497K 1 d327637d497k.htm PIMCO INFLATION PROTECTED BOND PORTFOLIO PIMCO Inflation Protected Bond Portfolio

MET INVESTORS

SERIES    TRUST

   SUMMARY PROSPECTUS    April 30, 2012

 

PIMCO Inflation Protected Bond Portfolio

Class A, Class B and Class E Shares

 

Before you invest, you may want to review the Portfolio’s Prospectus, which contains more information about the Portfolio and its risks. You can find the Portfolio’s Prospectus and other information about the Portfolio (including the documents listed below) online at www.metlife.com/variablefunds. You can also get this information at no cost by calling 1-800-638-7732 or by sending an e-mail request to RCG@metlife.com. The Portfolio’s Prospectus and Statement of Additional Information, both dated April 30, 2012, and the Portfolio’s financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2011, including the notes to the financial statements, the financial highlights and the report of the Portfolio’s independent registered public accounting firm, all of which are included in the Annual Report of the Portfolio, dated December 31, 2011, are all incorporated by reference into this Summary Prospectus. This Summary Prospectus is intended for individuals who have purchased certain variable life insurance policies and variable annuity contracts (collectively, “Contracts”) from Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and its affiliates and is not intended for use by other investors.

 

 

Investment Objective

 

Maximum real return, consistent with preservation of capital and prudent investment management.

 

Fees and Expenses of the Portfolio

 

The following table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Portfolio. These fees and expenses are for the year ended December 31, 2011, and are expressed as a percentage of the Portfolio’s average daily net assets over that period. The table and the Example below do not reflect the fees, expenses or withdrawal charges imposed by the Contracts. If Contract expenses were reflected, the fees and expenses in the table and Example would be higher. See the Contract prospectus for a description of those fees, expenses and charges.

 

Shareholder Fees (fees paid directly from your investment)—None

 

Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment)

 

    Class A   Class B   Class E

Management Fee

  0.47%   0.47%   0.47%

Distribution and/or Service (12b-1) Fees

  None   0.25%   0.15%

Other Expenses

  0.04%   0.04%   0.04%

Interest Expense

     0.01%      0.01%      0.01%

All Other Expenses

     0.03%      0.03%      0.03%
 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses

  0.51%   0.76%   0.66%

 

Example

 

The following Example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Portfolio with the cost of investing in other mutual funds. The Example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Portfolio for the time periods indicated and then redeem all of your shares at the end of those periods. The Example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year, that you reinvest all of your dividends and that the Portfolio’s operating expenses remain the same. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions, your costs would be:

 

     Class A    Class B    Class E

1 Year

   $52    $78    $68

3 Years

   $164    $244    $212

5 Years

   $286    $424    $369

10 Years

   $642    $945    $825

 

Portfolio Turnover

 

The Portfolio pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs. These costs, which are not reflected in annual portfolio operating expenses or in the Example, affect the Portfolio’s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Portfolio’s portfolio turnover rate was 458.1% of the average value of its portfolio.

 

Principal Investment Strategies

 

Pacific Investment Management Company LLC (“PIMCO”), subadviser to the Portfolio, invests, under normal circumstances, at least 80% of the Portfolio’s net assets in inflation-indexed bonds of varying maturities issued by the U.S. and non-U.S. governments, their agencies or instrumentalities, and corporations, which may be represented by forwards or derivatives such as options, futures contracts or swap agreements. Inflation-indexed bonds are fixed income securities that are structured to provide protection against inflation. The value of the bond’s principal or the interest income paid on the bond is adjusted to track changes in an official inflation measure. The U.S. Treasury uses the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (“CPI-U”) as the inflation measure. For more information about the CPI-U, please see “Investment Strategies and Risks” in the Statement of Additional Information. Inflation-indexed bonds issued by a foreign government are generally adjusted to reflect a comparable inflation index, calculated by that government. The effective portfolio duration of the Portfolio normally will vary within (plus or minus) three years of the duration of the Barclays U.S. TIPS Index.

