MINNETONKA, Minn. (AP) — UnitedHealth is reporting a fourth-quarter profit of $2.21 billion, easily beating most expectations despite costs affiliated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Per-share earnings were $2.30, but if one-time costs and charges are taken into account, earnings from the Minnetonka, Minnesota, company were $2.52 per share.READ MORE: Study Ranks Minnesota As 6th Safest State During Pandemic
That’s well above the $2.39 that Wall Street had expected, according to a survey of analysts by Zacks Investment Research.
Revenue at the largest U.S. health insurer reached $65.47 billion, also surpassing forecasts.READ MORE: Appeals Court: Judge Erred In Not Reinstating 3rd-Degree Murder Charge Against Derek Chauvin
UnitedHealth affirmed its full-year earnings expectations of between $17.75 and $18.25 per share. That projection includes a per-share hit of about $1.80 due to rising costs from things like testing and treatment for COVID-19, as well as procedures that are being put off due to the pandemic.
Shares of UnitedHealth Group Inc. are essentially flat before the opening bell.MORE NEWS: HealthPartners Now Offering Drive-Up COVID-19 Vaccinations
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