UnitedHealth Group’s Q3 2018 Earnings Estimate

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.

UnitedHealth Group’s Q3 2018 Earnings Estimate

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%.

Company guidance

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.

Its peers Cigna (CI), Anthem (ANTM), and Aetna (AET) are expected to report adjusted EPS growth of 21.1%, 39.5%, and 15.5%, respectively, in their upcoming quarters.

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