Last night, MetLife (MET) set out its plans to separate a big piece of its life insurance business, to be known as Brighthouse Financial, from the rest of the company. Deutsche Bank’s Yaron Kinar has the details:
Separation is expected to take place in 1H17. As of now, it is expected to be through an 80.1% spin, followed by full divestment within 5 years. Brighthouse appear s to be very well capitalized, with an RBC ratio of 689% plus a $3 bil buffer above CTE9 5 capitalization to support the variable annuity block. The key point, in our view, is that Brighthouses capital position is strong enough to allay any concerns over the need to infuse it with additional capital. We also note that the VA business app ears over-hedged against interest rate risk (declining rates boost capital). As for the actual business, wed expect it to generate little if any top line growth and point to a sub-10% ROE, though management is pointing to expense management as a source of potential ROE improvement. We dont expect much by the way of capital deployment for the foreseeable future. These are secondary to the strong balance sheet, we believe…
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