Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) today reported diluted earnings per common share (EPS) for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 (2Q13) of$2.63, compared to $2.16 per share for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 (2Q12). Results for 2Q13 exceeded management’s previous expectations of $2.40 to $2.50 per share primarily due to strong operating performance across the company’s business units and the favorable impact of the company’s reduced share count, partially offset by pretax expenses of $31 million ($0.12 per share) in connection with the company’s pending exit from its Puerto Rico Medicaid business.
For the six months ended June 30, 2013 (1H13) the company reported EPS of $5.58 compared to $3.65 in the six months ended June 30, 2012 (1H12). The 1H13 performance reflected the items discussed above for 2Q13 along with the first quarter 2013 beneficial effect of settlement of contract claims with the Department of Defense (DoD), as well as a benefit from a delay in the impact of sequestration for the company’s Medicare business.
The company now anticipates EPS for the year ending December 31, 2013 (FY13) to be in the range of $8.65 to $8.75 versus management’s previous guidance of $8.40 to $8.60. This increase reflects the better-than-expected second quarter results discussed above.
“Our second quarter’s solid operating performance reflects the continued focus and executional discipline involved in key initiatives like our chronic care program, including increased care management professional staffing and clinical assessments,” said Bruce D. Broussard, President and Chief Executive Officer of Humana. “The favorable outcomes seen from those programs year to date reinforce our commitment to the related planned investments in the second half of 2013. We believe maintaining momentum on those and other key capability-building initiatives, together with our focus on operating cost efficiencies, will effectively position Humana to face the reform-related challenges that accelerate in 2014.”