Calgary Stampede misplaced $26.5M in 2020 on account of pandemic | CBC Information

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The Calgary Stampede misplaced an unprecedented $26.5 million in 2020 and now it is asking town for some help.

In recent times, the non-profit usually pulled in about $150 million in annual revenues and posted a small surplus.

In a 12 months the place the pandemic resulted in its first-ever cancelled Stampede occasion, the group recorded simply $25 million in revenues.

“It was a tough 12 months,” stated Dana Friends, the Stampede’s interim CEO.

Revenues weren’t the one place on the steadiness sheet the place there was a drop.

Expenditures have been simply $24 million final 12 months. That is in distinction to the $104 million spent in 2019.

Workers laid off

Quickly after the pandemic hit, the Stampede laid off greater than 80 per cent of its employees to save cash.

The Stampede obtained $9.9 million in COVID-related authorities funding, along with final 12 months’s provincial grant of $6 million.

“Actually, we have been with out revenues after all we’re happening 16 months — like many in the neighborhood — and now we have to rely actually to a fantastic extent on credit score and you already know, attempt to proceed to work towards getting our enterprise again to regular,” stated Friends.

The Stampede is planning a scaled-down model of its annual July occasion. In a standard 12 months, that interval is answerable for greater than half of the group’s annual revenues.

He stated it is nonetheless ready to listen to from the Trudeau authorities how a lot cash it could be getting from a serious festivals help fund included on this 12 months’s federal funds.

Metropolis council might assist

On Tuesday, metropolis council’s priorities and finance committee will get an replace on the Stampede’s monetary scenario.

Town ensures the Stampede’s credit score services.

An unnamed main Canadian financial institution has been supportive of the Stampede by enhancing its entry to credit score.

The agenda for Tuesday’s assembly notes that town’s administration is recommending council approve amending its assist or the Stampede “might be in default underneath its credit score services.”

As effectively, the agenda notes that the Stampede is taking a look at different methods of coping with the continued monetary impacts of the pandemic.

Moreover searching for further federal assist, it mentions that gross sales of unencumbered belongings and extra credit score services could also be required.

The Stampede is at the moment projecting a monetary lack of $11.7 million for 2021.

Nevertheless, Friends stated that image relies on when well being restrictions are lifted and what number of occasions at Stampede Park resume by means of the steadiness of this 12 months.

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