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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 7/10

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industry
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history
Cash to Debt 11.88
BNS's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
86% of the 1340 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - Canada industry.

( Industry Median: 1.26 vs. BNS: 11.88 )
BNS' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 1.46   Max: No Debt
Current: 11.88

Equity to Asset 0.06
BNS's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
55% of the 1732 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - Canada industry.

( Industry Median: 0.09 vs. BNS: 0.06 )
BNS' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.04   Max: 0.06
Current: 0.06

0.04
0.06
Interest Coverage 1.09
BNS's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
65% of the 1595 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - Canada industry.

( Industry Median: 1.27 vs. BNS: 1.09 )
BNS' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 0.17   Max: 1.09
Current: 1.09

0.17
1.09
F-Score: 4
Z-Score: 0.22
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 8/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 39.25
BNS's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
86% of the 1755 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - Canada industry.

( Industry Median: 28.45 vs. BNS: 39.25 )
BNS' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 24.62   Max: 41.85
Current: 39.25

24.62
41.85
Net-margin (%) 31.02
BNS's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
88% of the 1762 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - Canada industry.

( Industry Median: 21.29 vs. BNS: 31.02 )
BNS' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 16.93   Max: 32.39
Current: 31.02

16.93
32.39
ROE (%) 15.51
BNS's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
95% of the 1768 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - Canada industry.

( Industry Median: 8.01 vs. BNS: 15.51 )
BNS' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 11.97   Max: 21.51
Current: 15.51

11.97
21.51
ROA (%) 0.92
BNS's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
81% of the 1768 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - Canada industry.

( Industry Median: 0.75 vs. BNS: 0.92 )
BNS' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 0.6   Max: 1.04
Current: 0.92

0.6
1.04
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 414.97
BNS's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
96% of the 1726 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - Canada industry.

( Industry Median: 68.75 vs. BNS: 414.97 )
BNS' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 85.39   Max: 366.34
Current: 414.97

85.39
366.34
Revenue Growth (%) 6.10
BNS's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
88% of the 1536 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - Canada industry.

( Industry Median: 1.50 vs. BNS: 6.10 )
BNS' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 13
Current: 6.1

0
13
EBITDA Growth (%) 5.00
BNS's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
72% of the 1385 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - Canada industry.

( Industry Median: 6.90 vs. BNS: 5.00 )
BNS' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 17.4
Current: 5

0
17.4
EPS Growth (%) 9.50
BNS's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
76% of the 1355 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - Canada industry.

( Industry Median: 9.20 vs. BNS: 9.50 )
BNS' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -2.3   Max: 24.1
Current: 9.5

-2.3
24.1
» BNS's 10-Y Financials

Financials


Revenue & Net Income
Equity & Asset
Oprt. Cash Flow & Free Cash Flow

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Guru Trades

Q3 2013

BNS Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Steven Cohen 31,303 sh (+178.32%)
Jim Simons 594,600 sh (-24.54%)
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Q4 2013

BNS Guru Trades in Q4 2013

David Dreman 807 sh (New)
Steven Cohen Sold Out
Jim Simons 203,200 sh (-65.83%)
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Q1 2014

BNS Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Steven Cohen 5,825 sh (New)
Jim Simons 274,700 sh (+35.19%)
David Dreman 822 sh (+1.86%)
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Q2 2014

BNS Guru Trades in Q2 2014

David Dreman 940 sh (+14.36%)
Jim Simons 25,800 sh (-90.61%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with BNS

(List those with share number changes of more than 20%, or impact to portfolio more than 0.1%)

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
David Dreman 2013-12-31 New Buy$56.74 - $63.34 $ 66.2810%807
John Keeley 2013-06-30 Sold Out 0.01%$53.06 - $59.21 $ 66.2817%0
Ray Dalio 2012-06-30 Sold Out 0.16%$49.34 - $56.13 $ 66.2826%0
Ray Dalio 2012-03-31 New Buy0.16%$50.04 - $57.32 $ 66.2834%185900
John Keeley 2011-12-31 Reduce -20.6%$45.9 - $53.63 $ 66.2833%5780
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Preferred stocks of Bank of Nova Scotia

