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MITCHAM INDUSTRIES INC (MIND)
Mitcham Industries, Inc. and its subsidiaries engage in the leasing and sale of seismic equipment to the seismic industry worldwide. The company leases and sells geophysical and other equipment used primarily by seismic data acquisition contractors to perform seismic data acquisition surveys on land and in transition zones, such as marsh and shallow water areas. Its lease pool includes various equipment used in seismic data acquisition, including a range of electronic components of land and transition zone seismic data acquisition systems, geophones and cables, earth vibrators, peripheral equipment, survey, and other equipment. The company also sells various used seismic equipment, consumables, systems integration, and engineering hardware, as well as offers software maintenance support services to the seismic, hydrographic, oceanographic, environmental, and defense industries throughout Southeast Asia and Australia. The company was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Huntsville, Texas.
WILLIS LEASE FINANCE CORPORATION (WLFC)
Willis Lease Finance Corporation engages in the acquisition and leasing of commercial aircraft engines, aircraft, and portable parts and related aircraft equipment worldwide. The company provides its services to passenger airlines, air cargo carriers, and maintenance and repair organizations. As of December 31, 2004, Willis had a total lease portfolio, which includes 115 engines and related equipment, 5 aircraft, 3 spare parts packages and other engine-related equipment in 26 countries. The company also purchases and resells used and refurbished commercial aircraft engines. Willis Lease Finance was founded by Charles F. Willis and was incorporated in 1985. The company is headquartered in Sausalito, California.
AeroCentury Corp., an aircraft operating lessor and finance company, leases aircraft and engines utilizing triple net leases. It leases turboprop aircraft and engines to regional airlines and commercial users worldwide. JetFleet Management Corp. manages the business of the company. As of September 30, 2005, the company owned 11 deHavilland DHC-8s, 3 deHavilland DHC-6s, 2 Shorts SD 3-60s, 10 Fokker 50s, 2 Saab 340As, 1 Saab 340B, and 1 turboprop engine, which were held for lease. AeroCentury Corp. was founded in 1989 and is based in Burlingame, California.
HERTZ GLOBAL HOLDINGS INC (HTZ)
Hertz Global Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the car and truck rental and leasing business primarily in the United States and Europe. It operates in two segments, Car Rental and Equipment Rental. The Car Rental segment engages in the ownership and lease of cars. This segment operates car rental locations at airports, central business districts, and suburban areas of cities in North America, Europe, and the Pacific. In addition, it operates retail used car sales locations in the United States and France. The Equipment Rental segment rents earthmoving equipment, material handling equipment, aerial and electrical equipment, air compressors, generators, pumps, small tools, compaction equipment, and construction-related trucks in North America and Europe. In addition, this segment sells equipment and consumables. The company also offers claim administration services, such as investigating, evaluating, negotiating, and disposing of various claims, including third-party, first-party, bodily injury, property damage, general liability, and product liability. Hertz Global serves various industries, such as construction, petrochemical, automobile manufacturing, railroad, power generation, and shipbuilding. The company was founded in 1918 and is headquartered in Park Ridge, New Jersey.
McGrath RentCorp provides modular buildings for classroom and office space, and test equipment for general purpose and communications needs on rent. It operates in three segments: Mobile Modular Management Corporation (MMMC), TRS-RenTelco, and Enviroplex. The MMMC segment rents and sells modular buildings and accessories to fulfill customers' temporary and permanent space needs in California, Texas, and Florida. These units are used as temporary offices adjacent to existing facilities, and are used as classrooms, sales offices, construction field offices, health care clinics, child care facilities, and for various other purposes. The TRS-RenTelco segment rents and sells electronic test and measurement equipment, including oscilloscopes, amplifiers, spectrum, network and logic analyzers, CATV, component measurement, industrial, signal source, microprocessor development, and power source test equipment, as well as fiber, telecom, SONET, ATM, broadcast, copper, line simulator, microwave, network, and transmission test equipment in the United States and internationally. It rents this test equipment primarily to manufacturers of communications equipment and products, electrical and communications installation contractors, field technicians, and service providers. This segment serves electronics, semiconductor, aerospace, defense, industrial, and research industries. The Enviroplex segment manufactures and sells moment-resistant and rigid steel framed portable classrooms to California public school districts. McGrath RentCorp was organized in 1979 and is based in Livermore, California.