 

 


Principal investments may include inflation-indexed bonds and securities issued or guaranteed by the U.S. Government, its agencies or government-sponsored enterprises; corporate debt securities of U.S. and non-U.S. issuers, including convertible securities and corporate commercial paper; mortgage-backed and other asset-backed securities; inflation-indexed bonds issued both by governments and corporations; structured notes, including hybrid or “indexed” securities and event-linked bonds; bank capital and trust preferred securities; loan participations and assignments; delayed funding loans and revolving credit facilities; bank certificates of deposit, fixed time deposits and bankers’ acceptances; repurchase agreements and reverse repurchase agreements’ debt securities issued by states or local governments and their agencies, authorities and other government-sponsored enterprises; obligations of non-U.S. governments or their subdivisions, agencies and government-sponsored enterprises; and obligations of international agencies or supranational entities. The Portfolio may purchase or sell securities on a when-issued, delayed delivery or forward commitment basis and may engage in short sales to a significant extent.

 

The Portfolio invests primarily in investment grade debt securities, but may invest up to 10% of its total assets in high yield securities (commonly called “junk bonds”) rated B or higher by Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. or equivalently rated by Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services or Fitch, Inc., or, if unrated, determined to be of comparable quality. The Portfolio also may invest up to 30% of its total assets in securities denominated in foreign currencies, and may invest beyond this limit in U.S. dollar denominated securities of foreign issuers. The Portfolio may invest up to 10% of its total assets in securities and instruments that are economically tied to emerging market countries. Foreign currency exposure (from non-U.S. dollar denominated securities or currencies) normally will be limited to 20% of the Portfolio’s total assets. The Portfolio may also invest up to 10% of its total assets in preferred stocks.

 

The Portfolio may invest all of its assets in derivative instruments, such as options, futures contracts or swap agreements, or in mortgage- or asset-backed securities. The Portfolio may, without limitation, seek to obtain market exposure to the securities in which it primarily invests by entering into a series of purchase and sale contracts or by using other investment techniques such as buy backs or dollar rolls.

 

Primary Risks

 

As with all mutual funds, there is no guarantee that the Portfolio will achieve its investment objective. You could lose money by investing in the Portfolio. An investment in the Portfolio through a Contract is not a deposit or obligation of, or guaranteed by, any bank, and is not federally insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Reserve Board, or any other agency of the U.S. Government.

 

The value of your investment in the Portfolio may be affected by one or more of the following risks, which are described in more detail in “Primary Risks of Investing in the Portfolio” in the Prospectus, any of which could cause the Portfolio’s return, the price of the Portfolio’s shares or the Portfolio’s yield to fluctuate. Please note that there are many other circumstances that could adversely affect your investment and prevent the Portfolio from reaching its objective, which are not described here.

 

Market Risk.    The Portfolio’s share price can fall because of, among other things, a decline in the market as a whole, deterioration in the prospects for a particular industry or company, or changes in general economic conditions, such as prevailing interest rates and investor sentiment. Significant disruptions to the financial markets could adversely affect the liquidity and volatility of securities held by the Portfolio.

 

Foreign Investment Risk.    Investments in foreign securities tend to be more volatile and less liquid than investments in U.S. securities because, among other things, they involve risks relating to political, social and economic developments abroad, as well as risks resulting from differences between the regulations and reporting standards and practices to which U.S. and foreign issuers are subject. To the extent foreign securities are denominated in foreign currencies, their values may be adversely affected by changes in currency exchange rates. All of the risks of investing in foreign securities are typically increased by investing in emerging market countries.

 

Credit and Counterparty Risk.    The value of the Portfolio’s investments may be adversely affected if a security’s credit rating is downgraded; an issuer of an investment held by the Portfolio fails to pay an obligation on a timely basis, otherwise defaults or is perceived by other investors to be less creditworthy; or a counterparty to a derivatives or other transaction with the Portfolio files for bankruptcy, becomes insolvent, or otherwise becomes unable or unwilling to honor its obligation to the Portfolio.

