CN's management and Board of Directors believe that the repurchase by the Company of its shares represents an appropriate use of its funds.
Luc Jobin, CN executive vice-president and chief financial officer, said: "CN's strong record of financial performance has enabled the Company to reward its shareholders with close to C$3.5 billion in share buy-backs since 2010. The launch of a new share repurchase program to return additional cash to its shareholders, while continuing to pursue other business opportunities, confirms CN's commitment to create shareholder value."
CN also announced today that its Board of Directors has approved a fourth-quarter 2012 dividend on the Company's common shares outstanding. A quarterly dividend of thirty-seven and one-half cents (C$0.375) per common share will be paid on Dec. 31, 2012, to shareholders of record at the close of business on Dec. 10, 2012.
Forward-Looking Statements Certain information included in this news release constitutes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and under Canadian securities laws, including potential purchases of common shares for cancellation under a normal course issuer bid. CN cautions that, by their nature, these forward-looking statements involve risk, uncertainties and assumptions, and are subject to our board's discretion in respect of the declaration of dividends. The Company cautions that its assumptions may not materialize and that the current economic conditions render such assumptions, although reasonable at the time they were made, subject to greater uncertainty.Important risk factors that could affect the above forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the effects of general economic and business conditions, industry competition, inflation, currency and interest rate fluctuations, changes in fuel prices, legislative and/or regulatory developments, compliance with environmental laws and regulations, actions by regulators, various events which could disrupt operations, including natural events such as severe weather, droughts, floods and earthquakes, labor negotiations and disruptions, environmental claims, uncertainties of investigations, proceedings or other types of claims and litigation, risks and liabilities arising from derailments, and other risks and assumptions detailed from time to time in reports filed by CN with securities regulators in Canada and the United States. Reference should be made to "Management's Discussion and Analysis" in CN's annual and interim reports, Annual Information Form and Form 40-F filed with Canadian and U.S. securities regulators, available on CN's website, for a summary of major risks and assumptions. CN assumes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect future events, changes in circumstances, or changes in beliefs, unless required by applicable Canadian securities laws. In the event CN does update any forward-looking statement, no inference should be made that CN will make additional updates with respect to that statement, related matters, or any other forward-looking statement.