Canadian Pacific Railway and Kansas City Southern Railroad Agree to Merge – Creating North America’s First Railroad Network to Connect Canada, the U.S. and Mexico

The Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (CP) and the Kansas City Southern (KCS) announced on Sunday, March 21, 2021 that they have entered into a merger agreement under which CP has agreed to acquire KCS in a stock and cash transaction representing an enterprise value of approximately USD $29 billion, which includes the assumption of $3.8 billion of outstanding KCS debt. Following final approval from the Surface Transportation Board (“STB”), the transaction will combine the two railroads to create the first rail network connecting the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. Joining seamlessly in Kansas City, Mo., in America’s heartland, CP and KCS together will connect customers via single-network transportation offerings between points on CP’s system throughout Canada, the U.S. Midwest, and the U.S. Northeast and points on KCS’ system throughout Mexico and the South-Central U.S. The STB review is expected to be completed by the middle of 2022. In prepared remarks for the announcement CP President and Chief Executive Officer Keith Creel said, “This transaction will be transformative for North America, providing significant positive impacts for our respective employees, customers, communities, and shareholders,” said CP President and Chief Executive Officer Keith Creel. “This will create the first U.S.-Mexico-Canada railroad, bringing together two railroads that have been keenly focused on providing quality service to their customers to unlock the full potential of their networks. CP and KCS have been the two best performing Class 1 railroads for the past three years on a revenue growth basis.”

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Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern Agree to Combine to Create the First U.S.-Mexico-Canada Rail Network