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Insurance provider MetLife, Inc. (MET: Quote) reported Friday a loss for the first quarter, reflecting higher operating expenses and higher net derivative losses, despite an increase in premiums revenues.

Announcing preliminary results for the first quarter, the company said its net loss available to common shareholders was $94 million or $0.09 per share, compared to a net profit of $701 million or $0.66 per share a year ago.

Operating earnings per share rose to $1.37 from $1.23 per share in the same quarter a year earlier. The company said it has revised certain amounts in the prior periods.

On average, 20 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected the company to report earnings of $1.25 per share for the quarter. Analysts' estimates typically exclude special items.

The New York-based company's total operating revenues grew to $16.69 billion from $15.62 billion in the prior-year quarter. Analysts estimated revenues of $16.72 billion.

Premiums, fees and other revenues increased to $11.61 billion from $10.83 billion in the preceding year. Revenues from premiums were $9.11 billion, up from $8.53 billion a year earlier.

Net derivative losses for the quarter widened to $1.98 billions from $317 millions last year. Total operating expenses increased to $14.6 billion from $13.7 billion in the previous year.

The company said it will announce final results for the first quarter on April 26. MetLife also announced today that it is rescheduling its first quarter 2012 earnings conference call and audio Webcast from Thursday, May 3, 2012 to Friday, April 27, 2012 from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. (ET).

MET closed Thursday's regular trading at $35.38 on the NYSE. In the pre-market activity, the shares are up 1.75 percent.

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