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The following is an excerpt from a 10-K SEC Filing, filed by METLIFE POLICYHOLDER TRUST on 3/31/2006.
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The MetLife Policyholder Trust (the "Trust") was established under the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company ("Metropolitan Life") plan of reorganization (the "Plan") and pursuant to the MetLife Policyholder Trust Agreement, dated as of November 3, 1999, by and among Metropolitan Life, MetLife, Inc. (the "Holding Company"), Wilmington Trust Company (not in its individual capacity, but solely as trustee for the Trust, the "Trustee") and ChaseMellon Shareholder Services LLC, as custodian (now known as Mellon Investor Services LLC, the "Custodian"), as amended on November 8, 2001 (the "Trust Agreement"), in connection with the conversion of Metropolitan Life from a mutual life insurance company to a stock life insurance company. The Trust is a single-purpose trust that does not engage in any business or activity other than voting and holding the Trust Shares (as defined below) and certain closely related activities, such as distributing cash dividends. The Trust has no employees.

Under the Plan and the Trust Agreement, each policyholder's membership interest was extinguished and certain eligible policyholders of Metropolitan Life (the "Trust Eligible Policyholders") received, in exchange for that interest, a number of interests in the Trust ("Trust Interests") equal to the number of shares of common stock of the Holding Company, par value $0.01 per share (the "Common Stock"), allocated to them in accordance with the Plan. The assets of the Trust consist principally of the shares of Common Stock issued to the Trust (the "Trust Shares") for the benefit of the Trust Eligible Policyholders and permitted transferees (collectively, the "Beneficiaries"). The Trust Shares are held in the name of the Trustee, on behalf of the Trust, which has legal title over the Trust Shares. The Beneficiaries do not have legal title to any part of the assets of the Trust. The Trust Interests represent undivided fractional interests in the Trust Shares and other assets of the Trust beneficially owned by a Trust Beneficiary through the Custodian. On April 7, 2000, the date of demutualization of Metropolitan Life, the Holding Company distributed to the Trust 494,466,664 shares of Common Stock for the benefit of policyholders of Metropolitan Life. Withdrawals by Beneficiaries of Trust Shares, transactions by Beneficiaries under the Purchase and Sale Program (as defined below), and escheatment of unclaimed Trust Shares resulted in a decrease in the number of Trust Shares from 321,314,794 in 2004 to 298,777,053 in 2005.

A Trust Interest entitles the Beneficiary to certain rights, including the right to: (i) receive dividends distributed upon Trust Shares; (ii) have Trust Shares withdrawn from the Trust to be sold for cash through a purchase and sale program established by the Holding Company pursuant to the Plan (the "Purchase and Sale Program"); (iii) deposit in the Trust additional shares of Common Stock purchased through the Purchase and Sale Program; (iv) withdraw Trust Shares; and
(v) instruct the Trustee to vote the Trust Shares on certain matters, each as further described in and limited by the terms of the Trust Agreement. The Trustee has no beneficial interest in the Trust Shares.

The Holding Company pays the Trustee an annual fee of $50,000. In addition, the Holding Company will reimburse the Trustee for all reasonable out-of-pocket expenses it incurs in the performance of its duties under the Trust Agreement. However, the Holding Company is not required to reimburse the Trust or Trustee for the expense of mailing to the Custodian any proxy and other materials received by the Trustee from persons other than the Holding Company, including mailings with respect to any Beneficiary Consent Matter. The Holding Company paid to the Trustee $20,986 and $15,317 for out-of-pocket expenses for the years ended December 31, 2005 and 2004, respectively.


Equity securities are reported at their fair value based on quoted market prices and unrealized investment gains and losses on securities are recorded in the Statements of Operations. Realized gains and losses on sales




of securities are determined on a first-in first-out basis. Regular cash dividends, if any, collected or received by the Trustee with respect to the Trust Shares will be distributed by the Custodian semi-annually to the Beneficiaries within 90 days after receipt by the Trustee. Distribution of all other cash dividends will be made by the Custodian to the Beneficiaries on the first business day following the 30th day after the Trust receives the dividends. Alternatively, the Trustee may arrange with the Holding Company for the direct payment by the Holding Company of such cash dividends to the Beneficiaries. All security transactions are recorded on a trade date basis.


The Trust considers all highly liquid investments purchased with an original or remaining maturity of three months or less at the date of purchase to be cash equivalents.


As a qualified regulated trust, the Trust is not subject to income taxes to the extent that it distributes substantially all of its taxable income in its fiscal year.


Beneficiaries may instruct the program agent for the Purchase and Sale Program to withdraw their allocated shares from the Trust for sale through the Purchase and Sale Program. Trust Interests of 11,187,498, 11,780,561 and 11,468,650 for the years ended December 31, 2005, 2004 and 2003, respectively, were redeemed for this purpose. Beneficiaries allocated less than 1,000 shares of Common Stock under the Plan are also entitled to purchase in the Purchase and Sale Program additional shares to bring their Trust Interests up to 1,000 shares, subject to a minimum of $250 per purchase (or such lesser amount that would cause the Beneficiary to hold the 1,000 maximum number of Trust Interests). Trust Interests of 170,425, 155,874 and 193,261 for the years ended December 31, 2005, 2004 and 2003, respectively, were issued for this purpose. The number of Trust Interests allocated to Beneficiaries will be adjusted for any shares of Common Stock purchased or sold in the Purchase and Sale Program such that the Trust Interests held by a Beneficiary will always equal the number of shares of Common Stock allocated to the Beneficiary.

Beneficiaries may withdraw all, but generally, not less than all, of their allocated shares of Common Stock at any time by providing written notice to the Custodian.




The Trust Agreement provides the Trustee with directions as to the manner in which to vote, assent or consent the Trust Shares at all times during the term of the Trust. On all matters brought for a vote before the stockholders of the Holding Company, with the exception of a Beneficiary Consent Matter (as defined in the Trust Agreement), the Trustee will vote or abstain from voting in accordance with the recommendation given by the Board of Directors of the Holding Company to its stockholders or, if no such recommendation is given, as directed by the Board. On all Beneficiary Consent Matters, the Trustee will vote all of the Trust Shares in favor of, in opposition to or abstain from the matter in the same ratio as the Trust Interests of the Beneficiaries that returned voting instructions to the Trustee indicated preferences for voting in favor of, in opposition to or abstaining from such matter. The Trust Agreement also contains provisions allowing Beneficiaries to instruct the Custodian to withdraw their allocated Trust Shares to participate in any tender or exchange offer for the Common Stock and to make any cash or share election, or perfect any dissenter's rights, in connection with a merger of the Holding Company.