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Jan. 20, 2021, 5:55 a.m. EST

UnitedHealth Group Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Results

Full Year Revenues of $257.1 Billion Grew $15.0 Billion or 6%, led by 21% at OptumFull Year and Fourth Quarter Net Earnings Per Share of $16.03 and $2.30Full Year and Fourth Quarter Adjusted Net Earnings Per Share of $16.88 and $2.52Results Reflect COVID-19 Impacts and Related Assistance Initiatives

Fundamental execution was strong across UnitedHealth Group /zigman2/quotes/210453738/composite UNH -1.01% in the fourth quarter and throughout the full year 2020, led by Optum and by UnitedHealthcare’s community and senior benefit businesses, even as the Company delivered expansive voluntary relief efforts for consumers, care providers and customers across the health system.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the more than 325,000 women and men of this enterprise for their role in advancing a higher performing health system during these times of unprecedented challenges,” said David S. Wichmann, chief executive officer of UnitedHealth Group. “We are grateful for the human spirit and resolve of our people, including our 125,000 clinicians who, with other frontline health care workers, demonstrated extraordinary collaboration, compassion and innovation.”

The full year and fourth quarter results reflect continued strong performance, impacted by COVID-19 care costs, continued voluntary consumer and customer assistance initiatives and other pandemic-related factors. As expected, fourth quarter net earnings of $2.30 per share and adjusted earnings of $2.52 per share declined as care patterns normalized, while COVID-19 costs rose, and further rebate effects were recognized. The 2020 results were consistent with the outlook provided by the Company at its December 1 [st] , 2020 Investor Conference.

The Company affirmed its recently issued full year earnings outlook for 2021, including net earnings of $16.90 to $17.40 per share and adjusted net earnings of $17.75 to $18.25 per share. As previously discussed, this outlook includes approximately $1.80 per share in potential net unfavorable impact to accommodate continuing COVID-19 effects, such as: testing and treatment costs; the residual impact of people deferring care in 2020; and unemployment and other economy-driven factors.

Quarterly and Annual Financial Performance
 
  Three Months Ended Year Ended
  December 31, 2020 December 31, 2019 September 30, 2020 December 31, 2020 December 31, 2019
 
Revenues $65.5 billion $60.9 billion $65.1 billion $257.1 billion $242.2 billion
Earnings from Operations $3.5 billion $5.1 billion $4.7 billion $22.4 billion $19.7 billion
Net Margin 3.4% 5.8% 4.9% 6.0% 5.7%
  • UnitedHealth Group’s full year 2020 revenues of $257.1 billion grew $15.0 billion or 6.2% year-over-year, reflecting broad-based revenue growth across the businesses.

  • Full year 2020 earnings from operations grew $2.7 billion or 13.8% year-over-year to $22.4 billion, with both UnitedHealthcare and Optum contributing to the expansion.

  • The full year 2020 medical care ratio of 79.1% declined from 82.5% in 2019 primarily impacted by the return of the health insurance tax and disrupted care patterns earlier in the year, offset by the Company’s COVID-19 assistance measures and testing and treatment costs. Favorable medical reserve development was $850 million in the quarter, with $770 million related to 2020. Year-end days claims payable were 47.8 days compared to 46.8 days in the third quarter 2020 and 50.8 days at year end 2019, with the year-over-year comparison impacted by timing factors, including the Company’s voluntary acceleration of payments to assist care providers.

  • The full year 2020 operating cost ratio of 16.2% increased from 14.5% in 2019 as continued operating efficiency gains were offset by the return of the health insurance tax, COVID-19 response efforts, business mix and increased investments in service, innovation and growth.

  • Cash flows from operations in 2020 of $22.2 billion, or 1.4 times net income, grew 20.1% year-over-year. Fourth quarter cash flows were stronger than anticipated, partly on timing factors.

  • Return on equity of 24.9% in 2020 reflected the Company’s strong overall operating performance and efficient capital structure.

UnitedHealthcare provides health care benefits globally, serving individuals and employers, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to improving the value consumers receive by reducing the total cost of care, enhancing the quality of care received, improving health and wellness and simplifying the health care experience.

