Posts Tagged ‘Class 1 railroad mergers’

Comment Period Extended on CP-KCS Merger

September 7, 2022

The deadline to comment on the draft environmental analysis of the proposed merger of Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern has been extended to Oct. 14.

The U.S. Surface Transportation Board said on Tuesday it extended the deadline at the request of officials from “affected communities.”

The notice extending the comment period noted “no further extensions of time will be granted” after the October due date.”

A final environmental analysis will be issued after the comment period closes.

Comments on the draft analysis may be submitted electronically on the Board-sponsored project website or the Board’s website by clicking on the “E-FILING” link.

Committee Gives CP-KCS Merger an OK

August 17, 2022

An interagency federal government committee has given its approval of the proposed merger of Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern.

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States is authorized to review certain transactions involving foreign investment and certain real estate transactions by foreign entities to determine their effect on national security.

The merger is still being reviewed by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board. That review is expected to be completed by early 2023.

STB Hearings Set for CP-KCS Merger

July 23, 2022

Three days of public hearings will be held in September by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board as it continues to review the proposed merger of Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern.

The hearings will be held at STB headquarters in Washington on Sept. 28, 29 and 30 and will be livestreamed online.

In a news release, regulators said the deadline to register to speak during the hearings will be Sept. 14. It also set an Oct. 14 deadline for submission of briefs in the case. After that date the STB will close the record on the merger.

By federal law regulators are required to issue a ruling in a merger proceeding within 90 days after the close of the record unless an environmental analysis has not been completed.

That would push the decision date for the merger to as late as mid-January with the decision becoming effective 30 days later.

CP-KCS Want Merger Without Conditions

July 15, 2022

Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern have asked the U.S. Surface Transportation Board to approve their merger without conditions.

The two recently filed a 4,300-document with the STB in which they sought to rebut requests for conditions being made by other railroads and interested parties.

CP-KCS content that their merger is compellingly in the public interest and should be approved without conditions “beyond those embodying the commitments Applicants are making.”

Those commitments, including some made to Amtrak, are detailed in the document.

CP-KCS noted that no shipper  or shipper association has suggested that the merger be denied.

CP-KCS Deal to Close Today, STB Sets Hearing for CSX-Pan Merger

December 14, 2021

Canadian Pacific is expected to assume ownership of Kansas City Southern today (Dec. 14, 2021).

The $31 billion acquisition was approved by shareholders of both companies last year, but a merger of the two companies is pending review by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board.

KCS will continue to operate as an independent company during the review period and be placed in a blind trust until the STB rules in what is expected to be the fourth quarter of 2022.

During this period, management of KCS is expected to remain the same.

In an unrelated development involving Class 1 railroad mergers, the STB has set hearing dates of Jan. 13-14, 2022, for the proposed merger of CSX and New England regional railroad Pan Am Railways.

The hearing will be held online on Jan. 13 with time reserved for the following day if needed.

Those wishing to address the Board must file a notice of intent to participate by Dec. 20.
The STB also said last week that it will not require an environmental and historic review in the CSX acquisition of Pan Am.

KCS Stockholders OK Merger With CP

December 10, 2021

Stockholders of Kansas City Southern voted overwhelmingly on Friday in favor of a merger with Canadian Pacific.

KCS said the merger won approval of 99.6 percent of the votes cast. Earlier in the week CP shareholders approved the merger by a similar tally.

CP has proposed acquiring KCS in a stock and cash transaction by which KCS common share holders will receive $90 in cash and 2.844 CP shares for each KCS share held.

KCS preferred shareholders will receive $37.50 in cash. The deal is expected to close on Dec. 14 at which time KCS will be placed in a voting trust while the U.S. Surface Transportation Board reviews the proposed merger.

If the merger wins regulatory approval, the surviving company will be known as Canadian Pacific Kansas City.

The STB is expected to rule on the merger by the fourth quarter of 2022. The merger earlier received approval of regulators in Mexico.

CP Shareholders OK Merger with KCS

December 8, 2021

Shareholders of Canadian Pacific today approved a merger with Kansas City Southern. KCS shareholders will vote on the merger on Friday.

The vast majority of CP stockholders approved the $31 billion deal, which involves CP buying KCS and putting it in a blind trust while U.S. regulators consider the merger.

Terms of the deal include CP issuing 277 million shares of CP common stock to KCS common stock holders.

Review of the merger by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board is expected to take much of 2022.

If the merger is approved the surviving company will operate as Canadian Pacific Kansas City.

Mexico Approves CP-KCS Merger

November 27, 2021

The Mexican Federal Economic Competition Commission on Friday approved a proposed merger of Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern.

Mexican approval was needed because KCS has rail lines in that country.

The merger, which involves CP buying KCS, must still be reviewed by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board, a process that is expected to take about year.

At present CP and KCS continue to operate as independent entities, but if shareholders of both companies approve the deal later this month CP plans to place KCS into a blind trust owned by CP.

STB Accepts CP-KCS Merger Application

November 24, 2021

The merger application filed by Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern has been accepted by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board.

Regulators are expected to take up to a year to review the merger bid, which the carriers formally sought in October.

The STB thus turned aside objections by Union Pacific and Canadian National that the CP-KCS merger application was incomplete (UP) or filed too soon (CN)

 “The Board finds that the Application is complete as it contains all information required by the Board’s regulations. Accordingly, the Application is accepted,” the board wrote in accepting the CP-KCS application.

CP Shareholders to Vote Dec. 8 on KCS Acquisition

November 4, 2021

Shareholders of Canadian Pacific will meet Dec. 8 to consider the planned acquisition of Kanas City Southern.

The meeting will be held online and is open to shareholders who held CP common stock as of the close of business Nov. 1.

CP is buying KCS in a cash and stock transaction valued at $31 billion. Shareholders of KCS must also approve the deal.