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Molina Healthcare's (MOH) Q1 Earnings Top Estimates, Rise Y/Y

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Molina Healthcare, Inc.’s (MOH - Free Report) first-quarter 2021 adjusted earnings of $4.44 per share beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 17.5%. Moreover, the bottom line improved 47% year over year on the back of higher revenues.
Total revenues of $6.5 billion also beat the consensus mark by 5.2%.

Moreover, the top line rose 43.4% year over year on increased membership in Medicaid and Marketplace. It also includes the positive impact of buyouts that closed in the second half of last year.

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Quarterly Operational Update

The company’s net income totaled $228 million, up 28.1% year over year.
Total operating expenses increased 44.7% year over year to $6.2 billion. This deterioration was due to higher medical care costs, general and administrative expenses, premium tax expenses, etc.

Molina Healthcare’s interest expenses climbed 42.9% year over year to $30 million.

Total membership at the end of the first quarter stands at 4.6 million, up 35% year over year.

Financial Update

As of Mar 31, 2021, Molina Healthcare’s cash and cash equivalents increased 6.7% to $4.4 billion from the level at 2020 end.

Total assets rose 4.4% from the level at 2020 end to $9.9 billion.

The company’s shareholder equity improved 3.2% from the figure at 2020 end to $2.2 billion.

As of Mar 31, 2021, net cash flow provided by operating activities stands at $568 million, up 297.2% year over year.

2021 Guidance

Following first-quarter results, the company reaffirmed its outlook for the current year.

It now expects earnings per share to be no less than $13, up from the prior-projected range of $12.50-$13 per share. However, it raised its 2020 total revenue outlook to more than $25 billion, higher than the prior guidance of above $24 billion.

The company now estimates 2021 premium revenues to be in excess of $24 billion.

Zacks Rank

Molina Healthcare currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).

You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Other Medical Sector Releases

Of the medical sector players that have reported first-quarter results so far, the bottom-line results of  UnitedHealth Group Incorporated  (UNH - Free Report) , Anthem Inc. (ANTM - Free Report) and Tenet Healthcare Corporation (THC - Free Report) beat their respective Zacks Consensus Estimate.

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