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How to buy Great-West Lifeco (GWO) stocks

Learn how to easily invest in Great-West Lifeco stocks.

Great-West Lifeco is an insurance-life business based in Canada. Great-West Lifeco stocks (GWO.TO) are listed on the TO and all prices are listed in Canadian Dollars. Its last market close was C$36.82 – an increase of 1.88% over the previous week. Great-West Lifeco employs 24,500 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around C$63.3 billion.

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Is it a good time to buy Great-West Lifeco stock?

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How has Coronavirus impacted Great-West Lifeco's stock price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Great-West Lifeco's stock price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was C$39.03, which is 12.58% up on its pre-crash value of C$34.12 and 106.73% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the stocks fell as low as C$18.88.

If you had bought C$1,000 worth of Great-West Lifeco stocks at the start of February 2020, those stocks would have been worth C$553.92 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth C$1,128.36.

Great-West Lifeco stock price (TO:GWO)

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Great-West Lifeco shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-01-17.
Latest market closeC$39.03
52-week rangeC$27.45 - C$39.32
50-day moving average C$37.86
200-day moving average C$37.35
Wall St. target priceC$41.00
PE ratio 11.0786
Dividend yield C$1.752 (5.02%)
Earnings per share (TTM) C$3.52

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Great-West Lifeco price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of C$39.03 from 2022-01-14

1 week (2022-01-11) 1.88%
1 month (2021-12-17) 4.39%
3 months (2021-10-19) 4.58%
6 months (2021-07-19) 6.73%
1 year (2021-01-19) 25.02%
2 years (2020-01-17) 14.56%
3 years (2019-01-18) 32.13%
5 years (2017-01-18) 9.27%

Is Great-West Lifeco under- or over-valued?

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

Great-West Lifeco's P/E ratio

Great-West Lifeco's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 11x. In other words, Great-West Lifeco shares trade at around 11x recent earnings.

Great-West Lifeco's PEG ratio

Great-West Lifeco's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.95. 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 Great-West Lifeco's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Great-West Lifeco's EBITDA

Great-West Lifeco's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is C$4.9 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Great-West Lifeco's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Great-West Lifeco financials

Revenue TTM C$63.3 billion
Operating margin TTM 6.99%
Gross profit TTM C$9.8 billion
Return on assets TTM 0.51%
Return on equity TTM 13.13%
Profit margin 5.39%
Book value C$26.01
Market capitalisation C$36.3 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Great-West Lifeco'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 Great-West Lifeco.

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

Great-West Lifeco's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 30.36

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Great-West Lifeco's overall score of 30.36 (as at 01/01/2019) is nothing to write home about – landing it in it in the 47th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Great-West Lifeco 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.).

Great-West Lifeco's environmental score

Environmental score: 7.6/100

Great-West Lifeco's environmental score of 7.6 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Great-West Lifeco is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Great-West Lifeco's social score

Social score: 13.87/100

Great-West Lifeco's social score of 13.87 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Great-West Lifeco is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Great-West Lifeco's governance score

Governance score: 16.89/100

Great-West Lifeco's governance score puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Great-West Lifeco is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Great-West Lifeco's controversy score

Controversy score: 1/5

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

Great-West Lifeco share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 52.75% of net profits

Recently Great-West Lifeco has paid out, on average, around 52.75% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 5.02% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Great-West Lifeco shareholders could enjoy a 5.02% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Great-West Lifeco's case, that would currently equate to about C$1.752 per share.

Great-West Lifeco's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.

Great-West Lifeco's most recent dividend payout was on 31 December 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 2 December 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Great-West Lifeco's shares ever split?

Great-West Lifeco's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 4 October 2004. 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 Great-West Lifeco shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Great-West Lifeco shares which in turn could have impacted Great-West Lifeco's share price.

Great-West Lifeco share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Great-West Lifeco's shares have ranged in value from as little as C$27.4514 up to C$39.32. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

GWO.TO volatility(beta: 0.84)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (TO average) beta is 1, while Great-West Lifeco's is 0.8415. This would suggest that Great-West Lifeco's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Great-West Lifeco overview

Great-West Lifeco Inc. , a financial services holding company, engages in the life and health insurance, retirement and investment services, asset management, and reinsurance businesses in Canada, the United States, and Europe. The company offers a portfolio of financial and benefit plan solutions for individuals, families, businesses, and organizations; life, disability, critical illness, accidental death, dismemberment, health and dental protection, and creditor insurance products; and wealth savings and income, accumulation, and annuity products. It also provides employer-sponsored retirement savings plans, individual retirement accounts, enrollment services, communication materials, investment options, and education services; and fund management, investment, and advisory services. In addition, the company offers private-label recordkeeping and administrative services; and investment products, including equity, fixed income, absolute return, and alternative strategies. Further, it provides protection and wealth management products, including payout annuity products; life, annuity/longevity, mortgage, and property catastrophe reinsurance; and pension products. The company offers its products under the Great-West Life, London Life, Canada Life, Freedom 55 Financial, Irish Life, PanAgora, Empower Retirement, and Putnam Investments brand names.

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