CENTENE CORPORATION REPORTS THIRD QUARTER 2022 RESULTS

-- Diluted EPS of $1.27; Adjusted Diluted EPS of $1.30 --

  • Total revenues up 11% from the third quarter of 2021 driven by organic Medicaid and Medicare growth.
  • Health benefits ratio (HBR) of 88.3%, driven by strong Medicare results and inline performance from Medicaid and Commercial.
  • Value Creation Plan gaining momentum:
    • Pulling margin levers including Medicare and Marketplace bid discipline, real estate and cost rationalization;
    • Executing on capital deployment initiatives including $1.7 billion and $300 million year-to-date share repurchase and debt repurchase, respectively; and
    • Award of the new pharmacy benefits management (PBM) contract to Express Scripts, Inc., commencing in 2024.
  • 4th guidance raise in 2022 totaling a cumulative $0.30, or 5.5%, increase to the mid-point of the 2022 full-year adjusted diluted EPS guidance to a range of $5.65 to $5.75.

ST. LOUIS, Oct. 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) announced today its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022. In summary, the 2022 third quarter results were as follows:

Total revenues (in millions)

$             35,865

Premium and service revenues (in millions)

$             33,726

Health benefits ratio

88.3 %

SG&A expense ratio

8.4 %

Adjusted SG&A expense ratio (1)

8.3 %

GAAP diluted EPS

$                 1.27

Adjusted diluted EPS (1)

$                 1.30

Total cash flow provided by operations (in millions)

$               3,332



(1) A full reconciliation of the adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS) and adjusted selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses is shown in the Non-GAAP Financial Presentation section of this release.

"Our strong third quarter and year-to-date results provide Centene with positive momentum as we move towards 2023," said Sarah M. London, Chief Executive Officer of Centene. "Selecting our future PBM partner represents a major Value Creation Plan milestone and positions us to capture significant value for our members, partners, and stakeholders in 2024 and beyond."

Other Events

  • Since the second quarter, the Company has continued to execute on key Value Creation Plan initiatives with the award of the new PBM contract commencing in 2024, the closing of the PANTHERx Rare (PANTHERx) divestiture, stock and debt repurchases, along with ongoing focus on quality improvement actions.
  • In October 2022, Centene announced that its Health Insurance Marketplace product, Ambetter Health, will expand into Alabama and extend its footprint by more than 60 counties across 12 existing states in 2023. It also announced its updated brand name, Ambetter Health, reflecting its commitment to putting better health at the forefront of its mission. In total, the Marketplace plan will be available in more than 1,500 counties across 28 states in 2023.
  • In October 2022, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published updated Medicare Star quality ratings for the 2023 rating year, which impacts the 2024 revenue year. The decrease in Star quality ratings is driven by the expiration of certain disaster relief provisions as well as deterioration in select metrics. Over the past year, Centene's leadership team launched a multi-year plan to build and improve quality across the enterprise with a strong focus on enhanced patient experience and access to care. The Company expects to begin to see the results of these efforts with the 2024 rating year (2025 revenue year).
  • In September 2022, Centene's Nebraska subsidiary, Nebraska Total Care, was awarded the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services statewide Medicaid managed care contract. Under the new contract, Nebraska Total Care will continue serving the state's Medicaid Managed Care Program, known as Heritage Health. The new contract term is five years and includes the option for two, one-year renewals. The contract is anticipated to begin in January 2024, subject to the resolution of third-party protests.
  • In September 2022, Centene's Texas subsidiary, Superior HealthPlan (Superior), was awarded a new, six-year contract by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to continue providing youth in foster care with healthcare coverage through the STAR Health Medicaid program. Superior has been the sole provider of STAR Health coverage since the program launched in 2008. The contract is anticipated to begin in September 2023.
  • In August 2022, Centene's California subsidiary, Health Net of California, was awarded contracts by the California Department of Health Care Services to continue serving members in nine counties across California. However, Health Net of California was not awarded contracts in Los Angeles, Sacramento and Kern counties. The Company is actively protesting the decision to protect members and their access to quality healthcare. The contracts are anticipated to begin in January 2024, subject to the resolution of the protest process.
  • In August 2022, Centene's Mississippi subsidiary, Magnolia Health Plan (Magnolia), was awarded the Mississippi Division of Medicaid contract. Under the new contract, Magnolia will continue serving the state's Coordinated Care Organization Program, which will consist of the Mississippi Coordinated Access Network and the Mississippi Children's Health Insurance Program. The contract is anticipated to begin in July 2023, subject to the resolution of third-party protests.

