Edmonton Journal

CP buys link to Mexico in $25B takeover

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Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. agreed to buy Kansas City Southern for $25 billion, seeking to create a 20,000-mile rail network linking the U.S., Mexico and Canada in the first year of those nations' new trade alliance.

The transactio­n creates the only network that cuts through all three North American countries, giving CP access to the Kansas City, Missouri-based company's sprawling Midwestern rail network that connects farms in Kansas and Missouri to ports along the Gulf of Mexico. The network would also let CP reach deep into Mexico, which made up almost half of Kansas City Southern's revenue last year.

“I've had my eye on the KCS for quite some time,” CP chief executive Keith Creel said in a telephone interview. “We extend our reach for our customers through the U.S. and into Mexico, and at the same time KCS can do the same coming from Mexico up to U.S. destinatio­ns and Canada.”

The combinatio­n — the biggest purchase of a U.S. asset by a Canadian company since 2016 — would provide a transporta­tion solution for manufactur­ers seeking to bring factories back to North America after the pandemic exposed risks of relying on overseas supply chains, Creel said. The merger has a “compelling and powerful environmen­tal impact” by enticing more truck cargo to rail, which is about four times more fuel efficient, he said.

Creel will be CEO of the new company, to be based in Calgary, and is expected to remain at the helm until at least early 2026, according to a separate statement. The new entity, to be called Canadian Pacific Kansas City, or CPKC, will have revenue of about $8.7 billion and almost 20,000 employees.

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