If the Securities and Exchange Commission approves the Brighthouse unit’s securities registration statement quickly, investors who own MetLife stock on July 19 could get Brighthouse stock Aug. 4.
An investor will get one share of Brighthouse common stock for every 11 shares of MetLife stock, MetLife said Thursday.
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MetLife, a New York-based company formed in 1869, began working publicly on splitting Brighthouse off as a separate company a year ago.
Delaware Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro approved the spinoff Tuesday. A hearing officer noted that no one showed up at a hearing with any objections to the proposal, and no one sent any written objections.
MetLife announced that it has received approval from its own board for the spinoff Thursday.
Brighthouse will inherit MetLife’s retail life and annuity operations. It has corporate headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina, and 2.8 million life insurance policies and annuity contracts in force.
MetLife executives have put an official list of the reasons for the spinoff in a preliminary information statement about the spinoff that was filed with the SEC last week.
MetLife says it is spinning off Brighthouse partly because of regulatory worries, such as concerns about the U.S. Department of Labor fiduciary rule, and about the possibility that federal regulators may return to trying to classify the company as a nonbank systemically important financial institution.
The spinoff should also help investors value Brighthouse and MetLife independently, give Brighthouse more flexibility to invest in its operations, and let Brighthouse shift to using a platform dedicated to the needs of retail customers, the company says.