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How to buy Manulife Financial stock

Learn how to easily invest in Manulife Financial stock.

Manulife Financial Corp is an insurance-life business based in the US. Manulife Financial shares (MFC) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Manulife Financial employs 38,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $29.7 billion.

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Manulife Financial stock price (NYSE: MFC)

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Manulife Financial shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-09-27.
Latest market close$15.64
52-week range$15.58 - $21.31
50-day moving average $17.75
200-day moving average $19.00
Wall St. target price$19.27
PE ratio 5.4739
Dividend yield $1.22 (6.29%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $2.87

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Manulife Financial price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $15.64 from 2022-09-27

1 week (2022-09-21) -6.57%
1 month (2022-08-24) N/A
3 months (2022-06-28) -10.48%
6 months (2022-03-25) -25.98%
1 year (2021-09-28) -19.92%
2 years (2020-09-28) 10.45%
3 years (2019-09-27) 18.24
5 years (2017-09-28) 20.28

Is Manulife Financial stock undervalued or overvalued?

Valuing Manulife Financial stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Manulife Financial's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Manulife Financial's P/E ratio

Manulife Financial's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 5x. In other words, Manulife Financial shares trade at around 5x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Manulife Financial's PEG ratio

Manulife Financial's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.84. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Manulife Financial's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Manulife Financial's EBITDA

Manulife Financial's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $10.4 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Manulife Financial's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Manulife Financial financials

Revenue TTM $29.7 billion
Operating margin TTM 33.65%
Gross profit TTM $18.1 billion
Return on assets TTM 0.74%
Return on equity TTM 13.21%
Profit margin 24.15%
Book value $27.00
Market capitalisation $30.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Manulife Financial's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Manulife Financial.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Manulife Financial's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 23.85

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Manulife Financial's overall score of 23.85 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 24th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Manulife Financial is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Manulife Financial's environmental score

Environmental score: 6.74/100

Manulife Financial's environmental score of 6.74 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Manulife Financial is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Manulife Financial's social score

Social score: 12.54/100

Manulife Financial's social score of 12.54 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Manulife Financial is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Manulife Financial's governance score

Governance score: 13.57/100

Manulife Financial's governance score puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Manulife Financial is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Manulife Financial's controversy score

Controversy score: 1/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Manulife Financial scored a 1 out of 5 for controversy – the highest score possible, reflecting that Manulife Financial has managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Manulife Financial Corp was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 23.85
Total ESG percentile 24
Environmental score 6.74
Environmental score percentile 7
Social score 12.54
Social score percentile 7
Governance score 13.57
Governance score percentile 7
Level of controversy 1

Manulife Financial share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 32.59% of net profits

Recently Manulife Financial has paid out, on average, around 32.59% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 6.29% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Manulife Financial shareholders could enjoy a 6.29% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Manulife Financial's case, that would currently equate to about $1.22 per share.

While Manulife Financial's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Manulife Financial may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

Manulife Financial's most recent dividend payout was on 18 September 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 21 August 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Manulife Financial's shares ever split?

Manulife Financial's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 4 June 2006. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Manulife Financial shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Manulife Financial shares which in turn could have impacted Manulife Financial's share price.

Manulife Financial share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Manulife Financial's shares have ranged in value from as little as $15.58 up to $21.3092. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

MFC.US volatility(beta: 1.15)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Manulife Financial's is 1.1541. This would suggest that Manulife Financial's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Manulife Financial overview

Manulife Financial Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides financial products and services in Asia, Canada, the United States, and internationally. The company operates through Wealth and Asset Management Businesses; Insurance and Annuity Products; And Corporate and Other segments. The Wealth and Asset Management Businesses segment provides mutual funds and exchange-traded funds, group retirement and savings products, and institutional asset management services through agents and brokers affiliated with the company, securities brokerage firms, and financial advisors pension plan consultants and banks. The Insurance and Annuity Products segment offers deposit and credit products; individual life, and individual and group long-term care insurance; and guaranteed and partially guaranteed annuity products through insurance agents, brokers, banks, financial planners, and direct marketing. The Corporate and Other segment is involved in property and casualty insurance and reinsurance businesses; and run-off reinsurance operations, including variable annuities, and accident and health. It also manages timberland and agricultural portfolios; and engages in insurance agency, portfolio and mutual fund management, mutual fund dealer, life, annuity, long-term care, and financial reinsurance; and fund management businesses. Additionally, the company holds and manages provides investment management, counseling, advisory, and dealer services.

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of Manulife Financial is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 0.015% of Manulife Financial shares are held by insiders and 53.41% by institutions.
How many people work for Manulife Financial?
Latest data suggests 38,000 work at Manulife Financial.
When does the fiscal year end for Manulife Financial?
Manulife Financial's fiscal year ends in December.
Where is Manulife Financial based?
Manulife Financial's address is: 200 Bloor Street East, Toronto, ON, Canada, M4W 1E5
What is Manulife Financial's ISIN number?
Manulife Financial's international securities identification number is: CA56501R1064
What is Manulife Financial's CUSIP number?
Manulife Financial's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 56501R106

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