Norfolk Southern Rejects Canadian Pacific's Offer

Norfolk Southern Corp. has rejected Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd.'s $28 billion acquisition offer, saying the cash-and-stock proposal undervalues the company and carries high regulatory risk.

In a news release, Norfolk Chief Executive James A. Squires said there was a "high probability" that the deal would be rejected by the Surface Transportation Board.

"Even if the proposed combination were ultimately to be cleared, it would be subject to a wide range of onerous conditions that would reduce the value of the stock consideration that has been proposed," Mr. Squires said.

A representative for Canadian Pacific couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

CP unveiled its offer in November in a bid to create a North American rail network that stretches from Canada's West Coast to the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean.

But a deal would need to satisfy the STB's merger rules, a potentially tough sell in the first major test of requirements established by the agency in 2001 mandating that deals enhance competition.

In a letter sent to Canadian Pacific Friday, Norfolk touted its strategy and said the tie-up would cause it to lose "substantial revenue" from its customer base.

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