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MetLife Sees 1Q Profits Up, Boosted by Alico Acquisition and Investment Income

Source: AP

Posted on 05 May 2011

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The nation's largest life insurer, MetLife Inc., said Wednesday that its first-quarter profit rose 3 percent, boosted by the acquisition of AIG's Alico unit and a jump in investment income.

The period was the first full quarter that MetLife controlled Alico, the international life insurance company it bought Nov. 1 from rival American International Group Inc. Alico, which operates in more than 50 countries, helped more than double MetLife's international sales.

Strong life, accident and health insurance sales in Japan also boosted premiums and fees. MetLife said it expects to report claims related to the March 11 earthquake and subsequent tsunami of between $45 million and $65 million in the second quarter.

For the three months ended March 31, MetLife reported net income after paying preferred dividends of $830 million, or 78 cents per share, up from $805 million, or 97 cents per share, a year ago. Per-share results fell due to a 29 percent jump in the number of MetLife's outstanding shares.

Excluding certain losses on investments, interest rate and currency hedges and other items, MetLife would have reported income of $1.33 per share.

Revenue rose 21 percent to $15.91 billion from $13.1 billion in the 2010 quarter, helped by increased premiums, higher fees and a 23 percent jump in net investment income to $5.32 billion. MetLife said annuity sales rose 34 percent over the 2010 first quarter, to $6.1 billion. Most of that — $5.7 billion — came from sales in the U.S.

MetLife said it saw growth in its institutional business in Mexico, group life and dental businesses in Brazil and in accident & health insurance in both Chile and Argentina.

The results also beat analysts' $15.49 billion forecast.


Mike Jun 8 2011 7:33AM Report Abuse
I don't think it's unfair conjecture to make a judgment about MetLife or any other corporation being greedy without knowing the background information regarding the decision. Perhaps MetLife is preparing to sell off a piece of their business or perhaps they are losing money in one part of their operation and are not able to continue running it at a loss. My point is that, while there IS a lot of greed and unscrupulous activity going on in insurance companies and all corporations, it does not necessarily make it right to snap to that judgment in every case.
cat May 5 2011 11:18AM Report Abuse
i don't get it - Met Life is worth over billions of $ and yet they are laying off people in my building who are desperate now to find a job. Guess the CEO's and other top dogs are just plain greedy and don't cgive a flip for the poor underlings.
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