Big trouble. _____________________ MetLife, Inc. (MET) today announced it has postponed its earnings report and conference call related to its results for the fourth quarter and full year ended Dec. 31, 2017, which had previously been scheduled for Jan. 31, 2018, and Feb. 1, 2018, respectively. MetLife will now issue its fourth quarter and full year 2017 earnings report and its Fourth Quarter Financial Supplement on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 after the market closes. The company will hold its earnings conference call and audio webcast on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. (EST). MetLife expects to file its 2017 Form 10-K by March 1, 2018. On its Dec. 15, 2017, Investor Outlook Call, MetLife announced that it was undertaking a review of practices and procedures used to estimate its reserves related to certain Retirement and Income Solutions group annuitants who have been unresponsive or missing over time. Management of the company has determined the prior release of group annuity reserves resulted from a material weakness in internal control over financial reporting. MetLife expects to increase reserves in total between $525 million and $575 million pre-tax, to adjust for reserves previously released, as well as accrued interest and other related liabilities. The amount of the reserve increase is based in substantial part on actuarial, legal, statistical, and other assumptions. If actual facts and factors differ from those the company has assumed, the reserve the company has established could be adversely or positively affected. The total amount expected to impact fourth quarter 2017 net income is between $135 million and $165 million pre-tax, the majority of which represents a current period strengthening of reserves and will be reflected in Adjusted Earnings (formerly known as Operating Earnings)*.We expect the full year 2017 net income impact to be between $165 million and $195 million pre-tax. In addition, the company intends to make prior period revisions to reflect the balance of these adjustments in the appropriate historical periods. The company also expects to correct historical periods for unrelated errors in those periods, as required by accounting standards. Those errors were previously recorded in the periods in which the company identified them. Revisions to prior periods will be included in MetLife’s 2017 Form 10-K and Fourth Quarter Financial Supplement. These revisions will not constitute a restatement of previously issued financial statements. These pre-tax revisions will be taxed at the 35% U.S. tax rate in effect, and the impacts of the recently enacted U.S. tax reform legislation will be reflected in Corporate & Other in the fourth quarter of 2017. In connection with MetLife’s review and enhancement of the processes and procedures relating to its Retirement and Income Solutions business in the United States, MetLife is currently reviewing its processes and procedures for identifying unresponsive and missing international group annuity annuitants and pension beneficiaries. In addition, MetLife recently initiated an ongoing global review of its processes and procedures for identifying unresponsive and missing policyholders and beneficiaries for the other insurance and annuity products it offers. MetLife is not currently aware of any material deficiencies in its identification of unresponsive or missing annuitants, policyholders or beneficiaries with respect to such products under review. MetLife had previously informed its primary state regulator, the New York Department of Financial Services, about this matter and is responding to questions from them and other state regulators. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement staff has also made an inquiry regarding this matter and MetLife is responding to its questions. To date, MetLife is not aware of any intentional wrongdoing in connection with this matter. The company is preannouncing the following unaudited preliminary fourth quarter 2017 results: Preliminary Fourth Quarter Results Net income of $2.0 to $2.1 billion. On a per share basis, net income is expected to be between $1.91 and $1.96 per share. Net income includes approximately $92 million, after tax, in net derivative losses reflecting changes in foreign currencies, interest rates and equity markets. Net income includes approximately $1.2 billion, after tax, benefit related to the impact of U.S. tax reform which includes a negative impact to adjusted earnings of approximately $300 million. Adjusted Earnings* of $650 to $700 million, or $0.61 to $0.66 per share. Notable items decreased adjusted earnings between $490 million and $510 million after tax in the fourth quarter of 2017, including the pre-mentioned impact of U.S. tax reform. On a per share basis, net notable items are expected to be between $0.46 and $0.48. Book value of $53.51 to $53.56 per share. Book value, excluding accumulated other comprehensive income (AOCI) other than foreign currency translation adjustments (FCTA)*, of $42.18 to $42.23 per share. Adjusted ROE*, excluding AOCI other than FCTA, of 6.0% to 6.4%. * Information regarding the non-GAAP and other financial measures included in this news release and the reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP measures is provided in the Non-GAAP and Other Financial Disclosures discussions below. Adjusted measures were formerly referred to as operating measures.