Kansas City Southern said Wednesday it is terminating its merger agreement with Canadian National Railway Co. and entering a merger agreement with Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. , after determining that it’s $31 billion bid was the best of the two competing offers. Under the terms of the new agreement, KCS shareholders will receive $90 in cash and 2.884 shares of CP common stock for each share owned. Holders of the company’s preferred stock will receive $37.50 in cash for each share owned. KCS will pay Canadian National a breakup fee of $700 million, and an extra $700 million to cover a sum paid by Canadian National to reimburse KCS a termination fee paid to CP in May. “Both of these payments will be reimbursed to KCS by CP,” the company said in a statement. The company will schedule a special shareholder meeting to fove on the new deal in due course, said the statement. KCS shares were up 0.5% premarket and have gained 37% in the year to date, while the S&P 500 has gained 18%. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.
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