CP Commends Proxy Advisor ISS for Recommending KCS Stockholders “ABSTAIN” From Voting to Approve CN-KCS Merger Proposal
August 12, 2021
Calls on Stockholders to Adjourn the Aug. 19 Stockholder Meeting Absent an STB Decision Unconditionally Approving the CN Voting Trust by Aug. 17
CALGARY – August 12, 2021 – Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (TSX: CP, NYSE: CP) (“CP”) today commended proxy advisor Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”) for recommending KCS stockholders “ABSTAIN” from voting to approve the CN-KCS merger proposal.
ISS said that “to ensure that shareholders are able to make a fully-informed decision” on the merger proposal and are able to fully understand any potential CN voting trust decision from the Surface Transportation Board (“STB”), stockholders are recommended to “ABSTAIN” on the vote for the merger agreement and continue to support the adjournment proposal.
ISS revised its recommendation Thursday after the KCS Board of Directors rightly announced a decision to adjourn the Aug. 19 stockholder meeting absent a decision from the STB to “give all shareholders and the Board time to receive and consider the STB decision.” The revision also comes two days after CP announced its Aug. 10 proposal to acquire KCS, which provides a compelling, achievable alternative to KCS shareholders.
The revised ISS recommendation validates CP’s long-standing belief that KCS stockholders should have all relevant information, including the STB decision on the CN voting trust, to be able to make an informed decision, avoid being locked into the CN-KCS deal and preserve the ability to consider a better alternative proposal.
CP has filed a proxy statement asking stockholders to vote “AGAINST” the proposed CN-KCS combination at the Aug. 19 KCS stockholders meeting so that KCS stockholders are not locked into the CN-KCS deal and unable to consider other, better, options. That includes CP’s revised superior offer submitted to KCS on Aug. 10, which we stand by. A vote to “ABSTAIN” and vote “AGAINST” are essentially the same since they both withhold approval of the CN merger proposal.
We have urged the STB not to approve CN’s proposed use of a voting trust because we believe that it would be anti-competitive and not in the public interest.
We believe that once the STB rules on the CN voting trust, the Aug. 10 CP offer will be deemed superior as the CP-KCS combination has regulatory certainty with the STB approval for the use of a voting trust.
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A CP-KCS combination would be a positive step toward more competition – not less – in the freight rail industry and would be better for Amtrak. It brings more competition among railways and protects obligations to passenger service.
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND WHERE TO FIND IT
CP has filed a definitive proxy statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) to be used to solicit votes of the stockholders of KCS against the proposal to adopt the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of May 21, 2021 (the “CN Merger Agreement”), by and among CN, Brooklyn Merger Sub, Inc., a Delaware corporation and a direct wholly owned subsidiary of CN, and KCS. Additionally, in furtherance of CP’s proposed transaction with KCS and subject to future developments, CP (and, if a negotiated transaction is agreed, KCS) may file one or more proxy statements, registration statements, prospectuses or other documents with the SEC or applicable securities regulators in Canada. This news release is not a substitute for any proxy statement, registration statement, prospectus or other document CP and/or KCS may file with the SEC or applicable securities regulators in Canada in connection with the proposed transaction.
INVESTORS AND STOCKOLDERS OF KCS ARE URGED TO READ THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT, ALONG WITH ANY FUTURE PROXY STATEMENT(S) AND OTHER PROXY MATERIALS, REGISTRATION STATEMENT(S), PROSPECTUS(ES) AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC OR APPLICABLE SECURITIES REGULATORS IN CANADA CAREFULLY IN THEIR ENTIRETY IF AND WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT KCS, CP, THE TRANSACTIONS CONTEMPLATED BY THE CN MERGER AGREEMENT, CP’S PROPOSED TRANSACTION WITH KCS AND RELATED MATTERS AND DEVELOPMENTS. THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT ALSO INCLUDES INFORMATION ABOUT THE IDENTITY OF THE PARTICIPANTS IN CP’S PROXY SOLICITATION AND A DESCRIPTION OF THEIR DIRECT OR INDIRECT INTERESTS THEREIN.
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Chris De Bruyn