Financial Performance

MetLife Earnings Tumble 43% to $758M in Q2

The insurer's profit drop reflected a 13% decline in net investment income and $710 million in net derivative losses.
Matthew HellerAugust 6, 2020

MetLife reported a sharp drop in quarterly profit, reflecting in part losses in private equity and derivative investments.

For the second quarter, the insurer’s adjusted earnings fell 43% to $758 million, or 83 cents per share. Analysts had expected earnings of 91 cents per share.

Net investment income dipped 13% to $4.1 billion while MetLife also posted $710 million in net derivative losses due to stronger equity markets and higher longer-term interest rates.

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“MetLife delivered solid underlying business performance in the second quarter,” CEO Michel Khalaf said in a news release.

“The decline in our private equity portfolio was squarely within our expectations,” he added. “On underwriting, our well-diversified set of businesses provided meaningful offsets to increased claims from COVID-19.”

MetLife’s overall premiums and fees dropped 13% to $10.4 billion, with premiums and fees in the U.S. retirement income unit falling 58% to $511 million.

Among the company’s regions, only EMEA saw profit growth, with a 51% gain. The U.S. and Europe both dropped 29% and Latin America was down 17%.

MetLife said the pandemic’s effects in the third quarter would be largely offset by underwriting margins.

MetLife’s shares fell 1.8% to $36.50 in extended trading Thursday. For the year to date, the stock is down 29.3%.