Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. is planning to make a new, increased offer for Kansas City Southern, according to people familiar with the matter, reigniting a takeover battle with Canadian National Railway Co. for the U.S. railroad.

Canadian Pacific’s board of directors met Monday to authorize a bid that values Kansas City Southern near $300 per share, the people said, or about $27 billion. There is no guarantee Canadian Pacific will follow through with the plan; if it does, it is expected to do so soon.

Canadian Pacific

had clinched a cash-and-stock deal with Kansas City Southern

 valued at around $275 per share, or $25 billion. Kansas City Southern later agreed to a sale to Canadian National instead after CN

offered about $30 billion (then worth around $320 a share) and Canadian Pacific declined to raise its offer. Kansas City Southern shares traded Monday at around $269.60 apiece.

Canadian Pacific could be motivated to submit a new bid ahead of a planned shareholder vote on the Canadian National-Kansas City Southern deal slated for Aug. 19.

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