Newsroom | 30 July 2015

Cigna Reports Strong Second Quarter 2015 Results, Affirms Increased Outlook

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  • Consolidated revenues increased 9% to $9.5 billion in the second quarter
  • Adjusted income from operations1 was $664 million, or $2.55 per share, which represents per share growth of 23% over second quarter 2014
  • Shareholders' net income for the second quarter was $588 million, or $2.26 per share
  • Projected adjusted income from operations1,2 for 2015 is now estimated to be in the range of $2.16 billion to $2.24 billion, or $8.30 to $8.60 per share3

BLOOMFIELD, Conn., July 30, 2015 - Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) today reported second quarter 2015 results with strong revenue and earnings contributions across the Company's diversified portfolio of businesses.

Consolidated revenues in the quarter were $9.5 billion, an increase of 9% over second quarter 2014 primarily driven by continued growth in Cigna's targeted customer segments.

Cigna's adjusted income from operations1 for the second quarter of 2015 was $664 million, or $2.55 per share, compared to $559 million, or $2.07 per share, for the second quarter of 2014. Results reflect strong revenue growth, continued effective medical cost management, and disciplined operating expense management.

"Cigna's strong second quarter results once again reflect the consistent effective execution of our global strategy," said David M. Cordani, President and Chief Executive Officer. "As we look to the future, and our recent announcement that we will combine with Anthem to build the industry's premier health service company, we remain focused on delivering affordable, personalized solutions that create sustained long-term value for the benefit of our customers and clients around the world."

Cigna also reported shareholders' net income of $588 million, or $2.26 per share, for the second quarter of 2015, compared to $573 million, or $2.12 per share, for second quarter of 2014. Shareholders' net income for the second quarter of 2015 included a special item1, which was a charge of $65 million after-tax, or $0.25 per share, related to costs associated with the previously announced early redemption of long term debt.

CONSOLIDATED HIGHLIGHTS

The following table includes highlights of results and a reconciliation of adjusted income from operations1 to shareholders' net income:

         
Consolidated Financial Results (dollars in millions, customers in thousands):
           

 

Six Months

Three Months Ended

Ended

June 30,

 

March 31,

June 30,
2015       2014       2015       2015
 
Consolidated Revenues $ 9,492 $ 8,733 $ 9,467 $ 18,959
 
Consolidated Earnings, net of taxes
Adjusted income from operations1 $ 664 $ 559 $ 513 $ 1,177
Net realized investment gains 13 43 48 61
Amortization of other acquired intangible assets (24) (29) (28) (52)
Special items1   (65)         -         -         (65)
Shareholders' net income $ 588       $ 573       $ 533       $ 1,121
 
Adjusted income from operations1, per share $ 2.55       $ 2.07       $ 1.96       $ 4.52
Shareholders' net income, per share $ 2.26       $ 2.12       $ 2.04       $ 4.30
 
As of the Periods Ended
June 30,

 

March 31,

 

December 31,

2015       2014       2015       2014
 
Global Medical Customers 14,771 14,247 14,654 14,456
 
  • Cash and short term investments at the parent company were approximately $560 million at June 30, 2015 and approximately $400 million at December 31, 2014.
  • Year to date, as of July 29, 2015, the Company repurchased approximately 4.3 million shares of stock for approximately $515 million.
  • After considering all sources and uses of cash for the remainder of 2015, the Company expects to have approximately $1.3 billion available for capital deployment in addition to $250 million held at the parent for liquidity purposes.
  • Second quarter 2015 net cash flows from operating activities of $445 million were impacted by timing of government reimbursements for Individual risk mitigation programs and for Medicare Part D programs. Adjusting for those items, second quarter 2015 net cash provided by operating activities would have approximated 1.2 times adjusted income from operations.

HIGHLIGHTS OF SEGMENT RESULTS

See Exhibit 2 for a reconciliation of adjusted income (loss) from operations1 to shareholders' net income.

Global Health Care

This segment includes Cigna's Commercial and Government businesses that deliver medical and specialty health care products and services to domestic and multi-national clients and customers using guaranteed cost, retrospectively experience-rated and administrative services only ("ASO") funding arrangements. Specialty health care includes behavioral, dental, disease and medical management, stop loss and pharmacy-related products and services.