Quarterly and Annual Financial Performance
Three Months Ended Year Ended
  December 31, 2020 December 31, 2019 September 30, 2020 December 31, 2020 December 31, 2019
 
Revenues $50.3 billion $48.2 billion $50.4 billion $200.9 billion $193.8 billion
Earnings from Operations $396 million $2.1 billion $2.1 billion $12.4 billion $10.3 billion
Operating Margin 0.8% 4.3% 4.1% 6.2% 5.3%
  • UnitedHealthcare full year revenues of $200.9 billion compare to $193.8 billion last year, as growth in serving community and senior programs was partially offset by commercial enrollment declines. UnitedHealthcare community and senior program revenues grew by 8.0% in 2020, with an additional 1.2 million people served in Medicaid and Medicare Advantage, while commercial revenue growth was impacted by pandemic-related economic factors.

  • Full year operating earnings were $12.4 billion compared to $10.3 billion last year, with the care pattern disruption which occurred in the second quarter offset by the Company’s efforts to help people obtain needed care, increased COVID-19 testing and care costs and rebate and customer assistance effects.

  • Fourth quarter operating results reflect restoration of care patterns, the Company’s continued efforts to provide support and relief efforts to correct economic imbalances caused by the pandemic and additional reserves for rebates and related activity as calendar year assessments were concluded.

  • UnitedHealthcare growth highlights for 2021 include: serving an expected up to 1.5 million more people in total, with growth in Individual and Group Medicare Advantage and Dual Special Needs Plans approaching 900,000 people; Medicaid growth with new market entries in Kentucky, Indiana, and North Carolina along with a strong proposal pipeline for both existing and new states; commercial market and specialty expansion, with newly introduced consumer-centric offerings, such as physician-led plans, expected to grow again at a strong-double digit pace.

Optum is a health services business serving the global health care marketplace, including payers, care providers, employers, governments, life sciences companies and consumers. Using market-leading information, data analytics, technology and clinical insights, Optum helps improve overall health system performance: optimizing care quality, reducing health care costs and improving the consumer experience.

Quarterly and Annual Financial Performance
Three Months Ended Year Ended
  December 31, 2020 December 31, 2019 September 30, 2020 December 31, 2020 December 31, 2019
 
Revenues $35.9 billion $29.8 billion $34.9 billion $136.3 billion $113.0 billion
Earnings from Operations $3.1 billion $3.0 billion $2.6 billion $10.0 billion $9.4 billion
Operating Margin 8.7% 10.1% 7.4% 7.4% 8.3%
  • Optum full year revenues of $136.3 billion compare to $113.0 billion last year and full year operating earnings of $10.0 billion compare to $9.4 billion last year.

  • OptumHealth served 98 million people at year end, compared to 96 million a year ago and revenue per consumer served increased 29% year-over-year for full year 2020 and in the fourth quarter, driven by further expansion of people served in value-based care arrangements and the increasing acuity of the care services provided.

  • OptumInsight’s revenue backlog increased by nearly $1.0 billion in 2020 to $20.2 billion, driven by growth in managed services. OptumInsight and Change Healthcare /zigman2/quotes/212846587/composite CHNG -0.99% recently announced they would combine. The combination will more effectively connect and simplify core clinical, administrative and payment processes, resulting in better health outcomes and experiences for everyone, at lower cost.

  • During 2020 OptumRx continued to build its growing pharmacy care services offerings, including community-based behavioral pharmacies, e-commerce services, home infusion services and specialty pharmacy. Script volume in the established pharmacy benefits management business began to approach more normal levels in the fourth quarter, rising 6 million from the third quarter and 15 million from the second quarter to 331 million.

  • Optum growth expectations for 2021 include: continued expansion of value-based care arrangements, strong growth serving seniors at Optum Care through clinic-based and in-home services and expansion of ambulatory care surgery service lines; OptumRx’s ongoing expansion of multi-dose packaging, alternate site infusion services and retail pharmacy dispensing; growth in OptumInsight’s pipeline for comprehensive managed services, including revenue management, information technology, payment integrity and data analytics.

