SUN LIFE FINANCIAL $50.54 (Toronto symbol SLF; SI Rating: Above-average) offers savings, retirement, pension and life and health insurance products and services to individuals and corporations. The company operates mainly in Canada, the U.S. and the UK, and also in Asia and India. It has assets under administration of $436.5 billion.
In the three months ended December 31. 2006, Sun Life’s earnings rose 14%, to $545 million or $0.95 a share, from $478 million or $0.82 a share a year earlier. Revenue rose 15%, to $6.1 billion from $5.3 billion a year earlier. The company recently raised its quarterly dividend by 6.7%, to $0.32 from $0.30. The shares now yield 2.4%.
Sun Life is still a buy.