SymbolPriceYieldDescription
BKSHF23.905.405 1/4 % Non Cum Red Pfd Shs Series -12-
BNS.PR.Y.Canada24.014.01
BNS.PR.J.Canada24.995.255 1/4 % Non Cum Red Pfd Shs Series -12-
BNS.PR.T.Canada24.996.25Bank of Nova Scotia (The),non-cumulative five-year rate reset preferred shares, Series 26
BNS.PR.X.Canada25.006.25Non-Cum Pfd Shs Series -28
BNS.PR.M.Canada25.774.37
BNS.PR.Q.Canada25.633.86
BNS.PR.R.Canada25.754.29Bank of Nova Scotia (The),non-cumulative five-year rate reset preferred shares, Series 22
BNS.PR.Z.Canada24.553.77
BNS.PR.P.Canada25.423.29
BNS.PR.O.Canada26.255.33
BNS.PR.L.Canada25.764.374 1/2 % Non-Cum Pfd Shs Series -14-
BNS.PR.K.Canada25.004.804.8 % Non-Cum Pfd Shs Series -13-
BNS.PR.N.Canada26.105.03
BNS.PR.A.Canada25.702.92
BNS.PR.B.Canada25.451.93Non-Cum Pfd Shs Series -21-
BNS.PR.S.Canada0.000.00Bank of Nova Scotia (The),non-cumulative, five-year rate reset preferred shares, Series 24
BNS.PR.C.Canada25.641.35Non-Cum Pfd Shs Series -23- Fltg Rt

Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 12.50
BNS's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
79% of the 1578 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - Canada industry.

( Industry Median: 13.70 vs. BNS: 12.50 )
BNS' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 0.68   Max: 17.31
Current: 12.5

0.68
17.31
P/B 2.01
BNS's P/B is ranked higher than
50% of the 1590 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - Canada industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. BNS: 2.01 )
BNS' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.32   Max: 3.07
Current: 2.01

1.32
3.07
P/S 3.77
BNS's P/S is ranked higher than
62% of the 1711 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - Canada industry.

( Industry Median: 2.85 vs. BNS: 3.77 )
BNS' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.2   Max: 4.74
Current: 3.77

0.2
4.74
EV-to-EBIT 3.25
BNS's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
98% of the 1906 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - Canada industry.

( Industry Median: 19.25 vs. BNS: 3.25 )
BNS' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 1.1   Max: 10.4
Current: 3.25

1.1
10.4
PEG 1.42
BNS's PEG is ranked higher than
86% of the 1906 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - Canada industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. BNS: 1.42 )
BNS' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.01   Max: 4.9
Current: 1.42

0.01
4.9
Shiller P/E 15.48
BNS's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
79% of the 1093 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - Canada industry.

( Industry Median: 16.35 vs. BNS: 15.48 )
BNS' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 1.93   Max: 18.74
Current: 15.48

1.93
18.74

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
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history
Dividend Yield 3.50
BNS's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
74% of the 1484 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - Canada industry.

( Industry Median: 2.38 vs. BNS: 3.50 )
BNS' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 2.49   Max: 7.81
Current: 3.5

2.49
7.81
Dividend Payout 0.43
BNS's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
67% of the 1906 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - Canada industry.

( Industry Median: 0.47 vs. BNS: 0.43 )
BNS' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.01   Max: 6.8
Current: 0.43

0.01
6.8
Dividend growth (3y) 6.80
BNS's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
79% of the 1033 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - Canada industry.

( Industry Median: 5.50 vs. BNS: 6.80 )
BNS' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0   Max: 56
Current: 6.8

0
56
Yield on cost (5-Year) 4.51
BNS's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
74% of the 1497 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - Canada industry.

( Industry Median: 2.67 vs. BNS: 4.51 )
BNS' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 3.21   Max: 10.06
Current: 4.51

3.21
10.06
Share Buyback Rate -5.40
BNS's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
64% of the 1291 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - Canada industry.

