Tue, Apr. 7, 7:14 AM
- The government surprisingly intends to increase Medicare Advantage payments by about 1.25% in 2016, reversing a proposal to make a cut of 0.9%.
- The move should benefit insurers such as UnitedHealth (NYSE:UNH) and Humana (NYSE:HUM).
- The change is mainly connected to tweaks in estimates of how fast Medicare spending has been rising rather than to changes in policy.
- Other health insurers include: AET, HNT, MO
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Thu, Mar. 19, 10:34 AM
- According to Bloomberg, major providers of Medicare coverage like Humana (HUM +0.9%), WellCare (WCG +0.6%) and Centene (CNC +1.4%) are high on the acquisition radar of large insurers who have relatively modest exposure to the rapidly growing Obamacare-stoked space. Likely suitors would be Aetna (AET +1.3%) and Anthem (ANTM +0.3%).
- There hasn't been much M&A activity among health insurers due to the uncertainties surrounding the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Now that its implications are better understood, the number of deals should perk up.
- No bargains are out there, though. S&P's index of health insurers galloped 57% last year. The current valuations for Humana, WellCare and Centene are $26.9B, $4.1B and $8.3B, respectively, all at record levels since at least 2007.
- Anthem CFO Wayne DeVeydt says his firm will continue to make smaller deals although a larger purchase is not out of the question. Other firms declined to comment.
- Leerink Partners analyst Ana Gupte says a likely scenario is consolidation among the five largest health insurers: UnitedHealth Group (UNH +0.8%), Anthem, Aetna, Cigna (CI +0.6%) and Humana.
- Aging baby boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, are driving the increase in Medicare enrollment. Membership is expected to rise to 68.4M in 2023, up more than 25% from this year's 54.4M. Medicaid is projected to add 9.3M people over the same time frame.
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- Among the additions to the index (which fuels the IBLN ETF) are EMC, Google (GOOG, GOOGL), Goodyear (NASDAQ:GT), Mohawk Industries (NYSE:MHK), PVH, Time Warner (NYSE:TWX), and Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO). There are three health care additions as well: Allergan (NYSE:AGN), Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN), and HCA. The lone energy name added is Consol Energy (NYSE:CNX).
- Exiting the index are energy names Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) and National-Oilwell Varco (NYSE:NOV), along with healthcare companies AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV), Aetna (NYSE:AET), Humana (NYSE:HUM), and Tenet Healthcare (NYSE:THC). Citigroup (NYSE:C), CBS, Crown Castle (NYSE:CCI), and Michael Kors (NYSE:KORS) round out those subtracted.
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Tue, Feb. 3, 8:56 AM
- Aetna (AET +0.4%) Q4 results: Revenues: $14,771.2M (+12.0%); Operating Expenses: $3,071.4M (+22.5%); Net Income: $232M (-37.1%); EPS: $0.65 (-35.0%).
- FY2014 results: Revenues: $58,003.2M (+22.6%); Operating Expenses: $10,837.7M (+25.4%); Net Income: $2,040.8M (+6.6%); EPS: $5.68 (+6.6%).
- Medical Membership: 23,548 (+6.1%), Commercial: 19,822 (+5.3%), Medicare Advantage: 1,140 (+17.8%), Medicare Supplement: 462 (+19.7%), Medicaid: 2,124 (+5.4%).
- Medical Benefit Ratios (MBRs): Commercial: 82% (+0.4%), Government: 84.4% (-3.0%); Healthcare: 83% (-1.1%).
- MBRs FY2014 results: Commercial: 80.2% (+0.1%); Government: 84.9% (-3.0%); Healthcare: 82.2% (-0.8%).
- 2015 Guidance: operating earnings per share of at least $7.00.
Tue, Feb. 3, 6:03 AM
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Wed, Jan. 28, 4:03 PM
- A study done by researchers from New York and Columbia Universities found that premiums were slightly higher for policies offered on state-run health exchanges where there were higher numbers of competitors, precisely the opposite effect that supposedly characterizes more intense competition.
- Overall, average monthly premiums were $5.71 higher per additional insurer (p<0.001). In addition, average monthly premiums were $3.18 higher per additional insurer for identical plans offered.
- The analysis focused on the prices for each unique insurance plan offered on the exchanges in each geographic rating area. The number of rating areas varied widely in the 34 states examined, from only one in NJ, NH and DE to 67 in FL.
- The authors acknowledge that the higher premiums may be due to higher cost areas (urban vs rural) where more insurers are located rather than a lack of competition.
- Related tickers: (NYSE:AFL) (NYSE:AIG) (NYSE:AET) (NYSE:CI) (NYSE:CNC) (NYSE:UNH) (NYSE:ANTM) (NYSE:MOH) (NYSE:HNT) (NYSE:HUM) (NYSE:WCG) (NASDAQ:MGLN)
Dec. 10, 2014, 5:48 PM
- Aetna (NYSE:AET) -1% AH after issuing a weaker than expected earnings forecast for next year, saying it expects to make at least $6.90/share on revenue of at least $62B vs. analyst consensus estimates of $7.17/share on $61.7B in revenue.
- AET reaffirms guidance for FY 2014 adjusted EPS of $6.60-$6.70 vs $6.65 analyst consensus, on expected operating revenues of $57B-$58B.
Nov. 21, 2014, 3:07 PM
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Nov. 3, 2014, 9:10 AM
- Aetna (NYSE:AET) acquires privately-held bswift, a provider of a technology platform that offers a retail shopping experience for health insurance exchanges and employers nationwide. It also provides benefits administration technology and services to employers.
- The purchase price is ~$400M and will be funded with cash on hand.
Oct. 28, 2014, 10:09 AM
- Aetna (AET +0.6%) Q3 results: Revenues: $14,727.8M (+13.0%); Health Care Premiums: 12,588.4 (+14.2%); Operating Expenses: $2,714.7M (+17.8%); Operating Expense Ratio: 18.4% (+4.0%); Operating Income: $638.6M (+5.7%); Net Income: $594.5M (+14.6%); EPS: $1.67 (+21.0%).
- Medical Membership: 23,574 (+2.0%); Commercial: 19,893 (+2.0%); Medicare Advantage: 1,135 (+2.0%); Medicare Supplement: 448 (+3.2%); Medicaid: 2,098 (+2.1%).
- Medical Benefit Ratios (MBRs): Commercial: 81% (+0.6%); Government: 84% (-3.4%); Healthcare: 82.3% (-1.0%).
- 2014 Guidance: Operating Earnings Per Share of $6.60 - $6.70 from $6.45 - $6.60.
Oct. 28, 2014, 9:30 AM
- From this morning's call:
- We continue to actively examine our experience for an uptick in utilization, specifically towards the newly approved all oral hepatitis seed treatments.
- We also continue to closely monitor the outpatient category, particularly emergency department usage.
- As we noted in September, the pharmacy category remains pressured, and the outpatient category continues to run towards the high end of our projected range.
- But our inpatient physician and ancillary categories remain well-behaved.
- Based on our year-to-date experience and revised full-year outlook, we currently project that Aetna's standalone 2014 commercial medical cost trend will now be in the middle- to upper-end of our original projected range of 6% to 7%.
Oct. 28, 2014, 6:12 AM
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