Stock Analysis Report

Sun Life Financial

Executive Summary

Sun Life Financial Inc., a financial services company, provides insurance, wealth, and asset management solutions to individuals and corporate clients worldwide.


Trading at 53.4% below its fair value

Earnings are forecast to grow 14.19% per year

Earnings grew by 15.4% over the past year

Pays a high and reliable dividend of 3.52%

Risk Analysis

No risks detected for LIE from our risk checks.

Snowflake Analysis

Established dividend payer with proven track record.

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Share Price & News

How has Sun Life Financial's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

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

Market Performance

7 Day Return




DE Insurance


DE Market

1 Year Return




DE Insurance


DE Market

Return vs Industry: LIE exceeded the German Insurance industry which returned 29.2% over the past year.

Return vs Market: LIE exceeded the German Market which returned 17.1% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day1.9%1.1%0.5%
30 Day5.9%0.7%1.7%
90 Day8.5%3.9%6.1%
1 Year42.2%36.7%33.5%27.9%19.6%15.9%
3 Year35.4%21.0%66.9%46.7%17.7%7.3%
5 Year91.5%59.0%96.4%57.3%28.7%11.1%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is Sun Life Financial's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?

Simply Wall St News

No news available


Is Sun Life 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: LIE (€42.6) is trading below our estimate of fair value (€91.5)

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

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: LIE is poor value based on its PE Ratio (15x) compared to the Insurance industry average (11.9x).

PE vs Market: LIE is good value based on its PE Ratio (15x) compared to the German market (20.6x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: LIE is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (1.1x)

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: LIE is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (1.7x) compared to the DE Insurance industry average (1.1x).

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Future Growth

How is Sun Life Financial forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 12 analysts?


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: LIE's forecast earnings growth (14.2% per year) is above the savings rate (-0.4%).

Earnings vs Market: LIE's earnings (14.2% per year) are forecast to grow faster than the German market (13.2% per year).

High Growth Earnings: LIE's earnings are forecast to grow, but not significantly.

Revenue vs Market: LIE's revenue is expected to decline over the next 3 years (-0.2% per year).

High Growth Revenue: LIE's revenue is forecast to decline over the next 3 years (-0.2% per year).

Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts

Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: LIE's Return on Equity is forecast to be low in 3 years time (14.4%).

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Past Performance

How has Sun Life Financial performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: LIE has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: LIE's current net profit margins (6.3%) are lower than last year (7.8%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: LIE's earnings have grown by 5.1% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: LIE's earnings growth over the past year (15.4%) exceeds its 5-year average (5.1% per year).

Earnings vs Industry: LIE earnings growth over the past year (15.4%) exceeded the Insurance industry 7.8%.

Return on Equity

High ROE: LIE's Return on Equity (10.3%) is considered low.

Return on Assets

Return on Capital Employed

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Financial Health

How is Sun Life Financial's financial position? (This company is analysed differently as a bank or financial institution)

Financial Position Analysis

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Balance Sheet

Inventory Level: LIE has a low level of unsold assets or inventory.

Debt Coverage by Assets: LIE's debt is covered by short term assets (assets are 19.6x debt).

Financial Institutions Analysis

Asset Level: LIE's level of assets compared to its equity is moderate.

Allowance for Bad Loans: Insufficient data to determine if LIE has a sufficient allowance for bad loans.

Low Risk Liabilities: LIE reports no customer deposits, loans are made up entirely of externally borrowed funds.

Loan Level: Insufficient data to determine if LIE has an acceptable proportion of non-loan assets held.

Low Risk Deposits: LIE has advanced significantly more loans than the customer deposits it holds.

Level of Bad Loans: Insufficient data to determine if LIE has an appropriate level of bad loans.

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What is Sun Life Financial's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market


Current dividend yield vs market & industry

Notable Dividend: LIE's dividend (3.52%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the German market (1.38%).

High Dividend: LIE's dividend (3.52%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the German market (3.53%).

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: LIE's dividends per share have been stable in the past 10 years.

Growing Dividend: LIE's dividend payments have increased over the past 10 years.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its reasonably low payout ratio (49.2%), LIE's dividend payments are well covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: LIE's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be well covered by earnings (41.3% payout ratio).

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What is the CEO of Sun Life Financial's salary, the management and board of directors tenure and is there insider trading?


Average management tenure


Dean Connor (62yo)





Mr. Dean Arthur Connor serves as Director at Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada. He has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of Sun Life Financial Inc. since December 1, 2011 and Sun Life Assur ...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Dean's total compensation ($USD7.43M) is above average for companies of similar size in the German market ($USD4.52M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Dean's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.

