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Next Results Announcement

02.16.2021

CVS Health

Revenues

$67.1b

Adjusted EPS

$1.66

For the three months ended 09.30.20

Consolidated

Total revenues increased 3.5% in the three months ended September 30, 2020 compared to the prior year driven by growth in the Health Care Benefits and Retail/LTC segments.

Operating income increased 11.0% in the three months ended September 30, 2020 compared to the prior year primarily due to a $271 million pre-tax gain on the sale of the Company’s Coventry Health Care Workers’ Compensation business (“Workers’ Compensation business”), which occurred on July 31, 2020, as well as the absence of a $205 million pre-tax loss on the sale of the Company’s Brazilian subsidiary, Drogaria Onofre Ltda. (“Onofre”) and a $96 million store rationalization charge, both recorded in the three months ended September 30, 2019. This increase was partially offset by the decrease in adjusted operating income described below.

Net income decreased 20.3% in the three months ended September 30, 2020 compared to the prior year primarily due to an increase in the loss on early extinguishment of debt to $766 million in the three months ended September 30, 2020, compared to $79 million in the three months ended September 30, 2019. The decrease was partially offset by the higher operating income in the three months ended September 30, 2020 described above.

The effective income tax rate was 32.5% for the three months ended September 30, 2020 compared to 28.3% for the three months ended September 30, 2019. The increase in the effective income tax rate was primarily attributable to basis differences on the sale of the Workers’ Compensation business in the three months ended September 30, 2020 and the reinstatement of the non-deductible Health Insurer Fee (“HIF”) for 2020. These increases were partially offset by the absence of the impact of the sale of Onofre in the three months ended September 30, 2019.

(1) The Company defines adjusted operating income as operating income (GAAP measure) excluding the impact of amortization of intangible assets and other items, if any, that neither relate to the ordinary course of the Company’s business nor reflect the Company’s underlying business performance, such as acquisition-related integration costs, store rationalization charges, gain/losses on divestitures and any other items specifically identified herein. See “Non-GAAP Financial Information” earlier in this press release for additional information regarding the items excluded from operating income.

Pharmacy Services Segment

Total revenues decreased 0.9% in the three months ended September 30, 2020 compared to the prior year primarily driven by previously disclosed client losses and continued price compression, partially offset by growth in specialty pharmacy and brand inflation.

Total pharmacy claims processed increased 3.7% on a 30-day equivalent basis in the three months ended September 30, 2020 compared to the prior year primarily driven by net new business, partially offset by reduced new therapy prescriptions in the three months ended September 30, 2020 as a result of COVID-19.

Operating income and adjusted operating income increased 16.7% and 12.5%, respectively, in the three months ended September 30, 2020 compared to the prior year primarily driven by improved purchasing economics and growth in specialty pharmacy. The increase was partially offset by continued price compression and previously disclosed client losses. The increase in operating income also was driven by lower amortization expense in the three months ended September 30, 2020.

Retail/LTC Segment

Total revenues increased 5.9% in the three months ended September 30, 2020 compared to the prior year primarily driven by increased prescription volume, higher front store revenues, increased diagnostic testing and brand inflation. These increases were partially offset by continued reimbursement pressure and the impact of recent generic introductions.

Front store revenues increased 2.7% in the three months ended September 30, 2020 compared to the prior year. The increase was primarily due to strength in consumer health sales and an increase in basket size, partially offset by decreased customer traffic in the segment’s retail pharmacies as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prescriptions filled increased 4.6% on a 30-day equivalent basis in the three months ended September 30, 2020 compared to the prior year primarily driven by the continued adoption of patient care programs. Prescriptions filled in the three months ended September 30, 2020 were adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in reduced new therapy prescriptions, partially offset by greater use of 90-day prescriptions and increased immunizations.

Operating income increased 17.2% in the three months ended September 30, 2020 compared to the prior year primarily driven by the absence of the $205 million pre-tax loss on the sale of Onofre and the $96 million store rationalization charge primarily related to operating lease right-of-use asset impairment charges in connection with the planned closure of underperforming retail pharmacy stores, both recorded in the three months ended September 30, 2019. This increase was partially offset by the decrease in adjusted operating income described below.

Adjusted operating income decreased 6.9% in the three months ended September 30, 2020 compared to the prior year. The decrease in adjusted operating income was primarily due to continued reimbursement pressure, incremental operating expenses associated with the Company’s COVID-19 pandemic response efforts in the three months ended September 30, 2020 and declines in long-term care. These decreases were partially offset by the increased pharmacy and front store volume described above, improved generic drug purchasing and increased diagnostic testing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the three months ended September 30, 2020.

Health Care Benefits Segment

Total revenues increased 8.8% in the three months ended September 30, 2020 compared to the prior year primarily driven by membership growth in the Health Care Benefits segment’s Government products and the favorable impact of the reinstatement of the HIF for 2020. These increases were partially offset by the divestitures of Aetna’s standalone Medicare Part D prescription drug plans (which the Company retained the financial results of through 2019) and Workers Compensation business, membership declines in the segment’s Commercial products and planned COVID-19 related investments benefiting customers and members in the three months ended September 30, 2020.

Operating income and adjusted operating income decreased 8.4% and 24.1%, respectively, in the three months ended September 30, 2020, compared to the prior year. The decrease in both operating income and adjusted operating income was primarily driven by the planned COVID-19 related investments described above and the divestitures of Aetna’s standalone Medicare Part D prescription drug plans (“PDPs”) and Workers’ Compensation business. The decrease in operating income was partially offset by the $271 million pre-tax gain on the sale of the Workers’ Compensation business.

The Health Care Benefits segment’s MBR increased 70 basis points in the three months ended September 30, 2020 compared to the prior year primarily driven by the planned COVID-19 related investments described above, shifts in business mix and the divestiture of Aetna’s standalone PDPs, partially offset by the reinstatement of the HIF for 2020.

Medical membership as of September 30, 2020 of 23.3 million decreased 316 thousand members compared with June 30, 2020, primarily reflecting a decline in Commercial products, partially offset by increases in Medicaid and Medicare products.

The Health Care Benefits segment experienced favorable development of prior-periods’ health care cost estimates during the three months ended September 30, 2020 driven by favorable development in its Government businesses, primarily attributable to second quarter 2020 performance, and development in its Commercial business largely in-line with its reserve estimated at June 30, 2020.

Prior years’ health care costs payable estimates developed favorably by $448 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2020. This development is reported on a basis consistent with the prior years’ development reported in the health care costs payable table in the Company’s annual audited financial statements and does not directly correspond to an increase in 2020 operating results.

Guidance

The Company raised its full year 2020 GAAP diluted EPS guidance range to $5.60 to $5.70 from $5.16 to $5.29 and its full year 2020 Adjusted EPS guidance range to $7.35 to $7.45 from $7.14 to $7.27. The Company also raised its full year 2020 cash flow from operations guidance range to $12.75 billion to $13.25 billion from $11.0 billion to $11.5 billion. While providing these updates to its full year guidance, the Company continues to acknowledge the inherent and unprecedented uncertainty surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its impact.

The adjustments between GAAP diluted EPS and Adjusted EPS include adding back amortization of intangible assets, integration costs related to the Company’s acquisition (the “Aetna Acquisition”) of Aetna Inc. (“Aetna”), gain on divestiture of the Workers’ Compensation business, receipt of amounts owed to the Company under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (collectively, the “ACA”) risk corridor program during October 2020 that were previously fully reserved and loss on early extinguishment of debt.