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Next Results Announcement

11.06.20

CVS Health

Revenues

$65.3b

Adjusted EPS

$2.64

For the three months ended 06.30.20

Consolidated

Total revenues increased 3.0% in the three months ended June 30, 2020 compared to the prior year driven by growth across all segments. Total revenues in the three months ended June 30, 2020 were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which adversely affected revenues in the Retail/LTC and Pharmacy Services segments primarily as a result of reduced new therapy prescriptions due to lower provider visits in the three months ended June 30, 2020, as well as reduced front store revenues in the Retail/LTC segment due to shelter-in-place orders.

Operating income and adjusted operating income increased 40.5% and 32.2%, respectively, in the three months ended June 30, 2020 compared to the prior year. The increase in both operating income and adjusted operating income was primarily due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in reduced benefit costs due to the deferral of elective procedures and other discretionary utilization in the Health Care Benefits segment, partially offset by reduced volume and increased operating expenses associated with the Company’s COVID-19 pandemic response efforts in the Retail/LTC segment.

Net income increased 54.6% in the three months ended June 30, 2020 compared to the prior year primarily due to the higher operating income described above, partially offset by higher income tax expense associated with the increase in pre-tax income.

The effective income tax rate was 24.6% for the three months ended June 30, 2020 compared to 25.5% for the three months ended June 30, 2019. The decrease in the effective income tax rate was primarily due to the favorable resolution of several state and local income tax matters in the three months ended June 30, 2020, partially offset by the reinstatement of the non-deductible Health Insurer Fee (“HIF”) for 2020.

The effective income tax rate was 27.6% for the three months ended March 31, 2020 compared to 26.4% for the three months ended March 31, 2019. The increase in the effective income tax rate was primarily due to the reinstatement of the non-deductible HIF for 2020.

(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 increased $47 million in the three months ended June 30, 2020 compared to the prior year, as growth in specialty pharmacy and brand inflation were largely offset by previously disclosed client losses and continued price compression.

Total pharmacy claims processed increased 3.4% on a 30-day equivalent basis in the three months ended June 30, 2020 compared to the prior year primarily driven by net new business, partially offset by reduced new therapy prescriptions due to lower provider visits in the three months ended June 30, 2020.

Operating income and adjusted operating income increased 6.2% and 2.4%, respectively, in the three months ended June 30, 2020 compared to the prior year primarily driven by growth in specialty pharmacy and improved purchasing economics. 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 June 30, 2020.

Retail/LTC Segment

Total revenues increased 1.0% in the three months ended June 30, 2020 compared to the prior year primarily driven by pharmacy drug mix, growth in retail pharmacy prescription volume and brand inflation. These increases were partially offset by continued reimbursement pressure, the impact of recent generic introductions, decreased long-term care prescription volume and lower front store revenues.

Front store revenues decreased 4.6% in the three months ended June 30, 2020 compared to the prior year. The decrease was primarily due to reduced customer traffic in the segment’s retail pharmacies due to shelter-in-place orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prescriptions filled decreased 1.1% on a 30-day equivalent basis in the three months ended June 30, 2020 compared to the prior year. The decrease was primarily driven by reduced new therapy prescriptions due to lower provider visits in the three months ended June 30, 2020 and decreased long-term care prescription volume, partially offset by the continued adoption of patient care programs.

Operating income and adjusted operating income decreased 39.8% and 36.7%, respectively, in the three months ended June 30, 2020 compared to the prior year. The decrease in both operating income and adjusted operating income was primarily due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in incremental operating expenses associated with the Company’s COVID-19 pandemic response efforts, decreased front store volume and reduced new therapy prescriptions, as well as continued reimbursement pressure. These decreases were partially offset by improved generic drug purchasing in the three months ended June 30, 2020.

Health Care Benefits Segment

Total revenues increased 6.1% in the three months ended June 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 absence of the financial results of Aetna’s standalone Medicare Part D prescription drug plans (“PDPs”), which the Company retained through 2019, and membership declines in the segment’s Commercial insured products.

Operating income and adjusted operating income increased 188.7% and 140.9%, respectively, in the three months ended June 30, 2020, compared to the prior year. The increase was primarily driven by reduced benefit costs due to the deferral of elective procedures and other discretionary utilization in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, growth in the segment’s Government products and the impact of cost reduction efforts, including integration synergies. These increases were partially offset by membership declines in the segment’s Commercial insured products.

The Health Care Benefits segment’s MBR decreased 1,370 basis points from 84.0% to 70.3% in the three months ended June 30, 2020 compared to the prior year primarily due to the deferral of elective procedures and other discretionary utilization related to COVID-19 described above and the reinstatement of the HIF for 2020.

Medical membership as of June 30, 2020 of 23.6 million increased 124 thousand members compared with March 31, 2020, primarily reflecting increases in Medicare and Medicaid products, partially offset by a decline in Commercial products.

The Health Care Benefits segment experienced favorable development of prior-periods’ health care cost estimates in its Commercial and Government businesses during the three months ended June 30, 2020, primarily attributable to first quarter 2020 performance.

Prior years’ health care costs payable estimates developed favorably by $420 million during the six months ended June 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

While acknowledging the inherent and unprecedented uncertainty surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its impact, the Company raised its full year 2020 GAAP diluted EPS guidance range to $5.59 to $5.72 from $5.47 to $5.60 and its full year 2020 Adjusted EPS guidance range to $7.14 to $7.27 from $7.04 to $7.17, reflecting an update to its estimated full year effective income tax rate. The Company projects higher utilization in its Health Care Benefits segment in the second half of 2020 than in the first half of 2020 and continued significant COVID-19 related investments, including operating costs, in the remainder of the year. The Company also raised its full year 2020 cash flow from operations guidance range to $11.0 billion to $11.5 billion from $10.5 billion to $11.0 billion.

The adjustments between GAAP diluted EPS and Adjusted EPS include adding back amortization of intangible assets and integration costs related to the Company’s acquisition (the “Aetna Acquisition”) of Aetna Inc. (“Aetna”) and expected gain/losses on divestitures.