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MetLife Is Close to Spinning Off These Big Businesses

The MetLife Inc. Building Ahead Of Earnings FiguresThe MetLife Inc. Building Ahead Of Earnings Figures
The MetLife Inc. headquarters building stands behind the Helmsley Building in New York, U.S., on Monday, May 2, 2016. Michael Nagle—Bloomberg via Getty Images

MetLife on Thursday came a step closer to spinning off its U.S. retail life insurance and annuity business after the company’s board of directors approved the plan, it said on Thursday.

The board set July 19 as the record date for the spinoff of Brighthouse Financial, with shares to be distributed on Aug. 4, subject to approval by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the company said. A record date is the day by which interested parties must own shares in order to participate in a corporate event.

MetLife (MET) common shareholders will receive one share of Brighthouse Financial common stock for every 11 shares of MetLife common stock they own as of the close of business on July 19, assuming SEC approval, MetLife said.

The SEC’s approval will be the last hurdle for MetLife to complete the Brighthouse spinoff. On Wednesday, Delaware insurance regulators approved Brighthouse’s request to acquire key MetLife businesses operating in Delaware and do business in the state under the Brighthouse name.

Brighthouse Life Insurance Company, domiciled in Delaware, will have more than 2 million policies and annuity contracts in force and more than $220 billion in assets, the Delaware insurance regulator said on Thursday.