Canadian Pacific Responds to ISS Recommendation
Recommends Shareholders Vote FOR CP Director Nominees on the WHITE Universal Proxy
CALGARY, May 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (TSX: CP) (NYSE: CP) today responded to a recommendation issued by Institutional Shareholder Services ("ISS") regarding the Company's annual meeting of shareholders to be held on May 17, 2012.
"We strongly believe that ISS reached the wrong conclusion in failing to recommend that shareholders vote in favour of all of CP's highly-qualified and experienced directors. The perfunctory analysis presented by ISS to justify its flawed recommendation to vote for all seven Pershing Square nominees is directly contradicted by the analysis of CP's efficiency presented by Oliver Wyman, highly qualified, independent railroad industry experts retained by CP's Board of Directors. We strongly recommend that shareholders vote FOR CP's director nominees by voting the WHITE universal proxy today.
The CP Board has significant breadth and depth of expertise and experience in both the railroad industry and other complementary fields and is the right Board to drive shareholder value by guiding the Company through the successful execution of the Multi-Year Plan. The entire Board of CP is holding Fred Green and the CP management team fully accountable for the success of this Plan.
CP's Board is unanimous in its belief that Pershing Square's demand that it replace the Company's CEO with Hunter Harrison would delay and damage CP's value-generating plan, and represents unwarranted risk to shareholder value at a critical time.
Pershing Square's nominees have failed to provide any strategic or operational plan that would lead to an improved operating ratio ("OR"), much less achieve the unprecedented and unrealistic rate of OR reduction Pershing Square has promised to shareholders.
CP is at a critical juncture. We urge shareholders to protect their investment and not risk CP's future by exposing CP to the disruption that electing all seven of Pershing Square's 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.
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.
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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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