About UnitedHealth Group

UnitedHealth Group /zigman2/quotes/210453738/composite UNH -1.01% is a diversified health care company dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and helping make the health system work better for everyone. UnitedHealth Group offers a broad spectrum of products and services through two distinct platforms: UnitedHealthcare, which provides health care coverage and benefits services; and Optum, which provides information and technology-enabled health services. For more information, visit UnitedHealth Group at www.unitedhealthgroup.com or follow @UnitedHealthGrp on Twitter.

Earnings Conference Call

As previously announced, UnitedHealth Group will discuss the company’s results, strategy and future outlook on a conference call with investors at 8:45 a.m. Eastern Time today. UnitedHealth Group will host a live webcast of this conference call from the Investor Relations page of the company’s website ( www.unitedhealthgroup.com ). Following the call, a webcast replay will be available on the same site through February 3, 2021. The conference call replay can also be accessed by dialing 1-855-859-2056, Conference ID: 5181037. This earnings release and the Form 8-K dated January 20, 2021 can also be accessed from the Investor Relations page of the Company’s website.

Non-GAAP Financial Information

This news release presents non-GAAP financial information provided as a complement to the results provided in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”). A reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial information to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure is provided in the accompanying tables found at the end of this release.

Forward-Looking Statements

The statements, estimates, projections, guidance or outlook contained in this document include “forward-looking” statements which are intended to take advantage of the “safe harbor” provisions of the federal securities law. The words “believe,” “expect,” “intend,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “forecast,” “outlook,” “plan,” “project,” “should” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. These statements may contain information about financial prospects, economic conditions and trends and involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those that management expects, depending on the outcome of certain factors including: risks associated with public health crises, large-scale medical emergencies and pandemics, such as the COVID-19 pandemic; our ability to effectively estimate, price for and manage medical costs; new or changes in existing health care laws or regulations, or their enforcement or application; the DOJ’s legal action relating to the risk adjustment submission matter; our ability to maintain and achieve improvement in quality scores impacting revenue; reductions in revenue or delays to cash flows received under government programs; changes in Medicare, the CMS star ratings program or the application of risk adjustment data validation audits; failure to maintain effective and efficient information systems or if our technology products do not operate as intended; cyberattacks, other privacy/data security incidents, or our failure to comply with related regulations; risks and uncertainties associated with the pharmacy benefits management industry; competitive pressures; changes in or challenges to our public sector contract awards; our ability to contract on competitive terms with physicians, hospitals and other service providers; failure to achieve targeted operating cost productivity improvements; increases in costs and other liabilities associated with litigation, government investigations, audits or reviews; failure to manage successfully

our strategic alliances or complete or receive anticipated benefits of strategic transactions; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; downgrades in our credit ratings; our investment portfolio performance; impairment of our goodwill and intangible assets; and our ability to obtain sufficient funds from our regulated subsidiaries or from external financings to fund our obligations, maintain our debt to total capital ratio at targeted levels, maintain our quarterly dividend payment cycle, or continue repurchasing shares of our common stock. This above list is not exhaustive. We discuss these matters, and certain risks that may affect our business operations, financial condition and results of operations more fully in our filings with the SEC, including our reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K. By their nature, forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or results and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict or quantify. Actual results may vary materially from expectations expressed or implied in this document or any of our prior communications. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. We do not undertake to update or revise any forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

UNITEDHEALTH GROUP
Earnings Release Schedules and Supplementary Information
Year Ended December 31, 2020
 
- Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
- Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
- Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
- Supplemental Financial Information - Businesses
- Supplemental Financial Information - Business Metrics
- Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measure
UNITEDHEALTH GROUP
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in millions, except per share data)
(unaudited)
 
