CALGARY, Feb. 23, 2015 /CNW/ - Canadian Pacific (TSX: CP) (NYSE: CP) today announced that it intends to renew its normal course issuer bid (NCIB) commencing March 17, 2015, subject to the approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX). CP's board of directors has authorized the repurchase of up to 9.14 million of its common shares, for cancellation, representing approximately 6 percent of CP's "public float" of common shares as at February 20, 2015.
"This new share repurchase program demonstrates CP's continued confidence in the long-term prospects of the company and underscores our commitment to enhancing total shareholder return," said CP CEO E. Hunter Harrison. "Our strong balance sheet and cash flow position enables us to return cash to shareholders while continuing to pursue our business strategy and invest in the franchise."
CP is permitted to purchase up to 12,650,862 common shares during the 12 month period ending March 16, 2015 under its current program. CP has substantially completed the purchase of such shares, with 12,192,437 million shares purchased at a weighted average price of $202.62 as of February 20, 2015. CP expects it will complete purchases under its current NCIB prior to the expiry of the program on March 16th.
The actual number of common shares that will be repurchased, and the timing of any such purchases, will be determined by CP, subject to the limits imposed by the TSX. There cannot be any assurances as to how many common shares will ultimately be acquired by CP.
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 future sources of capital and CP's current and proposed NCIB. This forward-looking information 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 or headings such as "financial expectations", "key assumptions", "anticipate", "believe", "expect", "plan", "will", "outlook", "should" 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; changes in commodity prices; uncertainty surrounding timing and volumes of commodities being shipped via CP; 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; 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.
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SOURCE Canadian Pacific