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How to buy Sun Life Financial (SLF) stocks

Learn how to easily invest in Sun Life Financial stocks.

Sun Life Financial is an insurance-diversified business based in Canada. Sun Life Financial stocks (SLF.TO) are listed on the TO and all prices are listed in Canadian Dollars. Its last market close was C$72.07 – a decrease of 0.01% over the previous week. Sun Life Financial employs 23,816 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around C$34.3 billion.

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Sun Life Financial stock price (TO:SLF)

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Sun Life Financial shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-01-23.
Latest market closeC$70.37
52-week rangeC$56.70 - C$72.85
50-day moving average C$70.11
200-day moving average C$66.81
Wall St. target priceC$76.21
PE ratio 11.4981
Dividend yield C$2.2 (3.75%)
Earnings per share (TTM) C$6.12

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Is it a good time to buy Sun Life Financial stock?

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Sun Life Financial price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of C$70.37 from 2022-01-27

1 week (2022-01-21) -0.01%
1 month (2021-12-29) -0.07%
3 months (2021-10-29) -0.23%
6 months (2021-07-29) 8.76%
1 year (2021-01-29) 19.07%
2 years (2020-01-28) 10.63%
3 years (2019-01-28) 46.97%
5 years (2017-01-27) 36.19%

Is Sun Life Financial under- or over-valued?

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

Sun Life Financial's P/E ratio

Sun Life 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 11x. In other words, Sun Life Financial shares trade at around 11x recent earnings.

Sun Life Financial's PEG ratio

Sun Life Financial's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.4. 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 Sun Life 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.

Sun Life Financial's EBITDA

Sun Life Financial's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is C$5.1 billion.

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

Sun Life Financial financials

Revenue TTM C$34.3 billion
Operating margin TTM 13.87%
Gross profit TTM C$8.8 billion
Return on assets TTM 0.92%
Return on equity TTM 13.8%
Profit margin 10.75%
Book value C$42.69
Market capitalisation C$41.2 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Sun Life 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 Sun Life Financial.

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

Sun Life Financial's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 23.27

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Sun Life Financial's overall score of 23.27 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 25th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Sun Life 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.).

Sun Life Financial's environmental score

Environmental score: 5.25/100

Sun Life Financial's environmental score of 5.25 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Sun Life Financial is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Sun Life Financial's social score

Social score: 15.12/100

Sun Life Financial's social score of 15.12 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Sun Life Financial is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Sun Life Financial's governance score

Governance score: 12.4/100

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

Sun Life Financial's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Sun Life Financial scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Sun Life Financial has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Sun Life Financial share dividends

39%

Dividend payout ratio: 38.76% of net profits

Recently Sun Life Financial has paid out, on average, around 38.76% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.75% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Sun Life Financial shareholders could enjoy a 3.75% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Sun Life Financial's case, that would currently equate to about C$2.2 per share.

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

Sun Life Financial's most recent dividend payout was on 31 December 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 23 November 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Sun Life Financial share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Sun Life Financial's shares have ranged in value from as little as C$56.6959 up to C$72.85. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

SLF.TO volatility(beta: 0.99)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 Sun Life Financial's is 0.9855. This would suggest that Sun Life Financial's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Sun Life Financial overview

Sun Life Financial Inc. , a financial services company, provides insurance, wealth, and asset management solutions to individuals and corporate clients worldwide. It offers term and permanent life, as well as health, dental, critical illness, long-term care, and disability insurance products. The company also provides reinsurance products; investment counselling and portfolio management services; mutual funds and segregated funds; trust and banking services; real estate property brokerage and appraisal services; and merchant banking services. It distributes its products through direct sales, and managing and independent general agents, as well as financial intermediaries, broker-dealers, banks, pension and benefits consultants, and other third-party marketing organizations. The company was founded in 1871 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada. .

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