Accreditations & Awards

  • In October 2022, Centene's Chief Executive Officer, Sarah London, was selected for Fortune magazine's 2022 Most Powerful Women in Business.
  • In September 2022, Centene was named a 2022 Best Workplaces in Health Care by Great Place to Work and Fortune magazine.
  • In August 2022, Centene's health plan, Ambetter from Sunflower Health Plan, earned Accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).
  • In July 2022, several Centene health plans earned Accreditation from NCQA, including Ambetter of Oklahoma, Ambetter from WellCare of Kentucky, and WellCare of North Carolina.

Membership

The following table sets forth our membership by line of business:


September 30,


2022


2021

Traditional Medicaid (1)

14,000,100


13,202,500

High Acuity Medicaid (2)

1,698,100


1,566,000

Total Medicaid

15,698,200


14,768,500

Commercial Marketplace

2,087,800


2,177,000

Commercial Group

439,800


468,500

Total Commercial

2,527,600


2,645,500

Medicare (3)

1,517,900


1,248,300

Medicare PDP

4,186,200


4,064,400

Total at-risk membership (4)

23,929,900


22,726,700

TRICARE eligibles

2,832,300


2,874,700

Total

26,762,200


25,601,400





(1) Membership includes Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Medicaid Expansion, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Foster Care, and Behavioral Health.

(2)  Membership includes Aged, Blind, and Disabled (ABD), Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD),  Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS), and Medicare-Medicaid Plans (MMP) Duals.

(3)  Membership includes Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement.

(4)  Membership includes 1,285,600 and 1,168,400 dual-eligible beneficiaries for the periods ending September 30, 2022, and September 30, 2021, respectively.

Revenues

The following table sets forth supplemental revenue information ($ in millions):


Three Months Ended September 30,


2022


2021


% Change

Medicaid

$             23,293


$             21,624


8 %

Commercial

4,292


4,383


(2) %

Medicare (5)

5,639


4,322


30 %

Other

2,641


2,077


27 %

Total Revenues

$             35,865


$             32,406


11 %

(5) Medicare includes Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement, and Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (PDP).

Statement of Operations: Three Months Ended September 30, 2022

  • For the third quarter of 2022, total revenues increased 11% to $35.9 billion from $32.4 billion in the comparable period of 2021. The increase was driven by organic Medicaid growth, primarily due to the ongoing suspension of eligibility redeterminations, 22% membership growth in the Medicare business, and our acquisition of Magellan Health, Inc. (Magellan), partially offset by the PANTHERx divestiture.
  • HBR of 88.3% for the third quarter of 2022 represents an increase from 88.1% in the comparable period in 2021. The increase was primarily due to a return to more normalized Medicaid utilization compared to the third quarter of 2021. The increase is partially offset by the impact of Marketplace and Medicare healthcare affordability initiatives as well as disciplined Marketplace pricing.
  • The SG&A expense ratio was 8.4% for the third quarter of 2022, compared to 8.3% in the third quarter of 2021. The adjusted SG&A expense ratio was 8.3% for the third quarter of 2022, compared to 8.1% in the third quarter of 2021. The increases were due to the addition of Magellan, which operates at a higher SG&A expense ratio due to the nature of its business, and the PANTHERx divestiture. Increases were also driven by costs associated with Medicare marketing and value creation investment spending, partially offset by savings due to real estate optimization efforts and the leveraging of expenses over higher revenues as a result of increased membership.
  • The effective tax rate was 26.6% for the third quarter of 2022, compared to 19.3% in the third quarter of 2021. The 2021 effective rate was driven by the non-taxable gain related to the acquisition of the remaining 60% interest of Circle Health. For the third quarter of 2022, our effective tax rate on adjusted earnings was 26.3%, compared to 24.5% in the third quarter of 2021.
  • Operating cash flow for the third quarter of 2022 was $3.3 billion, driven by the receipt of $2.9 billion in CMS payments for October on the last day of September. Year-to-date operating cash flow for 2022 was $7.8 billion. Excluding the early receipt of $2.9 billion in CMS payments, year-to-date operating cash flow would have been $4.9 billion, or 3.5x net earnings.

Balance Sheet

At September 30, 2022, the Company had cash, investments and restricted deposits of $32.4 billion and maintained $436 million of cash and cash equivalents in our unregulated entities. Medical claims liabilities totaled $16.5 billion. The Company's days in claims payable was 54 days, which is a decrease of one day over the second quarter of 2022, primarily due to the timing of pharmacy payments, and an increase of three days over the third quarter of 2021. Total debt was $18.3 billion, which included $120 million of borrowings on our $2.0 billion revolving credit facility at quarter end. The debt to capital ratio was 41.6% at September 30, 2022, excluding $181 million of non-recourse debt, which increased 30 basis points over the second quarter of 2022.

