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Touax: Steady activity since the beginning of the year


PRESS RELEASE        Paris, November 14, 2023 – 5.45 p.m.


Steady activity since the beginning of the year

  • Revenue of €116.5 million in the first nine months of the year
  • 5% increase of leasing revenue
  • Decrease of sales activity (-3.4%) following the price normalisation in the Containers business

The Group's sales once again resist in a more uncertain global economic environment thanks to its business model based on long-term contracts and diversification.

At the end of the third quarter, total restated revenue from activities amounted to €116.5 million (€117.9 million at constant scope and currency1), compared with €120.2 million in the same period in 2022, a -€3.7 million decrease due to the price normalisation in the containers market.

Restated Revenue from activities*Q1 2023

Q2 2023

Q3 2023

9M 2023

Q1 2022

Q2 2022

Q3 2022

9M 2022


(in € thousand)
Leasing revenue on owned equipment17,13917,51017,41252,06115,50916,90917,17849,5962,465
Ancillary services5,0304,2715,29914,6005,7324,8847,39018,006-3,406
Total leasing activity22,16921,78122,71166,66121,24121,79324,56867,602-941
Sales of owned equipment13,05316,89513,02442,97214,86214,24915,39244,503-1,531
Total sales of equipment13,05316,89513,02442,97214,86214,24915,39244,503-1,531
Total of owned activity35,22238,67635,735109,63336,10336,04239,960112,105-2,472
Syndication fees0544-254202,522652,587-2,045
Management fees 1,0211,0181,0243,0639789861,0833,04716
Sales fees8611,7106743,2453361,3498012,486759
Total of management activity1,8823,2721,6966,8501,3144,8571,9498,120-1,270
Other capital gains on disposals11-110066-5
Total Others11-110066-5
Total Restated Revenue from activities37,10541,94937,430116,48437,41740,89941,915120,231-3,747

(*) The key indicators in the Group’s activity report are presented differently from the IFRS income statement, to enable an understanding of the activities’ performance. As such, no distinction is made in third-party management, which is presented solely in agent form.

This presentation therefore allows a direct reading of syndication fees, sales commissions, and management fees.

This presentation has no impact on EBITDA, operating income, or net income. The accounting presentation of revenue from activities is presented in the appendix to the press release.

Owned activities amounted to €109.6 million in the first nine months of the year, including:

  • €52.1 million for Leasing revenue on owned equipment (+€2.5 million);
  • €14.6 million for Ancillary services, down by -€3.4 million year-on-year due to normalisation on the container market in particular on pick-up charges;
  • €43.0 million for Sales of owned equipment, a decrease of -€1.5 million year-on-year impacted by container price normalisation but partly compensated by Freight Railcars’ and Modular Building’s performance.

As a reminder, the container business witnessed an exceptional price increase during the global pandemic until 2022, generating a temporary increase in revenues from ancillary services (i.e pick-up charges) and sales of equipment. The normalisation of the market and prices, which have returned to pre-pandemic levels, leads to a decline and therefore a “back to normal” situation of ancillary services and sales.

Management activity amounts to €6.9 million during the 9-months period. Management fees remain stable and sales fees increase supported by more sales volume, while syndication fees decrease as the Group retains equipment on its balance sheet for longer.

The increase of Leasing revenue on owned equipment and the slight decrease of Sales of owned assets demonstrate the resilience of the Group’s business model. Long-term contract brings recurring revenues. Thanks to business diversification (Freight Railcars, River Barges, Containers, Modular Buildings), the impact of markets changes are limited. This year the container normalisation is offset by the performance of other business lines. With the management activity, the Group can also outsource some risks and generate commissions.


The Freight Railcars activity rose to €42.6 million (+5.3%) in the first nine months:

  • Owned activity expanded by +€2.3 million, resulting from both a +4.9% increase in leasing revenue from owned equipment (+€1.6 million), and a +€1.1 million increase of ancillary services related to re-invoicing of wagon repairs.

The increase in leasing revenue is driven by a better utilisation rate (88.7% versus 87.1% over the same period in 2022) and an improved daily leasing rate (+11% in average); newly acquired railcars are also on lease.

