Elevance Shines with Strong 3Q Results Despite Falling Stars

Elevance Health Inc., the parent company of Anthem, enjoyed a strong third quarter, raising its end-of-year earnings guidance and completing a round of stock buybacks. The firm cited a strategic review — which involved layoffs and slashing real estate costs — as a key reason for the results. However, the positive results were dampened by Anthem plans’ middling performance in the newly released 2024 edition of Medicare Advantage Star Ratings, which drew scrutiny from Wall Street.

The strategic review yielded a $697 million boost to the quarter’s balance sheet, with an Elevance press release touting “the write-off of certain information technology assets and contract exit costs, a reduction in staff including the relocation of certain job functions, and the impairment of assets associated with the closure or partial closure of data centers and offices.”

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Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson

Peter has worked as a journalist since 2011 and has covered health care since 2020. At AIS Health, Peter covers trends in finance, business and policy that affect the health insurance and pharma sectors. For Health Plan Weekly, he covers all aspects of the U.S. health insurance sector, including employer-sponsored insurance, Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage and the Affordable Care Act individual marketplaces. In Radar on Drug Benefits, Peter covers the operations of (and conflicts between) pharmacy benefit managers and pharmaceutical manufacturers, with a particular focus on pricing dynamics and market access. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered transportation, public safety and local government for various outlets in Seattle, his hometown and current place of residence. He graduated with a B.A. from Colby College.

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