MetLife Inc's fourth quarter earnings
MetLife's quarterly operating profit, the figure closely watched by analysts, was five times higher than last year, at $793 million, or 96 cents per share.
Analysts on average expected operating earnings of 95 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. MetLife in December had said it expected operating earnings of between 90 cents and 95 cents per share.
Operating revenues rose 13 percent to $13.32 billion.
Including one-time investment gains and losses, New York-based MetLife's earnings fell to $289 million, or 35 cents per share, from $954 million, or $1.20 a share, a year earlier.
The company's fourth quarter profit follows three straight quarterly losses.
(Reporting by Jonathan Spicer; editing by Carol Bishopric)