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Power Corporation made record profits in 2021



(Montreal) Power Corporation of Canada says it made record profits last year, with net income holding steady in the fourth quarter.

The Montreal-based holding company said its profit attributable to shareholders reached $2.92 billion for the year, up from $1.99 billion in 2020, while adjusted profit rose 55% to $4.77 per diluted share.

During the three months ended December 31, Power Corp. earned 626 million or 93 cents per share, compared to 623 million or 92 cents per share in the year-ago quarter.

Adjusted earnings for the quarter were 676 million or $1 per share, in line with analysts’ expectations and up from 627 million or 93 cents per share in the fourth quarter of 2020.

The company says it has achieved its targeted cost reductions of 50 million following its reorganization completed in February 2020 in which it acquired the minority stakes of Power Financial.

Power Corp. holds full control of Power Financial and therefore majority interests in Great-West Lifeco, IGM Financial and Wealthsimple Financial Corp., as well as a minority interest in Pargesa Holding.

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