Cigna Reports Solid Second Quarter Despite Risk-Adjustment Setback

At first blush, The Cigna Group’s second-quarter financial results largely impressed equities analysts, with a higher-than-expected risk adjustment payable representing one of the few headwinds reported by the company.

“Overall, 2Q results look solid and generally in line with expectations versus a backdrop of elevated concern around trend,” Leerink Partners’ Whit Mayo advised investors in an Aug. 3 research note. The latest round of managed care earnings reports has been closely watched by investors amid disclosures from industry bellwether UnitedHealth Group that the firm is seeing elevated medical utilization.

Cigna reported adjusted earnings per share (EPS) of $6.13 for the quarter, beating the Wall Street consensus estimate of $6.04. The diversified health care company — which owns insurer Cigna Healthcare and PBM Express Scripts, among other assets — raised its full-year 2023 revenue projection by $2 billion to $190 billion, and it reaffirmed its adjusted EPS guidance of at least $24.70.

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Leslie Small

Leslie Small

Leslie has been reporting and editing in various journalism roles for nearly a decade. Most recently, she was the senior editor of FierceHealthPayer, an e-newsletter covering the health insurance industry. A graduate of Penn State University, she previously served in editing roles at newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Colorado.

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