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Brighthouse Financial, Inc. (“Brighthouse Financial” or the “company”) (Nasdaq: BHF) announced today that it has authorized the repurchase of up to $500 million of Brighthouse Financial common stock. The stock repurchase program is in addition to the $600 million aggregate stock repurchase authorizations announced in May 2019 and August 2018. Since the announcement of the company’s first stock repurchase authorization in August 2018, the company has repurchased a total of approximately $570 million of its common stock through January 2020.
“We are pleased to announce our third stock repurchase program, which, assuming full utilization, will bring us to more than 70 percent of our goal to return $1.5 billion of capital to our shareholders through 2021,” said Eric Steigerwalt, president and chief executive officer, Brighthouse Financial. “This new program reflects our financial strength, our ongoing commitment to returning capital over time and the progress we continue to make as we execute our strategy.”
Repurchases under the program may be made through open market purchases, including pursuant to 10b5-1 plans or pursuant to accelerated stock repurchase plans, or through privately negotiated transactions, from time to time at management’s discretion in accordance with applicable legal requirements.
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Any or all forward-looking statements may turn out to be wrong. They can be affected by inaccurate assumptions or by known or unknown risks and uncertainties. Many such factors will be important in determining the actual future results of Brighthouse Financial. These statements are based on current expectations and the current economic environment and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict. These statements are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results could differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements due to a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors. Risks, uncertainties, and other factors that might cause such differences include the risks, uncertainties and other factors identified in Brighthouse Financial’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), particularly in the sections entitled “Risk Factors” and “Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk” as well as in Brighthouse Financial’s subsequent filings with the SEC. Brighthouse Financial does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which the statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as otherwise may be required by law.
About Brighthouse Financial, Inc.
Brighthouse Financial, Inc. (Brighthouse Financial) (Nasdaq: BHF) is on a mission to help people achieve financial security. As one of the largest providers of annuities and life insurance in the U.S., we specialize in products designed to help people protect what they’ve earned and ensure it lasts.