During the third quarter of 2022, the Company utilized a portion of the PANTHERx divestiture proceeds to initiate an accelerated share repurchase (ASR) agreement to purchase $1.0 billion of the Company's common stock. In July 2022, 8.6 million shares were delivered to the Company, representing 80% of the notional amount under the ASR. In October, 3.0 million shares were delivered upon settlement of the ASR based upon the volume-weighted average price (VWAP) over the term of the agreement less a discount. In total, 11.6 million shares were purchased through the $1.0 billion ASR. The Company also repurchased an additional 2.9 million shares for $240 million during the third quarter.

In October 2022, the Company repurchased an additional 828 thousand shares for $66 million. As of October 25, 2022, the Company has a remaining amount of $2.2 billion available under the stock repurchase program.

During the third quarter of 2022, the Company repurchased $259 million of its par value Senior Notes for $247 million through its debt repurchase program and an additional $58 million for $53 million in October 2022. As of October 25, 2022, there was $700 million available under the debt repurchase program.

Outlook

The Company's guidance has been updated to increase the bottom of the adjusted EPS range by $0.05. In addition, the guidance metrics also now include the third quarter impairment of assets associated with the pending divestiture of the Spanish and Central European businesses.

The items below will be discussed further on our conference call. The Company's annual guidance for 2022 is as follows:



Full Year 2022




Low


High 


Total revenues (in billions)


$   142.7


$   144.7


Premium and service revenues (in billions)


$   134.0


$   136.0


GAAP diluted EPS


$     2.78


$     2.88


Adjusted diluted EPS (1)


$     5.65


$     5.75


HBR


87.6 %


88.0 %


SG&A expense ratio


8.1 %


8.6 %


Adjusted SG&A expense ratio (2)


8.0 %


8.5 %


Effective tax rate


25.3 %


26.3 %


Adjusted effective tax rate (3)


25.3 %


26.3 %


Diluted shares outstanding (in millions)


582.5


585.5








(1)  A full reconciliation of adjusted diluted EPS is shown in the Non-GAAP Financial Presentation section  of this release.

(2)  Adjusted SG&A expense ratio excludes acquisition and divestiture related expenses of $147 million to $175 million.

(3)  Adjusted effective tax rate excludes income tax effects of adjustments of $583 million to $595 million.

Conference Call

As previously announced, the Company will host a conference call Tuesday, October 25, 2022, at approximately 8:30 AM (Eastern Time) to review the financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022.

Investors and other interested parties are invited to listen to the conference call by dialing 1-877-883-0383 in the U.S. and Canada; +1-412-902-6506 from abroad, including the following Elite Entry Number: 6216529 to expedite caller registration; or via a live, audio webcast on the Company's website at www.centene.com, under the Investors section.

A webcast replay will be available for on-demand listening shortly after the completion of the call for the next twelve months or until 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on Tuesday, October 24, 2023, at the aforementioned URL. In addition, a digital audio playback will be available until 9:00 AM (Eastern Time) on Tuesday, November 1, 2022, by dialing 1-877-344-7529 in the U.S., 1-855-669-9658 in Canada, or +1-412-317-0088 from abroad, and entering access code 1820691.

Non-GAAP Financial Presentation

The Company is providing certain non-GAAP financial measures in this release as the Company believes that these figures are helpful in allowing investors to more accurately assess the ongoing nature of the Company's operations and measure the Company's performance more consistently across periods. The Company uses the presented non-GAAP financial measures internally in evaluating the Company's performance and for planning purposes, by allowing management to focus on period-to-period changes in the Company's core business operations, and in determining employee incentive compensation. Therefore, the Company believes that this information is meaningful in addition to the information contained in the GAAP presentation of financial information. The presentation of this additional non-GAAP financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP.

Specifically, the Company believes the presentation of non-GAAP financial information that excludes amortization of acquired intangible assets and acquisition and divestiture related expenses, as well as other items, allows investors to develop a more meaningful understanding of the Company's core performance over time. The tables below provide reconciliations of non-GAAP items ($ in millions, except per share data): 


Three Months Ended
September 30,


Nine Months Ended
September 30,


2022


2021


2022


2021

GAAP net earnings attributable to Centene

$                   738


$                   584


$           1,415


$               748

Amortization of acquired intangible assets

211


198


609


581

Acquisition and divestiture related expenses

30


54


149


141

Other adjustments (1)

(222)


11


1,225


1,427

Income tax effects of adjustments (2)

(2)


(102)


(521)


(455)

Adjusted net earnings

$                   755


$                   745


$           2,877


$           2,442

 

(1) 

Other adjustments include the following pre-tax items:






2022:









(a)

for the three months ended September 30, 2022: PANTHERx divestiture gain of $490 million, the impairment of assets associated with the pending divestiture of the Spanish and Central European businesses of $165 million, real estate impairments of $127 million, an increase to the previously reported gain on the divestiture of U.S. Medical Management (USMM) due to the finalization of working capital adjustments of $13 million, gain on debt extinguishment related to the repurchases of senior notes of $10 million, and an adjustment to the costs related to the PBM legal settlement of $1 million;







(b)

for the nine months ended September 30, 2022: real estate impairments of $1,581 million, PANTHERx divestiture gain of $490 million, the impairment of assets associated with the pending divestiture of the Spanish and Central European businesses of $165 million, gain on debt extinguishment of $23 million, an increase to the previously reported gain related to the divestiture of USMM due to the finalization of working capital adjustments of $13 million, and costs related to the PBM legal settlement of $5 million.






