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Kansas City Southern Rejects $20B Takeover

Bid from Blackstone arm "undervalues railroad operator" says company

Railroad tracks

Kansas City Southern has rejected a roughly $20 billion takeover offer from a group of investors, arguing that the bid undervalues the railroad operator, according to people familiar with the matter, reports Fox Business.

Global Infrastructure Partners and the infrastructure arm of private-equity giant Blackstone Group Inc. had offered Kansas City Southern $208 a share, some of the people said. Kansas City rejected that offer after earlier brushing back a bid that was below $200 a share, the people said. The two sides aren’t in discussions.

Kansas City Southern is the smallest of the five major freight railroads in the U.S. The company plays a key role in U.S.-Mexico trade, with a network across both countries.

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