  • Management activity was however down during the period, due to the lack of syndication fees (assets are kept longer on the balance sheet, so no syndication fee was issued) and despite increasing management fees (+€0.25 million).

The River Barges activity saw a boost in leasing revenue of +7% in a business context where the utilisation rate has been 100% since early 2023. However, the Division revenue was down by -€1.8 million due to a decrease of ancillary services related to the chartering activity on the Rhine River basin (also leading to a reduction in operating expenses for an almost equivalent level).

The Containers activity posted a slowdown of -€11.5 million (-18.8%) compared with the same period in 2022, impacted by the normalisation in the Container business observed since the beginning of 2023 and mainly affecting ancillary services and sales of owned equipment. Nevertheless, the leasing revenue on owned equipment slightly increased by +€0.5 million despite a lower utilisation rate (94.8% vs. 98.1% during the 9-months 2022 period). The high production of new containers during the pandemic is generating a counter-cycle in 2023. With the redelivery of old containers and a very low production of new assets, the market overcapacity should be absorbed between now and the end of the year. This counter-cycle is combined with a normalisation of container prices and will have a beneficial effect on market stability.

In this context, sales of owned equipment declined by -€8.6 million (-22.2%) owing to a primary container trading market less dynamic along with the price drop. Ancillary services, high in 2022 with pick-up charges linked to trading, followed the same path and decreased by -€2.3 million over the 9-months period.
Management activity also decreased by -€1.1 million, as a result of the -€1.6 million decline in syndication fees. However, with a larger volume of containers available for sale on the secondary market, sales fees on containers owned by investors rose by +€0.8 million to end September 2023.

The Modular Buildings activity presented on the "Miscellaneous" line rose sharply to €12.5 million (+€7.4 million year on year). TOUAX produced and delivered a large number of orders received at the start of 2023, after a low point in 2022 when the pandemic ended.

Restated Revenue from activitiesQ1 2023

Q2 2023

Q3 2023

9M 2023

Q1 2022

Q2 2022

Q3 2022

9M 2022


(in € thousand)
Leasing revenue on owned equipment11,12411,61511,85634,59510,54411,14211,29232,9781,617
Ancillary services1,9381,9372,0825,9571,8581,1771,8204,8551,102
Total leasing activity13,06213,55213,93840,55212,40212,31913,11237,8332,719
Sales of owned equipment76132133341110238369717-376
Total sales of equipment76132133341110238369717-376
Total of owned activity13,13813,68414,07140,89312,51212,55713,48138,5502,343
Syndication fees000004461447-447
Management fees 5385535861,6774664515071,424253
Total of management activity5385535861,6774668975081,871-194
Total Freight railcars13,67614,23714,65742,57012,97813,45413,98940,4212,149
Leasing revenue on owned equipment1,8781,8861,8805,6441,6191,7891,8695,277367
Ancillary services2,0721,6292,0905,7911,8072,3853,7887,980-2,189
Total leasing activity3,9503,5153,97011,4353,4264,1745,65713,257-1,822
Sales of owned equipment050500005
Total sales of equipment050500005
Total of owned activity3,9503,5203,97011,4403,4264,1745,65713,257-1,817
Management fees 11142045145113015
Total of management activity11142045145113015
Total River Barges3,9613,5343,99011,4853,4404,1795,66813,287-1,802
Leasing revenue on owned equipment4,1334,0043,67111,8083,3423,9734,01311,328480
Ancillary services1,0207051,1272,8522,0701,3251,7795,174-2,322
Total leasing activity5,1534,7094,79814,6605,4125,2985,79216,502-1,842
Sales of owned equipment10,21110,9498,99430,15413,20512,57512,96738,747-8,593
Total sales of equipment10,21110,9498,99430,15413,20512,57512,96738,747-8,593
Total of owned activity15,36415,65813,79244,81418,61717,87318,75955,249-10,435
Syndication fees0544-254202,076642,140-1,598
Management fees4724514181,3414985305651,593-252
Sales fees8611,7106743,2453361,3498012,486759
Total of management activity1,3332,7051,0905,1288343,9551,4306,219-1,091
Total Containers16,69718,36314,88249,94219,45121,82820,18961,468-11,526
Leasing revenue on owned equipment45514454131
Ancillary services0000-3-33-33
Total leasing activity45514127104
Sales of owned equipment2,7665,8093,89712,4721,5471,4362,0565,0397,433
Total sales of equipment2,7665,8093,89712,4721,5471,4362,0565,0397,433
Total of owned activity2,7705,8143,90212,4861,5481,4382,0635,0497,437
Other capital gains on disposals11-110066-5
Total Others11-110066-5
Total Miscellaneous and eliminations2,7715,8153,90112,4871,5481,4382,0695,0557,432
Total Restated Revenue from activities37,10541,94937,430116,48437,41740,89941,915120,231-3,747