2021:









(a)

for the three months ended September 30, 2021: non-cash gain related to the acquisition of the remaining 60% interest of Circle Health of $309 million, non-cash impairment of our equity method investment in RxAdvance of $229 million, debt extinguishment costs of $79 million, PBM legal settlement expense of $11 million, and severance costs due to a restructuring of $1 million;







(b)

for the nine months ended September 30, 2021: PBM legal settlement expense of $1,261 million, non-cash gain related to the acquisition of the remaining 60% interest of Circle Health of $309 million, non-cash impairment of our equity method investment in RxAdvance of $229 million, debt extinguishment costs of $125 million, a reduction to the previously reported gain on divestiture of certain products of our Illinois health plan of $62 million, and severance costs due to a restructuring of $59 million.



(2) 

The income tax effects of adjustments are based on the effective income tax rates applicable to each adjustment. The nine months ended September 30, 2022 also include an $18 million increase to the tax benefit on the previously reported non-cash impairment of our equity method investment in RxAdvance.

 


Three Months Ended
September 30,


Nine Months Ended
September 30,


Annual Guidance
December 31, 2022


2022


2021


2022


2021


GAAP diluted EPS attributable to Centene

$          1.27


$          0.99


$          2.41


$          1.27


$2.78 - $2.88

Amortization of acquired intangible assets

0.36


0.34


1.04


0.98


~$1.39

Acquisition and divestiture related expenses

0.05


0.09


0.25


0.24


~$0.27

Other adjustments (3)

(0.38)


0.01


2.09


2.42


~$2.22

Income tax effects of adjustments (4)


(0.17)


(0.89)


(0.77)


~$(1.01)

Adjusted diluted EPS

$          1.30


$          1.26


$          4.90


$          4.14


$5.65 - $5.75

 

(3)

Other adjustments include the following pre-tax items:






2022:





(a)

for the three months ended September 30, 2022: PANTHERx divestiture gain of $0.84 ($0.65 after-tax), the impairment of assets associated with the pending divestiture of the Spanish and Central European businesses of $0.28 ($0.23 after-tax), real estate impairments of $0.22 ($0.16 after-tax), an increase to the previously reported gain related to the divestiture of USMM due to the finalization of working capital adjustments of $0.02 ($0.01 after-tax), and gain on debt extinguishment of $0.02 ($0.01 after-tax);







(b)

for the nine months ended September 30, 2022: real estate impairments of $2.69 ($1.98 after-tax), PANTHERx divestiture gain of $0.83 ($0.65 after-tax), the impairment of assets associated with the pending divestiture of the Spanish and Central European businesses of $0.28 ($0.23 after-tax), gain on debt extinguishment of $0.04 ($0.03 after-tax), an increase to the previously reported gain related to the divestiture of USMM due to the finalization of working capital adjustments of $0.02 ($0.02 after-tax), and costs related to the PBM legal settlement of $0.01 ($0.01 after-tax);







(c)

for the year ended December 31, 2022, an estimated: $2.83 ($2.08 after-tax) of real estate impairments, $0.84 ($0.65 after-tax) PANTHERx divestiture gain, $0.28 ($0.23 after-tax) related to the impairment of assets associated with the pending divestiture of the Spanish and Central European businesses, $0.04 ($0.03 after-tax) gain on debt extinguishment, $0.02 ($0.02 after-tax) associated to an increase to the previously reported gain related to the divestiture of USMM due to the finalization of working capital adjustments, and $0.01 ($0.01 after-tax) of costs related to the PBM legal settlement.






2021:









(a)

for the three months ended September 30, 2021: non-cash gain related to the acquisition of the remaining 60% interest of Circle Health of $0.52 ($0.52 after-tax), non-cash impairment of our equity method investment in RxAdvance of $0.38 ($0.35 after-tax), debt extinguishment costs of $0.13 ($0.10 after-tax), and PBM legal settlement expense of $0.02 ($0.01 after-tax) per share.







