MetLife, Inc (MET) is a leading insurance-life business based in the US. MetLife is listed on the NYSE. All prices are listed in US Dollars.
|52-week range||$21.9869 - $52.38|
|50-day moving average||$48.0212|
|200-day moving average||$41.6814|
|Wall St. target price||$53.82|
|Dividend yield||$1.84 (3.62%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$6.105|
Valuing MetLife stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of MetLife's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
MetLife's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 8x. In other words, MetLife shares trade at around 8x recent earnings.
That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.
MetLife's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 4.3265. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.
The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into MetLife's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
MetLife's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $8.1 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a MetLife's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||$65.6 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||11.71%|
|Gross profit TTM||$20.5 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||0.63%|
|Return on equity TTM||8.23%|
|Market capitalisation||$45.8 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
There are currently 11.8 million MetLife shares held short by investors – that's known as MetLife's "short interest". This figure is 5.7% down from 12.5 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting MetLife shares can be evaluated.
MetLife's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of MetLife shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of MetLife shares traded daily (recently around 5.3 million). MetLife's SIR currently stands at 2.21. In other words for every 100,000 MetLife shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2210 shares are currently held short.
However MetLife's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of MetLife shares, or, against the total number of tradable MetLife shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case MetLife's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 MetLife shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0155% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable MetLife shares, roughly 16 shares are currently held short).
Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against MetLife.
Find out more about how you can short MetLife stock.
Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like MetLife.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Total ESG risk: 18.05
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and MetLife's overall score of 18.05 (as at 01/01/2019) is excellent – landing it in it in the 17th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like MetLife is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).
Environmental score: 0.62/100
MetLife's environmental score of 0.62 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that MetLife is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Social score: 7.35/100
MetLife's social score of 7.35 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that MetLife is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Governance score: 9.83/100
MetLife's governance score puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that MetLife is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Controversy score: 2/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, MetLife scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that MetLife has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.
|Total ESG score||18.05|
|Total ESG percentile||16.56|
|Environmental score percentile||2|
|Social score percentile||2|
|Governance score percentile||2|
|Level of controversy||2|
Dividend payout ratio: 30.07% of net profits
Recently MetLife has paid out, on average, around 30.07% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.62% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), MetLife shareholders could enjoy a 3.62% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In MetLife's case, that would currently equate to about $1.84 per share.
While MetLife's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that MetLife may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.
MetLife's most recent dividend payout was on 15 March 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 4 February 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").
MetLife's shares were split on a 1122:1000 basis on 7 August 2017. So if you had owned 1000 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 1122 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your MetLife shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 10.9% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for MetLife shares which in turn could have impacted MetLife's share price.
Over the last 12 months, MetLife's shares have ranged in value from as little as $21.9869 up to $52.38. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while MetLife's is 1.354. This would suggest that MetLife's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).
MetLife, Inc. engages in the insurance, annuities, employee benefits, and asset management businesses worldwide. It operates through five segments: U.S.; Asia; Latin America; Europe, the Middle East and Africa; and MetLife Holdings. The company offers life, dental, group short-and long-term disability, individual disability, accidental death and dismemberment, vision, and accident and health coverages, as well as prepaid legal plans; administrative services-only arrangements to employers; and stable value products, including general and separate account guaranteed interest contracts, and private floating rate funding agreements. It also provides pension risk transfers, institutional income annuities, tort settlements, and capital markets investment products; and other products and services, such as life insurance products and funding agreements for funding postretirement benefits, as well as company, bank, or trust-owned life insurance used to finance nonqualified benefit programs for executives. In addition, the company offers automobile, homeowners', and personal excess liability insurance products. Further, it provides fixed annuities and pension products; medical and credit insurance products; variable, universal, term, endowment, and whole life insurance products; variable, and fixed and indexed-linked annuities; and protection against long-term health care services. The company serves individuals, corporations and their employees, and other institutions and their members through independent agents, property and casualty specialists, sales forces, sales teams and relationship managers, and sponsoring organizations and affinity groups, as well as through career and independent agencies, bancassurance, direct marketing and e-commerce, brokers, and other third-party distribution channels. MetLife, Inc. was founded in 1863 and is headquartered in New York, New York.
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