MetLife Earnings: Here’s Why Shares are Up Now

MetLife, Inc. (NYSE:MET) delivered a profit and beat Wall Street’s expectations, BUT came up short on beating the revenue expectation. The revenue miss is a negative sign to shareholders seeking high growth out of the company. Shares are up 0.06%.

MetLife, Inc. Earnings Cheat Sheet

Results: Adjusted Earnings Per Share increased 8.27% to $1.44 in the quarter versus EPS of $1.33 in the year-earlier quarter.

Revenue: Decreased 7.37% to $17.04 billion from the year-earlier quarter.

Actual vs. Wall St. Expectations: MetLife, Inc. reported adjusted EPS income of $1.44 per share. By that measure, the company beat the mean analyst estimate of $1.33. It missed the average revenue estimate of $17.33 billion.

Quoting Management: “MetLife delivered strong performance in the second quarter through favorable investment margins, expense discipline in the U.S. and good results in Asia,” said Steven A. Kandarian, chairman, president and chief executive officer of MetLife, Inc. “We continued to execute on our strategy by growing our top line in emerging markets and shifting our business mix toward lower capital intensive products. We expect our strategy will continue to increase shareholder value over time.”

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EPS decreased 2.7% from $1.48 in the previous quarter.

Looking Forward: Analysts have a neutral outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings is a profit of $1.32 and has not changed. For the current year, the average estimate has moved up from a profit of $5.36 to a profit of $5.47 over the last ninety days.

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