Canadian Pacific has announced that the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) has accepted its notice to implement a normal course issuer bid (NCIB) to purchase, for cancellation, up to 5 682 940 common shares or approximately 4% of CP's common shares issued and outstanding as at 11 October 2018. The NCIB is scheduled to commence on 24 October 2018 and is due to terminate on 23 October 2019.
Purchases of CP common shares under the NCIB may be made through the facilities of the TSX, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and alternative trading systems by means of open market transactions or by such other means as may be permitted by the TSX and under applicable securities laws, including private agreements or share repurchase programmes pursuant to issuer bid exemption orders issued by applicable securities regulatory authorities. The price CP will pay for any common shares will be the market price at the time of purchase or such other price as may be permitted by the TSX. Any purchase made under an exemption order issued by a securities regulatory authority will generally be at a discount to the prevailing market price.
In connection with the NCIB, CP will enter into an automatic purchase plan (plan) with its designated broker to allow for purchases of its common shares during internal quarterly blackout periods. Such purchases would be at the discretion of the broker based on parameters established by CP prior to any blackout period. Outside of these periods, common shares will be purchased in accordance with management's discretion, subject to applicable law. The plan has been reviewed by the TSX and may be terminated by CP or its broker in accordance with its terms, or will terminate on the expiry of the NCIB.
As of 11 October 2018, CP had 142 601 634 common shares issued and outstanding. CP will not acquire through the facilities of the TSX more than 70 588 common shares during a trading day, being 25% of the average daily trading volume of CP common shares on the TSX for the six calendar months prior to the date of approval of the bid by the TSX and, in addition, will not acquire per day on the NYSE more than 25% of the average daily trading volume for the four calendar weeks preceding the date of purchase, subject to, in both cases, certain exceptions for block purchases.
The actual number of common shares that will be repurchased under the NCIB, 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, if any, will ultimately be acquired by CP.
CP believes that the purchase of its shares from time to time is an appropriate and advantageous use of its funds.
CP purchased 4 384 062 of its common shares at a weighted average price of CAN$214.31 under its previous normal course issuer bid, which expired on 14 May 2018.
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