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CP sets January record for Canadian grain movements

CALGARY , Feb. 5, 2020 /CNW/ - Canadian Pacific (CP) (CP) moved 2.09 million metric tonnes of Canadian grain and grain products in January 2020 , breaking the January 2019 record by 200,000 metric tonnes.

"CP's commitment to providing our customers with safe and efficient service continues to create positive momentum across the Canadian grain supply chain," said Joan Hardy , CP's Vice-President Sales and Marketing, Grain and Fertilizers. "This record-setting performance was achieved through close collaboration across the supply chain and the efforts of our world-class operating team."

CP's 8,500-foot High Efficiency Product (HEP) train model, Dedicated Train Program (DTP) and new high-efficiency hopper cars are significant factors in CP's record-breaking January. CP now has more than 2,300 new high-capacity hopper cars in service and expects to operate 3,300 by the end of 2020. The new hopper cars can carry 10 percent more volume and 15 percent more weight compared to the older cars they are replacing. Combined with the additional length of the 8,500-foot grain train model, a HEP train has more than 40 percent additional capacity than the 7,000-foot model. The DTP incentivizes customers to load and unload more quickly, driving increased overall grain movements.

"As we approach Feb. 11 , Canada's Agriculture Day, I am once again reminded of the role CP and the entire grain supply chain plays in enabling the Canadian agricultural industry," said Hardy. "On Canada's Agriculture Day, we celebrate the producers of the food that is enjoyed in Canada and around the world. It is with great pride that we deliver these products to market each and every day."

Note on forward-looking information
This news release contains certain forward-looking information and forward-looking statements (collectively, "forward-looking information") within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking information includes, but is not limited to, statements concerning expectations, beliefs, plans, goals, objectives, assumptions and statements about possible future events, conditions, and results of operations or performance. Forward-looking information may contain statements with words or headings such as "financial expectations", "key assumptions", "anticipate", "believe", "expect", "plan", "will", "outlook", "should" or similar words suggesting future outcomes. This news release contains forward-looking information relating, but not limited to, the success of our business, our operations, priorities and plans, our anticipated financial and operational performance and efficiency of the HEP train model and associated facilities, including growth in our high-capacity hopper car fleet in 2020 and beyond, capital expenditures, shipment capacity, labour and employment plans, HEP qualification of CP-served train-loading facilities, performance by and investments in the Canadian grain supply chain by CP and third-party shippers, and the ability to meet the demands of shipping customers in Canada's agricultural sector and cooperation with other stakeholders in the grain supply chain.

The forward-looking information contained in this news release is based on current expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions, having regard to CP's experience and its perception of historical trends, and includes, but is not limited to, expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions relating to: foreign exchange rates, effective tax rates, land sales and pension income; North American and global economic growth; commodity demand growth; sustainable industrial and agricultural production; commodity prices and interest rates; performance of our assets and equipment; sufficiency of our budgeted capital expenditures in carrying out our business plan; our ability to complete our capital and maintenance projects on the timelines anticipated; applicable laws, regulations and government policies; the availability and cost of labour, services and infrastructure; and the satisfaction by third parties of their obligations to CP. Although CP believes the expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions reflected in the forward-looking information presented herein are reasonable as of the date hereof, there can be no assurance that they will prove to be correct.

Undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking information as actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by forward-looking information. By its nature, CP's forward-looking information involves inherent risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward looking information, including, but not limited to, the following factors: changes in business strategies; general North American and global economic, credit and business conditions; risks associated with agricultural production, such as weather conditions and insect populations; the availability and price of energy commodities; the effects of competition and pricing pressures; industry capacity; shifts in market demand; changes in commodity prices; uncertainty surrounding timing and volumes of commodities being shipped via CP; inflation; changes in laws, regulations and government policies, including regulation of rates; changes in taxes and tax rates; potential increases in maintenance and operating costs; changes in fuel prices; uncertainties of investigations, proceedings or other types of claims and litigation; labour disputes; risks and liabilities arising from derailments; transportation of dangerous goods; timing of completion of capital and maintenance projects; currency and interest rate fluctuations; effects of changes in market conditions and discount rates on the financial position of pension plans and investments; trade restrictions or other changes to international trade arrangements; climate change; and various events that could disrupt operations, including severe weather, such as droughts, floods, avalanches and earthquakes, and cybersecurity attacks, as well as security threats and governmental response to them, and technological changes. The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. These and other factors are detailed from time to time in reports filed by CP with securities regulators in Canada and the United States . Reference should be made to "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations - Forward-Looking Information" in CP's annual and interim reports on Form 10-K and 10-Q.

The forward-looking information contained in this news release is made as of the date hereof. Except as required by law, CP undertakes no obligation to update publicly or otherwise revise any forward-looking information, or the foregoing assumptions and risks affecting such forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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