Canada Post reports $1m profit before tax in Q2

Amidst its acrimonious contract negotiations with its main union, Canada Post has some good news with a profit before tax of C$1 million in Q2 of 2016.

Where the profit is small, it does compare favourably with last year’s loss of C$31 million in Q2 of 2015.

Canada Post’s pension deficit has grown significantly as the discount rate dropped. The pension solvency deficit is estimated at C$8.1 billion as of the 1st July, up from C$6.1bn on the 31st December.

“The large size and volatility of this obligation compared to the Corporation’s revenue and profit presents a major challenge to the Corporation’s financial self-sustainability,” commented Canada Post.

Canada Post added in its statement that although it has seen a strong performance in the parcels business and direct marketing, “growth in these areas will not be enough to pay for the pension obligations, offset the ongoing decline in Lettermail and invest in the network and customer service”.

In a statement issued on Friday, Canada Post said: “In the first two quarters of 2016, the Canada Post segment recorded a profit before tax of $45m, compared to a loss before tax of $7m in the same period a year ago, largely due to strong Parcels results.”

Focusing more on those parcels results, Canada Post continued: “In the second quarter, Parcels revenue rose by $34m or 9.2% to $404m while volumes increased by 4m pieces or 8.5% compared to the same period a year ago. In the first two quarters of 2016, Parcels revenue rose by $75m or 10.9%, while volumes increased by 9m pieces or 11.4%, compared to the same period a year ago.“

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