CAI International
Apr 30,2008

CAI International, Inc. Reports Results for the First Quarter of 2008, Announces the Acquisition of Consent Equipment AB and Raises EPS Guidance for 2008

SAN FRANCISCO, Apr 30, 2008 (PrimeNewswire via COMTEX News Network) -- CAI International, Inc. (CAI) (NYSE:CAP) reported that net income in the first quarter of 2008 increased $1.7 million, or 46.4%, to $5.3 million, compared with net income of $3.6 million in the first quarter of 2007. Fully diluted earnings per share in the first quarter of 2008 was $0.31 with 17.1 million average shares outstanding, compared to a fully diluted loss per share of $0.19 on 10.6 million average shares outstanding during the first quarter of 2007.

In the first quarter of 2008, CAI's revenue was $17.7 million, an increase of $3.1 million, or 21.6%, compared to the first quarter of 2007. Container rental revenue increased $3.6 million, or 45.3%, to $11.4 million from $7.9 million in the first quarter of 2007. Management fee revenue was $2.9 million, a decrease of $0.5 million, or 14.9%, from the $3.4 million of management fee revenue reported in the first quarter of 2007. Gain on sale of container portfolios was unchanged at $2.9 million compared to the first quarter of 2007. Finance lease income in the first quarter of 2008 increased $0.1 million, or 16.9%, to $0.4 million, compared to finance lease income of $0.3 million reported in the first quarter of 2007.

"We are very pleased with the continued strength in our business," said Masaaki (John) Nishibori, Chief Executive Officer of CAI. "Our average utilization for the first quarter of 2008 was 95.7% compared to 92.4% in the first quarter of 2007, and remains at similar levels today. The strong first quarter utilization provides us with increased confidence going into the remainder of 2008. With new container prices quoted at price levels 20% over the average in 2007, we believe utilization will remain high and lease rates will increase over the course of the year."

CAI also announced today the acquisition of Consent Equipment AB (CEAB) for $15.6 million in cash and the assumption of approximately $25 million in debt. The transaction closed on April 30th, simultaneously with the signing of the purchase and sale agreement.

CEAB, headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, is a well-established lessor of European palletwide containers, roll trailers and German swapbodies. The company has operations located in Sweden, Germany and the United Kingdom, and owns approximately 3,300 palletwide containers, 1,200 roll trailers and 2,400 German swapbodies. In conjunction with this transaction, CEAB has purchased a fleet of 1,200 palletwide containers from an affiliated company effective March 31, 2008, bringing its fleet of palletwide containers to approximately 4,500 units.

"CEAB is the type of company we are focused on acquiring," said Masaaki (John) Nishibori. "CEAB has a longstanding reputation in the specialized container segment and our new colleagues are well experienced with the equipment needs of its European customers. The acquisition provides CAI instant access to an important container related business and diversifies our overall customer base. We do not expect any workforce reductions from the acquisition and the additional employees provide greater depth to our European operations."

He continued, "Europe has been a fast growing market for international trade and remains one of the main drivers of our results so far this year. We believe European integration and economic growth will continue to increase demand for containerized transportation equipment in and around Europe. With the addition of CEAB, CAI establishes a strong foothold in this important market that is growing 7% per annum, and lays the groundwork for future investment by CAI. The transaction is expected to add in 2008 between $0.07 to $0.10 in incremental earnings per share after interest associated with the acquisition and is expected to add approximately nine million of revenue for the remainder of this year."

Guidance for 2008

Based on the continued strength of CAI's business and the incremental earnings from the acquisition of CEAB, CAI is revising upward its 2008 earnings per share guidance from a range of $1.30 to $1.35 to a range of $1.38 to $1.43 per share on a fully diluted share count of 17.1 million.

Conference Call

A conference call to discuss financial results for the first quarter of 2008 will be held on Wednesday, April 30, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. The dial-in number for the teleconference is 1-877-681-3367; outside of the U.S., call 1-719-325-4895. The call may be accessed live over the internet (listen only) under the "Investors" tab of CAI's website, www.caiintl.com, by selecting "Q1 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 March 31, 2008, the company operated a worldwide fleet of 773,000 TEU of containers through 10 offices located in 8 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 to differ materially from current expectations including, but not limited to, economic conditions, customer demand, increased competition 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 and its interim reports on Form 10-Q. 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)
                              (UNAUDITED)

