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Centene's (CNC) Q2 Earnings, Revenues Beat Estimates
July 25, 2017

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Centene Corp. (CNC - Free Report) is a well diversified, multi-national healthcare company that has been provides a set of services to the government sponsored healthcare programs since 1954.

The Wisconsin-based company has grown substantially in the last three years through acquisitions, partnerships and alliances. The company’s operating performance has been improving consistently over last few years. Financial liquidity has supported the company’s inorganic growth initiatives that have been the main revenue driver till date. Continuous focus on maximizing shareholders value has always made the stock lucrative to investors.

However, Centene suffers from rising level of debts. Consistently surging expenses also remain a major threat for the company. Moreover, Donald Trump’s decision to repeal former President Barrack Obama's Affordable Care Act (ACA), that has casted an air of uncertainty on the medical sector, also remains a major headwind for this company.

Centene  has a decent history when it comes to earnings as the company has beaten estimates in three of the last four quarters, making for an average surprise of 7.68%.

Currently, Centene holds a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold), but that could definitely change following its earnings report which was just released.  You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

We have highlighted some of the key stats from this just-revealed announcement below:

Earnings:  Centene beats on earnings. Our consensus called for EPS of $1.30, and the company reported adjusted diluted EPS of $1.59.

Centene Corporation Price and EPS Surprise

Revenue: Operating revenues also surpassed our estimate. Our consensus called for revenues of $11.6 billion, and the company reported revenues of $11.9 billion.

Key Stats to Note:

Managed care membership of 12.2 million, rose 7% year over year.

Health benefits ratio (HBR) was 86.3% in the second quarter of 2017, compared to 86.6% in the prior year quarter.

Total Operating Expenses of $11.5 billion increased 9.5% over the prior year quarter.

Operating cash outflow was $306 million in the second quarter of 2017 and $942 million for the first half of 2017.

For 2017, Centene expects adjusted earnings per diluted share to be in the range of $4.70- $5.06. Total revenues are expected to be in the range of $46.4 billion to $47.2 billion.

Check back later for our full write up on this Centene earnings report later!


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