Should You Buy Great-West Stock After Earnings?

Great-West Lifeco (TSX:GWO) is a Winnipeg-based company that is engaged in the insurance and financial services industry. Shares of this dividend stock have climbed 27% in 2021 as of close on November 18. The stock has recovered after suffering a sharp dip in late October.

The company unveiled its third-quarter 2021 results on November 3. Total base earnings rose to $870 million compared to $679 million in the previous year. Meanwhile, base earnings per share increased to $0.93 over $0.73 in the third quarter of 2020. Great-West was powered by its aggressive acquisition strategy and strong organic growth.

Assets under administration (AUA) climbed 11% year-over-year to $2.2 trillion. This was primarily due to a vibrant equity market and new business growth with respect to its segregated funds, proprietary mutual funds, and institutional net assets.

Base earnings in its Canada segment were reported at $312 million – up 16% from the previous year. Its United States segment posted base earnings growth of 166% to $149 million. Moreover, net earnings rose to $138 million over $84 million in Q3 2020.

Great-West’s European segment delivered base earnings growth of 27% to $232 million. It received a boost due to a strong performance in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Shares of Great-West possess a favourable price-to-earnings ratio of 10. Better yet, it approved a quarterly dividend of $0.438 per share. That represents a strong 5.1% yield.

This is a dividend stock that is worth snatching up after its Q3 earnings. It offers nice value and an enticing dividend.