SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, May 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Triple-S Management Corporation (NYSE: GTS), the largest managed care company in Puerto Rico, today announced consolidated revenues of $473.9 million and operating income of $11.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2009. Net income of $3.9 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, includes an after tax net loss of $4.3 million or $0.14 per share in net realized and unrealized losses on investments and derivatives.
First Quarter Highlights
"Our solid first-quarter performance augurs well for the remainder of 2009," said Ramon M. Ruiz-Comas, President and Chief Executive Officer. "The period's double-digit, top-line growth was driven by a balanced book of business, with particular strength in the Medicare Advantage segment, and excellent retention rates. We are also pleased with the improvement in our adjusted Medicare Advantage MLR, reflecting initiatives that we have put in place without sacrificing the quality of care delivered to our members. Finally, we continued to make significant investments in our new IT system aimed at allowing us to become even more efficient in the future. "
Ruiz-Comas continued, "More recently, we signed the definitive agreement of the previously announced acquisition of La Cruz Azul, which is expected to close on or about July 1 2009. Aside from consolidating the Blue Cross Blue Shield brand in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, as well as meaningfully expanding our commercial opportunity, we should enjoy substantial administrative cost synergies that will allow this transaction to make a slight bottom-line contribution in the second half of 2009 and be accretive on a rolling 12-month basis."
Consolidated operating revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2009, were $473.9 million, 12.4 percent higher than the same period of the previous year. The increase resulted primarily from growth in Medicare Advantage membership enrollment. To a lesser degree, growth was aided by higher membership enrollment in the Commercial business, the addition of the Metro North region in the Reform business, and increased premium rates in all businesses.
Consolidated claims incurred and operating expenses for the period were $462.8 million, an increase of 12.8 percent from the same period of the prior year. Consolidated claims incurred were $394.5 million, 12.6 percent above a year ago, principally due to increased claims in the managed care segment. The rise in claims was driven by higher enrollment and slightly higher utilization trends, especially in the Reform business. The consolidated loss ratio rose 60 basis points from the prior-year period, to 87.2 percent, largely reflecting the aforementioned utilization trends and the effect of a $10.5 million negative reserve development in our managed care segment. Operating expenses came in at $68.3 million, up 13.8 percent year over year. The consolidated operating expense ratio increased 10 basis points, to 14.8 percent, primarily the result of the higher volume of business, in the managed care segment, in particular, and the addition of the Metro North region ASO contract in November 2008.
Net income for the three months ended March 31, 2009, was $3.9 million, or $0.13 per diluted share based on weighted average shares outstanding of 30.3 million. This compares with net income for the three months ended March 31, 2008, of $1.2 million, or $0.04 per diluted share based on weighted average shares outstanding of 32.2 million. The earnings for the three months ended March 31, 2009, include an after tax net loss of $0.12 per diluted share in net realized and unrealized losses and a reduction in the unrealized gain in derivatives of $0.02 per diluted share included within other income (expenses). Excluding the effect of these items in the three months ended March 31, 2009, and 2008, net income was $8.2 million in both periods and earnings per diluted share would have amounted to $0.27 and $0.26, respectively.
(Unaudited) Pro Forma Net Income Three months ended (dollar amounts in millions) March 31, 2009 2008 Pro forma net income: Net income $3.9 $1.2 Net realized investment (gains) losses, net of tax 1.5 (0.5) Net unrealized trading investments losses, net of tax 2.1 5.3 Derivative loss, net of tax 0.7 2.2 Pro forma net income $8.2 $8.2 Diluted pro forma net income per share $0.27 $0.26
Triple-S Management operates in three segments: 1) Managed Care, 2) Life Insurance, and 3) Property and Casualty Insurance. Management evaluates performance based primarily on the operating revenues and operating income of each segment. Operating revenues include premiums earned, net administrative service fees and net investment income. Operating costs include claims incurred and operating expenses. The Company calculates operating income or loss as operating revenues minus operating expenses. Operating margin is defined as operating gain or loss divided by operating revenues.
(Unaudited) Three months ended March 31, (dollar amounts in millions) Percentage 2009 2008 Change Operating revenues: Managed Care $419.1 $370.1 13.2% Life Insurance 28.5 26.1 9.2% Property and Casualty 27.4 26.3 4.2% Other (1.1) (1.0) 10.0% Total operating revenues $473.9 $421.5 12.4% Operating income: Managed Care $5.8 $5.3 9.4% Life Insurance 3.0 2.5 20.0% Property and Casualty 1.4 2.1 (33.3%) Other 0.9 1.4 (35.7%) Total operating income $11.1 $11.3 (1.8%) Operating margin: Managed Care 1.4% 1.4% 0 bp Life Insurance 10.5% 9.6% 90 bp Property and Casualty 5.1% 8.0% -290 bp Consolidated 2.3% 2.7% -40 bp
Managed Care Results Summary
Total medical premiums earned for the three months ended March 31, 2009 were $404.5 million, up 12.4 percent versus the same period of 2008, primarily due to higher Medicare Advantage member enrollment and premium rate increases across all businesses.