           
Financial Results (dollars in millions, customers in thousands):
           
Six Months
Three Months Ended Ended
June 30,

 

March 31,

June 30,

2015       2014       2015      

2015

 
Premiums and Fees $ 6,734 $ 6,119 $ 6,729 $ 13,463
Adjusted Income from Operations1 $ 528 $ 428 $ 444 $ 972
Adjusted Margin, After-Tax5 7.0% 6.3% 6.0% 6.5%
 
As of the Periods Ended
June 30,

 

March 31,

December 31,

Customers:

2015       2014       2015       2014
Commercial 14,215 13,762 14,099 13,938
Government   556         485         555         518
Medical 14,771 14,247 14,654 14,456
 
Behavioral Care 24,164 23,055 23,865 23,853
Dental4 13,818 13,304 13,726 13,571
Pharmacy 7,905 7,368 7,909 7,542
Medicare Part D 1,458 1,208 1,468 1,188
 
  • Second quarter 2015 premiums and fees increased 10% relative to second quarter 2014, driven by customer growth in our Commercial and Government businesses as well as rate actions and specialty contributions.
  • Second quarter 2015 adjusted income from operations1 and adjusted margin, after-tax5, reflect favorable medical and specialty results, continued effective medical cost management, low utilization trend and a favorable operating expense ratio. In addition, second quarter results benefitted from approximately $20 million after-tax related to the update of 2014 risk mitigation programs for our Individual business.
  • Adjusted income from operations1 for second quarter 2015, second quarter 2014, and first quarter 2015 included favorable prior year reserve development on an after-tax basis of approximately $19 million, $16 million and $25 million respectively.
  • The Total Commercial MCR of 77.5% in second quarter 2015 was driven by the ongoing strong performance of our Commercial employer business. The MCR in the quarter relative to second quarter 2014 also benefitted from the impact of risk mitigation programs for our Individual business, business mix shifts and incremental ACA related taxes.
  • The Total Government MCR of 84.4% in the second quarter 2015 reflects the ongoing strong performance in our Medicare Advantage business partially offset by some anticipated pressure in our growing Medicare Part D business.
  • Year-to-date medical cost trend for our total U.S. Commercial book of business reflects continued effective medical cost management, physician engagement and low utilization trend. We continue to expect full year medical cost trend in the range of 5% to 6%.
  • Global Health Care net medical costs payable6 was approximately $2.20 billion at June 30, 2015 and $1.93 billion at December 31, 2014.

Global Supplemental Benefits

This segment includes Cigna's global individual supplemental health, life and accident insurance business, primarily in Asia, and Medicare supplement coverage in the United States.

 

Financial Results (dollars in millions, policies in thousands):

                       
Six Months
Three Months Ended Ended
June 30, March 31, June 30,
2015       2014       2015       2015
 
Premiums and Fees7

$

749

$

722

$

735

$ 1,484
Adjusted Income from Operations1 $ 77

$

64

$

69

$ 146
Adjusted Margin, After-Tax5 9.8% 8.5% 9.0% 9.4%
 
As of the Periods Ended
June 30, March 31, December 31,
2015       2014       2015       2014
 
Policies7 12,762 12,270 12,528 12,342
 
  • Excluding the impact of foreign currency movements, second quarter 2015 premiums and fees grew 10% relative to second quarter 2014, reflecting customer growth and strong retention.
  • Second quarter 2015 adjusted income from operations1 and adjusted margin, after-tax5 reflect business growth and favorable operating expenses.

Group Disability and Life

This segment includes Cigna's group disability, life and accident insurance operations.

 

Financial Results (dollars in millions):

                     
Six Months
Three Months Ended Ended
June 30, March 31, June 30,
2015       2014       2015       2015
 
Premiums and Fees $ 978 $ 890 $ 976 $ 1,954
Adjusted Income from Operations1 $ 106 $ 110 $ 51 $ 157
Adjusted Margin, After-Tax5 10.0% 11.3% 4.8% 7.4%
 
  • Second quarter 2015 premiums and fees grew 10% relative to second quarter 2014, driven by business growth across the disability, life and accident product lines.
  • Adjusted income from operations1 and adjusted margin, after-tax5 for the second quarter 2015 and the second quarter of 2014 include a favorable after-tax impact related to reserve studies of $37 million and $35 million, respectively.
  • Second quarter 2015 adjusted income from operations1 and adjusted margin, after-tax5 also reflects improvement in claims experience in our life insurance business relative to the first quarter 2015.

