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Humana’s stock set to rally after profit, revenue rise above expectations

Shares of Humana Inc. undefined were indicated up nearly 3% in premarket trading Wednesday, after the health care services company reported second-quarter profit and revenue that beat expectations, while maintaining its adjusted earnings outlook. Net income rose to $2.59 billion, or $13.75 a share, from $1.07 billion, or $6.94 a share, in the year-ago period. Excluding non-recurring items, adjusted earnings per share rose to $12.56 from $6.05, above the FactSet consensus of $10.27. Revenue grew 17.5% to $19.08 billion, topping the FactSet consensus of $18.64 billion. The company said as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, admissions and utilization were “significantly depressed” in April, then increased through May and June, and were “modestly below normal” at the end of the quarter. Humana affirmed its 2020 adjusted EPS guidance range of $18.25 to $18.75, but nudged up its full-year individual Medicare Advantage membership growth outlook to 330,000 to 360,000 members from 300,000 to 350,000 members. The stock has gained 6.7% year to date through Tuesday, while the SPDR Health Care Select Sector ETF undefined has tacked on 4.2% and the S&P 500 undefined has gained 2.3%.

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