The company also confirmed that because it has more than $100 billion of assets and is organized as a bank holding company, it is one of the 19 U.S. companies participating in a government stress test of its ability to weather a steep economic downturn.
Chief Executive Robert Henrikson in a statement said MetLife has about $5 billion of excess capital, and that revenue is healthy in its core group and individual insurance businesses. MetLife also bolstered capital last October with a $2.3 billion stock sale.
Many companies that got TARP money have complained about the program, including the government's unilateral ability to impose new restrictions on aid recipients, including over executive pay.
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MetLife shares edged down 39 cents to $28.40 in after-hours trading following the announcement. They had risen $1.77, or 6.6 percent, to $28.79 in regular trading.
(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel; Editing by Gary Hill)