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The board of the Kansas Metropolis Southern railroad is reconsidering a $27bn supply from Canadian Pacific, regardless of an settlement to promote the corporate to a rival, after a US regulator rejected how the sooner deal was structured.

The board of the railroad, which is headquartered in Kansas Metropolis, Missouri and runs between that metropolis and Mexico, mentioned on Saturday that Canadian Pacific’s supply “may moderately be anticipated to result in” a “superior” supply than the one Canadian Nationwide made in Could to purchase the railroad for $30bn.

Kansas Metropolis Southern mentioned it will open its books to Canadian Pacific, however that the transfer wouldn’t essentially result in a deal.

Each Canadian railroads are pursuing the uncommon alternative to increase their attain into the US by snapping up one in every of solely seven massive railroads in North America. Canadian Pacific has beforehand mentioned that its competitor’s bigger supply nods to the greater regulatory scrutiny the deal faces.

If Canadian Nationwide acquires Kansas Metropolis Southern, the railroad can be the third largest on the continent. A tie-up with Canadian Pacific would nonetheless be the smallest of the six remaining massive rail operators.

Final week the US Floor Transportation Board, which regulates railroads, dominated {that a} “voting belief” proposed by Canadian Nationwide couldn’t be used. The belief would have allowed shareholders of Kansas Metropolis Southern to obtain fee earlier than the merger was permitted.

Each Canadian Nationwide and Kansas Metropolis Southern mentioned they had been “disenchanted” by the regulator’s resolution. Canadian Nationwide added that the deal “would improve competitors” and supply “new and sooner routes”.

The tie-up comes at a time when the global supply chain is straining. Shippers are paying excessive charges to rail, truck, ship and air carriers to ferry freight to fulfill shopper demand.

Canadian Pacific chief govt Keith Creel mentioned a deal between his railroad and Kansas Metropolis Southern was “the one really end-to-end Class 1 merger that preserves and enhances competitors. It’s the good mixture . . . for the rail trade and for commerce in North America”.

Canadian Pacific previously offered to pay $275 per share in inventory and money for the railroad, however has raised that to $300 per share.

Kansas Metropolis Southern closed at $291.63 on Friday.

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