Kansas City Southern (“KCS”) (NYSE: KSU) announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. (“KCSM”), will redeem all of the $98.1 million aggregate principal amount of its 12.5% Senior Notes Due 2016 (the “Notes”) outstanding on April 1, 2013 (the “Redemption Date”) at a redemption price equal to 106.250% of the principal amount of the Notes to be redeemed. KCSM expects to finance the redemption of the Notes using a combination of cash on hand and borrowings from KCSM’s revolving credit facility. As April 1, 2013, is an interest payment date there will be no accrued and unpaid interest on the Redemption Date. U.S. Bank National Association is the trustee for the Notes.
“Redeeming the 12.5% notes is the latest in a series of debt portfolio management actions we have taken in recent years to strengthen our balance sheet and reduce interest expense,” commented Mike Upchurch, KCS Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “Today’s announcement represents another step toward our goal of achieving an investment grade credit rating for KCSM at all three rating agencies.”
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., KCS is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama. Its primary U.S. holding is The Kansas City Southern Railway Company, serving the central and south central U.S. Its international holdings include Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V., serving northeastern and central Mexico and the port cities of Lázaro Cárdenas, Tampico and Veracruz, and a 50 percent interest in Panama Canal Railway Company, providing ocean-to-ocean freight and passenger service along the Panama Canal. KCS’s North American rail holdings and strategic alliances are primary components of a NAFTA Railway system, linking the commercial and industrial centers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada.
This news release contains forward-looking statements that are not based upon historical information. Readers can identify these forward-looking statements by the use of such verbs as “expects,” “anticipates,” “believes” or similar verbs or conjugations of such verbs. Such forward-looking statements are based upon information currently available to management and management’s perception thereof as of the date of this news release. However, such statements are dependent on and, therefore, can be influenced by, a number of external variables over which management has little or no control, including: domestic and international economic conditions; interest rates; the business environment in industries that produce and consume rail freight; competition and consolidation within the transportation industry; fluctuation in prices or availability of key materials, in particular diesel fuel; labor difficulties, including strikes and work stoppages; credit risk of customers and counterparties and their failure to meet their financial obligation; the outcome of claims and litigation; legislative and regulatory developments; political and economic conditions in Mexico and the level of trade between the United States and Mexico; changes in securities and capital markets; disruptions to the Company's technology infrastructure, including its computer systems; natural events such as severe weather, hurricanes and floods; acts of terrorism or risk of terrorist activities; war or risk of war; and other factors affecting the operation of the business of KCS and KCSM. More detailed information about these factors may be found in filings by Kansas City Southern and Kansas City Southern de México, S.A. de C.V. with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including their most recent Annual Reports on Form 10-K and subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Forward-looking statements are not, and should not be relied upon as, a guarantee of future performance or results, nor will they necessarily prove to be accurate indications of the times at or by which any such performance or results will be achieved. As a result, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements. KCS and KCSM are under no obligation to, and expressly disclaim any such obligation to, update or alter their forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.