Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This Prospectus Supplement, the accompanying Shelf Prospectus, and the documents incorporated herein and therein by reference contain forward-looking statements about Shopify’s business outlook, objectives, strategies, plans, strategic priorities, and results of operations as well as other statements that are not historical facts. A statement Shopify makes is forward-looking when it uses what Shopify knows and expects today to make a statement about the future. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by words such as “may”, “might”, “will”, “should”, “could”, “would”, “expects”, “further”, “intends”, “plans”, “anticipates”, “believes”, “considers”, “estimates”, “predicts”, “projects”, “potential”, “continue”, “ensure”, “enable”, “support”, “allow”, “become”, “seek” or the negative of these terms or other similar words. In addition, any statements or information that refer to expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, performance or other characterizations of future events or circumstances, including any underlying assumptions, are forward-looking. All such forward-looking statements are made under the provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and Section 21E of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), and constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation.
Specifically, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, all statements included in this Prospectus Supplement and in the accompanying Shelf Prospectus, including the documents incorporated by reference herein and therein, that address activities, events or developments that Shopify expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future, and other statements that are not historical facts, are forward-looking statements. These statements are based upon our management’s perception of historic trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors management believes are appropriate in the circumstances. Although we believe that the plans, intentions, expectations, assumptions and strategies reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable as at the date made, these statements relate to future events or our future financial performance, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, including but not limited to the risks described in detail in the section entitled “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in documents incorporated by reference herein, that may cause our actual results to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Without limiting the foregoing, we note that the impact of the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic and the degree to which COVID-19 will affect our results and operations is highly uncertain and cannot currently be predicted, and will depend upon, among other things, the duration, extent and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, actions taken to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions on economic activity and domestic and international trade, and the extent of the impact of these and other factors on our employees, partners and suppliers and our merchants and their customers. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this Prospectus Supplement and the accompanying Shelf Prospectus, or in the documents incorporated by reference herein or therein, and should take into account the impact of the risks described in detail in the section entitled “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in documents incorporated by reference herein, which will affect all such forward-looking statements and in particular, those made prior to the date of this Prospectus Supplement.
Forward-looking statements made in this Prospectus Supplement, the accompanying Shelf Prospectus and the documents incorporated herein and therein by reference are based on a number of assumptions that Shopify believed were reasonable on the day it made the forward-looking statements. Refer to the documents incorporated by reference in this Prospectus Supplement and the accompanying Shelf Prospectus for certain assumptions that Shopify has made in preparing forward-looking statements. If our assumptions turn out to be inaccurate, our actual results could be materially different from what we expect.
The forward-looking statements in this Prospectus Supplement and the accompanying Shelf Prospectus represent our views as of the date hereof and thereof and forward-looking statements contained in the documents incorporated herein and therein by reference represent our views as of the date of such documents, unless otherwise indicated in such documents. We anticipate that subsequent events and developments may cause our views to change. However, while we may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, we have no current intention of doing so except to the extent required by applicable law.
Prospective purchasers are cautioned that the risks referred to above are not the only ones that could affect Shopify. Additional risks and uncertainties not currently known to Shopify or that Shopify currently deems to be immaterial may also have a material adverse effect on Shopify’s financial position, financial performance, cash flows, business or reputation.