Cigna Posts Strong First-Quarter Results Despite VillageMD Writedown

  • May 03, 2024

    In its first quarter results, The Cigna Group’s low care utilization numbers and focus on stock repurchases garnered the commercial insurance giant positive reviews from Wall Street analysts — despite a net first-quarter loss that executives attributed that loss to a $1.8 billion writedown on Cigna’s VillageMD joint venture with Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. Cigna also raised its full-year adjusted earnings per share (EPS) guidance by $0.15. 

    Cigna lost $277 million in the first quarter due to the VillageMD writedown, compared to a $1.2 billion profit in the first quarter of 2023. However, total revenue increased, with the firm taking in $57.2 billion for the first quarter, a year-over-year increase of over $10.7 billion. EPS for the first quarter of this year will be -$0.97. However, full-year EPS guidance increased to $28.40, in large part because Cigna posted a first-quarter medical loss ratio (MLR) of 79.9%, down 140 basis points year over year. 

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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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