                                                   March 31, Dec. 31,
                   ASSETS                            2008      2007
                                                   --------- ---------
 Cash                                              $ 34,221   $ 8,433
 Accounts receivable (owned fleet), net of
  allowance for doubtful accounts of $ 320 and
  $530 at March 31, 2008 and December 31, 2007,
  respectively                                       13,307    12,995
 Accounts receivable (managed fleet)                 23,486    22,238
 Current portion of direct finance leases             4,371     4,610
 Prepaid expenses                                     2,787     3,151
 Deferred tax assets                                  1,854     1,777
 Other current assets                                   413       224
                                                   --------- ---------
   Total current assets                              80,439    53,428
 Container rental equipment, net of accumulated
  depreciation of $ 86,629 and $86,946 at
  March 31, 2008 and December 31, 2007,
  respectively                                      270,308   242,606
 Net investment in direct finance leases              6,958     6,356
 Furniture, fixtures and equipment, net of
  accumulated depreciation of $ 361 and $325
  at March 31, 2008 and December 31, 2007,
  respectively                                          486       468
 Intangible assets, net of accumulated
  amortization of $ 1,860 and $1,548 at
  March 31, 2008 and December 31, 2007,
  respectively                                        5,682     5,994
 Goodwill                                            50,247    50,247
                                                   --------- ---------
   Total assets                                    $414,120  $359,099
                                                   ========= =========

     LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

 Accounts payable                                  $  3,555  $  3,060
 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities       3,954     3,275
 Due to container investors                          29,371    21,075
 Unearned revenue                                     4,191     3,744
 Current portion of capital lease obligation             --        31
 Rental equipment payable                            47,486    25,446
                                                   --------- ---------
   Total current liabilities                         88,557    56,631
 Revolving credit facility                          165,100   147,600
 Deferred income tax liability                       23,589    23,720
                                                   --------- ---------
   Total liabilities                                277,246   227,951
                                                   --------- ---------

 Stockholders' equity:
 Common stock, par value $.0001 per share;
  authorized 84,000,000 shares; issued and
  outstanding, 17,144,977 shares at March 31, 2008,
  and December 31, 2007                                   2         2
 Additional paid-in capital                          91,284    90,988
 Accumulated other comprehensive income                 242       101
 Retained earnings                                   45,346    40,057
                                                   --------- ---------
   Total stockholders' equity                       136,874   131,148
                                                   --------- ---------
   Total liabilities and stockholders' equity      $414,120  $359,099
                                                   ========= =========



                          CAI International, Inc.
                    Consolidated Statements of Income
                  (In thousands, except per share data)
                               (UNAUDITED)

                                                   Three Months Ended
                                                        March 31,
                                                   -------------------
                                                     2008      2007
                                                   --------- ---------
 Revenue:
   Container rental revenue                        $ 11,446  $  7,880
   Management fee revenue                             2,910     3,419
   Gain on sale of container portfolios               2,922     2,895
   Finance lease income                                 373       319
                                                   --------- ---------
      Total revenue                                  17,651    14,513
                                                   --------- ---------

 Operating expenses:
   Depreciation of container rental equipment         3,012     1,690
   Amortization of intangible assets                    312       308
   Impairment of container rental equipment              95       119
   Gain on disposition of used container equipment     (822)   (1,005)
   Equipment rental expense                              20       395
   Storage, handling and other expenses                 874       671
   Marketing, general and administrative expense      4,404     3,302
                                                   --------- ---------
      Total operating expenses                        7,895     5,480
                                                   --------- ---------

 Operating income                                     9,756     9,033
                                                   --------- ---------

 Interest expense                                     2,023     3,239
 Interest income                                        (47)       (9)
                                                   --------- ---------
   Net interest expense                               1,976     3,230
                                                   --------- ---------

   Income before income taxes                         7,780     5,803

 Income tax expense                                   2,491     2,191
                                                   --------- ---------

 Net income                                           5,289     3,612

 Accretion of preferred stock                            --     5,572
                                                   --------- ---------

 Net income (loss) available
  to common shareholders                           $  5,289  $ (1,960)
                                                   ========= =========

 Net income (loss) per share:

   Basic                                           $   0.31  $  (0.19)
   Diluted                                         $   0.31  $  (0.19)

 Weighted average shares outstanding:
   Basic                                             17,109    10,584
   Diluted                                           17,109    10,584


                                          As of           As of
                                         March 31,       March 31,
                                           2008            2007
                                        ----------      ----------
                                                 (unaudited)

 Managed fleet in TEUs                     526,031          511,000

 Owned fleet in TEUs                       247,347          172,853
                                        ----------       ----------
       Total                               773,378          683,853
                                        ==========       ==========



 Percentage of on-lease fleet on
  long-term leases                            71.3%            70.5%


 Percentage of on-lease fleet on
  short-term leases                           26.4             27.6

 Percentage of on-lease fleet on
  finance leases                               2.3              1.9
                                        ----------       ----------



       Total                                 100.0%           100.0%
                                        ==========       ==========


                                             Three Months Ended
                                                  March 31,
                                           2008             2007
                                        ----------       ----------
                                                (unaudited)
 Average fleet utilization rate for
  the period                                  95.7%             92.4%

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SOURCE: CAI International

CAI International, Inc.
         Victor Garcia, Chief Financial Officer
         (415) 788-0100
         vgarcia@caiintl.com

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