Business Maverick

Shopify Becomes Canada’s Second-Biggest Stock

By Bloomberg 20 April 2020
Signage is displayed at the Shopify Inc. office in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, on Sept. 13, 2018. Shopify Plus, the company's highest-tiered subscription, is attracting migrations from other platforms. In 2Q, more than 50% of customers that were added to the service were new to the Shopify platform. Photographer: Cole Burston/Bloomberg

Shopify Inc. skyrocketed again Monday, putting it in a tight race with one of Canada’s largest banks to become the second-most valuable company on the nation’s stock market.

Shopify shares jumped as much as 7.8%, pushing its market value over the C$100 billion ($71 billion) mark. Toronto-Dominion Bank, which was second to Royal Bank of Canada on Friday, has a market cap of about C$101.6 billion.
Shopify surges to reach C$100 billion market cap milestone

Investors piled into the tech stock last week after its Chief Technology Officer Jean-Michel Lemieux said the Ottawa-based company was seeing U.S. Black Friday-type of traffic as it brings “thousands” of businesses online during the Covid-19 pandemcic.

Chief Executive Office Tobi Lutke said Monday he wasn’t watching the move.

“I never look or care about stock price,” Lutke said in a Twitter post. “I work on the real market value of the company. Totally different.”

Shopify has jumped for an eighth straight day, its longest winning streak since 2017. It’s the best performing stock on the S&P/TSX Composite Index this year, making it more valuable than Brookfield Asset Management Inc., pipeline giant Enbridge Inc., Canadian National Railway Co. and Bank of Nova Scotia.

Priced In?

“Despite the likely overall negative impact on discretionary retail from the pandemic, with so much physical commerce closed, Shopify merchants should be able to take share during this period, even if of a smaller pie,” said Wedbush analyst Ygal Arounian said in a report published Monday.

Still the analyst added the shares were already pricing in both short and long-term benefits from the pandemic.

Shopify will begin providing cash advances directly to online merchants in Canada, chief operating officer Harley Finkelstein said in an interview with the Financial Post. Previously, Shopify Capital was only available in the U.S. and U.K.


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