Medical premiums earned in the Medicare business increased $32.8 million, or 33.8%, to $129.7 million, reflecting an increase in member months enrollment of 37,744, or 19.8 percent, and higher average per member per month premiums. The rise in member months is the net result of an increase of 40,825, or 25.9 percent, in Medicare Advantage membership and a decrease of 3,081, or 9.4 percent, in PDP membership.
Medical premiums earned in the Commercial business climbed $7.9 million, or 4.3 percent, to $189.9 million. The increase is primarily the net result of a rise in member months enrollment of 25,412, or 2.1 percent, and higher average premium rates.
Medical premiums earned in the Reform business rose $3.9 million, or 4.8 percent, to $84.9 million. The decline in member months enrollment of 55,069, or 5.3 percent, was more than offset by a premium rate increase of approximately 10 percent that became effective on July 1, 2008.
Administrative service fees were up $4.9 million, or 106.5 percent, due to an increase in member months enrollment of 643,608, or 129.7 percent. This sharp rise mainly reflects the Metro-North region ASO contract, which became effective in November 2008.
Medical claims incurred increased by $42.3 million, or 12.9 percent, to $370.2 million largely driven by the higher volume of business and MLR. The overall MLR increased 40 basis points during the three months ended March 31, 2009, to 91.5 percent. This increase was the result of the changes in the reserve estimates that affected the claims reserve in both periods and a 2008 retroactive adjustment reducing capitation rates. Excluding the effect of prior period reserve developments in the 2009 and 2008 period, and considering the effect of the 2008 retroactive capitation adjustment, MLR decreased by 100 basis points. The improvement in MLR is related to the Commercial and Medicare Advantage segments, offset by an increase in MLR in the Reform business.
Operating expenses were up $6.2 million, or 16.8 percent, to $43.1 million, compared with the same period of last year. The increase is primarily attributed to the higher volume, particularly in the Medicare Advantage business, and, to a lesser extent, expenses related to the Metro-North region ASO contract. The segment's operating expense ratio rose 30 basis points, to 10.4 percent.
Managed Care Three months ended March 31, Additional Data 2009 2008 Member months enrollment Commercial: Fully-insured 1,260,901 1,235,489 Self-funded 579,092 496,062 Total Commercial 1,839,993 1,731,551 Reform: Fully-insured 978,591 1,033,660 Self-funded 560,578 - Total Reform 1,539,169 1,033,660 Medicare: Medicare Advantage 198,616 157,791 PDP 29,657 32,738 Total Medicare 228,273 190,529 Total member months 3,607,435 2,955,740 Medical loss ratio 91.5% 91.1% Commercial 90.1% 90.7% Reform 86.9% 91.4% Medicare 96.6% 91.6% Operating expense ratio 10.4% 10.1%
Managed Care As of March 31, Membership by Segment 2009 2008 Members: Commercial: Fully-insured 422,197 412,692 Self-funded 191,349 163,517 Total Commercial 613,546 576,209 Reform: Fully-insured 332,659 343,534 Self-funded 189,072 - Total Reform 521,731 343,534 Medicare: Medicare Advantage 64,350 54,626 PDP 9,836 10,912 Total Medicare 74,186 65,538 Total members 1,209,463 985,281
Share Repurchase Update
In October 2008, the Company's Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of $40 million of its common shares. Utilizing cash on hand, Triple-S has thus far repurchased approximately 2.9 million Class B shares at an average price of $12.12. The repurchase is being conducted in accordance with Rule 10b-18 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Triple-S continues to have approximately $5.2 million earmarked for share repurchases under its current Board authorization.
"We have raised our guidance for this year's earnings per share by $0.05 to reflect the accretion from our share repurchase program and adjusted the share count," said Ruiz-Comas. "All of our other performance metrics are tracking our prior expectations and remain unchanged."
The Company's outlook for full year 2009 is as follows: 2009 Range Medical enrollment fully-insured (member months) 9.53-9.95 million Medical enrollment self-insured (member months) 4.45-4.55 million Consolidated operating revenues (in millions) $1.855-$1.930 Consolidated loss ratio 83.7%-84.7% Medical loss ratio 88.0%-89.0% Consolidated operating expense ratio 15.0%-15.4% Consolidated operating income (in millions) $88.5-$97.0 Consolidated effective tax rate 26.0%-27.0% Earnings per share (includes $0.07 net of tax in new IT system expenses) $1.93-$2.03 Weighted average of diluted shares outstanding (in millions) 29.6
Conference Call and Webcast
Management will host a conference call and webcast Tuesday, May 5 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss its financial results for the first quarter of 2009, as well as expectations for future earnings. To participate, callers within the U.S. and Canada should dial 800-762-8779, and international callers should dial 480-248-5081 about five minutes before the presentation.
To listen to the webcast, participants should visit the Investor Relations section of the Company's Web site at www.triplesmanagement.com several minutes before the event is broadcast and follow the instructions provided to ensure they have the necessary audio application downloaded and installed. This program is provided at no charge to the user. An archived version of the call, also located on the Investor Relations section of Triple-S Management's Web site, will be available about two hours after the call ends and for at least the following two weeks. This news release, along with other information relating to the call, will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Web site.
