UnitedHealth Group beat fourth-quarter forecasts by adding Medicare Advantage and Medicaid enrollment and delivering more care through its surging Optum Health business.
The health care giant also saw earnings jump for its Optum Rx segment, which runs prescription drug coverage as one of the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit managers.
Overall, the company said Friday that its profit soared 17% to $4.76 billion in the final quarter of 2022.
The company’s UnitedHealthcare insurance business added more than 600,000 customers to its Medicare Advantage business, which offers privately run versions of the government’s Medicare program mainly for people ages 65 and older. It then added another half million people through Medicaid coverage it manages for states.
UnitedHealth also reaffirmed on Friday its forecast for adjusted earnings to range between $24.40 and $24.90 per share this year. The company typically starts each year conservatively with its earnings forecasts.
Analysts have set the bar a little higher, expecting $24.94 per share for 2023, according to FactSet.
Shares of Minnetonka, Minnesota-based UnitedHealth Group Inc. slipped about 1% to close at $489.57. That compares to gains in the broader indexes like the Dow Jones Industrial Average, of which UnitedHealth is a component.
UnitedHealth shares had climbed past $530 late last month.
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