TransCanada Shareholders Approve Holding Company - TransCanada Corporation
CALGARY, Alberta - April 25, 2003 - (TSX: TRP) (NYSE: TRP) - TransCanada PipeLines Limited today announced that at its Annual and Special Meeting of Shareholders, common shareholders voted in favour of a proposed arrangement to change the corporate structure of the company. Subject to Court approval, a new holding company - TransCanada Corporation - is to be created to become the parent of TransCanada PipeLines Limited.
TransCanada is scheduled to appear before the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta on Monday, April 28 to seek approval of the arrangement to establish TransCanada Corporation. If Court approval is received, the arrangement will become effective May 15, 2003.
The change will have no impact on TransCanada PipeLines Limited's day to day operations, services or obligations. The assets and liabilities of TransCanada PipeLines Limited will remain with TransCanada PipeLines Limited. Debt holders and preferred shareholders of TransCanada PipeLines Limited will continue to hold these securities in this company. TransCanada Corporation will own all of the outstanding common shares of TransCanada PipeLines Limited.
Subject to Court approval, as of May 15, 2003, common shareholders of TransCanada PipeLines Limited will automatically become common shareholders of TransCanada Corporation. Each TransCanada PipeLines Limited common share will be recognized as one TransCanada Corporation common share. TransCanada Corporation common shares will be publicly traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol "TRP", the symbol historically used by TransCanada PipeLines Limited. Preferred shares in TransCanada PipeLines Limited will be publicly traded under the new symbol "TCA".
TransCanada is a leading North American energy company. We are focused on natural gas transmission and power services with employees who are expert in these businesses. Our network of approximately 38,000 kilometres of pipeline transports the majority of western Canada's natural gas production to the fastest growing markets in Canada and the United States. TransCanada has interests in more than 4,000 megawatts of power - an equal amount of power can meet the needs of about four million average households. Our common shares trade under the symbol TRP on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges.
Forward Looking Information
Certain information in this news release is forward-looking and is subject to important risks and uncertainties. The results or events predicted in this information may differ from actual results or events. Factors which could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations include, among other things, the ability of TransCanada to successfully implement its strategic initiatives and whether such strategic initiatives will yield the expected benefits, the availability and price of energy commodities, regulatory decisions, competitive factors in the pipeline and power industry sectors, and the current economic conditions in North America. For additional information on these and other factors, see the reports filed by TransCanada with Canadian securities regulators and with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. TransCanada disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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