The Covid-19 pandemic has made for a uncommon second in Company Canada: three corporations entered this quarter with over C$5-billion of money.

Shopify and Barrick Gold joined Air Canada in reporting a hefty pile of money and short-term investments on the finish of the quarter. It’s the primary time that many non-financial corporations on the S&P/TSX Composite Index have been so flush within the final 25 years, in accordance with knowledge compiled by Bloomberg.

The three corporations have seen their battle chests balloon for various causes. Barrick and Shopify are prospering, whereas Air Canada has gone on a mammoth capital-raising spree to safe the funds to outlive the Covid-19 pandemic.

Barrick, the world’s second-largest gold producer, has seen its money place swell amid surging gold costs as traders flocked to haven property earlier this 12 months. It spun out $1.3-billion of free money move within the third quarter permitting it to spice up its dividend for the third time previously 12 months. Barrick held about $4.7-billion (C$6.1-billion) of money as of the top of the third quarter.

For tech darling Shopify, revenues have skyrocketed however it additionally raised $1.3-billion by way of a share sale earlier this 12 months as its inventory surged. The Ottawa-based e-commerce agency ended its third quarter with over $6.1-billion (C$8-billion) in money as Covid-19 accelerated adoption of its on-line promoting software program and different companies. CEO Tobi Lutke advised analysts on its third-quarter earnings name that he’s “not an enormous fan of M&A for buying income.”

Air Canada, which misplaced a lot of its worth likes different pandemic-hit airways, has thus far managed to avert chapter by elevating new fairness and debt, increasing its cargo companies, decreasing flight capability and slicing tens of 1000’s of jobs. It expects to burn between C$1.1-billion and C$1.3-billion of its money within the fourth quarter amid Covid-related journey restrictions. The Canadian airline has about C$7.8-billion in money and equivalents.

Whereas it is a notable second for publicly-listed Canadian corporations, the US boasts a a lot bigger pool of cash-rich companies: over 100 non-financial S&P 500 corporations have the equal of C$5-billion and almost one in seven boast twice as a lot.


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