CALGARY, Dec. 1 /CNW/ - Canadian Pacific (TSX/NYSE: CP) today announced plans to accelerate funding of future pension obligations through a voluntary prepayment in December of approximately $500 million to the company's Canadian defined benefit pension plan from cash on hand.
"Canadian Pacific remains committed to reducing indebtedness, extending debt maturities and enhancing near-term liquidity," said Kathryn McQuade, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. "The voluntary pension prepayment will reduce volatility in future pension funding requirements and provides greater predictability in our cash flow."
"The actions we have taken this year in the capital markets, our asset monetization programs and effective cost management initiatives have increased our financial flexibility in a difficult economic climate," added Ms. McQuade.
CP now estimates its 2010 pension contributions to be between $150 and $200 million after application of a portion of the prepayment. This range replaces the previous estimate of $250 to $300 million provided in Management's Discussion and Analysis for Third Quarter 2009, using the same assumptions.
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About Canadian Pacific:
Canadian Pacific, through the ingenuity of its employees located across Canada and in the United States, remains committed to being the safest, most fluid railway in North America. Our people are the key to delivering innovative transportation solutions to our customers and to ensuring the safe operation of our trains through the more than 1,100 communities where we operate. Come and visit us at www.cpr.ca to see how we can put our ingenuity to work for you. Canadian Pacific is proud to be the official rail freight services provider for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
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