 

High Yield Debt Security Risk.    High yield debt securities, or “junk” bonds, may be more susceptible to market risk and credit and counterparty risk (the risk that an issuer or counterparty will default or become less creditworthy) than investment grade debt securities because issuers of high yield debt securities are less secure financially and their securities are more sensitive to downturns in the economy. In addition, the secondary market for high yield debt securities may not be as liquid as that for more highly rated debt securities.

 

Interest Rate Risk.    The value of the Portfolio’s investments in fixed income securities may decline when prevailing nominal interest rates rise or increase when nominal interest rates go down. The nominal interest rate is considered the sum of a real interest rate and an expected inflation rate. The longer a security’s maturity or duration, the greater its value will change in response to changes in interest rates. The interest earned on the Portfolio’s investments in fixed income securities may decline when prevailing interest rates decline. When real interest rates are rising faster than nominal interest rates, inflation-indexed bonds, including Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities, may experience greater losses than other fixed income securities with similar durations.

 

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TIPS and Inflation-Linked Bonds Risk.    The value of inflation-protected securities generally fluctuates in response to changes in real interest rates, which are in turn tied to the relationship between nominal interest rates and the rate of inflation. Therefore, if inflation were to rise at a faster rate than nominal interest rates, real interest rates might decline, leading to an increase in the value of inflation-protected securities. In contrast, if nominal interest rates increased at a faster rate than inflation, real interest rates might rise, leading to a decrease in the value of inflation-protected securities. When real interest rates are rising faster than nominal interest rates, inflation-indexed bonds, including Treasury Inflation Protected Securities, may experience greater losses than other fixed income securities with similar durations.

 

Mortgage-backed and Asset-backed Securities Risk.    The value of investments in mortgage-backed and asset-backed securities is subject to interest rate risk and credit risk. These securities are also subject to the risk that issuers will prepay the principal more quickly or more slowly than expected, which could cause the Portfolio to invest the proceeds in less attractive investments or increase the volatility of their prices. To the extent mortgage-backed and asset-backed securities held by the Portfolio are backed by lower rated securities, such as sub-prime obligations, or are subordinated to other interests in the same mortgage or asset pool, the likelihood of the Portfolio receiving payments of principal or interest may be substantially limited.

 

Short Sale and Short Position Risk.    The Portfolio will incur a loss from a short sale or short position if the value of the security sold short or the reference instrument, in the case of a short position, increases after the time the Portfolio entered into the short sale or short position. Short sales and short positions generally involve a form of leverage, which can exaggerate a Portfolio’s losses, and short positions also may involve credit and counterparty risk. A Portfolio that engages in a short sale or short position may lose more money than the actual cost of the short sale or short position and its potential losses may be unlimited if the Portfolio does not own the security sold short or the reference instrument and it is unable to close out of the short sale or short position. Any gain from a short sale or short position will be offset in whole or in part by the transaction costs associated with the short sale or short position.

 

Forward Commitment, When-Issued and Delayed Delivery Securities Risk.    Investments in forward commitments and when-issued and delayed delivery securities are subject to the risk that the value or yield of the securities the Portfolio is obligated to purchase may decline below the agreed upon purchase price or expected yield before the securities are actually issued or delivered. These investments may create a form of investment leverage, which may increase the Portfolio’s volatility and may require the Portfolio to liquidate portfolio securities when it may not be advantageous to do so.

 

Mortgage Dollar Roll Transactions Risk.    Mortgage dollar roll transactions are subject to the risk that the value of the securities the Portfolio is obligated to purchase may decline below the agreed upon purchase price. In addition, the Portfolio may incur higher expenses if its mortgage dollar roll transactions lead to higher portfolio turnover. These transactions also may subject the Portfolio to a form of investment leverage.

 

Convertible Securities Risk.     Investments in convertible securities may be subject to market risk, credit and counterparty risk, interest rate risk and other risks associated with investments in equity and fixed income securities, depending on the price of the underlying security and the conversion price. In addition, a convertible security may be bought back by the issuer at a time and a price that is disadvantageous to the Portfolio.