TOUAX pursues its strategy and continues to roll out its operational leasing solutions for sustainable transportation, thanks to a resilient business model and recurring revenues based on long-term contracts.

TOUAX's activities should keep benefiting from the growing awareness of major industrial and large logistics groups on the need to decarbonise their transport activities (responsible for 30% of global CO2 emissions).

With a unique expertise in intermodal, rail and inland waterway transport, TOUAX benefits from a main position in sustainable transport, and is thereby contributing to environmental protection by providing a low-carbon way of transportation and a high standard of compliance with best social and governance practices. The latest extra-financial rating published by EcoVadis on 31 October 2023 demonstrates a clear improvement. TOUAX was awarded the EcoVadis 2023 Gold Medal and now belongs to the top 5% of companies in all sectors.


  • 21 March 2024: Press Release on 2023 annual results (French / English)

  • 21 March 2024: Presentation of 2023 annual results in Paris (in French)

  • 22 March 2024: Presentation of 2023 annual results (video conference in English)

The TOUAX Group leases tangible assets (freight railcars, river barges and containers) every day throughout the world on its own behalf and on behalf of investors. With €1.2 billion under management, TOUAX is one of Europe's leading leasing companies for this type of equipment.
TOUAX is listed in Paris on EURONEXT Compartment C (ISIN Code FR0000033003) and is included in the CAC® Small CAC® Mid & Small and EnterNext©PEA-PME 150 indices.
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APPENDIX: Accounting presentation of revenue from activities

Revenue from activitiesQ1 2023

Q2 2023

Q3 2023

9M 2023

Q1 2022

Q2 2022

Q3 2022

9M 2022

(in € thousand)
Leasing revenue on owned equipment17,13917,51017,41252,06115,50916,90917,17849,596
Ancillary services6,4365,2016,23817,8756,5788,6328,88624,096
Total leasing activity23,57522,71123,65069,93622,08725,54126,06473,692
Sales of owned equipment13,05316,89513,02442,97214,86214,24915,39244,503
Total sales of equipment13,05316,89513,02442,97214,86214,24915,39244,503
Total of owned activity36,62839,60636,674112,90836,94939,79041,456118,195
Leasing revenue on managed equipment9,4859,4188,86627,76910,81910,91711,38233,118
Syndication fees0544-254202,522652,587
Management fees 3723803971,149270286364920
Sales fees8611,7106743,2453361,3498012,486
Total of management activity10,71812,0529,93532,70511,42515,07412,61239,111
Other capital gains on disposals 11-110066
Total Others11-110066
Total Revenue from activities47,34751,65946,608145,61448,37454,86454,074157,312

Table showing the transition from summary accounting presentation to restated presentation:

Revenue from activities9M 2023


9M 2023 restated

9M 2022


9M 2022 restated

(in € thousand)
Leasing revenue on owned equipment52,06152,06149,59649,596
Ancillary services17,875-3,27514,60024,096-6,09018,006
Total leasing activity69,936-3,27566,66173,692-6,09067,602
Sales of owned equipment42,97242,97244,50344,503
Total sales of equipment42,97242,97244,50344,503
Total of owned activity112,908-3,275109,633118,195-6,090112,105
Leasing revenue on managed equipment27,769-27,769033,118-33,1180
Syndication fees5425422,5872,587
Management fees 1,1491,9143,0639202,1273,047
Sales fees3,2453,2452,48602,486
Total of management activity32,705-25,8556,85039,111-30,9918,120
Other capital gains on disposals 1166
Total Others101606
Total Revenue from activities145,614-29,130116,484157,312-37,081120,231

1 Based on a comparable structure and average exchange rates at 30 September 2022.


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