UnitedHealth tops earnings estimates, raises forecast

(Reuters) – UnitedHealth Group Inc posted a second-quarter profit that beat Wall Street estimates as it added more members to its health plans, and the company raised its full-year earnings forecast.

  • FILE PHOTO: Traders work at the post where UnitedHealth Group is traded on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., January 31, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
  • The largest U.S. health insurer, which added 2.2 million consumers in the quarter, said it now expects adjusted earnings of $12.50 to $12.75 per share in the year, compared with its previous forecast of $12.40 to $12.65.

    The company’s medical care ratio, or the percentage of premiums paid out for medical services, improved to 81.9 percent in the quarter, compared with 82.2 percent last year.

    UnitedHealth’s net earnings attributable to shareholders rose to $2.92 billion, or $2.98 per share, in the quarter ended June 30, from $2.28 billion, or $2.32 per share, a year earlier.

    Excluding items, the company earned $3.14 per share, ahead of the average analyst estimate of $3.04, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

    Total revenue rose 12 percent to $56.09 billion, in line with analysts’ estimates.

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