Another life insurer is talking about the size of its commercial mortgage lending operations.
MetLife’s institutional asset management arm announced today that it has agreed to work with State Street Corp. to originate up to $2 billion in commercial mortgage loans over multiple years.
The MetLife unit, MetLife Investment Management, will make and manage the loans.
Clients of State Street affiliates, and State Street itself, will supply the cash, the companies say.
The announcement comes a day after the real estate finance arm of Prudential Financial Inc. announced that it originated a total of $8.1 billion in commercial mortgage loans in the first half of the year and has the capacity to make a total of $15 billion in commercial mortgage loans in 2018.
Robert Merck, a senior managing director at MetLife’s asset-management unit, said the State Street deal will help the unit offer borrowers a wider range of real estate financing options.