MetLife India Insurance Company Limited and Punjab National Bank Life Insurance Partnership Finalized

  MetLife India Insurance Company Limited and Punjab National Bank Life
  Insurance Partnership Finalized

  A Significant Transaction Tied to MetLife Inc.’s Emerging Market Strategy

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- February 4, 2013

MetLife, Inc. (NYSE:MET) today announced that MetLife India has completed a
partnership agreement with Punjab National Bank (PNB). Under the agreement PNB
obtained a 30% ownership in the company. MetLife India will now be known as
PNB MetLife India Insurance Company Limited (PNB MetLife). Commemorating this
partnership, the Honourable Finance Minister of India, Mr. P Chidambaram
attended a launch event in New Delhi today.

PNB is one of the oldest and leading banks in India and is trusted by
customers for over 100 years. It has a vast distribution reach, with over
5,900 branches and serving over 70 million customers across the nation.
MetLife India has been operating in the country since 2001 and with this
partnership, has significantly expanded its insurance business.

In May 2012, MetLife announced a strategic plan to drive shareholder value,
including increasing its business in emerging markets to become 20% of
operating earnings by 2016.

“This partnership is an important step forward in delivering on our strategy
to grow our business in emerging markets,” said Steven A. Kandarian, chairman,
president and chief executive officer of MetLife, Inc. “As a dynamic emerging
market, India is an important growth opportunity for MetLife, and we are proud
to be partnering with an outstanding financial institution such as PNB.”

“This unique and compelling partnership reinforces our commitment to India and
our goal of becoming a top-tier life insurer in the country,” said Christopher
Townsend, president of MetLife Asia region. “We look forward to working with
PNB to bring our products and capabilities to India to help customers achieve
financial security.”

Speaking at the launch, Shri K.R. Kamath, chairman and managing director,
Punjab National Bank, said, “This is a fine example of a public-private
partnership and a significant milestone in the 117 year history of the bank.
MetLife has more than 140 years of experience, and is a leading global
provider of insurance products. Partnering with MetLife will give us access to
global products and the risk management expertise of MetLife. We are very
pleased that with this partnership, PNB will be able to offer a full suite of
financial products to our customers, including life insurance, under the new
brand PNB MetLife.”

About MetLife, Inc.

MetLife, Inc. is a leading global provider of insurance, annuities and
employee benefit programs, serving 90 million customers. Through its
subsidiaries and affiliates, MetLife holds leading market positions in the
United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. For
more information, visit www.metlife.com.

About Punjab National Bank

With over 72 million satisfied customers and 5,937 domestic branches, PNB
continues to retain its leadership position amongst the nationalised banks in
India. The Bank enjoys strong fundamentals, large franchise value and a good
brand image. Since its inception in 1895, PNB has always been a “People’s
Bank” serving millions of people throughout the country and has remained fully
committed to its guiding principles of sound and prudent banking. For more
information, visit www.pnbindia.in.

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Contact:

MetLife, Inc.
For Media:
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or
For Investors:
Edward Spehar, 212-578-7888
 
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