UnitedHealth cites near-term pressures in ACA, Medicare cuts The near-term pressures are expected to cost over $1.50 per share in 2014. The company has set a target of having more than $65B in value based contracts with care providers by 2018. It says it will closely study the development of individual public exchanges in 2014 and be "selective" in its approaches for 2015. Initial Medicare growth is within the company's estimates and continue to expect commercial group risk membership to be stable in 2014 with commercial individual insured membership declining over the course of the year. Optum expects strong top and bottom line growth in 2014 with a range of $45B-$46B in revenue. Optum's earnings are expected to be strong in 2H14 due to growth investments early in the year. Expects cash flow from operations in range of $7.8B-$8.2B in 2014 and expect to return $4B to shareholders through repurchase and dividend. Comments taken from Q4 earnings conference call.
Price targets raised for Managed Care Organizations at UBS UBS raised its price targets on the Managed Care Organizations in their coverage universe. The firm cites increased volumes, a lack of new legislation, the potential for industry consolidation, and limited exposure to international markets that face a weak macro economic backdrop. UBS raised its price target on Aetna (AET) to $128 from $120, Anthem (ANTM) to $175 from $163, Cigna (CI) to $149 from $140 and United Health (UNH) to $135 from $131. UBS has a Buy rating on all four stocks.
Leerink healthcare services analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call Healthcare Services Analyst Gupte discusses Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) and the proposed pay-fors and implications For Healthcare Services on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on March 20 at 11 am.