Corporate & Other Operations

Adjusted income (loss) from operations1 for Cigna's remaining operations is presented below:

 

Financial Results (dollars in millions):

                       
Six Months
Three Months Ended Ended
June 30, March 31, June 30,
2015       2014       2015       2015
 
Corporate & Other Operations $ (47) $ (43) $ (51) $ (98)
 

OUTLOOK

Cigna's outlook for full year 2015 consolidated adjusted income from operations1,2 is in the range of $2.16 billion to $2.24 billion, or $8.30 to $8.60 per share. Cigna's outlook excludes the potential effects of future capital deployment.3

     

(dollars in millions, except where noted and per share amounts)

Full-Year Ending
December 31, 2015
 
Projected Adjusted Income (Loss) from Operations1,2
Global Health Care $ 1,790 to 1,830
Global Supplemental Benefits $ 240 to 260
Group Disability and Life $ 320 to 340
Ongoing Businesses $ 2,350 to 2,430
 
Corporate & Other Operations $ (190)
Consolidated Projected Adjusted Income from Operations1,2 $ 2,160 to 2,240
 
Consolidated Projected Adjusted Income from Operations, per share1,2,3 $ 8.30 to 8.60
 

2015 Projected Operating Metrics and Ratios Outlook

Consolidated Revenue Growth

8% to 10%
Full Year Total Commercial Medical Care Ratio8 77.5% to 78.5%

Full Year Total Government Medical Care Ratio8

84.5% to 85.5%

Full Year Global Health Care Operating Expense Ratio8

21% to 22%

Global Medical Customer Growth9

2% to 4%
 

The foregoing statements represent the Company's current estimates of Cigna's 2015 consolidated and segment adjusted income from operations1,2 and other key metrics as of the date of this release. Actual results may differ materially depending on a number of factors. Investors are urged to read the Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements included in this release. Management does not assume any obligation to update these estimates.

This quarterly earnings release and the Quarterly Financial Supplement are available on Cigna's website in the Investor Relations section (http://www.cigna.com/aboutcigna/investors).

 

Notes:

   

1.

Effective January 1, 2015, adjusted income (loss) from operations is defined as shareholders' net income (loss) excluding the following after-tax adjustments: net realized investment results, amortization of other acquired intangible assets and special items. Prior year amounts have been adjusted for the exclusion of amortization of other acquired intangible assets. Special items are included in shareholders' net income, but excluded from adjusted income (loss) from operations. Special items are identified in Exhibit 2 of this earnings release.

 

Adjusted income (loss) from operations is a measure of profitability used by Cigna's management because it presents the underlying results of operations of Cigna's businesses and permits analysis of trends in underlying revenue, expenses and shareholders' net income. This consolidated measure is not determined in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP) and should not be viewed as a substitute for the most directly comparable GAAP measure, shareholders' net income. See Exhibit 2 for a reconciliation of adjusted income from operations to shareholders' net income.

 

2.

Management is unable to provide a forward-looking reconciliation of adjusted income (loss) from operations to shareholders' net income for full year 2015 because future net realized investment results, amortization of other acquired intangible assets and additional special items cannot be identified or reasonably estimated at this time.

 

3.

The Company's outlook excludes the potential effects of any share repurchases or business combinations that may occur after the date of this earnings release.

 

4.

Prior period dental customers have been revised to conform to current presentation.

 

5.

Adjusted margin, after-tax, is calculated by dividing adjusted income (loss) from operations by operating revenues for each segment.

 

6.

Global Health Care medical costs payable are presented net of reinsurance and other recoverables. The gross Global Health Care medical costs payable balance was $2.43 billion as of June 30, 2015 and $2.18 billion as of December 31, 2014.

 

7.

Cigna owns a 50% noncontrolling interest in its China joint venture. Cigna's 50% share of the joint venture's earnings is reported in Other Revenues using the equity method of accounting under GAAP. As such, the premiums and fees and policy counts for the Global Supplemental Benefits segment do not include the China joint venture.

 

8.

Operating ratios are defined as follows:

Total Commercial medical care ratio represents medical costs as a percentage of premiums for all commercial risk products, including medical, pharmacy, dental, stop loss and behavioral products provided through guaranteed cost or experience-rated funding arrangements in both the United States and internationally.

Total Government medical care ratio represents medical costs as a percentage of premiums for Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D, and Medicaid products.

Global Health Care Operating Expense Ratio represents operating expenses excluding acquisition related amortization expense as a percentage of operating revenue in the Global Health Care segment.

 

9.

