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May, 02 2018

Health insurer Aetna quarterly soars than expected

U.S. drugstore operator CVS agreed in December to acquire Aetna for $69 billion seeking to tackle soaring healthcare spending through lower-cost medical services in pharmacies.

Health insurer Aetna Inc, which has confirmed its purchase by CVS Health Inc, reported a better-than-expected first-quarter profit, largely due to lower medical costs.

U.S. drugstore operator CVS agreed in December to acquire Aetna for $69 billion seeking to tackle soaring healthcare spending through lower-cost medical services in pharmacies.

Aetna's net income came in at $1.21 billion, or $ 3.67 per share, in the first quarter ended March 31, compared with a loss of $381 million, or $1.11 per share, a year earlier.

Excluding items, the company reported earnings of $3.19, ahead of analysts' average estimate of $2.97, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Aetna said its medical loss ratio - the percent of premiums spent on claims improved to 80.4 percent from 82.5 percent a year earlier.

The company said the ratio improved partly due to the insurer's planned exit from Obamacare markets for 2018.

Total revenue rose to $15.34 billion from $15.17 billion.

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