United Rentals, Inc. operates as an equipment rental company in North America. The company operates in two segments, General Rentals and Traffic Control. The General Rentals segment includes the rental of construction, aerial, industrial and homeowner equipment, and related services and activities. Its customers include construction and industrial companies, manufacturers, utilities, municipalities, and homeowners. The Traffic Control segment includes the rental of equipment for controlling traffic and related services and activities. Its customers include construction companies involved in infrastructure projects and municipalities. The company markets its products through direct sales force, national account program, and e-rental stores. As of September 12, 2005, it operated an integrated network of approximately 730 rental locations in 48 states, 10 Canadian provinces, and Mexico. United Rentals is headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut.
AVIS BUDGET GROUP INC (CAR)
Avis Budget Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries engage in the vehicle rental operations. It provides car rental services to the commercial and leisure segments of the travel industry under the Avis brand, as well as to the price-conscious car rental segment under the Budget brand; truck rentals and related services to consumers and light commercial users under the Budget truck brand; and airport car rental services. The company also provides Avis Preferred, a counter bypass program; Avis Where2, a navigation system with real-time traffic alerts; Avis Cool Cars, a line of fun-to-drive vehicles; Roving Rapid Return program, which permits customers who are returning vehicles to obtain a printed charge record; Avis Cares that provides customers with area-specific driver safety information, local information, and driving maps; Avis Access, a range of special products and services for drivers and passengers with disabilities; Avis Interactive, a proprietary management tool that allows corporate clients to view and analyze their rental activity through the Internet through account analysis and activity reports; Budget Small Business Program, a program for small businesses; and Fastbreak, a rental service for frequent travelers. In addition, it sells/rents optional products and services, such as supplemental equipment, loss damage waivers, additional/supplemental liability insurance, personal accident/effects insurance, and fuel service options, as well as hand trucks, furniture pads, and moving supplies. It operates through a network of approximately 6,700 car and truck rental locations in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, the Caribbean, and parts of the Pacific region. The company was founded in 1946. It was formerly known as Cendant Corporation and changed its name to Avis Budget Group, Inc. in 2006. The company is based in Parsippany, New Jersey.
AERCAP HOLDINGS N.V (AER)
AerCap Holdings N.V., an integrated aviation company, engages in the trading and lease of aircraft, and sale of engine parts worldwide. It also provides aircraft management services and performs aircraft and engine MRO services, and aircraft disassemblies through its certified repair stations. As of December 31, 2006, the company owned 127 aircraft, managed 103 aircraft, and had an additional 4 aircraft, which it intends to disassemble for the sale of their parts or sell at the end of their leases. As of the above date, it leased these aircraft to 88 commercial airline and cargo operator customers in 45 countries. The company's aircraft services include aircraft asset management services, such as remarketing aircraft; collecting rental and maintenance payments, monitoring aircraft maintenance, monitoring and enforcing contract compliance, and accepting delivery and redelivery of aircraft; conducting ongoing lessee financial performance reviews; periodically inspecting the leased aircraft; coordinating technical modifications to aircraft to meet new lessee requirements; conducting restructurings negotiations in connection with lease defaults; repossessing aircraft; arranging and monitoring insurance coverage; registering and de-registering aircraft; arranging for aircraft and aircraft engine valuations; and providing market research. Its aircraft services also comprise cash management services, including treasury services, such as the financing, refinancing, hedging, and on going cash management of these vehicles; and administrative services, which consist primarily of accounting and secretarial services, including the preparation of budgets and financial statements. In addition, AerCap Holdings engages in engine trading and leasing, and the disassembly of airframes and engines for the sale of their component parts to the aviation industry. The company was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Aircastle Limited engages in acquiring, managing, and leasing commercial jet aircraft to passenger and cargo airlines worldwide. It also makes investments in various aviation assets, including debt securities secured by commercial jet aircraft. As of December 31, 2006, the company's aircraft portfolio consisted of 69 aircraft that were leased to 32 lessees located in 23 countries. The company, formerly known as Aircastle Investment Limited, was founded in 2004 and is based in Stamford, Connecticut.
TAL INTERNATIONAL GROUP INC (TAL)
TAL International Group, Inc. engages in the acquisition, leasing, re leasing, and sale of intermodal equipment in the United States, Asia, and Europe. It primarily leases dry freight containers, which are used for general cargo, such as manufactured component parts, consumer staples, electronics, and apparel; refrigerated containers, which are used for perishable items, such as fresh and frozen foods; special containers, which are used for heavy and oversized cargo, such as marble slabs, building products, and machinery; and chassis, which are used for the transportation of containers via rail and roads. The company provides long-term, service, and finance leases. Its customers include international shipping lines, freight forwarding companies, and other manufacturers. As of December 31, 2006, the company operated fleet of approximately 639,787 containers and chassis, representing approximately 1,037,000 twenty-foot equivalent units of intermodal containers and chassis. TAL International Group was founded in 1963 and is headquartered in Purchase, New York.
