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(Corrects that STB choice is to uphold waiver, not approve merger)
(Reuters) -Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd on Saturday welcomed the U.S. Floor Transportation Board’s (STB) choice to uphold a 2001 waiver it granted to Kansas Metropolis Southern (NYSE:) being relevant to the merger of the 2 corporations.
The 2 corporations will proceed with an software underneath the requirements within the STB’s pre-2001 main merger guidelines, in line with an announcement by Canadian Pacific (NYSE:).
The STB, charged with the financial regulation of assorted modes of floor transportation, primarily freight rail, on Friday confirmed that the waiver it granted to Kansas Metropolis Southern in 2001 is relevant to the proposed pleasant mixture of the 2 corporations.
Each corporations count on the STB’s overview to be accomplished by the center of 2022.
The STB up to date its merger rules in 2001 to introduce a requirement that Class I railways in the USA have to indicate a deal is within the public curiosity.
In keeping with the regulator, the merger would outcome within the smallest Class I railroad, primarily based on U.S. working revenues and in addition end in few overlapping routes.
CP had agreed to purchase Kansas Metropolis Southern in a $25 billion cash-and-stock deal to create the primary railway spanning the USA, Mexico and Canada in March.
Canadian Nationwide Railway Co made a competing bid of $33.7 billion for Kansas Metropolis Southern on Tuesday, after which CP stated it is not going to increase its bid. Its Chief Govt Keith Creel stated that greater rival Canadian Nationwide’s supply is “not an actual deal.”
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