A Look at 11 High-Yield Financial S&P 500 Companies

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A Look at 11 High-Yield Financial S&P 500 Companies PART 12 OF 12

Comparing MetLife’s Dividend Yield

Revenue and earnings

MetLife (MET), the holding corporation for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, saw its revenue fall 9% in 2016 and 5% in 2015. The fall was driven by universal life and investment-type product policy fees, net investment income, and other revenue.

Expenses rose 2% in 2016 after falling 3% in 2015. Income from continuing operations, as a result, turned negative. Its interest expenses rose 12% in 2016 after falling 19% in 2015. As a result, its EPS (earnings per share) fell 86%, after falling 16% in 2015.
Comparing MetLife&#8217;s Dividend Yield

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Revenue and EPS in 1H17

In 1H17, MetLife’s revenue growth was flat, driven by premiums and net investment income. Its expenses rose 3%, with its interest expenses rising 16%. As a result, its EPS fell 25%.


The company has noted a continuous increase in its dividend. Its dividend payout rose phenomenally between 2015 and 2016, and slightly between 1H16 and 1H17.

Comparing MetLife&#8217;s Dividend Yield

Stock price

MetLife stock has been beaten by both the SPDR S&P Insurance ETF (KIE) and the Fidelity MSCI Financials Index ETF (FNCL) most of the time over the last three years.

Comparing MetLife&#8217;s Dividend Yield

The O’Shares FTSE US Quality Dividend ETF (OUSA) offers a 2.1% dividend yield, at a PE (price-to-earnings) ratio of 20.2x. It has a 3% exposure to financials. The WisdomTree US High Dividend ETF (DHS) offers a 3.2% dividend yield, at a PE ratio of 21x. It has a 5% exposure to financials.


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