Anthem kicked off 2018 with a strong first quarter, following in the footsteps of recent earnings reports from Centene and UnitedHealth.
The Indianapolis-headquartered health insurer's net income increased 30% to $1.3 billion with adjusted net income shares growing by 15.6% over last year to $5.41, according to a filing on Wednesday.
Additionally, Anthem generated operating cash flows of $2.2 billion, or 1.7 times net income. A major driver of results was the company's reduction in medical costs by 3% to $17.05 billion, which the company credited to value-based care models.
Operating gain among the company's government plans grew 54% compared to the first quarter of 2017, thanks in part to Health Sun and America's 1st Choice acquisitions.
Pleased to announce Q1 2018 results. Our results reflects strong medical cost performance: https://t.co/YA8v5CiE4A— Anthem, Inc. (@AnthemInc) April 25, 2018
"Throughout 2018, we are prioritizing investments to create a more flexible infrastructure that can quickly respond to the evolving needs of our customers and the changing healthcare environment," Gail K. Boudreaux, president and CEO of the company, said in a statement.
Anthem, however, did see a drop in its medical enrollment total by 2.5% from this time last year to 39.6 million despite 135,000 new Medicare Advantage customers. The company expects the enrollment numbers to tick back up before year's end.
Based on the positive results, Anthem increased its 2018 adjusted net income estimate to be greater than $15.30 per share, up from a $15 estimate earlier this year.