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 0.03%.

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MetLife, Inc. Earnings Cheat Sheet

Results: Adjusted Earnings Per Share increased 8.03% to $1.48 in the quarter versus EPS of $1.37 in the year-earlier quarter.

Revenue: Rose 6.81% to $17 billion from the year-earlier quarter.

Actual vs. Wall St. Expectations: MetLife, Inc. reported adjusted EPS income of $1.48 per share. By that measure, the company beat the mean analyst estimate of $1.30. It missed the average revenue estimate of $17.32 billion.

Quoting Management: “MetLife had a very strong first quarter as all three of our business regions contributed to a 12% increase in operating earnings over the first quarter of 2012, and we generated an annualized operating return on equity of 12.7%,” said Steven A. Kandarian, chairman, president and chief executive officer of MetLife, Inc. “We continue to leverage the strength of our diverse, global businesses, and remain committed to delivering value for shareholders, as demonstrated by our previously announced common stock dividend increase.”

Key Stats (on next page)…

Revenue decreased 1.92% from $17.33 billion in the previous quarter. EPS increased 18.4% from $1.25 in the previous quarter.

Looking Forward: Analysts have a more negative outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has fallen from a profit of $1.32 to a profit $1.31. For the current year, the average estimate has moved up from a profit of $5.25 to a profit of $5.29 over the last ninety days.

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(Company fundamentals provided by Xignite Financials. Email any earnings discrepancies to earnings [at] wallstcheatsheet.com)