CVS posts big earnings beat, raises full-year forecast

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A pedestrian walks through the parking lot of a CVS Health Corp. store in Oakland, California, Aug. 2, 2019.

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CVS Health on Wednesday smashed Wall Street’s second-quarter earnings and revenue expectations and raised its full-year forecast.

Here’s what the company reported compared with Wall Street estimates, based on a survey of analysts by Refinitiv:

  • Earnings per share: $1.89, adjusted, vs. $1.69 expected
  • Revenue: $63.43 billion vs. $62.65 billion expected

Shares of CVS rose about 6% in premarket trading.

The company now expects full-year adjusted earnings between $6.89 and $7 per share, up from the previously guided range of $6.75 to $6.90 a share.

CVS spooked the Street earlier this year when it guided well below analysts’ expectations. It has raised the estimate a few times since, though the current forecast still falls shy of the $7.41 per share that analysts polled by Refinitiv had initially expected.

Still, CVS faces a number of threats, including political pressure to lower drug prices and competition from e-commerce giant Amazon. Earlier this week, CVS announced it would expand its membership program CarePass nationwide in a bid to attract millennial shoppers.

Investors want to see whether CVS can integrate Aetna, the health insurer it acquired for $70 billion. CVS is touting its new health-focused stores, called HealthHUBs, as an example of how the two can work together. CVS introduced the first three stores in Houston earlier this year and announced earlier this summer it would open 1,500 HealthHUBs by the end of 2021.

Shares of CVS have slid 18% this year. The S&P health-care index has risen 3.6% in the same period.

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