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UnitedHealth’s Raises Full-Year Earnings Guidance – $UNH $DIA

By John F. Heerdink, Jr.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated’s (UNH) Q1 earnings exceeded market estimates, reporting an adjusted profit of $5.49, up 3.4% from a strong year-ago quarter and 11 cents ahead of estimates. Revenue increased 14.2% to $80.149 billion, above estimates of $79 billion. The medical cost ratio, paid benefits as a share of premiums, increased to 82% versus 80.9% in the year-ago quarter, partly related to Covid impacts.

“Disciplined execution of our long-term strategy, with a sharp focus on ensuring access to care for the people we serve, enabled us to deliver high-quality, diversified growth across Optum and UnitedHealthcare during this first quarter of 2022,” stated CEO Andrew Witty.

Medical membership rose 335,000 from Q4, as UNH added 400,000 Medicare Advantage members and 155,000 Medicaid members. The company raised full-year earnings guidance to a range of $21.20 to $21.70, up from $21.10-$21.60. Analysts were expecting $21.60, representing a 13.6% growth from a year ago.

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