Canadian Pacific (TSX: CP) (NYSE: CP) today announced that it intends to seek Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) acceptance of a new normal course issuer bid. Subject to TSX acceptance, CP's board of directors has authorized the repurchase of up to 6.91 million of its common shares, for cancellation, representing approximately 5 percent of CP's "public float" of common shares as at April 19, 2016.
The board also authorized an increase to the company's quarterly dividend to $0.50 per share from $0.35 payable on July 25, 2016 to shareholders of record on June 24, 2016.
"With the increase in our dividend and the new share repurchase program, we are renewing our commitment to return cash to shareholders in a disciplined manner that affirms our confidence in the long-term plan for CP," said CP CEO E. Hunter Harrison. "We have established a solid foundation to build on, and we believe that the long term outlook for CP remains strong."
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.
CP purchased 11,375,189 of its common shares at a weighted average price of $198.46 under its previous normal course issuer bid, which expired March 17, 2016.
This news release contains certain forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws relating, but not limited, to CP's intention to commence a normal course issuer bid and potential future purchases of CP common shares under the normal course issuer bid. 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 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 "Item 1A - Risk Factors" and "Item 7 - Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations - Forward-Looking Information" in CP's annual and interim reports on Form 10-K and 10- Q. 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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