Three Months EndedDecember 31, Year EndedDecember 31,
2020 2019 2020 2019
Revenues
Premiums $50,581 $47,625 $201,478 $189,699
Products 8,690 7,626 34,145 31,597
Services 5,751 5,217 20,016 18,973
Investment and other income 445 433 1,502 1,886
Total revenues 65,467 60,901 257,141 242,155
Operating costs
Medical costs 42,082 39,276 159,396 156,440
Operating costs 11,514 9,301 41,704 35,193
Cost of products sold 7,622 6,511 30,745 28,117
Depreciation and amortization 732 718 2,891 2,720
Total operating costs 61,950 55,806 234,736 222,470
Earnings from operations 3,517 5,095 22,405 19,685
Interest expense (401) (437) (1,663) (1,704)
Earnings before income taxes 3,116 4,658 20,742 17,981
Provision for income taxes (764) (990) (4,973) (3,742)
Net earnings 2,352 3,668 15,769 14,239
Earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests (140) (127) (366) (400)
Net earnings attributable to UnitedHealth Group common shareholders $2,212 $3,541 $15,403 $13,839
Diluted earnings per share attributable to UnitedHealth Group common shareholders $2.30 $3.68 $16.03 $14.33
Adjusted earnings per share attributable to UnitedHealth Group common shareholders (a) $2.52 $3.90 $16.88 $15.11
Diluted weighted-average common shares outstanding 961 962 961 966
(a) See page 6 for a reconciliation of the non-GAAP measure
UNITEDHEALTH GROUP
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in millions)
(unaudited)
   
  December 31, December 31,
  2020 2019
Assets  
Cash and short-term investments   $19,781 $14,245
Accounts receivable, net   12,870 11,822
Other current assets   21,067 16,567
Total current assets   53,718 42,634
Long-term investments   41,242 37,209
Other long-term assets   102,329 94,046
Total assets   $197,289 $173,889
Liabilities, redeemable noncontrolling interests and equity  
Medical costs payable   $21,872 $21,690
Short-term borrowings and current maturities of long-term debt   4,819 3,870
Other current liabilities   45,729 36,222
Total current liabilities   $72,420 $61,782
Long-term debt, less current maturities   38,648 36,808
Other long-term liabilities   15,682 13,137
Redeemable noncontrolling interests   2,211 1,726
Equity   68,328 60,436
Total liabilities, redeemable noncontrolling interests and equity   $197,289 $173,889
UNITEDHEALTH GROUP
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(in millions)
(unaudited)
   
  Year EndedDecember 31,
  2020 2019
Operating Activities  
Net earnings   $15,769 $14,239
Noncash items:  
Depreciation and amortization   2,891 2,720
Deferred income taxes and other   (60) 124
Share-based compensation   679 697
Net changes in operating assets and liabilities   2,895 683
Cash flows from operating activities   22,174 18,463
Investing Activities  
Purchases of investments, net of sales and maturities   (2,836) (2,504)
Purchases of property, equipment and capitalized software   (2,051) (2,071)
Cash paid for acquisitions, net   (7,139) (8,343)
Other, net   (506) 219
Cash flows used for investing activities   (12,532) (12,699)
Financing Activities  
Common share repurchases   (4,250) (5,500)
Dividends paid   (4,584) (3,932)
Net change in short-term borrowings and long-term debt   2,586 3,994
Other, net   2,658 (187)
Cash flows used for financing activities   (3,590) (5,625)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   (116) (20)
Increase in cash and cash equivalents   5,936 119
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   10,985 10,866
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period   $16,921 $10,985
SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION - BUSINESSES
(in millions, except percentages)
(unaudited)
   
  Three Months EndedDecember 31, Year EndedDecemeber 31,
  2020 2019 2020 2019
Revenues  
UnitedHealthcare   $50,327 $48,247 $200,875 $193,842
Optum   35,851 29,798 136,308 112,950
Eliminations   (20,711) (17,144) (80,042) (64,637)
Total consolidated revenues   $65,467 $60,901 $257,141 $242,155
Earnings from Operations  
UnitedHealthcare   $396 $2,075 $12,359 $10,326
Optum (a)   3,121 3,020 10,046 9,359
Total consolidated earnings from operations   $3,517 $5,095 $22,405 $19,685
Operating Margin  
UnitedHealthcare   0.8% 4.3% 6.2% 5.3%
Optum   8.7% 10.1% 7.4% 8.3%
Consolidated operating margin   5.4% 8.4% 8.7% 8.1%
   
