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UnitedHealth's Momentum Continues in Early 2022; Shares Still Rich Especially Relative to Peers

Julie Utterback, CFA Senior Equity Analyst

Analyst Note

| Julie Utterback, CFA |

UnitedHealth's strong results continued in the first quarter of 2022, as the firm delivered bottom-line results that were slightly higher than FactSet consensus and increased its 2022 guidance a bit. Our estimates for 2022 will likely remain within management's new targeted range, but we may increase our fair value estimate by about 5% primarily to account for cash flows generated since our last valuation change. Even after this change, the group's shares will likely still appear rich to us, especially relative to the company's MCO peers that have similar growth prospects but trade at lower multiples. Like its peers, UnitedHealth's economic moat remains narrow, which recognizes the long-term policy risks that the company faces despite its strongholds in medical insurance, pharmacy benefits, caregiving services, and analytical tools.

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UnitedHealth Group is one of the largest private health insurers, providing medical benefits to 50 million members globally, including 5 million outside the U.S. at the end of 2021. As a leader in employer-sponsored, self-directed, and government-backed insurance plans, UnitedHealth has obtained massive scale in managed care. Along with its insurance assets, UnitedHealth's continued investments in its Optum franchises have created a healthcare services colossus that spans everything from medical and pharmaceutical benefits to providing outpatient care and analytics to both affiliated and third-party customers.

9900 Bren Road East, UnitedHealth Group Center
Minnetonka, MN, 55343
T +1 952 936-1300
Sector Healthcare
Industry Healthcare Plans
Most Recent Earnings Mar 31, 2022
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2022
Stock Type Classic Growth
Employees 350,000

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