The Best Canadian Insurance Stocks

The Canadian insurance sector has been interesting to watch during these past years with our low-interest rate climate.

Not all insurance stocks have benefited from the market growth but is it time to get back in? Some of them offer a juicy dividend to wait.

Being that many are cash cows with relatively low debt, I would consider the dividend safe and with interest rate increases coming our way, we should see some higher profits from the insurance industry in due time.

Overall, I have found the industry to be disappointing for growth but it could be a proxy to income at these levels.

Below is a list of insurance stocks for the Canadian stock market for your consideration.

Best Canadian Insurance Stocks

The best investment should at least provide you with some dividend growth. If it can’t raise the dividend, it isn’t growing …

1. Manulife

MFC - Manulife Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services company in Canada. The company provides financial advice, insurance, as well as wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups, and institutions.

Manulife offers unique product offerings for different markets it serves. The company provides a suite of financial protection and wealth management solutions to meet the current and future needs of individual and group customers. The company also owns reputed brands like Manulife and John Hancock in the USA.

Manulife serves 26 million customers in the USA, Canada, and Asia. With more than 125 years of experience, the company has developed strong customer relations and a deep understanding of their financial needs. Clients look to Manulife for reliable and intelligent financial solutions.

Key Investment Data

  • Ticker: TSE:MFC
  • Sector: Financial Services
  • Industry: Insurance - Life
  • Market Cap: 47.87B
  • P/E: 6.76
  • Dividend Yield: 4.54%
  • Payout Ratio (TTM): 30.70%

2. Great West Life

GWO - Great West Life Great-West Lifeco is a financial services company providing life and health insurance, retirement and investment services, asset management and reinsurance businesses.

In addition to providing traditional insurance products, the company also provides certain products on a fee-for-service basis such as segregated funds and mutual funds. Great-West Lifeco is a member of the Power Financial Corporation group of companies. It has over $1.3 trillion in total assets under administration as of December 2017.

Great-West Lifeco operates through Great-West Life, London Life, Canada Life, Irish Life, Great-West Financial and Putnam Investments in Canada, the United States and Europe. In the U.S., Great-West Financial is a leading provider of employer-sponsored retirement savings plans in the public and corporate sectors.

Key Investment Data

  • Ticker: TSE:GWO
  • Sector: Financial Services
  • Industry: Insurance - Life
  • Market Cap: 36.13B
  • P/E: 11.18
  • Dividend Yield: 4.51%
  • Payout Ratio (TTM): 50.40%

3. Intact Financial

IFC - Intact Financial Intact Financial Corporation is the largest provider of property and casualty insurance in Canada and a leading provider of specialty insurance in North America. The company’s popularity can be gauged from the fact that about one in every five Canadians is a customer of Intact Financial products and services.

The company enjoys a 17% share in the P&C insurance market in Canada. In terms of business segments, personal and auto accounts for nearly 40% of DPW (direct premium written), followed by personal property (20%), commercial lines Canada (25%) and commercial lines USA (15%).

About 85% of the company’s revenue is derived from Canada and the remaining 15% is from the U.S. The company operates through Intact insurance, BrokerLink, OneBeacon and Belairdirect banners.

Key Investment Data

  • Ticker: TSE:IFC
  • Sector: Financial Services
  • Industry: Insurance - Property & Casualty
  • Market Cap: 29.25B
  • P/E: 13.97
  • Dividend Yield: 2.00%
  • Payout Ratio (TTM): 31.80%

4. Industrial Alliance

IAG - Industrial Alliance Industrial Alliance is a leading insurance and wealth management company in Canada. The company manages more than $180 billion in assets and over 4 million client accounts.

It also distributes creditor insurance products, car loan financing, and property & casualty products through a Canada wide distribution network. Industrial Alliance operates through individual insurance (15% of 2018 revenues), individual wealth management (40%), group insurance (18%), group savings and retirement (18%), U.S. operations (5%) and other (4%) divisions.

The company deploys an extensive distribution network, With more than a century old existence, Industrial Alliance has developed the necessary expertise and portfolio of products and solutions to cater to the diverse financial needs of its clients. The company is targeting to grow its EPS by at least 10% annually till 2022.

Key Investment Data

  • Ticker: TSE:IAG
  • Sector: Financial Services
  • Industry: Insurance - Diversified
  • Market Cap: 7.81B
  • P/E: 9.82
  • Dividend Yield: 2.67%
  • Payout Ratio (TTM): 26.20%

5. Sun Life Financial

SLF - Sun Life Financial Sun Life Financial is a leading financial services company specializing in insurance, wealth and asset management solutions, and customized health programs. It is a leader in insurance and wealth solutions in its core Canadian market and holds an industry leading market share in US Group Benefits.

The company caters to the financial needs of millions of customers, small businesses, and public and private sector companies worldwide. Canada is Sun Life’s largest market accounting for more than 30% of its income.

The company also has operations in 26 other countries, like the USA (16% of income), Asia (17%) and the UK (5%). Sun Life operates through a large network of advisors, 3rd-party partners and other distributors. The company operates balanced and diversified businesses like asset management and individual insurance, which are its largest businesses constituting 29% and 28% respectively of 2018 net income, followed by group insurance (20%), wealth (12%) and run-off (12%).

Key Investment Data

  • Ticker: TSE:SLF
  • Sector: Financial Services
  • Industry: Insurance - Diversified
  • Market Cap: 40.12B
  • P/E: 12.13
  • Dividend Yield: 3.21%
  • Payout Ratio (TTM): 38.80%

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