Revenues  
UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual   $14,548 $14,538 $55,872 $56,945
UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement   22,151 20,603 90,764 83,252
UnitedHealthcare Community & State   11,691 10,752 46,487 43,790
UnitedHealthcare Global   1,937 2,354 7,752 9,855
   
OptumHealth   $10,978 $8,323 $39,808 $30,317
OptumInsight   2,909 2,861 10,802 10,006
OptumRx   22,489 19,094 87,498 74,288
Optum eliminations   (525) (480) (1,800) (1,661)
(a) Earnings from operations for Optum for the three months and year ended December 31, 2020 included $1,046 and $3,434 for OptumHealth; $843 and $2,725 for OptumInsight; and $1,232 and $3,887 for OptumRx, respectively. Earnings from operations for Optum for the three months and year ended December 31, 2019 included $901 and $2,963 for OptumHealth; $905 and $2,494 for OptumInsight; and $1,214 and $3,902 for OptumRx, respectively.
UNITEDHEALTH GROUP
SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION - BUSINESS METRICS
 
UNITEDHEALTHCARE CUSTOMER PROFILE
(in thousands)
 
People Served December 31, 2020 September 30, 2020 December 31, 2019
Commercial:
Risk-based 7,910 7,950 8,575
Fee-based 18,310 18,400 19,185
Total Commercial 26,220 26,350 27,760
Medicare Advantage 5,710 5,670 5,270
Medicaid 6,620 6,435 5,900
Medicare Supplement (Standardized) 4,460 4,450 4,500
Total Public and Senior 16,790 16,555 15,670
Total UnitedHealthcare - Domestic Medical 43,010 42,905 43,430
Global 5,425 5,285 5,720
Total UnitedHealthcare - Medical 48,435 48,190 49,150
 
Supplemental Data
 
Medicare Part D stand-alone 4,045 4,075 4,405
 
OPTUM PERFORMANCE METRICS
 
December 31, 2020 September 30, 2020 December 31, 2019
 
OptumHealth Consumers Served (in millions) 98 98 96
OptumInsight Contract Backlog (in billions) $20.2 $19.9 $19.3
OptumRx Quarterly Adjusted Scripts (in millions) 331 325 333
 
 
Note: UnitedHealth Group served 142 million unique individuals across all businesses at December 31, 2020.
UNITEDHEALTH GROUP
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURE
(in millions, except per share data)
(unaudited)
 
ADJUSTED NET EARNINGS PER SHARE(a)
 
Three Months EndedDecember 31, Year EndedDecember 31, ProjectedYear EndedDecember 31,
2020 2019 2020 2019 2021
GAAP net earnings attributable to UnitedHealth Group common shareholders $2,212 $3,541 $15,403 $13,839 $16,050 - $16,600
Intangible amortization 279 275 1,080 1,004 ~1,100
Tax effect of intangible amortization (68) (68) (262) (248) ~(275)
Adjusted net earnings attributable to UnitedHealth Group common shareholders $2,423 $3,748 $16,221 $14,595 $16,875 - $17,425
 
GAAP diluted earnings per share $2.30 $3.68 $16.03 $14.33 $16.90 - $17.40
Intangible amortization per share 0.29 0.29 1.12 1.04 ~1.15
Tax effect per share of intangible amortization (0.07) (0.07) (0.27) (0.26) ~(0.30)
Adjusted diluted earnings per share $2.52 $3.90 $16.88 $15.11 $17.75 - $18.25
(a)     Adjusted net earnings per share is a non-GAAP financial measure. Non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Adjusted net earnings per share excludes from the relevant GAAP metric, as applicable, intangible amortization and other items, if any, that do not relate to the Company's underlying business performance. Management believes that the use of adjusted net earnings per share provides investors and management useful information about the earnings impact of acquisition-related intangible asset amortization. As amortization fluctuates based on the size and timing of the Company’s acquisition activity, management believes this exclusion provides a more useful comparison of the Company's underlying business performance and trends from period to period. While intangible assets contribute to the Company’s revenue generation, the intangible amortization is not directly related. Therefore, the related revenues are included in adjusted earnings per share.

 

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SOURCE: UnitedHealth Group

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