GATX Corporation, a finance and leasing company, provides business solutions to customers and partners worldwide. It operates in three segments: GATX Rail (Rail), GATX Air (Air), and GATX Specialty Finance (Specialty). Rail segment engages in leasing rail equipment, including tank cars, freight cars, and locomotives to railroads, chemical, petroleum, agricultural, and food processing companies. This segment also provides full-service leases, including maintenance of the railcars and payment of ad valorem taxes. As of December 31, 2004, it owned approximately 128,500 railcars, as well as had an ownership interest in approximately 26,700 railcars. In addition, it owned 531 locomotives, as well as managed approximately 12,700 railcars for third party owners, as of the above date. Air segment engages in leasing narrowbody aircraft that are used by commercial airlines. This segment also offers aircraft management services to third-party owners. These services include marketing the aircraft, and monitoring aircraft maintenance and condition, as well as administering the portfolio, including billing and collecting rents, accounting and tax compliance, reporting and regulatory filings, purchasing insurance, and lessee credit evaluation. It owned 163 aircraft and managed 66 aircraft for third parties, as of above date. Specialty segment engages in asset-based financial operations, including asset/portfolio acquisitions, management, and remarketing. This segment also provides asset management services for third-party owners. It pursues investments in marine assets and select industrial equipment assets. GATX Corporation was founded in 1898 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.
GENESIS LEASE LIMITED (GLS)
Genesis Lease Limited operates as a commercial aircraft leasing company. It acquires and leases passenger and cargo jet aircraft under long-term contracts to airlines worldwide. The company leverages the platform of General Electric Commercial Aviation Services Limited to service its portfolio of leases. As of June 30, 2007, its portfolio consisted of approximately 34 narrow-body aircraft, 4 cargo aircraft, 2 regional jets, and 1 wide-body passenger aircraft. Genesis Lease Limited was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Shannon, Ireland.
ELECTRO RENT CORPORATION (ELRC)
Electro Rent Corporation engages in the rental, leasing, and sale of electronic equipment. Its equipment portfolio includes general purpose test and measurement instruments, personal computers, and servers purchased from various manufacturers. The company provides its test and measurement equipment portfolio to companies in the aerospace, defense, electronics, and telecommunications industries for use in research and development activities, as well as in connection with government-generated projects. Electro Rent Corporation services its customers through sales offices, and calibration and service centers in the United States and Canada. As of May 31, 2005, the company had sales offices in Atlanta and Los Angeles; and service centers in Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco, Toronto, and Washington/Baltimore. Electro Rent Corporation was incorporated in 1965 and is headquartered in Van Nuys, California.
WESCO FINANCIAL CORPORATION (WSC)
Wesco Financial Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in insurance, furniture rental, and steel service center businesses. It operates in three segments: Insurance, Furniture Rental, and Industrial. The Insurance segment offers property and casualty insurance, and reinsurance products, as well as specialized insurance coverage for banks. The Furniture Rental segment provides rental furniture, accessories, and related services to corporate and individual customers in the rent-to-rent segment of the furniture industry. It also sells previously rented furniture through company-owned clearance centers. As of December 31, 2004, Wesco operated 100 showrooms and 87 clearance centers in 34 states and the District of Columbia. The Industrial segment operates steel service centers in the Chicago and Charlotte metropolitan areas, which buy various metals, cut these metals to order, and sell them to various customers. In addition, Wesco manages a commercial property. The company was founded in 1925 and is based in Pasadena, California. Wesco Financial Corporation is a subsidiary of Blue Chip Stamps.