(b)

for the nine months ended September 30, 2021: PBM legal settlement expense of $2.13 ($1.79 after-tax), non-cash gain related to the acquisition of the remaining 60% interest of Circle Health of $0.52 ($0.52 after-tax), non-cash impairment of our equity method investment in RxAdvance of $0.39 ($0.35 after-tax), debt extinguishment costs of $0.21 ($0.16 after-tax), a reduction to the previously reported gain on divestiture of certain products of our Illinois health plan of $0.11 per share ($0.08 after-tax), and severance costs due to a restructuring of $0.10 ($0.07 after-tax).





(4) 

The income tax effects of adjustments are based on the effective income tax rates applicable to each adjustment. The nine months ended September 30, 2022 also include a $0.03 per share increase to the tax benefit on the previously reported non-cash impairment of our equity method investment in RxAdvance.

 


Three Months Ended
September 30,


Nine Months Ended
September 30,


2022


2021


2022


2021









GAAP selling, general and administrative expenses

$              2,846


$              2,537


$           8,391


$           6,910

Less:








Acquisition and divestiture related expenses

28


41


149


126

Restructuring costs


1



59

Costs related to the PBM legal settlement

1


11


5


11

Real estate optimization

3



7


Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses

$              2,814


$              2,484


$           8,230


$           6,714

Note: Beginning in 2022, we have included a separate line item for depreciation expense on the Consolidated Statements of Operations, which was previously included in SG&A expenses. Prior period SG&A expenses have been conformed to the current presentation.

To provide clarity on the way management defines certain key metrics and ratios, the Company is providing a description of how the metric or ratio is calculated as follows:

  • Health Benefits Ratio (HBR) (GAAP) = Medical costs divided by premium revenues.
  • SG&A Expense Ratio (GAAP) = Selling, general and administrative expenses divided by premium and service revenues.
  • Adjusted SG&A Expense Ratio (non-GAAP) = Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses divided by premium and service revenues.
  • Adjusted Effective Tax Rate (non-GAAP) = GAAP income tax expense (benefit) excluding the income tax effects of adjustments to net earnings divided by adjusted earnings (loss) before income tax expense.
  • Adjusted Net Earnings (non-GAAP) = Net earnings less amortization of acquired intangible assets, less acquisition and divestiture related expenses, as well as adjustments for other items, net of the income tax effect of the adjustments.
  • Adjusted Diluted EPS (non-GAAP) = Adjusted net earnings divided by weighted average common shares outstanding on a fully diluted basis.
  • Debt to Capitalization Ratio (GAAP) = Total debt, divided by total debt plus total stockholder's equity.
  • Debt to Capitalization Ratio Excluding Non-Recourse Debt (non-GAAP) = Total debt less non-recourse debt, divided by total debt less non-recourse debt plus total stockholder's equity.
  • Average Medical Claims Expense (GAAP) = Medical costs for the period divided by number of days in such period. Average Medical Claims Expense is most often calculated for the quarterly reporting period.
  • Days in Claims Payable (GAAP) = Medical claims liabilities divided by average medical claims expense. Days in Claims Payable is most often calculated for the quarterly reporting period.

In addition, the following terms are defined as follows:

  • State Directed Payments: Payments directed by a state that have minimal risk, but are administered as a premium adjustment. These payments are recorded as premium revenue and medical costs at close to a 100% HBR. The Company has little visibility to the timing of these payments until they are paid by a state.
  • Pass Through Payments: Non-risk supplemental payments from a state that the Company is required to pass through to designated contracted providers. These payments are recorded as premium tax revenue and premium tax expense.

About Centene Corporation

Centene Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, is a leading healthcare enterprise that is committed to helping people live healthier lives. The Company takes a local approach – with local brands and local teams – to provide fully integrated, high-quality, and cost-effective services to government-sponsored and commercial healthcare programs, focusing on under-insured and uninsured individuals. Centene offers affordable and high-quality products to nearly 1 in 15 individuals across the nation, including Medicaid and Medicare members (including Medicare Prescription Drug Plans) as well as individuals and families served by the Health Insurance Marketplace, the TRICARE program, and individuals in correctional facilities. The Company also serves several international markets, and contracts with other healthcare and commercial organizations to provide a variety of specialty services focused on treating the whole person. Centene focuses on long-term growth and value creation as well as the development of its people, systems, and capabilities so that it can better serve its members, providers, local communities, and government partners.

