MetLife expects higher interest rates to add $300 million to operating profit through 2019

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The MetLife building is seen in New York, March 8, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (Copyright Reuters 2016)

MetLife Inc expects higher interest rates to add $300 million to operating profits through 2019, the insurer said in a filing on Thursday.

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The New York-based company, which provides life insurance, annuities and employee benefits, forecast a $45 million operating earnings bump next year, followed by $105 million in 2018 and $150 million in 2019, in an 8-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Additionally, MetLife disclosed it would incur $300 million in pretax expenses in 2017 for a cost-cutting program announced earlier this year.

(Reporting by Suzanne Barlyn)