Aaron Rents, Inc. engages in the rental, lease ownership, and specialty retailing of consumer electronics, residential and office furniture, household appliances, and accessories in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. It operates in three divisions: Aaron's Sales and Lease Ownership, Aaron Rents' Rent-to-Rent, and MacTavish Furniture Industries. The Aaron's Sales and Lease Ownership division provides durable household goods to lower to middle income consumers with limited or no access to credit sources, such as bank financing, installment credit, or credit cards. The Aaron's Rent-to-Rent division rents new and rental return merchandise to individuals and businesses, with a focus on renting residential and office furniture to business customers. The MacTavish Furniture Industries manufactures upholstered living-room furniture, such as contemporary sofas, sofabeds, chairs, modular sofa, and ottoman collections; bedding, including standard sizes of mattresses and box springs; office furniture consisting of desks, credenzas, conference tables, bookcases, and chairs; and designer lamps, tables, and accessories. As of March 1, 2005, the company operated and franchised approximately 1,045 stores. It also had 973 sales and lease ownership stores, including 616 company-operated stores in 27 states and Puerto Rico, and 357 franchised stores in 43 states and Canada. Aaron Rents was founded in 1955 by R. Charles Loudermilk. The company is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
Ryder System, Inc. provides transportation, logistics, and supply chain management solutions. It operates in three segments: Fleet Management Solutions (FMS), Supply Chain Solutions (SCS), and Dedicated Contract Carriage (DCC). FMS segment provides leasing, commercial rental, and programmed maintenance solutions primarily in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom. It also offers fleet support services, such as insurance, safety, vehicle administration, and fuel services. In addition, it provides its leasing customers with access to the used trucks, tractors, and trailers through its used vehicle sales program. As of December 31, 2004, the company had a fleet of approximately 137,800 commercial trucks, tractors, and trailers leased or rented through 719 locations in 48 states and Puerto Rico. Its customers include small businesses to national enterprises, which operate in beverage, newspaper, grocery, lumber and wood products, home furnishings, and metal industries. SCS segment provides supply chain consulting and logistics management solutions in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. It offers professional services, distribution operations, and transportation solutions, as well as information technology solutions. This segment offers its services to customers operating in automotive, electronics, high-tech, telecommunications, industrial, aerospace, consumer goods, paper and paper products, office equipment, food and beverage, and general retail industries. DCC segment provides vehicles and drivers as part of a transportation solution in North America. It combines the equipment, maintenance, and administrative services of a full service lease with additional services, such as driver hiring and training; routing and scheduling; fleet sizing; safety; regulatory compliance; risk management; technology and communication systems support; and other technical support. The company was founded by James A. Ryder in 1933 and is headquartered in Miami, Florida.
DOLLAR THRIFTY AUTOMOTIVE GROUP INC (DTG)
Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. (DTG) engages in the daily rental of vehicles to business and leisure customers through company-owned stores in the United States and Canada. The company leases vehicles to franchisees for use in the daily vehicle rental business and sells vehicle rental franchises. It also provides sales and marketing, reservations, data processing systems, insurance, and other services to franchisees. DTG operates company-owned stores, as well as provides leisure and tour packages. In addition, it rents and leases vehicles, as well as offers vehicle-related services. DTG was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
AMERCO supplies various products and services to move and store household and commercial goods in North America. It engages in the rental of trucks, trailers, and self-storage spaces to the household mover, as well as the sale of moving supplies, trailer hitches, and propane. The company also offers moving and storage protection packages, such as Safemove and Safetow, protecting moving, and towing customers with a damage waiver, cargo protection, and medical and life coverage; and Safestor, protecting storage customers from loss on their goods in storage. In addition, AMERCO originates and reinsures property and casualty insurance products for various market participants; annuities, credit life and disability, life insurance, and supplemental health products; and Medicare supplement insurance. As of March 31, 2005, its rental fleet consisted of approximately 93,000 trucks, 78,750 trailers, and 36,100 tow devices. As of the above date, the company operated 1,350 retail centers. AMERCO was founded under the name U-Haul Trailer Rental Company in 1945 and is headquartered in Reno, Nevada.
Rent-A-Center, Inc. operates in the rent-to-own industry in the United States. Its stores primarily offer merchandise from four basic product categories: consumer electronics, appliances, computers, and furniture and accessories under flexible rental purchase agreements that generally allow the customer to obtain ownership of the merchandise at the conclusion of an agreed upon rental period. Its consumer electronic products include wide-screen televisions, DVD players and recorders, home theatre systems, digital cameras, and stereos. The company's appliances comprise washing machines, dryers, microwave ovens, freezers, and ranges. It offers personal and laptop computers, as well as provides various furniture products, including dining room, living room, and bedroom furniture. In addition, it offers accessories, which include pictures, lamps, and tables that are rented as part of a package of items. As of October 24, 2005, Rent-A-Center operated 2,763 stores throughout the United States, and in Canada and Puerto Rico. Its subsidiary, ColorTyme, Inc., franchised 313 stores in 40 states, as of the above date. The company has strategic alliances with McDonald's and Jackson-Hewitt. Rent-A-Center was incorporated in 1986 and is headquartered in Plano, Texas.
MARLIN BUSINESS SERVICES CORP (MRLN)
Marlin Business Services Corp. provides equipment financing solutions primarily to small businesses in the United States. It finances approximately 60 categories of commercial equipment, including copiers, telecommunications equipment, water filtration systems, computers, and certain commercial and industrial equipment. The company accesses its end user customers through its network of independent equipment dealers, relationships with lease brokers, and through direct solicitation of its end user customers. As of September 30, 2005, its lease portfolio consisted of approximately 102,000 accounts. Marlin Business Services was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.