UNH’s earnings estimate
When UnitedHealth Group (UNH) releases its third quarter of fiscal 2018 earnings results on October 16, analysts expect it to register adjusted EPS of ~$3.29, a ~23.8% growth YoY (year-over-year). In the second quarter, it reported adjusted EPS of ~$3.14, representing a ~27.6% YoY growth.
The chart above compares UNH’s results and analysts’ estimates over the last five quarters. Adjusted EPS in the second quarter of fiscal 2018 exceeded analysts’ estimate by ~3.5%.
In 2018, UnitedHealth Group expects to register adjusted net EPS of $12.50–$12.75. That compares to its previous guidance of $12.40–$12.65 that was announced at UNH’s first-quarter earnings release.
Cash flows from operations are expected to be $15.5 billion, which is at the upper end of its guidance range. UnitedHealth Group is committed to delivering long-term EPS growth of 13%–16% annually. It expects its operating business to generate two-thirds of its earnings growth. One-third of the contribution is expected from its capital applications.
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