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Progressive Waste reviewing options for its business, gives little detail

TORONTO — A major North American garbage collection business, Progressive Waste Solutions, has embarked on a review of its strategic options but is providing few details about the potential impact of the process.

Bloomberg News reported Monday that unidentifed sources said Progressive's advisers had approached potential buyers in recent weeks but talks were preliminary.

The company, headquartered near Toronto but active in six provinces and several regions of the United States, confirrned it has hired J.P. Morgan Securities to advise its board in the review.

But Progressive said there's no certainty that the review will result in any change to the company's business strategy, or in any transaction, and cauthioned investors against relying on press reports for their information.

"The company does not intend to make any further public comments regarding this matter prior to the completion of the review of strategic alternatives," Progressive said in a brief statement.

Progressive Waste shares (TSX:BIN) closed Monday in Toronto at C$32.29, down 21 cents. In New York, the shares closed at US$23.21, down 34 cents.

The company, based in Vaughan, Ont., deals with non-hazardous solid waste from residential and industrial customers. It operates fleets of collection trucks and operates landfill, recycling and other disposal sites.

The Canadian Press

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