Sun Life Financial Inc Valuation – Initial Coverage $TSE:SLF

Benjamin Graham taught that Intelligent Investors must do a thorough fundamental analysis of investment opportunities to determine their intrinsic value and inherent risk.  This is best done by utilizing a systematic approach to analysis that will provide investors with a sense of how a specific company compares to another company or by reviewing the 10 Stocks for Using A Benjamin Graham Value Investing Strategy – January 2017.  By using the ModernGraham method one can review a company’s historical accomplishments and determine an intrinsic value that can be compared across industries.  What follows is a stock analysis showing a specific look at how Sun Life Financial Inc (TSE:SLF) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Sun Life Financial Inc. is the holding company of Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada. The Company is a financial services organization providing a range of protection and wealth products and services. It operates in five segments: Sun Life Financial Canada (SLF Canada), Sun Life Financial United States (SLF U.S.), Sun Life Financial Asset Management (SLF Asset Management), Sun Life Financial Asia (SLF Asia) and Corporate. SLF Canada has three main business units: Individual Insurance & Wealth, Group Benefits and Group Retirement Services. SLF U.S. has three business units: Group Benefits, International and In-force Management. SLF Asset Management is an asset management segment, including MFS Investment Management and Sun Life Investment Management. SLF Asia offers individual life insurance products in over seven markets, and group benefits and/or pension and retirement products in the Philippines, China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia and Vietnam.

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ModernGraham Valuation of TSE-SLF – January 2017

Stage 1: Is this company suitable for the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor?

What kind of Intelligent Investor are you?

Defensive Investor; must pass all 6 of the following tests.
1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise Market Cap > $2Bil $31,930,750,865 Pass
2. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Fail
3. Dividend Record Dividend Payments for 10 years prior Pass
4. Earnings Growth Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end 24.13% Fail
5. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 22.82 Fail
6. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.93 Pass
Enterprising Investor; must pass all 3 of the following tests, or be suitable for the Defensive Investor.
1. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Pass
2. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Pass
3. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Pass

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $2.28
MG Growth Estimate 9.95%
MG Value $64.85
Opinion Fairly Valued
MG Grade C
MG Value based on 3% Growth $33.11
MG Value based on 0% Growth $19.41
Market Implied Growth Rate 7.16%
Current Price $52.11
% of Intrinsic Value 80.35%

Sun Life Financial Inc is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the insufficient earnings stability or growth over the last ten years, and the high PEmg ratio. The Enterprising Investor has no initial concerns. As a result, all Enterprising Investors following the ModernGraham approach should feel comfortable proceeding with the analysis.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.37 in 2012 to an estimated $2.28 for 2016. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 7.16% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years. As a result, the ModernGraham valuation model, based on Benjamin Graham’s formula, returns an estimate of intrinsic value within a margin of safety relative to the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Sun Life Financial Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $34.7. The company pays a dividend of $1.2 per share, for a yield of 2.3%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 22.82, which was above the industry average of 21.33.

Sun Life Financial Inc receives an average overall rating in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a C.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Graham Number $34.70
PEmg 22.82
PB Ratio 1.93
Dividend Yield 2.31%
TTM Dividend $1.20
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 1


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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 9/1/2016
Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation $3,916,692,000
Total Assets $198,128,624,000
Intangible Assets $5,320,415,000
Total Liabilities $181,392,280,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 619,000,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.19
Dec2015 $2.59
Dec2014 $2.48
Dec2013 $1.46
Dec2012 $2.62
Dec2011 -$0.63
Dec2010 $2.37
Dec2009 $0.89
Dec2008 $1.11
Dec2007 $3.84
Dec2006 $3.10
Dec2005 $2.69
Dec2004 $2.29
Dec2003 $1.64
Dec2002 $0.44
Dec2001 $1.18
Dec2000 $1.37

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.28
Dec2015 $2.12
Dec2014 $1.81
Dec2013 $1.43
Dec2012 $1.37
Dec2011 $1.01
Dec2010 $1.97
Dec2009 $1.95
Dec2008 $2.53
Dec2007 $3.06
Dec2006 $2.46
Dec2005 $1.97
Dec2004 $1.54
Dec2003 $1.08
Dec2002 $0.74
Dec2001 $0.76
Dec2000 $0.46

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