Centene’s High Admin Costs Dampen Earnings, While Cigna Had Strong 4Q

  • Feb 10, 2023

    Centene Corp. had a tough fourth quarter in 2022, with the insurer posting a $282 million loss for the period. The company’s executives attributed the rough ride to high administrative costs and lower-than-expected enrollment in Medicare Advantage. However, the firm posted solid results over the whole of 2022. Wall Street seems wary of Centene’s prospects over the next year, with analysts identifying notable challenges during 2023.  

    Centene took in $35.6 billion in revenue in the fourth quarter, up 9% year-over-year from 2021; total revenues in 2022 were $144.54 billion, up 15% from 2021. Net earnings for 2022 were $1.2 billion, or $2.07 in diluted earnings per share (EPS). The firm posted a loss of $0.38 per share during the fourth quarter of 2022. Medical loss ratio (MLR) was 87.7% in 2022, down from 87.8% in 2021. However, full-year earnings were dampened by selling, general and administrative expenses (SG&A), which increased from 7.9% in 2021 to 8.4% on an adjusted basis. 

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  • Peter Johnson

    Peter has worked as a journalist since 2011 and has covered health care since 2020. At AIS Health, Peter covers trends in finance, business and policy that affect the health insurance and pharma sectors. For Health Plan Weekly, he covers all aspects of the U.S. health insurance sector, including employer-sponsored insurance, Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage and the Affordable Care Act individual marketplaces. In Radar on Drug Benefits, Peter covers the operations of (and conflicts between) pharmacy benefit managers and pharmaceutical manufacturers, with a particular focus on pricing dynamics and market access. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered transportation, public safety and local government for various outlets in Seattle, his hometown and current place of residence. He graduated with a B.A. from Colby College.

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