About Triple-S Management Corporation
Triple-S Management Corporation is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. It is the largest managed care company in Puerto Rico, serving approximately 1.2 million members, or about 30% of the population, and has the exclusive right to use the Blue Shield name and mark throughout the country. With more than 50 years of experience in the industry, Triple-S Management offers a broad portfolio of managed care and related products in the commercial, Medicare, and Reform markets under the Blue Shield brand. In addition to its managed care business, Triple-S Management provides non-Blue Shield branded life and property and casualty insurance in Puerto Rico. The Company is the largest provider of life, accident, and health insurance and the fourth largest provider of property and casualty insurance in its market.
This document contains forward-looking statements, as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include information about possible or assumed future sales, results of operations, developments, regulatory approvals or other circumstances. Sentences that include "believe", "expect", "plan", "intend", "estimate", "anticipate", "project", "may", "will", "shall", "should" and similar expressions, whether in the positive or negative, are intended to identify forward-looking statements.
All forward-looking statements in this news release reflect management's current views about future events and are based on assumptions and subject to risks and uncertainties. Consequently, actual results may differ materially from those expressed here as a result of various factors, including all the risks discussed and identified in public filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
In addition, the Company operates in a highly competitive, constantly changing environment, influenced by very large organizations that have resulted from business combinations, aggressive marketing and pricing practices of competitors, and regulatory oversight. The following factors, if markedly different from the Company's planning assumptions (either individually or in combination), could cause Triple-S Management's results to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements shared here:
This list is not exhaustive. Management believes the forward-looking statements in this release are reasonable. However, there is no assurance that the actions, events or results anticipated by the forward-looking statements will occur or, if any of them do, what impact they will have on the Company's results of operations or financial condition. In view of these uncertainties, investors should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which are based on current expectations. In addition, forward-looking statements are based on information available the day they are made, and (other than as required by applicable law, including the securities laws of the United States) the Company does not intend to update or revise any of them in light of new information or future events.
Readers are advised to carefully review and consider the various disclosures in the Company's SEC reports.
-FINANCIAL TABLES ATTACHED- Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Dollar amounts in thousands, except per share data) Unaudited March 31, December 31, 2009 2008 Assets Investments $947,041 $1,015,701 Cash and cash equivalents 108,682 46,095 Premium and other receivables, net 249,532 237,158 Deferred policy acquisition costs and value of business acquired 128,442 126,347 Property and equipment, net 59,125 58,448 Other assets 61,522 64,710 Total assets $1,554,344 $1,548,459 Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity Policy liabilities and accruals $724,305 $690,080 Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 198,854 203,973 Borrowings 168,897 169,307 Total liabilities 1,092,056 1,063,360 Stockholders' equity: Common stock 29,687 31,148 Other stockholders equity 432,601 453,951 Total stockholders' equity 462,288 485,099 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $1,554,344 $1,548,459 Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings (Dollar amounts in thousands, except per share data) For the Three Months Ended March 31, Unaudited Historical 2009 2008 Revenues: Premiums earned, net $452,484 $404,399 Administrative service fees 8,866 3,713 Net investment income 12,541 13,432 Total operating revenues 473,891 421,544 Net realized investment (losses) gains (1,727) 609 Net unrealized investment loss on trading securities (2,476) (6,250) Other expenses, net (379) (1,521) Total revenues 469,309 414,382 Benefits and expenses: Claims incurred 394,532 350,207 Operating expenses 68,252 60,031 Total operating costs 462,784 410,238 Interest expense 3,264 3,673 Total benefits and expenses 466,048 413,911 Income before taxes 3,261 471 Income tax benefit (671) (731) Net income $3,932 $1,202 Basic net income per share $0.13 $0.04 Diluted earnings per share $0.13 $0.04 Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Dollar amounts in thousands, except per share data) For the Three Months Ended March 31, Unaudited Historical 2009 2008 Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities $29,961 $(610) Cash flows from investing activities: Proceeds from investments sold or matured: Securities available for sale: Fixed maturities sold 56,136 67,267 Fixed maturities matured 112,042 48,133 Equity securities 1,137 - Fixed maturity securities held to maturity 2,666 22,863 Acquisition of investments: Securities available for sale: Fixed maturities (105,263) (322,974) Equity securities (1,579) (12,143) Fixed maturity securities held to maturity - (5,120) Net disbursements for policy loans 21 376 Capital expenditures (2,726) (1,547) Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities 62,434 (203,145) Cash flows from financing activities: Change in outstanding checks in excess of bank balances (11,306) 15,446 Change in short-term borrowings - 9,825 Repayments of long-term borrowings (410) (409) Repurchase and retirement of common stock (17,256) - Proceeds from policyholder deposits 1,169 2,611 Surrenders of policyholder deposits (2,005) (1,673) Other - (14) Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities (29,808) 25,786 Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 62,587 (177,969) Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 46,095 240,153 Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $108,682 $62,184
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