Global medical customers include individuals who meet any one of the following criteria: are covered under a medical insurance policy, managed care arrangement, or service agreement issued by Cigna; have access to Cigna's provider network for covered services under their medical plan; or have medical claims and services that are administered by Cigna.

 

CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release, and oral statements made with respect to information contained in this release, may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are based on Cigna's current expectations and projections about future trends, events and uncertainties. These statements are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements may include, among others, statements concerning our projected adjusted income (loss) from operations outlook for 2015, on both a consolidated and segment basis; projected consolidated revenue growth and global medical customer growth, each over year end 2014; projected medical care and operating expense ratios; future financial or operating performance, including our ability to deliver personalized and innovative solutions for our customers and clients and future growth, business strategy, strategic or operational initiatives; economic, regulatory or competitive environments, particularly with respect to the pace and extent of change in these areas; financing or capital deployment plans; our prospects for growth in the coming years; statements regarding the proposed merger between Cigna and Anthem, Inc. (Anthem); and other statements regarding Cigna's and Anthem's future beliefs, expectations, plans intentions, financial condition or performance. You may identify forward-looking statements by the use of words such as "believe," "expect," "plan," "intend," "anticipate," "estimate," "predict," "potential," "may," "should," "will" or other words or expressions of similar meaning, although not all forward-looking statements contain such terms.

Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, both known and unknown, that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: our ability to achieve our financial, strategic and operational plans or initiatives; our ability to predict and manage medical costs and price effectively and develop and maintain good relationships with physicians, hospitals and other health care providers; our ability to identify potential strategic acquisitions or transactions and realize the expected benefits of such transactions; the substantial level of government regulation over our business and the potential effects of new laws or regulations, or changes in existing laws or regulations; the outcome of litigation, regulatory audits, investigations and actions and/or guaranty fund assessments; uncertainties surrounding participation in government-sponsored programs such as Medicare; the effectiveness and security of our information technology and other business systems; and unfavorable industry, economic or political conditions, the timing and likelihood of completion of the proposed merger, including the timing, receipt and terms and conditions of any required governmental and regulatory approvals for the proposed merger that could reduce anticipated benefits or cause the parties to abandon the transaction; the possibility that Cigna or Anthem shareholders may not approve the proposed merger; the possibility that the expected synergies and value creation from the proposed merger will not be realized or will not be realized within the expected time period; the risk that the businesses of Cigna and Anthem will not be integrated successfully; disruption from the proposed merger making it more difficult to maintain business and operational relationships; the risk that unexpected costs will be incurred; the possibility that the proposed merger does not close, including due to the failure to satisfy the closing conditions; the risk that financing for the proposed merger may not be available on favorable terms, as well as more specific risks and uncertainties discussed in our most recent report on Form 10-K and subsequent reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K available on the Investor Relations section of www.cigna.com as well as on Anthem's most recent report on Form 10-K and subsequent reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K available on the Investor Relations section of www.antheminc.com. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made, are not guarantees of future performance or results, and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict or quantify. Cigna undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by law.

     
CIGNA CORPORATION
COMPARATIVE SUMMARY OF FINANCIAL RESULTS (unaudited) Exhibit 1
(Dollars in millions, except per share amounts)
                     
  Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
    2015   2014       2015   2014
 
REVENUES
 
Premiums $ 7,432 $ 6,800 $ 14,834 $ 13,476
Fees 1,057 958 2,123 1,898
Net investment income 297 294 573 571
Mail order pharmacy revenues 625 547 1,203 1,042
Other revenues   60     69     132     135  
Total operating revenues 9,471 8,668 18,865 17,122
Net realized investment gains 21 65 94 107
                     
Total   $ 9,492     $ 8,733         $ 18,959     $ 17,229  
 
ADJUSTED INCOME (LOSS) FROM OPERATIONS (1)
 
Global Health Care $ 528 $ 428 $ 972 $ 895
Global Supplemental Benefits 77 64 146 121
Group Disability and Life   106     110     157     177  
Ongoing Operations 711 602 1,275 1,193
Corporate and Other (47 ) (43 ) (98 ) (101 )
                     
Total $ 664 $ 559 $ 1,177 $ 1,092
 
After-tax adjustments to reconcile to shareholders' net income:
Realized investment gains 13 43 61 70
Amortization of other acquired intangible assets (24 ) (29 ) (52 ) (61 )
Special items (65 ) - (65 ) -
                     
