Analysis – MetLife, Inc. Increases Dividend by 7%

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MetLife Incorporated announced a regular quarterly dividend of $0.40, a 7 percent increase from the prior rate of $0.375 per share. The dividend will be paid at the new higher rate on June 13, 2016, to shareholders of record at close of business on May 9, 2016. MetLife, Inc. is a member of the Top 100 dividend growth candidates.

Date Quarterly Dividend
5/9/2016 0.4
2/3/2016 0.375
11/4/2015 0.375
8/5/2015 0.375
5/7/2015 0.375
2/4/2015 0.35
11/5/2014 0.35
8/6/2014 0.35
5/7/2014 0.35
2/4/2014 0.275
11/6/2013 0.275
8/7/2013 0.275
5/7/2013 0.275
2/4/2013 0.185
11/7/2012 0.74
11/7/2011 0.74
11/5/2010 0.74

Analysis of Valuation of MetLife, Inc. (Symbol MET).

MetLife is trading below its average price/book value (P/BV) range.  MetLife  is trading above its average historical dividend yield. 

Price 5/2/16 % Yield 5 Year Div. Growth Rate  BV    2016 P/BV Ratio 10 yr P/BV  Low 10 yr P/BV  High 5 yr max Yield % 5 yr lowest Yield %
$45.84 3.55% 9% 58.75 0.80 0.30 2.40 4.04% 1.59%

MetLife, Inc. Dividend Yield Chart (Click to enlarge)

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Explanation:  Dividend growth financial stocks may be valued upon historical relative price/book value and current yield analysis. Dividend financial stocks trading at a low historical price/book value (P/BV) ratio should be viewed more highly to investors due to their depressed valuation versus other higher P/BV ratio stocks.  Max P/BV price target is based upon company reaching its highest historical P/BV ratio.  Dividend stocks should also be viewed favorably when the current yield is above historical readings for the past 10 years. Further information on evaluating dividend growth candidates can be found at http://seekingalpha.com/author/timothy-mcintosh/articles

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