CN announces US$500-million debt offering

MONTREAL, Feb. 18, 2016 /CNW/ - CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) today announced a public debt offering of US$500 million 2.75% Notes due 2026.  CN expects to close the offering on Feb. 23, 2016, subject to customary closing conditions.

CN plans to use the net proceeds from the offering for general corporate purposes, including the redemption and refinancing of outstanding indebtedness, and share repurchases.

The debt offering is being made in the United States under an effective shelf registration statement CN filed on Jan. 5, 2016.  The joint book-running managers of the debt offering are: Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC.  The co-managers of the debt offering are BNP PARIBAS, RBC Capital Markets, LLC, BMO Capital Markets, HSBC, MUFG, Scotiabank, SMBC Nikko, TD Securities, and US Bancorp. 

A copy of the prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus for the offering may be obtained by contacting Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, Attention: Prospectus Department, toll free: 1-800-831-9146, email: prospectus@citi.com; Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, 222 Broadway, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10038, Attention: Prospectus Department, toll free: 1-800-294-1322, email: dg.prospectus_requests@baml.com; or Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, 608 2nd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55402, Attention: WFS Customer Service, toll free: 1-800-645-3751, email: wfscustomerservice@wellsfargo.com.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor will there be any sale of these securities, in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain information included in this news release constitutes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and under Canadian securities laws, including statements relating to potential debt refinancing or potential purchases of common shares for cancellation under a normal course issuer bid as well as with respect to the timing and completion of the proposed debt offering, which is subject to customary termination rights and closing conditions. CN cautions that, by their nature, these forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions, and CN's Board of Directors has discretion in the use of the proceeds from the offering to which this news release relates. The Company cautions that its assumptions may not materialize and that current economic conditions may render such assumptions, although reasonable at the time they were made, subject to greater uncertainty. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results or performance of the Company or the rail industry to be materially different from the outlook or any future results or performance implied by such statements.

Important risk factors that could affect the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the effects of general economic and business conditions, industry competition, inflation, currency and interest rate fluctuations, changes in fuel prices, legislative and/or regulatory developments, compliance with environmental laws and regulations, actions by regulators, various events which could disrupt operations, including natural events such as severe weather, droughts, floods and earthquakes, labor negotiations and disruptions, environmental claims, uncertainties of investigations, proceedings or other types of claims and litigation, risks and liabilities arising from derailments, and other risks and assumptions detailed from time to time in reports filed by CN with securities regulators in Canada and the United States.  Reference should be made to "Management's Discussion and Analysis" in CN's annual and interim reports, Annual Information Form and Form 40-F filed with Canadian and U.S. securities regulators, available on CN's website, for a summary of major risks and assumptions.

CN assumes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect future events, changes in circumstances, or changes in beliefs, unless required by applicable Canadian securities laws. In the event CN does update any forward-looking statement, no inference should be made that CN will make additional updates with respect to that statement, related matters, or any other forward-looking statement.

CN's team of approximately 23,000 railroaders transports more than C$250 billion worth of goods annually for a wide range of business sectors, ranging from resource products to manufactured products to consumer goods, across a rail network of approximately 20,000 route-miles spanning Canada and mid-America. CN – Canadian National Railway Company, along with its operating railway subsidiaries – serves the cities and ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the metropolitan areas of Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary, Chicago, Memphis, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America.  

SOURCE CN

For further information: Media: Mark Hallman, Director, Communications and Public Affairs, (905) 669-3384; Investment Community: Janet Drysdale, Vice-President, Investor Relations, (514) 399-0052

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