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Executive Summary

E-L Financial Corporation Limited operates as an investment and insurance holding company in Canada.

Snowflake Analysis

Fair value with mediocre balance sheet.

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Share Price & News

How has E-L Financial's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: ELF has not had significant price volatility in the past 3 months.

Market Performance

7 Day Return




CA Insurance


CA Market

1 Year Return




CA Insurance


CA Market

Return vs Industry: ELF exceeded the Canadian Insurance industry which returned -17.1% over the past year.

Return vs Market: ELF exceeded the Canadian Market which returned -12.8% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day1.8%0.01%1.3%
30 Day1.8%4.5%0.9%
90 Day7.2%9.2%15.7%
1 Year-5.6%-10.1%-13.2%-17.1%-9.8%-12.8%
3 Year-15.6%-20.6%-4.3%-15.5%3.1%-6.6%
5 Year5.8%-1.5%6.3%-12.5%21.7%3.4%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is E-L Financial's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?

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Is E-L Financial undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Undervalued compared to fair value

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: ELF (CA$675) is trading below our estimate of fair value (CA$1842.64)

Significantly Below Fair Value: ELF is trading below fair value by more than 20%.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: ELF is unprofitable, so we can't compare its PE Ratio to the Insurance industry average.

PE vs Market: ELF is unprofitable, so we can't compare its PE Ratio to the Canadian market.

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: Insufficient data to calculate ELF's PEG Ratio to determine if it is good value.

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: ELF is good value based on its PB Ratio (0.5x) compared to the CA Insurance industry average (0.8x).

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Future Growth

How is E-L Financial forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 0 analysts?


Forecasted Insurance industry annual growth in earnings

In this section we usually present revenue and earnings growth projections based on the consensus estimates of professional analysts to help investors understand the company’s ability to generate profit. But as E-L Financial has not provided enough past data and has no analyst forecast, its future earnings cannot be reliably calculated by extrapolating past data or using analyst predictions.

This is quite a rare situation as 97% of companies covered by SimplyWall St do have past financial data.

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Past Performance

How has E-L Financial performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: ELF is currently unprofitable.

Growing Profit Margin: ELF is currently unprofitable.

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: ELF is unprofitable, and losses have increased over the past 5 years at a rate of -13.1% per year.

Accelerating Growth: Unable to compare ELF's earnings growth over the past year to its 5-year average as it is currently unprofitable

Earnings vs Industry: ELF is unprofitable, making it difficult to compare its past year earnings growth to the Insurance industry (-8.1%).

Return on Equity

High ROE: ELF has a negative Return on Equity (-4.04%), as it is currently unprofitable.

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Financial Health

How is E-L Financial's financial position?

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: ELF's short term assets (CA$445.1M) exceed its short term liabilities (CA$107.1M).

Long Term Liabilities: ELF's short term assets (CA$445.1M) do not cover its long term liabilities (CA$14.6B).

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: ELF's debt to equity ratio (7.2%) is considered satisfactory.

Reducing Debt: ELF's debt to equity ratio has increased from 5.5% to 7.2% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: ELF's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (74.5%).

Interest Coverage: Insufficient data to determine if ELF's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT.

Balance Sheet

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What is E-L Financial current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: ELF's dividend (0.74%) isn’t notable compared to the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the Canadian market (1.94%).

High Dividend: ELF's dividend (0.74%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the Canadian market (6.15%).

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: ELF is not paying a notable dividend for the Canadian market, therefore no need to check if payments are stable.

Growing Dividend: ELF is not paying a notable dividend for the Canadian market, therefore no need to check if payments are increasing.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: ELF is not paying a notable dividend for the Canadian market.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: No need to calculate the sustainability of ELF's dividend in 3 years as they are not forecast to pay a notable one for the Canadian market.

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How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?


