CN Proposal Continues to Garner Positive Momentum
More than 700 customers, suppliers, elected officials and other stakeholders have sent letters of support for CN since it made its proposal
MONTREAL, May 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CN (TSX: CNR, NYSE: CNI) today announced that it has continued to receive support from customers, suppliers, elected officials and other stakeholders for its proposed combination with Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU) (“KCS”).
100 additional letters have been sent to CN and filed with the Surface Transportation Board (“STB”) in favor of CN’s proposed combination with KCS, bringing the total number of support letters CN has received to more than 700. Of note, 66 of the letters filed with the STB explicitly support CN’s proposed combination with KCS, and 34 of the letters specifically ask the Board to approve CN’s use of a voting trust. CN will continue to communicate and engage with its customers and various stakeholders as it works towards an agreed transaction with KCS.
A full copy of the CN’s letter filed with the STB appears below:
|In the two weeks since Canadian National Railway Company (“CN”) publicly announced its proposal for a combination with Kansas City Southern (“KCS”), over 700 stakeholders have submitted letters publicly expressing their support for the proposed transaction. In this filing, CN adds 100 letters to the 620 support statements that were filed last week in CN-4, CN-9, and CN-10.1|
|66 of these letters explicitly support the proposed combination of KCS and CN, for reasons that echo the 620 letters that CN has previously submitted. Customers are responding to the pro-competitive benefits of a transaction that would provide better service options, promote growth, and create a seamless, integrated North American railway that can compete head-to-head with trucks for north-south movements.|
|34 of the enclosed letters specifically focus on CN’s request that the Board approve its voting trust agreement, and ask the Board to approve that proposed voting trust. Many voting trust letters are from stakeholders who support the ultimate transaction. Others are from customers who are still evaluating the proposed combination, but who wholeheartedly support CN’s use of a voting trust. For example, the Chemours Company does not yet take a position on an ultimate CN-KCS combination, but it “unequivocally supports approval of CN’s voting trust” and urges the Board to grant CN’s request for simultaneous review of CP’s and CN’s voting trusts to “ensure a level playing field.”2|
|CN looks forward to continued conversations with our customers and other interested parties about the proposed CN-KCS combination and why it presents the best solution for the continued growth, development and prosperity of the North American economy.|
|Sean Finn||/s/ Raymond A. Atkins|
|Olivier Chouc||Raymond A. Atkins|
|CN||Terence M. Hynes|
|935 de La Gauchetière Street West,||Matthew J. Warren|
|16th Floor||Sidley Austin LLP|
|Montreal, QC H3B 2M9||1501 K Street, N.W.|
|CANADA||Washington, DC 20005|
|Kathryn J. Gainey||[email protected]|
|601 Pennsylvania Ave, NW|
|Suite 500, North Building|
|Washington, DC 20004|
|Counsel for Canadian National Railway Company, Grand Trunk Corporation, and CN’s Rail Operating Subsidiaries
|Dated: May 3, 2021|
For more information about CN’s superior proposal to combine with KCS, please visit www.ConnectedContinent.com.
1 See Initial Submission of 409 Statements Supporting Proposed Transaction, CN-4, Canadian National Ry. Co.—Control—Kansas City So. et al., Fin. Docket No. 36514 (filed Apr. 26, 2021); Submission of Port and Terminal Operators’ Statements Supporting Proposed Transaction, CN-9, Canadian National Ry. Co.—Control—Kansas City So. et al., Fin. Docket No. 36514 (filed Apr. 29, 2021); Submission of 200 Statements Supporting Proposed Transaction, CN-10, Canadian National Ry. Co.—Control—Kansas City So. et al., Fin. Docket No. 36514 (filed Apr. 29, 2021).
2See Letter of Kevin Acker on behalf of The Chemours Company, infra at pdf pages 160-161.
CN is a world-class transportation leader and trade-enabler. Essential to the economy, to the customers, and to the communities it serves, CN safely transports more than 300 million tons of natural resources, manufactured products, and finished goods throughout North America every year. As the only railroad connecting Canada’s Eastern and Western coasts with the U.S. South through a 19,500-mile rail network, CN and its affiliates have been contributing to community prosperity and sustainable trade since 1919. CN is committed to programs supporting social responsibility and environmental stewardship.
Forward Looking Statements
Certain statements included in this news release constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and under Canadian securities laws, including statements based on management’s assessment and assumptions and publicly available information with respect to KCS, regarding the proposed transaction between CN and KCS, the expected benefits of the proposed transaction and future opportunities for the combined company. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. CN cautions that its assumptions may not materialize and that current economic conditions render such assumptions, although reasonable at the time they were made, subject to greater uncertainty. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of terminology such as “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “assumes,” “outlook,” “plans,” “targets,” or other similar words.
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Additional Information and Where to Find It
This news release relates to a proposal which CN has made for an acquisition of KCS. In furtherance of this proposal and subject to future developments, CN (and, if a negotiated transaction is agreed, KCS) may file one or more registration statements, proxy statements, tender offer statements or other documents with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) or applicable securities regulators in Canada. This news release is not a substitute for any proxy statement, registration statement, tender offer statement, prospectus or other document CN and/or KCS may file with the SEC or applicable securities regulators in Canada in connection with the proposed transactions.
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