Shareholders' net income (loss)   $ 588     $ 573         $ 1,121     $ 1,101  
 
DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE
 
Adjusted income (loss) from operations (1) $ 2.55 $ 2.07 $ 4.52 $ 4.01
After-tax adjustments to reconcile to shareholders' net income:
Realized investment gains 0.05 0.16 0.23 0.26
Amortization of other acquired intangible assets (0.09 ) (0.11 ) (0.20 ) (0.22 )
Special items     (0.25 )     -           (0.25 )     -  
Shareholders' net income (loss)   $ 2.26     $ 2.12         $ 4.30     $ 4.05  
Weighted average shares (in thousands)     260,097       269,921           260,668       272,181  
Common shares outstanding (in thousands)                 257,451       264,721  
 
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY at June 30,               $ 11,290     $ 10,937  
 
 
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY PER SHARE at June 30,               $ 43.85     $ 41.32  
 
(1) Adjusted income (loss) from operations is defined as shareholders' net income (loss) excluding the following after-tax adjustments: realized investment results; amortization of other acquired intangible assets; and special items (identified and quantified on Exhibit 2).
 
CIGNA CORPORATION            
                       
RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED INCOME (LOSS) FROM OPERATIONS TO SHAREHOLDERS' NET INCOME                 Exhibit 2
(Dollars in millions, except per share amounts)
 

Diluted

Global

Earnings

Global

Supplemental

Group Disability

Corporate

Per Share Consolidated

Health Care

Benefits and Life

and Other

 
Three Months Ended June 30, 2Q15   2Q14   1Q15   2Q15   2Q14   1Q15   2Q15   2Q14   1Q15   2Q15   2Q14   1Q15   2Q15   2Q14   1Q15   2Q15   2Q14   1Q15
 
Adjusted income (loss) from operations $ 2.55 $ 2.07 $ 1.96 $ 664 $ 559 $ 513 $ 528 $ 428 $ 444 $ 77 $ 64 $ 69 $ 106 $ 110 $ 51 $ (47 ) $ (43 ) $ (51 )
After-tax adjustments to reconcile to shareholders' net income:
Realized investment gains (losses) 0.05 0.16 0.18 13 43 48 4 18 32 (3 ) - 3 5 6 14 7 19 (1 )
Amortization of other acquired intangible assets (0.09 ) (0.11 ) (0.10 ) (24 ) (29 ) (28 ) (20 ) (26 ) (23 ) (4 ) (3 ) (5 ) - - - - - -
Special items:
Debt extinguishment costs (0.25 ) - - (65 ) - -

-

- - - - - - - - (65 ) - -
                                                                       
Shareholders' net income $ 2.26     $ 2.12     $ 2.04     $ 588     $ 573     $ 533     $ 512     $ 420     $ 453     $ 70     $ 61     $ 67     $ 111   $ 116   $ 65   $ (105 )   $ (24 )   $ (52 )
 
Weighted average shares (in thousands) 260,097 269,921 261,246
 
Special items, pre-tax:
Debt extinguishment costs $ (100 )   $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -   $ -   $ -   $ (100 )   $ -     $ -  
 
 
 
 

Diluted

Global

Earnings

Global

Supplemental

Group Disability

Corporate

Per Share Consolidated

Health Care

Benefits and Life

and Other

 
Six Months Ended June 30, 2015       2014   2015       2014   2015       2014   2015       2014   2015       2014   2015       2014
 
Adjusted income (loss) from operations $ 4.52 $ 4.01 $ 1,177 $ 1,092 $ 972 $ 895 $ 146 $ 121 $ 157 $ 177 $ (98 ) $ (101 )
After-tax adjustments to reconcile to shareholders' net income:
Realized investment gains (losses) 0.23 0.26 61 70 36 29 - - 19 13 6 28
Amortization of other acquired intangible assets (0.20 ) (0.22 ) (52 ) (61 ) (43 ) (54 ) (9 ) (7 ) - - - -
Special items:
Debt extinguishment costs (0.25 ) - (65 ) - - - - - - - (65 ) -
                                                                       
Shareholders' net income $ 4.30         $ 4.05     $ 1,121    

 

  $ 1,101     $ 965         $ 870     $ 137         $ 114     $ 176       $ 190   $ (157 )       $ (73 )
 
Weighted average shares (in thousands) 260,668 272,181
 
Common shares outstanding as of June 30, (in thousands) 257,451 264,721
 
Special items, pre-tax:
Debt extinguishment costs $ (100 )       $ -     $ -         $ -     $ -         $ -     $ -       $ -   $ (100 )       $ -