How to buy MetLife (MET) shares in Australia
Learn how to easily invest in MetLife shares.
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MetLife Inc (MET) is a leading insurance-life business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$61.3 after a previous close of US$60.88. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD60.52 to a high of USD61.46. The latest price was USD60.63 (25 minute delay). MetLife is listed on the NYSE. All prices are listed in US Dollars.
How to buy shares in MetLife
- Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares in a US company from Australia you'll need to find a trading platform that offers access to US stock markets. If you're just starting out, look for a platform with low brokerage and foreign exchange fees.
- Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
- Search for MetLife. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: MET. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
- Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until MetLife reaches your desired price. To spread out your risk, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
- Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of US$60.88, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of MetLife, depending on your broker.
- Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of MetLife. Optimise your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.
What's in this guide?
- MetLife key stats
- Compare share trading platforms
- Is MetLife stock a buy or sell?
- MetLife performance over time
- Is MetLife suitable for ethical investing?
- Are MetLife shares over-valued?
- MetLife's financials
- How volatile are MetLife shares?
- Does MetLife pay a dividend?
- Have MetLife shares ever split?
- Other common questions
MetLife stock price (NYSE:MET)Use our graph to track the performance of MET stocks over time.
MetLife shares at a glance
|52-week range||US$46.1881 - US$68.58|
|50-day moving average||US$62.5812|
|200-day moving average||US$62.3341|
|Dividend yield||US$1.88 (2.83%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||US$5.992|
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Is it a good time to buy MetLife stock?
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MetLife price performance over time
|1 week (2022-01-12)||-10.34%|
|1 month (2021-12-17)||0.63%|
|3 months (2021-10-19)||-7.70%|
|6 months (2021-07-19)||8.54%|
|1 year (2021-01-19)||16.33%|
|2 years (2020-01-17)||15.24%|
|3 years (2019-01-18)||33.81%|
|5 years (2017-01-19)||25.95%|
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Is MetLife under- or over-valued?
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 P/E ratio
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 11x. In other words, MetLife shares trade at around 11x 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 PEG ratio
MetLife's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.8365. 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 US$8.3 billion (£6.1 billion).
The EBITDA is a measure of a MetLife's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||US$70.4 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||11.23%|
|Gross profit TTM||US$20.1 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||0.64%|
|Return on equity TTM||7.73%|
|Market capitalisation||US$57.5 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
MetLife's environmental, social and governance track record
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.
MetLife's total ESG risk score
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 12/31/2018) 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.).
MetLife's environmental score
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.
MetLife's social score
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.
MetLife's governance score
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.
MetLife's controversy score
Controversy score: 2/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. 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.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|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|
MetLife share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 21.52% of net profits
Recently MetLife has paid out, on average, around 21.52% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.83% 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 2.83% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In MetLife's case, that would currently equate to about $1.88 per share.
While MetLife's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that MetLife is investing more in its future growth.
MetLife's most recent dividend payout was on 13 December 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 6 February 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have MetLife's shares ever split?
MetLife's shares were split on a 1122:1000 basis on 6 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.
MetLife share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, MetLife's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$46.1881 up to US$68.58. 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 1.2666. 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., a financial services company, provides insurance, annuities, employee benefits, and asset management services 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 general and separate account, and synthetic guaranteed interest contracts, as well as private floating rate funding agreements. It also provides pension risk transfers, institutional income annuities, structured 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 personal lines of property and casualty insurance, including private passenger automobile, homeowners', and personal excess liability insurance. Further, it provides fixed and variable annuities, and pension products; accident and health products; regular savings products; whole and term life, endowments, universal and variable life, and group life products; credit insurance products; and protection against long-term health care services. MetLife, Inc. was founded in 1863 and is headquartered in New York, New York.
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