Unitedhealth Group: Here’s What Investors Need to Know Before Earnings

Unitedhealth Group (NYSE:UNH) will report earnings before markets open on Thursday, July 18th. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated owns and manages organized health systems in the United States and internationally. The Company provides employers products and resources to plan and administer employee benefit programs. UnitedHealth also serves the health needs of older Americans, provides specialized care services, and provides health care information and research to providers and payers.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Unitedhealth Group Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $1.25 per share on revenues of $30.50 billion. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 13.32.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a more negative outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has fallen from a profit of $1.56 to a profit $1.53. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $5.44, which is worse than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Unitedhealth Group has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 81,186 87,138 94,155 101,862 110,618
Diluted EPS ($) 2.40 3.24 4.10 4.73 5.28

Next, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data:

Quarter Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012 Mar. 31, 2013
Revenue ($) in millions 27,265.00 27,302.00 28,769.00 30,340.00
Diluted EPS ($) 1.27 1.50 1.20 1.16

Past Performance:
Unitedhealth Group has beat analyst estimates 3 times in the past four quarters. Shareholders could expect a boost if the company beats estimates.

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