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July 25, 2014
12:11 EDTWLP, CI, WCG, AET, UNHWellCare profit warning sinks managed care names
A number of managed care names are falling after one of the companies in the sector, WellCare (WCG), preannounced significantly weaker than expected results. UBS, however, recommends using the weakness in the sector as a buying opportunity. WHAT'S NEW: WellCare, which specializes in managing Medicaid and Medicare plans, preannounced a second quarter per share loss of 7c, excluding certain items. Analysts on average expected the company to report a per share profit of 90c. The company's revenue came in slightly above expectations. WellCare cut its full-year earnings per share guidance to $2.20-$2.50 from $4.40-$4.75. The company said recipients of a new Medicaid program in Florida utilized more medical services than expected since the company began administering the program in May. Additionally, the company took an impairment charge related to an acquisition and it had an unfavorable reserve development. ANALYST REACTION: The factors cited by WellCare for the cut in its guidance appear to be specific to that company, UBS analyst A.J. Rice wrote. Meanwhile, data from other companies that administer Medicaid plans indicate that the increased utilization costs in that state are also specific to WellCare, Rice contended. For example, Centene (CNC) reported Q2 results earlier this week and indicated that utilization trends for newly covered beneficiaries in Florida was largely in line with expectations, while UnitedHealth (UNH) said its Medicaid business had performed well last quarter, the analyst stated. Additionally, WellCare said that its higher than expected medical utilization costs had been caused primarily by drug costs that exceeded its forecast, Rice stated. Since drug costs tend to be known relatively quickly, United Health and Centene would have divulged any issues with drug costs in conjunction with their Q2 results, Rice said. The analyst recommended that investors buy Aetna (AET), Cigna (CI), United Health and WellPoint (WLP) on any weakness today. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Aetna fell 1.5% to $83, Cigna lost 1% to $95.50, UnitedHealth lost 1% to $84.50, WellPoint slid 1.5% to $113.50 and Centene tumbled 7% to $74 while WellCare plunged 19% to $62.
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June 21, 2015
16:50 EDTCICigna board unanimously rejects Anthem proposal, DJ says
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16:03 EDTUNH, AET, CIAetna makes offer to acquire Humana, WSJ says
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15:26 EDTCIAnthem publicized offer for Cigna in order to pressure company, WSJ says
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June 20, 2015
19:56 EDTCIAnthem proposes to acquire Cigna for $184 per share in cash, stock
Anthem (ANTM) announced that it has submitted a non-binding proposal to acquire Cigna (CI) for $184 per share in cash and stock. Under the terms of the proposal, which was delivered to Cigna’s board, Cigna stockholders would receive a total consideration that represents a value of $184 per share. The offer, which values the company at $53.8B on an enterprise basis, represents an “unaffected” premium to Cigna’s stockholders of more than 35.4%, based on the closing price of Cigna’s shares on May 28. The combined company would be an industry leader with greater than $115B in annual revenues, based on the most recent 2015 outlook publicly reported by both companies. Under the contemplated terms, the consideration would consist of approximately 31.4% Anthem shares and 68.6% cash and the combined company would reflect a pro forma equity ownership comprised of approximately 76.3% Anthem shareholders and approximately 23.7% Cigna stockholders. Anthem is also confident in its ability to complete any financing related to the acquisition, the company said. Anthem expects the combination would be accretive to operating earnings per share and that the combined enterprise would generate significant annual cost synergies by achieving operating and G&A efficiencies. Anthem expects to achieve adjusted earnings per share accretion of greater than 10% in year one, with the accretion more than doubling by year two following the closing of the transaction. Anthem is confident in the achievability of synergies and is committed to retaining investment grade debt ratings, the company noted. Anthem is confident in its ability to obtain regulatory approvals. In the course of previous negotiations, both companies have expressed a confidence that regulatory approval would not delay the consummation of the combination. This includes matters related to the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. "Anthem has been engaged with Cigna to explore a potential combination since August 2014 and is making its proposal public today following Cigna’s refusal to reasonably negotiate and its insistence on securing governance matters that are not common practice in similar transactions. Anthem is confident in the value being offered, the growth potential of the combined company and its ability to successfully integrate the two organizations," the company stated.
June 19, 2015
16:24 EDTUNH, AET, CIStocks end week higher after Fed reassures on gradual pace of rate increases
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14:07 EDTCI, AETOptions with increasing implied volatility: NFLX CI TRIP AET
10:09 EDTCI, UNH, AET, WCGFly Watch: Supreme Court may release key ACA decision soon
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09:18 EDTAET, CIHumana most likely target in Managed Care, says FBR Capital
FBR Capital says Humana (HUM) is the most likely acquisition target in the Managed Care space, with Aetna (AET), Anthem (ANTM) and Cigna (CI) as the likely acquirers. The firm believes Anthem would benefit the most from the acquisition of Humana. It also thinks UnitedHealth (UNH) could look to acquire Aetna or Cigna. FBR thinks one or two more large deals in the space are possible.
07:37 EDTAET, UNH, CISupreme Court decision on ACA suit due soon, says UBS
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06:11 EDTCICigna implied volatility of 38 at upper end of index
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June 18, 2015
11:31 EDTUNH, AET, CIOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:51 EDTAET, CIIncrease in 3R backstop most positive for Humana, says Leerink
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07:38 EDTAETLeerink to hold a roundtable
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06:08 EDTCICigna implied volatility of 38 at upper end of index
05:57 EDTUNHStocks with implied volatility movement; UNH JD
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June 17, 2015
11:08 EDTCI, UNH, AETOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:48 EDTAET, UNH, CIHealth insurers seen consolidating from five to three in 'megadeals,' WSJ says
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07:42 EDTCI, AET, UNHAetna price target raised to $145 from $135 at Leerink
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07:27 EDTUNHUnitedHealth growth set to accelerate, says Wells Fargo
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07:16 EDTCICigna added to Most Preferred List, target raised to $175 at UBS
UBS added Cigna to its Most Preferred List and said the shares are attractive from both an operating and a consolidation perspective. The firm believes the risk/reward is attractive at current levels and applied a 30% probability of a buyout. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and raised its price target to $175 from $149 on Cigna shares.
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