Centene uses its investor relations website to publish important information about the Company, including information that may be deemed material to investors. Financial and other information about Centene is routinely posted and is accessible on Centene's investor relations website, https://investors.centene.com/

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Except as may be otherwise required by law, we undertake no obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements included in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, after the date hereof. You should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, as actual results may differ materially from projections, estimates, or other forward-looking statements due to a variety of important factors, variables and events including, but not limited to: our ability to accurately predict and effectively manage health benefits and other operating expenses and reserves, including fluctuations in medical utilization rates due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19;our ability to maintain or achieve improvement in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Star ratings and maintain or achieve improvement in other quality scores in each case that can impact revenue and future growth; the risk that the election of new directors, changes in senior management, and any inability to retain key personnel may create uncertainty or negatively impact our ability to execute quickly and effectively; uncertainty as to the expected financial performance of the combined company following the recent completion of the Magellan Acquisition; the possibility that the expected synergies and value creation from the Magellan Acquisition or the acquisition of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (the WellCare Acquisition) or other acquired businesses will not be realized, or will not be realized within the respective expected time periods; disruption from the integration of the Magellan Acquisition or the WellCare Acquisition, unexpected costs, or similar risks from other acquisitions or dispositions we may announce or complete from time to time, including potential adverse reactions or changes to business relationships with customers, employees, suppliers or regulators, making it more difficult to maintain business and operational relationships; the risk that the closing conditions, including applicable regulatory approvals, for the pending dispositions of Magellan Rx and our Spanish and Central European businesses, may be delayed or not obtained; impairments to real estate, investments, goodwill and intangible assets; a downgrade of the credit rating of our indebtedness; competition; membership and revenue declines or unexpected trends; changes in healthcare practices, new technologies, and advances in medicine; increased healthcare costs; changes in economic, political or market conditions; changes in federal or state laws or regulations, including changes with respect to income tax reform or government healthcare programs as well as changes with respect to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act (collectively referred to as the ACA) and any regulations enacted thereunder that may result from changing political conditions, the current administration or judicial actions; rate cuts or other payment reductions or delays by governmental payors and other risks and uncertainties affecting our government businesses; our ability to adequately price products; tax matters; disasters or major epidemics; changes in expected contract start dates; provider, state, federal, foreign and other contract changes and timing of regulatory approval of contracts; the expiration, suspension, or termination of our contracts with federal or state governments (including, but not limited to, Medicaid, Medicare, TRICARE or other customers); the difficulty of predicting the timing or outcome of legal or regulatory proceedings or matters, including, but not limited to, our ability to resolve claims and/or allegations made by states with regard to past practices, including at Envolve Pharmacy Solutions, Inc. (Envolve), as our pharmacy benefits manager (PBM) subsidiary, within the reserve estimate we previously recorded and on other acceptable terms, or at all, or whether additional claims, reviews or investigations relating to our PBM business will be brought by states, the federal government or shareholder litigants, or government investigations; the timing and extent of benefits from our value creation strategy, including the possibility that the benefits received may be lower than expected, may not occur, or will not be realized within the expected time periods; challenges to our contract awards; cyber-attacks or other privacy or data security incidents; the exertion of management's time and our resources, and other expenses incurred and business changes required in connection with complying with the undertakings in connection with any regulatory, governmental or third party consents or approvals for acquisitions or dispositions; any changes in expected closing dates, estimated purchase price and accretion for acquisitions or dispositions; restrictions and limitations in connection with our indebtedness; the availability of debt and equity financing on terms that are favorable to us; inflation; foreign currency fluctuations; and risks and uncertainties discussed in the reports that Centene has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This list of important factors is not intended to be exhaustive. We discuss certain of these matters more fully, as well as certain other factors that may affect our business operations, financial condition and results of operations, in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including our annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K. Due to these important factors and risks, we cannot give assurances with respect to our future performance, including without limitation our ability to maintain adequate premium levels or our ability to control our future medical and selling, general and administrative costs.

 

CENTENE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In millions, except shares in thousands and per share data in dollars)



September 30,
2022


December 31,
2021


(Unaudited)



ASSETS




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$                  14,987


$                   13,118

Premium and trade receivables

13,770


12,238

Short-term investments

2,191


1,539

Other current assets

2,327


1,602

Total current assets

33,275


28,497

Long-term investments

14,053


14,043

Restricted deposits

1,205


1,068

Property, software and equipment, net

2,479


3,391

Goodwill

20,040


19,771

Intangible assets, net

7,523


7,824

Other long-term assets

2,597


3,781

Total assets

$                  81,172


$                   78,375

LIABILITIES, REDEEMABLE NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS AND
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY




Current liabilities:




Medical claims liability

$                  16,465


$                   14,243

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

9,995


8,493

Return of premium payable

2,205


2,328

Unearned revenue

2,416


434

Current portion of long-term debt

249


267

Total current liabilities

31,330


25,765

Long-term debt

18,084


18,571

Deferred tax liability

480


1,407

Other long-term liabilities

5,678


5,610

Total liabilities

55,572


51,353

Commitments and contingencies




Redeemable noncontrolling interests

66


82

Stockholders' equity:




Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; authorized 10,000 shares; no shares issued or
     outstanding at September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021


Common stock, $0.001 par value; authorized 800,000 shares; 606,931 issued and
     570,091 outstanding at September 30, 2022, and 602,704 issued and 582,479
     outstanding at December 31, 2021

1


1

Additional paid-in capital

19,774


19,672

Accumulated other comprehensive earnings

(1,394)


77

Retained earnings

9,554


8,139

Treasury stock, at cost (36,840 and 20,225 shares, respectively)

(2,557)


(1,094)

Total Centene stockholders' equity

25,378


26,795

Nonredeemable noncontrolling interest

156


145

Total stockholders' equity

25,534


26,940

Total liabilities, redeemable noncontrolling interests and stockholders' equity

$                  81,172


$                   78,375

 

CENTENE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In millions, except shares in thousands and per share data in dollars)

(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended
September 30,


Nine Months Ended
September 30,


2022


2021


2022


2021

Revenues:








Premium

$         31,848


$         28,876


$         95,247


$         83,436

Service

1,878


1,638


6,679


4,054

Premium and service revenues

33,726


30,514


101,926


87,490

Premium tax

2,139


1,892


7,060


5,924

Total revenues

35,865


32,406


108,986


93,414

Expenses:








Medical costs

28,111


25,430


83,261


73,210

Cost of services

1,571


1,355


5,658


3,510

Selling, general and administrative expenses

2,846


2,537


8,391


6,910

Depreciation expense

150


147


470


414

Amortization of acquired intangible assets

211


198


609


581

Premium tax expense

2,211


1,965


7,258


6,129

Impairment

289


229


1,739


229

Legal settlement




1,250

Total operating expenses

35,389


31,861


107,386


92,233

Earnings from operations

476


545


1,600


1,181

Other income (expense):








Investment and other income

692


424


786


566

Debt extinguishment

10


(79)


26


(125)

Interest expense

(169)


(170)


(491)


(503)

Earnings before income tax

1,009


720


1,921


1,119

Income tax expense

269


139


500


376

Net earnings

740


581


1,421


743

(Earnings) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

(2)


3


(6)


5

Net earnings attributable to Centene Corporation

$              738


$               584


$           1,415


$               748









Net earnings per common share attributable to Centene Corporation:





Basic earnings per common share

$              1.29


$              1.00


$              2.44


$              1.28

Diluted earnings per common share

$              1.27


$              0.99


$              2.41


$              1.27









Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:







Basic

573,961


583,244


580,277


582,636

Diluted

580,607


590,702


587,084


590,154

 

CENTENE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In millions, unaudited)



Nine Months Ended
September 30,


2022


2021

Cash flows from operating activities:




Net earnings

$           1,421


$              743

Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities

Depreciation and amortization

1,178


1,098

Stock compensation expense

180


127

Impairment

1,739


229

(Gain) loss on debt extinguishment

(26)


125

(Gain) on acquisition

(2)


(309)

Deferred income taxes

(682)


(143)

(Gain) loss on divestitures

(503)


62

Other adjustments, net

164


(6)

Changes in assets and liabilities




Premium and trade receivables

(1,274)


(1,723)

Other assets

152


(124)

Medical claims liabilities

1,976


1,661

Unearned revenue

1,964


(169)

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

686


993

Other long-term liabilities

863


964

Other operating activities, net

1


2

Net cash provided by operating activities

7,837


3,530

Cash flows from investing activities:




Capital expenditures

(771)


(662)

Purchases of investments

(5,118)


(5,253)

Sales and maturities of investments

2,842


4,069

Acquisitions, net of cash acquired

(1,457)


(534)

Divestiture proceeds, net of divested cash

1,362


(62)

Net cash used in investing activities

(3,142)


(2,442)

Cash flows from financing activities:




Proceeds from long-term debt

357


9,247

Payments and repurchases of long-term debt

(1,202)


(7,411)

Common stock repurchases

(1,663)


(49)

Payments for debt extinguishment

(14)


(157)

Debt issuance costs


(72)

Other financing activities, net

57


39

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

(2,465)


1,597

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

(37)


(8)

Net increase in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash and cash equivalents

2,193


2,677

Cash and cash equivalents reclassified from (to) held for sale

(192)


Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

13,214


10,957

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$         15,215


$         13,634

Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:




Interest paid

$              462


$              479

Income taxes paid

$              448


$              477





The following table provides a reconciliation of cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash and cash equivalents reported within the
Consolidated Balance Sheets to the totals above:


September 30,


2022


2021

Cash and cash equivalents

$         14,987


$         13,423

Restricted cash and cash equivalents, included in restricted deposits

228


211

Total cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash and cash equivalents

$         15,215


$         13,634

 

