If the recent activity of Humana Inc.’s private jet is any indication, The Cigna Group may have to compete with Walmart Inc. in its reported bid to combine with the Medicare Advantage-focused insurer.
That bit of corporate intrigue comes courtesy of Gordon Haskett Research Advisors, an investment brokerage that offers a service tracing the movements of major companies’ aircraft to “track possible signposts of M&A, strategic partnerships, activism, etc.”
Don Bilson, head of event-driven research at Gordon Haskett, wrote in a Dec. 1 post on X (formerly Twitter) that “Humana flew to Arkansas yesterday” — the same day the Wall Street Journal published a report, citing anonymous sources, that Cigna and Humana were discussing a deal to combine. “Could be harmless, but these two did talk in 2018,” Bilson said, referring to a WSJ report in March of that year indicating that Walmart was in “early-stage acquisition talks” with Humana. Walmart is based in Bentonville, Arkansas.