The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended June 30 (Q2), Cigna missed slightly on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased. Non-GAAP earnings per share increased significantly. GAAP earnings per share grew significantly.
Margins grew across the board.
Cigna booked revenue of $7.95 billion. The 12 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected to see revenue of $8.10 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 7.0% higher than the prior-year quarter's $7.46 billion.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures are normalized by S&P Capital IQ and may vary to maintain comparability with normalized estimates.
EPS came in at $1.78. The 18 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $1.60 per share. Non-GAAP EPS of $1.78 for Q2 were 19% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.49 per share. GAAP EPS of $1.76 for Q2 were 34% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.31 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures are normalized by S&P Capital IQ and may vary to maintain comparability with normalized estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 38.6%, 50 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 9.6%, 80 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 6.3%, 120 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $8.04 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.63.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $32.38 billion. The average EPS estimate is $6.54.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 325 members out of 367 rating the stock outperform, and 42 members rating it underperform. Among 123 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 117 give Cigna a green thumbs-up, and six give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Cigna is outperform, with an average price target of $76.82.
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