Bloomberg — Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. is tapping the investment-grade bond markets in the U.S. and Canada to help fund its acquisition of Kansas City Southern.
The Calgary-based railroad operator is selling $6.7 billion of U.S. dollar bonds in five parts, according to a person familiar with the matter. Separately, the company is also issuing C$2.2 billion ($1.74 billion) notes in two parts.
Canadian Pacific won a buyout war for Kansas City Southern in September, agreeing to acquire the U.S.-based railroad in a $27 billion cash and stock transaction that will create the first railroad to operate in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Both companies are scheduled hold shareholder meetings to vote on the merger agreement in early December.
The yield on the Bloomberg high-grade bond index rose to 2.33% Tuesday. While that’s the highest since June 2020, it’s still around 70 basis points lower than five-year average.
“It appears that market timing works well for them because current level of rates and tight spreads will keep their cost of capital quite low,” said Imran Chaudhry, senior portfolio manager for fixed income at Fiera Capital. “CP needs to raise money to pay the Kansas City Southern shareholders as soon as possible.”
The longest portion of the offerings, a 30-year U.S. dollar security, will be priced to yield 117 basis points above Treasuries, after initial price discussions in the 140 basis points area, said the person, who asked not to be identified as the details are private. Bank of Montreal and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. are managing the sale, the person said.