Express Scripts (NASDAQ:ESRX) investors had a rough day Tuesday, as a surprised market cut 6% from the company's value after a disappointing first quarter earnings report. There were three huge areas of concern for investors, but first let's talk about the overall numbers.
UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) left Express Scripts and brought its PBM work in-house at Optumrx, which significantly affected Express Scripts' business this quarter for the year-over-year comparisons. Adjusted claims dropped 18% (still a 9% drop when we ex-out the UNH loss), driving a 9% revenue drop and a 6% reduction in adjusted net income.
But there are some even potentially bigger issues at work at Express Scripts. In the video below, Motley Fool health care analysts David Williamson and Michael Douglass identify these three issues and what investors should watch for at Express Scripts moving forward.
Will this stock be your next multi-bagger?
Give me five minutes and I'll show how you could own the best stock for 2014. Every year, The Motley Fool's chief investment officer hand-picks 1 stock with outstanding potential. But it's not just any run-of-the-mill company. It's a stock perfectly positioned to cash in on one of the upcoming year's most lucrative trends. Last year his pick skyrocketed 134%. And previous top picks have gained upwards of 908%, 1,252% and 1,303% over the subsequent years! Believe me, you don't want to miss what could be his biggest winner yet! Just click here to download your free copy of "The Motley Fool's Top Stock for 2014" today.
David Williamson owns shares of Express Scripts and UnitedHealth Group. Michael Douglass has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Catamaran, Express Scripts, Gilead Sciences, and UnitedHealth Group. The Motley Fool owns shares of Catamaran, Express Scripts, and Gilead Sciences. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.