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The rail industry and its many observers have been absorbed by the Canadian Pacific Railway’s pursuit of Norfolk Southern. Without recounting the entire story, the whole scenario (minus the regulatory…
CP ups the ante; NS responds
Canadian Pacific (CP) on Dec. 16, 2015 announced a “revised, enhanced offer” in its bid to acquire Norfolk Southern (NS). The revised offer consists of, for each NS share, U.S.$32.86,…
CP to NS: 4,926 words; 37 footnotes
December 7, 2015: A day that will live in infamy for anyone attempting to follow the volley of legalese and rhetoric being tossed about by Canadian Pacific and Norfolk Southern…
Sen. Durbin to STB: Consider negative impacts of potential CP-NS merger
In response to the proposed merger between Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) and Norfolk Southern Corporation (NS), U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Dec. 14, 2015 sent a letter signed by…
Jason Seidl: “It's either seven or four”
In a Dec. 10, 2015 interview with Bloomberg TV Canada, BNSF Executive Chairman Matt Rose stated that his company has spoken to both eastern Class I railroads about potential merger…
Jason Seidl: Hunter Harrison key to CP+NS
“Take Canadian Pacific (CP) CEO Hunter Harrison out of the equation and CP's offer to Norfolk Southern (NS) and its shareholders would have little chance of getting anywhere, in our…
CP sweetens deal as NS calls up reinforcements, says “no” again
Canadian Pacific’s pursuit of Norfolk Southern has taken on the tone of a rough-and-tumble yet well-intentioned star athlete pulling out all the stops to capture the heart of his dream…
Rail shipper survey reveals lack of support for potential CP-NS merger
About 71% of rail shippers surveyed by Cowen and Company do not support a merger between Canadian Pacific (CP) and Norfolk Southern (NS), even though opposition to a Class I…
NS to CP: Proposed merger "a poor combination"
Refuting practically every purported benefit that Canadian Pacific has given, and citing substantial regulatory risks and uncertainties as well as many other negatives, Norfolk Southern on Dec. 4, 2015 loudly…
CP-NS: Voting trust and other conundrums
Levitation takes two forms among railroads—magnetic levitation relating to futuristic high-speed passenger transport, and stock levitation associated with bidding wars for asset control.
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