CP Files Proxy Statement Asking KCS Shareholders to Vote Against the Proposed CN-KCS Merger and Adjourn Shareholder Vote
July 29, 2021
CALGARY – July 29, 2021 – Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (TSX: CP) (NYSE: CP) (“CP”) today announced it has filed a proxy statement asking Kansas City Southern (“KCS”) shareholders to vote “AGAINST” the proposed Canadian National-KCS combination at the KCS special meeting of stockholders on Aug. 19, 2021 so that CN’s proposed acquisition can be decided at a later date, when more information will be available to KCS’s stockholders.
“CP has always said it wanted to do a friendly deal with KCS and that remains true,” said Keith Creel, CP President and Chief Executive Officer. “CP would have preferred not to appeal directly to KCS’s stockholders, but given the impending vote on CN’s proposal, we believe we have no choice. What we are doing here is simply contesting the vote on the CN-KCS proposal because a ‘yes’ vote now would lock KCS stockholders in until February 2022, instead of their being free to consider other, better, options.
“We want to ensure KCS stockholders are aware that a vote today, without the benefit of an STB decision on the CN voting trust proposal and without a chance to consider other proposals until the spring of next year, would not be in their best interests,” Creel added.
While the outcome of the STB’s decision on the CN voting trust cannot be known at this stage, KCS stockholders should be aware that voting to approve the CN-KCS merger while there is this level of regulatory uncertainty comes with severe consequences that are not in the KCS stockholders’ best interests.
Under the terms of KCS’s merger agreement with CN, following receipt of KCS stockholder approval of the merger, KCS will no longer be permitted to consider any alternative proposals. KCS also will be unable to terminate its merger agreement with CN in connection with any proposal that is superior to the CN-KCS merger. KCS stockholders will not have another opportunity to vote on the merger.
Effectively, this means that if STB voting trust approval is not received and/or continues to be litigated, and KCS stockholders have already approved the CN-KCS merger, KCS will be locked into the proposed CN merger until Feb. 21, 2022, the end date under the CN merger agreement, instead of being free to pursue other opportunities that may be in the best interests of KCS stockholders.
Until there is more certainty on how the STB will decide on CN’s voting trust, KCS stockholders should not be asked to vote in favor of the CN-KCS merger and foreclose their opportunity to consider other potential superior proposals.
CP-KCS remains the only viable Class 1 combination
The STB has already approved CP’s use of a voting trust and affirmed KCS’s waiver from the new rail merger rules it adopted in 2001 because a CP-KCS combination is truly end-to-end, pro-competitive, and the only viable Class 1 combination.
As previously announced, CP continues to pursue its application process to acquire KCS so that the pro-competitive CP-KCS combination can be reviewed by the STB and implemented without undue delay, in the event that KCS’s agreement with CN is terminated or CN is otherwise unable to acquire control of KCS.
For more information on the benefits of a CP-KCS combination and the risks that a CN-KCS transaction would pose to the railway industry and North America, visit FutureForFreight.com.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND WHERE TO FIND IT
CP, together with the other participants named in this news release (collectively, “Canadian Pacific”), has filed a preliminary proxy statement and accompanying BLUE proxy card with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “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 Canadian National Railway Company, a Canadian corporation (“CN”), Brooklyn Merger Sub, Inc., a Delaware corporation and a direct wholly owned subsidiary of CN, and KCS. The definitive proxy statement will be sent to the stockholders of KCS once it becomes available.
INVESTORS AND STOCKOLDERS OF KCS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT AND OTHER PROXY MATERIALS AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT KCS, CANADIAN PACIFIC, THE TRANSACTIONS CONTEMPLATED BY THE CN MERGER AGREEMENT AND RELATED MATTERS AND DEVELOPMENTS. THE PROXY STATEMENT AND SUCH OTHER PROXY MATERIALS, WHEN FILED WITH THE SEC, WILL BE AVAILABLE AT NO CHARGE ON THE SEC’S WEB SITE AT WWW.SEC.GOV. IN ADDITION, INVESTORS AND STOCKHOLDERS WILL BE ABLE TO OBTAIN FREE COPIES OF THE PROXY STATEMENT AND OTHER MATERIALS FILED WITH THE SEC ONLINE AT INVESTOR.CPR.CA, OR UPON REQUEST TO CANADIAN PACIFIC’S PROXY SOLICITOR, INNISFREE M&A INCORPORATED, AT (212) 750-5833 OR TOLL-FREE AT (877) 456-3442.
PARTICIPANTS IN THE SOLICITATION
The participants in the proxy solicitation are anticipated to be CP, Isabelle Courville, Edward R. Hamberger, Matthew H. Paull, Keith E. Creel, Nadeem S. Velani and John K. Brooks. As of the date of this news release, none of CP, Ms. Courville, Mr. Hamberger, Mr. Velani or Mr. Brooks are the beneficial owner of any shares of common stock, par value $0.01 per share, or 4% noncumulative preferred stock, par value $25.00 per share, of KCS (collectively, the “Shares”). Mr. Paull is the beneficial owner of 34 Shares, and Mr. Creel is the beneficial owner of seven Shares. Information about CP’s directors and executive officers may be found in its 2021 Management Proxy Circular, dated March 10, 2021, as well as its 2020 Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC and applicable securities regulators in Canada on February 18, 2021, available free of charge on its website at investor.cpr.ca and at www.sedar.com and www.sec.gov.
FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS AND INFORMATION
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We caution that the foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive and is made as of the date hereof. Additional information about these and other assumptions, risks and uncertainties can be found in reports and filings by CP with Canadian and U.S. securities regulators. Reference should be made to “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations – Forward-Looking Statements” in CP’s annual and interim reports on Form 10-K and 10-Q. Due to the interdependencies and correlation of these factors, as well as other factors, the impact of any one assumption, risk or uncertainty on FLI cannot be determined with certainty.
Except to the extent required by law, we assume no obligation to publicly update or revise any FLI, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. All FLI in this news release is expressly qualified in its entirety by these cautionary statements.
ABOUT CANADIAN PACIFIC
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Chris De Bruyn