Management Age and Tenure


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Management: LIE's management team is seasoned and experienced (5.3 years average tenure).

Board Age and Tenure


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: LIE's board of directors are considered experienced (6.9 years average tenure).

Insider Trading

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

Recent Insider Transactions

Buy€5,32012 Aug 19
Ashok Gupta
Max Price€35.00
Buy€17,47206 Aug 19
Stephanie Coyles
Max Price€34.94
Buy€4,28414 May 19
Ashok Gupta
Max Price€34.83
Buy€13,98114 May 19
Stephanie Coyles
Max Price€34.95
Buy€6,70413 Mar 19
Kevin Strain
Chief Financial Officer
Executive VP & CFO
Max Price€33.52
Buy€13,03419 Feb 19
Stephanie Coyles
Max Price€32.59

Ownership Breakdown

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

Management Team

  • Dean Connor (62yo)


    • Tenure: 8.1yrs
    • Compensation: CA$9.71m
  • Steve Peacher (55yo)

    President of SLC Management

    • Tenure: 5.8yrs
    • Compensation: CA$6.05m
  • Dan Fishbein

    President of Sun Life Financial - United States

    • Tenure: 5.8yrs
    • Compensation: CA$3.81m
  • Kevin Strain (53yo)

    Executive VP & CFO

    • Tenure: 2.7yrs
    • Compensation: CA$3.51m
  • Helena Pagano

    Executive VP and Chief Human Resources & Communications Officer

    • Tenure: 1.6yrs
  • Paul Petrelli

    Chief Compliance Officer & Senior VP

    • Tenure: 5.3yrs
  • Melissa Kennedy

    Executive VP and Chief Legal Officer & Public Affairs

    • Tenure: 4.7yrs
  • Mark Saunders

    Executive VP & Chief Information Officer

    • Tenure: 11yrs
  • Jacques Goulet

    President of Sun Life Financial Canada

    • Tenure: 2yrs
    • Compensation: CA$7.96m
  • Leigh Chalmers

    Senior VP

    Board Members

    • Bill Anderson (70yo)

      Independent Chairman of the Board

      • Tenure: 2.7yrs
      • Compensation: CA$405.00k
    • Scott Powers (59yo)

      Independent Director

      • Tenure: 4.3yrs
      • Compensation: CA$272.00k
    • Marianne Harris (61yo)

      Independent Director

      • Tenure: 6.1yrs
      • Compensation: CA$263.00k
    • Sara Lewis (52yo)

      Independent Director

      • Tenure: 5.1yrs
      • Compensation: CA$278.00k
    • Dean Connor (62yo)


      • Tenure: 8.1yrs
      • Compensation: CA$9.71m
    • Martin John Glynn (67yo)

      Corporate Director

      • Tenure: 9.1yrs
      • Compensation: CA$245.00k
    • Hugh Segal (68yo)

      Corporate Director

      • Tenure: 10.7yrs
      • Compensation: CA$234.50k
    • Barbara Stymiest (62yo)

      Independent Director

      • Tenure: 7.7yrs
      • Compensation: CA$263.00k
    • Rob Manning (55yo)

      Chairman & Co-CEO of MFS Investment Management

      • Mike Roberge

        Chairman of MFS Mclean Budden Limited & Co-CEO of MFS Investment Management

        Company Information

        Sun Life Financial Inc.'s company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

        Key Information

        • Name: Sun Life Financial Inc.
        • Ticker: LIE
        • Exchange: DB
        • Founded: 1871
        • Industry: Life and Health Insurance
        • Sector: Insurance
        • Market Cap: CA$37.487b
        • Listing Market Cap: CA$25.841b
        • Shares outstanding: 587.84m
        • Website: https://www.sunlife.com

        Number of Employees


        • Sun Life Financial Inc.
        • 1 York Street
        • Toronto
        • Ontario
        • M5J 0B6
        • Canada


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        Sun Life Financial Inc., a financial services company, provides insurance, wealth, and asset management solutions to individuals and corporate clients worldwide. The company operates through five segments: Sun Life Financial Canada, Sun Life Financial United States, Sun Life Financial Asset Management, Sun Life Financial Asia, and Corporate. It offers life, health, wellness, disability, critical illness, stop-loss, and long-term care insurance products. The company also provides mutual funds, segregated funds, annuities, and guaranteed investment products; and financial and retirement planning services, as well as pooled funds, institutional portfolios, and pension funds. It distributes its products through direct sales agents, managing general agents, independent general agents, 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. 

        Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

        All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
        DataLast Updated (UTC time)
        Company Analysis2020/01/21 21:03
        End of Day Share Price2020/01/21 00:00
        Annual Earnings2018/12/31

        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.