( Industry Median: -1.90 vs. BNS: -5.40 )
BNS' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 1   Max: -5.4
Current: -5.4

Valuation & Return

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industry
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history
Price/Tangible Book 2.66
BNS's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
59% of the 1906 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - Canada industry.

( Industry Median: 1.44 vs. BNS: 2.66 )
BNS' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 1.18   Max: 3.34
Current: 2.66

1.18
3.34
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.05
BNS's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
55% of the 1192 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - Canada industry.

( Industry Median: 0.60 vs. BNS: 1.05 )
BNS' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.53   Max: 161.81
Current: 1.05

0.53
161.81
Price/Median PS Value 1.08
BNS's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
78% of the 1906 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - Canada industry.

( Industry Median: 1.16 vs. BNS: 1.08 )
BNS' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.06   Max: 1.28
Current: 1.08

0.06
1.28
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 1.80
BNS's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
87% of the 1906 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - Canada industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. BNS: 1.80 )
BNS' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.03   Max: 3.23
Current: 1.8

0.03
3.23
Price/Graham Number 1.13
BNS's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
60% of the 1409 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - Canada industry.

( Industry Median: 0.93 vs. BNS: 1.13 )
BNS' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.71   Max: 1.35
Current: 1.13

0.71
1.35
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 30.80
BNS's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
97% of the 1603 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - Canada industry.

( Industry Median: 6.90 vs. BNS: 30.80 )
BNS' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 9.7   Max: 91.8
Current: 30.8

9.7
91.8
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 11.41
BNS's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
70% of the 1348 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - Canada industry.

( Industry Median: 14.46 vs. BNS: 11.41 )
BNS' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 2.4   Max: 157.7
Current: 11.41

2.4
157.7

Business Description

Industry: Banks » Banks - Regional - Canada
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Traded in other countries:BKSHF.USA, BNS.PR.Y.Canada, BNS.PR.J.Canada, BNS.PR.T.Canada, BNS.PR.X.Canada, BNS.PR.M.Canada, BNS.PR.Q.Canada, BNS.PR.R.Canada, BNS.PR.Z.Canada, BNS.PR.P.Canada, BNS.PR.O.Canada, BNS.PR.L.Canada, BNS.Canada, BNS.PR.K.Canada, BNS.PR.N.Canada, BKN.Germany, BNS.PR.A.Canada, BNS.PR.B.Canada, BNS.PR.C.Canada
Bank of Nova Scotia was founded in the state of Canada in 1832. It commenced operations in Halifax. The Bank is a full-service financial institution, which operates its business in four major business lines: Canadian Banking, International Banking, Global Wealth Management and Scotia Capital. Canadian Banking provides a comprehensive array of retail and commercial banking services through branch and electronic delivery channels, to individuals and small to medium-sized businesses in Canada. The retail services include consumer and mortgage lending, credit and debit card services, savings, chequing and retirement products, and transaction services. In addition to credit, commercial clients are provided with deposit and cash management services. International Banking provides retail and commercial banking services through branches, subsidiaries and foreign affiliates. The products, services and channels offered are generally the same as those in Canadian Banking. Global Wealth Management is comprised of the Bank's global wealth management and insurance businesses as well as global transaction banking. Wealth management businesses include Global Asset Management, responsible for global investment manufacturing, and Global Wealth Distribution, responsible for global client-facing businesses including private client and institutional client services, full service brokerage, online brokerage, offshore brokerage and the independent advisor channel. Insurance products offered in Canada include creditor, life and health, home and auto, and travel insurance. Internationally, the Bank offers credit-related life, health and property insurance, as well as other products, not related to banking credit, including life, health, property (home, auto and other property), and ATM fraud insurance. Scotia Capital is an integrated corporate and investment bank which services the credit, capital market and risk management needs of the Bank's global relationships with large corporations, financial institutions and governments. The services provided include credit and related products, debt and equity underwriting, foreign exchange, derivative products, precious metals products and financial advisory services. Also, it conducts trading activities for its own account and provides shortterm Canadian dollar funding for the Bank.
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