MetLife (MET) Approves New $3B Common Stock Buyback Plan

November 10, 2016 7:02 AM EST

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MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET) announced that its board of directors has approved a new $3 billion authorization for the company to repurchase its common stock.

Commenting on the announcement, Chairman, President and CEO Steven A. Kandarian said:

"Excess capital belongs to our shareholders, and we are pleased to announce our largest ever buyback authorization now that we have defined a capitalization and execution plan for the separation of Brighthouse Financial. Together with our dividend, which has grown by 116 percent over the past three years, this buyback authorization shows that our strategy of generating higher free cash flow is gaining momentum.”

While MetLife is currently preparing for a transaction to spin-off a substantial portion of its U.S. Retail business, the ultimate form and timing of a separation will be influenced by a number of factors, including regulatory considerations and economic conditions.

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