Cigna Boosts FY22 Adjusted Profit Forecast Yet Again On Strength In Evernorth Unit

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  • Cigna Corporation's CI Q3 sales increased 2.4% to $45.3 billion, beating the consensus of $44.76 billion. Adjusted revenues were $45.4 billion, reflecting strong performance led by Evernorth.
  • Quarterly sales at Cigna's Evernorth unit rose about 6% to $35.70 billion, driven by strong growth in its specialty pharmacy services.
  • Growth in Evernorth drove revenue growth, while its insurance business managed to keep tight control on costs.
  • The medical care ratio, a measure of medical expenses against premiums collected, improved to 80.8% from 83.5% a year ago when there was a surge in COVID cases.
  • Total insurance customers rose 5.6% to nearly 18 million as an increase in commercial insurance memberships softened the blow from a decline in government-backed plans.
  • Guidance: Cigna now expects adjusted income from operations of at least $23.10 per share compared with a prior forecast of at least $22.90 per share. Analysts expect a full-year profit of $23 per share.
  • It projects FY22 revenues of at least $179 billion (at least $178 billion expected earlier)
  • For FY22, the company expects total Medical Customer Growth (lives) of at least 900,000, up from the 800,000 anticipated earlier.
  • Price Action: CI shares are up 1.39% at $325.31 on the last check Thursday.
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