CP-KCS deal wins Mexican approval

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited and Kansas City Southern have received the required regulatory pre-transaction approvals from the Mexican Federal Economic Competition Commission (COFECE) and the Mexican Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) for their merger.

The transaction remains subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including approval from stockholders of both companies. CP’s and KCS’s stockholders are scheduled to vote on the proposed transaction on Dec. 8 and 10, 2021, respectively.

Provided the transaction is approved by CP and KCS stockholders, it is expected to close two business days later on Dec. 14.

“This important milestone marks the next step on our path to creating the first single-line rail network linking the U.S., Mexico and Canada,” said Keith Creel, CP president and CEO.

On Sept. 30, 2021, the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) confirmed that it has approved the use of a voting trust for the CP-KCS combination.

In August 2021, the STB reaffirmed that the pre-2001 rules would govern its review of the CP-KCS transaction.

In April 2021, the STB determined it would review the CP-KCS combination under the merger rules in existence prior to 2001 and the waiver granted to KCS in 2001 to exempt it from the 2001 merger rules.

CP’s ultimate acquisition of control of KCS’ U.S. railways is subject to the approval of the STB.

The STB review of CP’s proposed control of KCS is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2022.