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CVS Caremark Reports Strong First Quarter Results
Date:5/1/2013

by stronger-than-expected prescription volumes due in large part to the strong flu season, strong specialty growth, and favorable purchasing and rebate economics."

Mr. Merlo continued, "Furthermore, we generated a substantial amount of free cash this quarter. We remain committed to our disciplined capital allocation strategy, which is enabling us to return significant value to our shareholders through both dividends and share repurchases."

Real Estate ProgramDuring the three months ended March 31, 2013, the Company opened 37 new retail drugstores and closed nine retail drugstores. In addition, the Company relocated 15 retail drugstores. As of March 31, 2013, the Company operated 7,596 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Brazil. These locations included 7,531 retail drugstores, 18 onsite pharmacies, 31 retail specialty pharmacy stores, 12 specialty mail order pharmacies and four mail order pharmacies.

GuidanceThe Company narrowed its earnings guidance range for the full year 2013 to reflect the solid first quarter performance to date and the outlook for the remainder of the year. The Company currently expects to deliver Adjusted EPS of $3.89 to $4.00 and GAAP diluted earnings per share from continuing operations of $3.64 to $3.75 per share in 2013. The guidance includes the estimated impact on our Medicare Part D business from sequestration. It also includes costs in our Medicare Part D business associated with resolving issues that arose following plan consolidation at the beginning of the year. The Company reconfirmed its 2013 free cash flow guidance of $4.8 billion to $5.1 billion, and its 2013 cash flow from operations guidance of $6.4 billion to $6.6 billion. These 2013 guidance estimates assume the completion of $4.0 billion in share repurchases.

Teleconference and WebcastThe Company will be holding a conference call today for the investment community at 8:30 am (EDT) to discuss
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