Canadian Pacific Ends Effort to Merge with Norfolk Southern

Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. today said it has terminated efforts to merge with Norfolk Southern Corp.

The railroad said that includes withdrawal of a resolution asking NS shareholders to vote in favour of good-faith negotiations between the two companies. No further financial offers or overtures to meet with the NS board of directors are planned at this time, CP said in a news release.

CP proposed the creation of a true end-to-end railroad that would enhance competition, ease freight congestion now and into the future, improve service to shippers, better support the economy and generate significant shareholder value for both companies.

“We have long recognized that consolidation is necessary for the North American rail industry to meet the demands of a growing economy, but with no clear path to a friendly merger at this time, we will turn all of our focus and energy to serving our customers and creating long term value for CP shareholders,” CP CEO E. Hunter Harrison said in a news release.