Recommends Shareholders Vote for the Best 16 Directors on the WHITE Universal Proxy Today
Shareholders Can Use WHITE Universal Proxy to Select Any Pershing Square Directors with Right Skills and Experience
CALGARY, May 9, 2012 /CNW/ - Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (TSX: CP) (NYSE: CP) today responded to recommendations issued by Glass Lewis & Co. ("Glass Lewis") and Egan-Jones Proxy Services ("Egan-Jones") regarding the Company's annual meeting of shareholders to be held on May 17, 2012.
"While we are pleased that Glass Lewis recognizes the Board's significant breadth and depth of expertise and experience and recommends shareholders vote FOR seven of the Company's highly qualified directors: Richard George, Krystyna Hoeg, Richard Kelly, John Manley, Linda Morgan, David Raisbeck and Hartley Richardson, CP strongly believes that Glass Lewis and Egan-Jones reached the wrong conclusion in recommending that shareholders vote in favour of all seven of the Pershing Square nominees.
"We recommend that shareholders use the WHITE universal proxy to cast their votes in favour of the best 16 directors — including any of the Pershing Square nominees who have the skills and experience to serve shareholders' best interests. Importantly, shareholders are urged not to give Pershing Square seven seats on the Board - a vote for seven Pershing Square nominees is a vote for risk and disruption.
"CP continues to aggressively and successfully execute on the Multi-Year Plan, delivering continued record operating performance in April, which marks the start of the fourth consecutive quarter of record operating performance. The CP Board of Directors is confident that CP has the right plan and the right team to successfully execute the Multi-Year Plan and generate substantial value for shareholders. We urge shareholders to protect their investment in CP and not risk the Company's future by exposing CP to the disruption that electing Pershing Square's other nominees would bring. Shareholders should vote FOR CP's highly-qualified director nominees on the WHITE universal proxy today."
CP recommends that shareholders use the WHITE universal proxy to select the 16 best directors to comprise the new Board. The 16 individuals with the most votes, out of the total of 22 individuals put forward by CP and Pershing Square, will comprise the Board elected at the annual meeting. Shareholders who wish to vote for some, but not all seven, of the Pershing Square nominees are encouraged to use the WHITE universal proxy.
Every vote is extremely important. CP recommends that shareholders vote FOR the CP nominees by Internet or by signing, dating and returning the WHITE universal proxy.
Shareholders are encouraged to visit www.CPonTrack.com to access the Company's Management Proxy Circular and for more information about CP, the CP management team and its value-generating Multi-Year Plan.
Shareholders with any questions about the information contained in this document or require assistance in completing the WHITE universal proxy, please contact the proxy solicitation agents:
Note on Forward-Looking Information
This news release contains certain forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws relating, but not limited, to our operations, priorities and plans, anticipated financial performance, business prospects, planned capital expenditures, programs and strategies. This forward-looking information also includes, but is not limited to, statements concerning expectations, beliefs, plans, goals, objectives, assumptions and statements about possible future events, conditions, and results of operations or performance. Forward-looking information may contain statements with words such as "anticipate", "believe", "expect", "plan" or similar words suggesting future outcomes.
Undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking information as actual results may differ materially from the forward-looking information. Forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future performance. By its nature, CP's forward-looking information involves numerous assumptions, inherent risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking information, including but not limited to the following factors: changes in business strategies; general North American and global economic, credit and business conditions; risks in agricultural production such as weather conditions and insect populations; the availability and price of energy commodities; the effects of competition and pricing pressures; industry capacity; shifts in market demand; inflation; changes in laws and regulations, including regulation of rates; changes in taxes and tax rates; potential increases in maintenance and operating costs; uncertainties of investigations, proceedings or other types of claims and litigation; labour disputes; risks and liabilities arising from derailments; transportation of dangerous goods; timing of completion of capital and maintenance projects; currency and interest rate fluctuations; effects of changes in market conditions and discount rates on the financial position of pension plans and investments, including long-term floating rate notes; and various events that could disrupt operations, including severe weather, droughts, floods, avalanches and earthquakes as well as security threats and governmental response to them, and technological changes. The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive.
These and other factors are detailed from time to time in reports filed by CP with securities regulators in Canada and the United States. Reference should be made to "Management's Discussion and Analysis" in CP's annual and interim reports, Annual Information Form and Form 40-F. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Forward-looking information is based on current expectations, estimates and projections and it is possible that predictions, forecasts, projections, and other forms of forward-looking information will not be achieved by CP. Except as required by law, CP undertakes no obligation to update publicly or otherwise revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
About Canadian Pacific
Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP)(NYSE: CP) operates a North American transcontinental railway providing freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain expertise. Incorporating best-in-class technology and environmental practices, CP is re-defining itself as a modern 21st century transportation company built on safety, service reliability and operational efficiency. Visit www.CPonTrack.com for a copy of CP's Management Proxy Circular and to see how Canadian Pacific is further driving shareholder value.
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