 

Repurchase Agreement Risk.    Repurchase agreements are subject to credit and counterparty risk. In the event a counterparty defaults, becomes insolvent or otherwise becomes unable or unwilling to honor its obligation to the Portfolio, the Portfolio may incur delays or restrictions on its ability to dispose of the underlying securities and lose all or a part of the income from the repurchase agreement.

 

Portfolio Turnover Risk.    The investment techniques and strategies utilized by the Portfolio might result in a high degree of portfolio turnover. High portfolio turnover rates will increase the Portfolio’s transaction costs, which can adversely affect the Portfolio’s performance.

 

Derivatives Risk.    The Portfolio may invest in derivatives to obtain investment exposure, enhance return or “hedge” or protect its assets from an unfavorable shift in the value or rate of a reference instrument. Derivatives can significantly increase the Portfolio’s exposure to market risk, credit and counterparty risk and other risks. Derivatives may be illiquid and difficult to value. Because of their complex nature, some derivatives may not perform as intended. As a result, the Portfolio may not realize the anticipated benefits from a derivative it holds or it may realize losses. Derivative transactions may create investment leverage, which may increase the Portfolio’s volatility and may require the Portfolio to liquidate portfolio securities when it may not be advantageous to do so.

 

Past Performance

 

The information below shows the volatility of the Portfolio’s returns from year to year and how the Portfolio’s average annual returns over time compare with those of a broad-based securities market index. Both the bar chart and table assume reinvestment of dividends and distributions. Note that the results in the bar chart and table do not include the effect of Contract charges. If these Contract charges had been included, performance would have been lower. As with all mutual funds, past returns are not a prediction of future returns.

 

The bar chart below shows you the performance of the Portfolio’s Class B shares for each full calendar year since its inception and indicates how it has varied from year to year. The Portfolio can also experience short-term performance swings as indicated in the high and low quarter information at the bottom of the chart. The

 

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table below compares the Portfolio’s average annual compounded total returns for each class with index returns. For more information about indexes, please see “Index Description” in the Prospectus. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.

 

Year-by-Year Total Return as of December 31 of Each Year

 

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Highest Quarter

  1st – 2009       7.35%

Lowest Quarter

  4th – 2008   -6.13%

 

Average Annual Total Return as of December 31, 2011
     1 Year   5 Years   Since
Inception
  Inception
Date

Class A

   11.48%   8.13%   6.61%   5-1-03

Class B

   11.14%   7.84%   6.34%   5-1-03

Class E

   11.18%   7.95%   7.30%   5-1-06

Barclays U.S. TIPS Index (reflects no deduction for mutual fund fees and expenses)

   13.56%   7.95%   6.56%*  

* Index performance is from 5-1-03.

        

 

Management

 

Adviser.    MetLife Advisers, LLC (“MetLife Advisers”) is the Portfolio’s investment adviser.

 

Subadviser.    Pacific Investment Management Company LLC (the “Subadviser”) is the subadviser to the Portfolio.

 

Portfolio Manager.    Mihir Worah, a Managing Director, portfolio manager, and head of the Real Return portfolio management team, has managed the Portfolio since 2008.

 

Tax Information

 

For information regarding the tax consequences of Contract ownership, please see the prospectus for the relevant Contract.

 

Payments to Insurance Companies and Their Affiliates

 

The Portfolio is not sold directly to the general public but instead is offered as an underlying investment option for Contracts issued by insurance companies that are affiliated with the Portfolio and MetLife Advisers. As a result of these affiliations, the insurance companies may benefit more from offering the Portfolio as an investment option in the Contracts than offering other unaffiliated portfolios. The Portfolio and its related companies may also make payments to the sponsoring insurance companies (or their affiliates) for distribution and/or other services. The benefits to the insurance companies of offering the Portfolio over unaffiliated portfolios and these payments may be factors that the insurance companies consider in including the Portfolio as an underlying investment option in the Contracts and may create a conflict of interest. The prospectus for your Contract contains additional information about these payments.

 

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