CENTENE CORPORATION

SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL DATA



Q3


Q2


Q1


Q4


Q3


2022


2022


2022


2021


2021

MEMBERSHIP










Traditional Medicaid (1)

14,000,100


13,758,000


13,590,100


13,328,400


13,202,500

High Acuity Medicaid (2)

1,698,100


1,688,000


1,682,800


1,686,100


1,566,000

Total Medicaid

15,698,200


15,446,000


15,272,900


15,014,500


14,768,500

Commercial Marketplace

2,087,800


2,033,300


2,031,000


2,140,500


2,177,000

Commercial Group

439,800


448,700


449,700


462,100


468,500

Total Commercial

2,527,600


2,482,000


2,480,700


2,602,600


2,645,500

Medicare (3)

1,517,900


1,483,900


1,452,500


1,252,200


1,248,300

Medicare PDP

4,186,200


4,165,500


4,169,700


4,070,500


4,064,400

Total at-risk membership (4)

23,929,900


23,577,400


23,375,800


22,939,800


22,726,700

TRICARE eligibles

2,832,300


2,862,400


2,862,400


2,874,700


2,874,700

Total

26,762,200


26,439,800


26,238,200


25,814,500


25,601,400











(1) Membership includes TANF, Medicaid Expansion, CHIP, Foster Care, and Behavioral Health.

(2) Membership includes ABD, IDD, LTSS, and MMP Duals.

(3) Membership includes Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement.

(4) Membership includes 1,285,600, 1,252,600, 1,231,500, 1,178,000, and 1,168,400 dual-eligible beneficiaries for the periods ending September 30, 2022,
June 30, 2022, March 31, 2022, December 31, 2021, and September 30, 2021, respectively.











NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES

83,200


82,400


80,100


72,500


75,900











DAYS IN CLAIMS PAYABLE

54


55


53


52


51











CASH, INVESTMENTS AND RESTRICTED DEPOSITS (in millions)

Regulated

$        31,447


$        28,817


$        26,982


$        26,416


$        26,392

Unregulated

989


1,308


1,262


3,352


3,223

Total

$        32,436


$        30,125


$        28,244


$        29,768


$        29,615











DEBT TO CAPITALIZATION

41.8 %


41.5 %


40.9 %


41.2 %


41.5 %

DEBT TO CAPITALIZATION EXCLUDING NON-RECOURSE DEBT

41.6 %


41.3 %


40.7 %


40.9 %


41.2 %

NON-RECOURSE DEBT (in millions)

$              181


$              181


$              182


$              184


$              188

 

OPERATING RATIOS



Three Months Ended
September 30,


Nine Months Ended
September 30,


2022


2021


2022


2021

HBR

88.3 %


88.1 %


87.4 %


87.7 %

SG&A expense ratio

8.4 %


8.3 %


8.2 %


7.9 %

Adjusted SG&A expense ratio

8.3 %


8.1 %


8.1 %


7.7 %

Note: Prior period SG&A and adjusted SG&A expense ratios have been restated to conform to current presentation, which excludes depreciation expense.

 

HBR BY PRODUCT



Three Months Ended
September 30,


2022


2021

Medicaid

90.2 %


88.4 %

Commercial

84.2 %


88.7 %

Medicare (1)

83.9 %


85.4 %





(1) Medicare includes Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement, and Medicare PDP.

 

MEDICAL CLAIMS LIABILITY

The changes in medical claims liability are summarized as follows (in millions):


Balance, September 30, 2021


$                      14,099

Less: Reinsurance recoverable


23

Balance, September 30, 2021, net


14,076

Acquisitions and divestitures


249

Incurred related to:



Current period


110,095

Prior period


(1,442)

Total incurred


108,653

Paid related to:



Current period


95,355

Prior period


11,166

Total paid


106,521

Balance, September 30, 2022, net


16,457

Plus: Reinsurance recoverable


8

Balance, September 30, 2022


$                      16,465




Centene's claims reserving process utilizes a consistent actuarial methodology to estimate Centene's ultimate liability. Any reduction in the "Incurred related to: Prior period" amount may be offset as Centene actuarially determines "Incurred related to: Current period." As such, only in the absence of a consistent reserving methodology would favorable development of prior period claims liability estimates reduce medical costs. Centene believes it has consistently applied its claims reserving methodology. Additionally, approximately $256 million was recorded as a reduction to premium revenues resulting from development within "Incurred related to: Prior period" due to minimum HBR and other return of premium programs.

The amount of the "Incurred related to: Prior period" above represents favorable development and includes the effects of reserving under moderately adverse conditions, new markets where we use a conservative approach in setting reserves during the initial periods of operations, receipts from other third party payors related to coordination of benefits and lower medical utilization and cost trends for dates of service September 30, 2021, and prior.

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