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CVS Health forecasts higher revenue, maintains guidance, boosts dividend

Published Dec 05, 2023 12:14PM ET
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WOONSOCKET, R.I. - Shares of CVS Health (NYSE:CVS) Inc. saw an uptick of 3.9% Tuesday after the company confirmed its financial outlook for the current year and provided a revenue forecast for the upcoming year that exceeded expectations. The healthcare giant is projecting revenues close to $366 billion with an adjusted earnings per share (EPS) threshold of $8.50.

CVS Health, which is headquartered in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, has recently taken significant steps to enhance its business model and services. The company introduced CVS CostVantage and CVS Caremark TrueCost, both initiatives aimed at improving drug pricing transparency and reimbursement processes. As part of a broader rebranding effort, CVS also renamed its Health Services division to CVS Healthspire.

In addition to these strategic moves, CVS Health announced a dividend increase to 66.5 cents per share, marking a 10% hike. This dividend is scheduled to be paid on February 1st to shareholders on record as of January 22nd. This decision comes even as CVS's stock has experienced a year-to-date decline of -26.5%, which stands in stark contrast to the S&P 500's increase of +19%.

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InvestingPro Data indicates WPC's robust financial health, with a market capitalization of $14.2 billion and a P/E Ratio of 17.92, suggesting a valuation that may appeal to value investors. The company's gross profit margin stands at an impressive 92.39%, reflecting efficient operations and a strong market position.

Adding to the financial strength, two InvestingPro Tips highlight WPC's high earnings quality with free cash flow exceeding net income, and analysts' anticipation of sales growth in the current year. These factors could be particularly relevant for CVS Health investors considering the company's focus on profitability and growth.

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CVS Health forecasts higher revenue, maintains guidance, boosts dividend

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