Canada

CO2 Solutions Inc. ("CO2 Solutions" or the "'Corporation") announced today that it has filed a notice of intention to make a proposal (the "Notice") pursuant to the provisions of Part III of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (Canada), Yahoo! Finance reported. Pursuant to the Notice, Ernst and Young Inc. ("E&Y") has been appointed as trustee and will assist CO2 Solutions in its restructuring efforts.

Read more

Avaya Holdings Corp. is considering a bid from rival Mitel Networks that could create a telecommunications equipment vendor worth more than $5 billion including debt, people with knowledge of the matter said, Bloomberg News reported. The shares surged. Closely held Mitel submitted an offer for Avaya that it believes would value the combined business at more than $20 per share, according to the people. The companies have held on-and-off discussions about a potential deal since April, the people said, asking not to be identified because the matter is private.

Read more

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, one of the world’s largest retirement funds, plans to start a credit arm in India, seizing on a moment when the country’s troubled financial system is starved of capital, the Financial Times reported. CPPIB is putting together a credit strategy for India, international investment head Alain Carrier told the Financial Times, which could see the C$392bn ($297bn) fund build on its Indian real estate and infrastructure investments by partnering with non-bank providers to offer debt or enter the market directly.  “This is something we’ve had a ver

Read more

Canadian aerospace company Bombardier has announced the sale of its regional jet program to Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. for $550 million, the International New York Times reported on an Associated Press story. The company is seeking to exit the commercial plane market and focus on business jets and its large rail segment. Bombardier chief executive Alain Bellemare said Tuesday the sale signifies the completion of the transformation of its aerospace business.

Read more

The number of Edmontonians who filed for bankruptcy in 2018 reached its highest point in the last nine years, according to the federal Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy, the Edmonton Journal reported. Edmonton’s 2018 consumer insolvency rate for residents over 18 tallied 4.4 per 1,000 people, show annual statistics released May 24.

Read more

The number of insolvencies jumped 30 per cent in the Red Deer region in the first three months of the year compared with 2018, the Red Deer Advocate reported. Insolvency numbers jumped 15 per cent provincewide, and just a year ago, the trend was moving in the right direction. Alberta’s insolvency figures are bleaker than the nation’s as a whole, where such cases were up six per cent in the first quarter. MNP senior vice-president and insolvency trustee Donna Carson said last year’s numbers likely improved because workers laid off earlier in the slump were finding jobs.

Read more

An associate professor of business at Carleton University in Ottawa says Newfoundland and Labrador is headed for trouble if it continues on its current spending path, VOCM reported. The province is mired in debt to the tune of over $15-billion. Interest costs are one of the largest expenditures in the budget. Ian Lee notes that the Parliamentary Budget Office, an arm of the federal government, crunched the numbers and found that all provinces except Quebec are in bad financial shape but that Newfoundland and Labrador is the worst of all.

Read more

Canadian consumers filed the most insolvencies in eight years in March, an indication record debt levels may be catching up with an increasing number of households, Bloomberg News reported. The Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcies reported consumer insolvencies rose 5.7% to 11,963 in March, compared with 11,315 in the same month a year earlier. It was the highest volume of filings in any month since March 2011.

Read more

When Parq Vancouver, a glimmering waterfront casino, opened amid much to-do in late 2017, few would’ve anticipated that a dirty money crackdown was about to throw the city’s roaring gambling business into turmoil, Bloomberg News reported. Vancouver-area casinos for years had been accepting millions of dollars in questionable cash from gamblers showing up with suitcases and hockey bags bulging with bills, according to British Columbia Attorney General David Eby. But new rules implemented last year to more tightly identify sources of funds have put a damper on that rollicking trade.

Read more

Some of those shorting Canadian banks contend that the firms aren’t preparing adequately for higher loan losses if credit conditions worsen, Bloomberg News reported. The argument by investors including money manager Steve Eisman and PAA Research LLC’s Bradley Safalow has to do with accounting changes Canadian banks made after adopting global rules known as International Financial Reporting Standard 9 in late 2017. Previously, banks set aside money for bad loans -- also known as a provision for credit losses -- when recognizing a loss.

Read more