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June 3, 2014
06:36 EDTCNC, WCGCentene downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup
Citigroup downgraded Centene (CNC) to Sell saying that Ascension Health is not buying a publicly traded health plan, as has been speculated. Citi notes that in a recent bond document, Ascension stated that it has entered into a non-binding letter of intent to buy an insurance company, saying the purchase price "would not be material." Shares of Centene (CNC) and WellCare (WCG) rallied last week on the speculation, the firm points out. Citi sees near-term earnings risk for Centene and keeps a $65 price target for shares.
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January 26, 2015
12:39 EDTCNC, WCGHHS Secretary orders Medicare to change payment method, WSJ says
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06:03 EDTCNCCentene to acquire Agate Resources
Centene announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Agate Resources, a diversified holding company that offers an array of healthcare products and services to Oregon residents. Agate is based in Eugene, Oregon. Trillium Community Health Plan, Inc., a subsidiary of Agate, participates in Oregon's Coordinated Care Organization model to provide Medicaid services to Oregon Health Plan members in Lane County, Oregon. Trillium also provides coverage to Medicare beneficiaries through a Medicare Advantage plan and participates on the Cover Oregon health insurance marketplace. Terry Coplin, the CEO of Agate, and the existing management team will continue to lead the local operations of Agate. The transaction is expected to close in Q3, subject to customary closing conditions, including Oregon regulatory approval. The deal is expected to be accretive to EPS in the first twelve months following close.

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