========
 Net income (loss) per share:
   Basic                        $  (2.48) $   0.36  $  (1.55) $   0.93
   Diluted                      $  (2.48) $   0.36  $  (1.55) $   0.85
 Weighted average shares
   Basic                          17,897    17,109    17,406    14,713
   Diluted                        17,897    17,109    17,406    16,682
 Other Financial Data:
  Adjusted EBITDA               $ 18,636  $ 16,401  $ 68,387  $ 54,464

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Items

Adjusted net income is defined as net income before impairment of goodwill.

EBITDA is defined as net income before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EDITDA is EBITDA plus principal payments from finance leases. We believe EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are helpful in understanding our past financial performance as a supplement to net income and other performance measures calculated in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP"). Our management believes that EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are useful to investors in evaluating our operating performance because it provides a measure of operating results unaffected by differences in capital structures, capital investment cycles and ages of related assets among otherwise comparable companies in our industry. EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA have limitations as an analytical tool and you should not consider them in isolation or as substitutes for any measure reported under GAAP. EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA's usefulness as performance measures as compared to net income is limited by the fact that EBITDA excludes the impact of interest expense, depreciation and amortization expense and taxes, and additionally excludes principal payments from finance leases in the case of adjusted EBITDA. We borrow money in order to finance our operations; therefore, interest expense is a necessary element of our costs and ability to generate revenue. Similarly, our use of capital assets makes depreciation and amortization expense a necessary element of our costs and ability to generate income. In addition, since we are subject to state and federal income taxes, any measure that excludes tax expense has material limitations. Moreover, EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are not calculated identically by all companies; therefore our presentation of EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. Due to these limitations, we use EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA as a measure of performance only in conjunction with GAAP measures of performance, such as net income. The following table provides a reconciliation of EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA to net income, the most comparable performance measure under GAAP (in thousands):

                                Three Months Ended      Year Ended
                                   December 31,        December 31,
                                ------------------  ------------------
                                  2008      2007      2008      2007
                                --------  --------  --------  --------
                                   (Unaudited)         (Unaudited)
 Net income (loss)              $(44,395) $  6,110  $(26,953) $ 19,234
  Net interest expense             2,787     2,284     9,117     9,599
  Depreciation                     4,650     3,066    16,001     8,932
  Amortization of intangible
   assets and impairment of
   container rental equipment        501       388     1,865     1,606
  Impairment of goodwill          50,247        --    50,247        --
  Income tax expense               2,665     3,395    11,547    11,102
                                --------  --------  --------  --------
 EBITDA                           16,455    15,243    61,824    50,473
  Principal payments from direct
   finance leases                  2,181     1,158     6,563     3,991
                                --------  --------  --------  --------
 Adjusted EBITDA                $ 18,636  $ 16,401  $ 68,387  $ 54,464
                                ========  ========  ========  ========

                                               As of         As of
                                            December 31,  December 31,
                                                2008          2007
                                            ------------  ------------

 Managed fleet in TEUs                         534,553       500,433

 Owned fleet in TEUs                           243,408       253,910
                                            ------------  ------------

   Total                                       777,961       754,343
                                            ============  ============

                                            Three Months  Three Months
                                               Ended         Ended
                                            December 31,  December 31,
                                                2008          2007
                                            ------------  ------------

 Average fleet utilization rate for the
  period                                        91.9%         96.0%

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