Average management tenure


Duncan Newton Jackman (53yo)





Mr. Duncan Newton Rowell Jackman, LLB. has been the Chairman of The Empire Life Insurance Company since February 2003 and has been its Director since April 2, 1997. Mr. Jackman has been the Chairman of the ...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Duncan Newton's total compensation ($USD1.15M) is below average for companies of similar size in the Canadian market ($USD2.06M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Duncan Newton's compensation has increased whilst the company is unprofitable.

Leadership Team

Duncan Newton Jackman
Chairman15.83yrsCA$1.56m0.12% CA$3.2m
Scott Ewert
VP & CFO5.33yrsCA$709.36kno data
Richard Carty
VP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretaryno dataCA$995.30kno data
Mark Sylvia
CEO & President of The Empire Life Insurance Company6.08yrsCA$1.70mno data
Fahad Khan
Vice-President of Investmentsno datano datano data
Susan Clifford
Treasurerno datano datano data
Nora Hohman
Senior Vice-President of Claims for The Dominionno datano datano data
J. Gibson
CFO, Senior VP & Chief Actuary of Empire Life Insurance Company12.08yrsCA$610.80kno data
Steven Whitelaw
Senior Vice-President of Personal Lines and Business Solutions- The Dominion26.5yrsno datano data


Average Tenure

Experienced Management: ELF's management team is seasoned and experienced (12.1 years average tenure).

Board Members

Duncan Newton Jackman
Chairman15.83yrsCA$1.56m0.12% CA$3.2m
William Corcoran
Independent Director23yrsCA$91.31k0.0052% CA$135.1k
Henry N. Jackman
Director23.5yrsCA$104.65k0.15% CA$3.8m
Clive Rowe
Director6.17yrsCA$109.15k0.0044% CA$113.3k
Mark Taylor
Independent Director17.17yrsCA$96.25k0.011% CA$282.1k
Michael Cooper
Independent Director6.17yrsCA$37.20k0.0078% CA$202.5k
Robert Matthews
Independent Director10.17yrsCA$42.30k0.0052% CA$135.1k
James Billett
Independent Director13.17yrsCA$60.00kno data
Stephen J. Smith
Independent Director2.17yrsCA$40.60kno data
Maria Victoria Jackman
Director2.17yrsCA$37.20k0.0094% CA$242.9k


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: ELF's board of directors are seasoned and experienced ( 11.7 years average tenure).


Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?

Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: Insufficient data to determine if insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.

Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.

Top Shareholders

Company Information

E-L Financial Corporation Limited's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: E-L Financial Corporation Limited
  • Ticker: ELF
  • Exchange: TSX
  • Founded: 1968
  • Industry: Life and Health Insurance
  • Sector: Insurance
  • Market Cap: CA$2.593b
  • Shares outstanding: 3.84m
  • Website: https://www.e-lfinancial.ca


  • E-L Financial Corporation Limited
  • 165 University Avenue
  • 10th Floor
  • Toronto
  • Ontario
  • M5H 3B8
  • Canada


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
ELFTSX (The Toronto Stock Exchange)YesCommon SharesCACADJan 1975
ELFI.FOTCPK (Pink Sheets LLC)YesCommon SharesUSUSDJan 1975
ELF.PRHTSX (The Toronto Stock Exchange)PFD 1ST SER 3CACADApr 2012


E-L Financial Corporation Limited operates as an investment and insurance holding company in Canada. It operates through two segments, E-L Corporate and Empire Life. The company owns investments in equities and fixed income securities directly and indirectly through common shares, investment funds, closed-end investment companies, and limited partnership and other private companies. It also underwrites life and health insurance policies, wealth management products, employee benefit plans, and financial services, as well as segregated funds, mutual funds, and annuity products to individuals, professionals, and businesses through a network of independent financial advisors, managing general agents, national account firms, mutual fund dealers, and employee benefit brokers and representatives. The company was incorporated in 1968 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada. 

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/07/01 23:56
End of Day Share Price2020/06/26 00:00
Annual Earnings2019/12/31

Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.