CVS Health Corp. said it would re-enter the Affordable Care Act insurance marketplaces next year, as its major role in Covid-19 testing and vaccinati
CVS Health Corp. said it would re-enter the Affordable Care Act insurance marketplaces next year, as its major role in Covid-19 testing and vaccination allows it to forge ties to a growing number of consumers.
The pharmacy and insurance giant reported fourth-quarter results that beat Wall Street estimates and offered guidance for 2021 that, at the high end, matched analysts’ expectations. For 2021, CVS expects earnings per share of $6.06 to $6.22. It predicted adjusted earnings per share of $7.39 to $7.55, compared with the FactSet consensus of $7.54.
CVS said it expected that the pandemic would have only an immaterial impact on its 2021 earnings. New CVS Chief Executive, Karen Lynch, the former leader of the company’s Aetna insurance unit, said that the company expected some deferred healthcare use in the first quarter, and then consumers would likely “head back to a normal level of utilization” later in the year.
In morning trading, shares of CVS were down 2% at $72.71.
“In-line numbers, in-line guidance, no major surprises….Everything seems to be moving along solidly,” said Matthew Borsch, an analyst with BMO Capital Markets.