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METLIFE AND PUNJAB NATIONAL BANK TO ENTER INTO STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP; PNP TO ACQUIRE INTEREST IN METLIFE INDIA

NEW YORK – July 21, 2011 – MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET) announced today that its affiliate, MetLife India Insurance Company Ltd (MetLife India), has agreed to enter into a 10-year distribution arrangement with Punjab National Bank (PNB) and that PNB will acquire a 30 percent interest in MetLife India. PNB, the second largest bank in India, will distribute MetLife India’s products on an exclusive basis through its branch network.

The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approval, is expected to close before the end of 2011. Following the closing of the transaction, MetLife India will change its name to PNB – MetLife India Insurance Company Ltd to utilize the strengths of both brands in the Indian market.

For MetLife, the deal broadens the company’s distribution capability in a strategic focus market, giving the company access to 60 million customers through more than 5,000 PNB branches. This will provide MetLife with the opportunity to increase its market position and to be in the top tier of insurance companies in India.

For PNB, the partnership with MetLife will provide expertise and bancassurance capabilities that will be an asset to PNB as it pursues its growth strategy in India and seeks to expand its leadership in the Indian financial services market.

"Given its global significance, India is a strategic focus market for MetLife. We believe that the addition of an outstanding financial institution like PNB as a shareholder and partner will greatly enhance our ability to move into the top tier of life companies in India,” said William J. Toppeta, president, MetLife’s International business.

“We value PNB and our current MetLife India shareholders for their integrity, market knowledge, distribution power and financial strength. We look forward to a long and productive partnership for the mutual benefit of Indian consumers and our respective shareholders."

K.R. Kamath, Chairman and Managing Director of the Punjab National Bank, said: "We are happy that the process which has set a benchmark in the industry has helped us to find the best insurance partner for the Bank in MetLife. With 60% branches in the rural and semi-urban areas, PNB is uniquely positioned to take insurance to the deep pockets of India. This partnership has the potential to drive the company into the top tier of Indian life insurers and more than double its market share." Mr. Kamath also acknowledged the role of Boston Consulting Group for running the process which has been well acknowledged by the industry.

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MetLife, Inc. is a leading global provider of insurance, annuities and employee benefit programs, serving 90 million customers in over 60 countries. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, MetLife holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, visit www.metlife.com

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(15) the dilutive impact on our stockholders resulting from the issuance of equity securities in connection with the acquisition of ALICO or otherwise; (16) economic, political, currency and other risks relating to our international operations, including with respect to fluctuations of exchange rates; (17) our primary reliance, as a holding company, on dividends from our subsidiaries to meet debt payment obligations and the applicable regulatory restrictions on the ability of the subsidiaries to pay such dividends; (18) downgrades in our claims paying ability, financial strength or credit ratings; (19) ineffectiveness of risk management policies and procedures; (20) availability and effectiveness of reinsurance or indemnification arrangements, as well as default or failure of counterparties to perform; (21) discrepancies between actual claims experience and assumptions used in setting prices for our products and establishing the liabilities for our obligations for future policy benefits and claims; (22) catastrophe losses; (23) heightened competition, including with respect to pricing, entry of new competitors, consolidation of distributors, the development of new products by new and existing competitors, distribution of amounts available under U.S. government programs, and for personnel; (24) unanticipated changes in industry trends; (25) changes in accounting standards, practices and/or policies; (26) changes in assumptions related to deferred policy acquisition costs, deferred sales inducements, value of business acquired or goodwill; (27) increased expenses relating to pension and postretirement benefit plans, as well as health care and other employee benefits; (28) exposure to losses related to variable annuity guarantee benefits, including from significant and sustained downturns or extreme volatility in equity markets, reduced interest rates, unanticipated policyholder behavior, mortality or longevity, and the adjustment for nonperformance risk; (29) deterioration in the experience of the “closed block” established in connection with the reorganization of Metropolitan Life Insurance Company; (30) adverse results or other consequences from litigation, arbitration or regulatory investigations; (31) inability to protect our intellectual property rights or claims of infringement of the intellectual property rights of others, (32) discrepancies between actual experience and assumptions used in establishing liabilities related to other contingencies or obligations; (33) regulatory, legislative or tax changes relating to our insurance, banking, international, or other operations that may affect the cost of, or demand for, our products or services, impair our ability to attract and retain talented and experienced management and other employees, or increase the cost or administrative burdens of providing benefits to employees; (34) the effects of business disruption or economic contraction due to terrorism, other hostilities, or natural catastrophes, including any related impact on our disaster recovery systems and management continuity planning which could impair our ability to conduct business effectively; (35) the effectiveness of our programs and practices in avoiding giving our associates incentives to take excessive risks; and (36) other risks and uncertainties described from time to time in MetLife, Inc.’s filings with the SEC.

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