Kansas City Southern to merge with Canadian National, paid Canadian Pacific $700 million breakup fee
Shares of Kansas City Southern
rose 0.6% in Friday morning trading, after the Missouri-based railroad company said it has terminated its merger agreement with Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd.
and will go with it determined was a “superior” bid from Canadian National Railway Co.
As a result, Kansas City Southern will pay Canadian Pacific a $700 million breakup fee, which will be reimbursed by Canadian National. In March, Kansas City Southern had agreed to be acquired by Canadian Pacific (CP) in a deal valued at $25 billion, but then received a $33.7 billion buyout bid from Canadian National in April. Kansas City Southern said Friday that under terms of the Canadian National deal, its shareholders will receive $200 in cash and 1.129 Canadian National shares (CN) for each Kansas City Southern share (KSU) they own, which at current stock prices values KSU at $318.53 each. Meanwhile, shares of CN are down 1.3% in morning trading and CP are up 0.7%. KSU shares have now rallied 44.7% year to date, while the Dow Jones Transportation Average
has advanced 24.8% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average
has gained 12.2%.