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Humana Reports Third Quarter 2013 Financial Results; Issues 2014 Guidance

Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) today reported diluted earnings per common share (EPS) for the quarter ended September 30, 2013 (3Q13) of $2.31, compared to $2.62 per share for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 (3Q12). Results for 3Q13 reflected improved year-over-year results for the company’s Employer Group and Healthcare Services Segments, which were more than offset by lower results for the Retail Segment and Other Businesses.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2013 (YTD13) the company reported EPS of $7.90 compared to $6.27 in the nine months ended September 30, 2012 (YTD12). YTD13 performance reflected improved operating results for each of the company’s business segments compared to YTD12.

The company continues to anticipate EPS for the year ending December 31, 2013 (FY13) to be in the range of $8.65 to $8.75.

Looking ahead to the year ending December 31, 2014 (FY14), the company projects EPS to be in the range of $7.25 to $7.75 reflecting expected solid performance from the company’s existing businesses as well as $0.50 to $0.90 per share in investment spending and startup expenses for the company’s newer state-based contracts (a) and health care exchange businesses.

“We are pleased that our operating results continue to show the strength of our base business,” said Bruce D. Broussard, President and Chief Executive Officer of Humana. “Additionally, we believe our integrated care delivery model capabilities, like value-based provider contracting, chronic care management and advanced data analytics, provide a successful platform for the emerging opportunities and the challenges of the Medicare payment pressures in the coming years.”

CFO search update

Steven E. McCulley, currently Vice President, Controller and Principal Accounting Officer, has been elected by the company’s Board of Directors as Interim Chief Financial Officer effective January 1, 2014. As previously announced, James H. Bloem, currently Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer will retire from that position December 31, 2013. Effective with this transition, McCulley will assume all the responsibilities currently held by Bloem until a Chief Financial Officer has been elected. Bloem was also elected as Advisor to the Office of Chief Financial Officer effective January 1, 2014.

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