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Express Scripts To Be Acquired By Cigna

Cigna Nears Deal to Buy Express Scripts Reports: Cigna close to buying Express Scripts
Orlando Vargas | 10 March, 2018, 02:05

A number of other institutional investors have also bought and sold shares of ESRX.

According to Finviz reported data, The SMA20 of the stock is at -2.12 percent, SMA50 is -4.54 percent, while SMA200 is 11.2 percent. Company fiscal year is ending in December and analysts' consensus recommendation is Hold for NOV and estimated EPS for next quarter is -1.27.

As far as the funding, Cigna plans to use its cash on hand, assumed debt of Express Scripts and fresh issuance of debt. About 28.91 million shares traded or 584.61% up from the average. Toronto Dominion Comml Bank holds 226,715 shares.

Health insurer Cigna Corp.is nearing a deal to buy Express Scripts Holding Co., according to people familiar with the matter. Raymond James holds 0.05% or 407,103 shares in its portfolio. Eqis Capital Management Inc. increased its stake in shares of Express Scripts by 16.5% in the third quarter. Hartford Invest Mgmt Co has 149,313 shares. State Teachers Retirement stated it has 1.01 million shares or 0.16% of all its holdings.

Antitrust experts said the Trump administration would need to review how both deals between Cigna and Express and between CVS and Aetna would affect the US market, already the world's most expensive healthcare system. This repurchase authorization permits the company to reacquire shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares repurchase plans are typically an indication that the company's board of directors believes its stock is undervalued.

Cigna Nears Deal to Buy Express Scripts

The largest US health insurer, UnitedHealth Group UNH.N , in 2015 expanded its in-house pharmacy benefits business, OptumRx, with the $13-billion purchase of Catamaran. The stock plummeted -1.45 percent over the past month and fell -1.63 percent year-to-date. After $0.55 actual earnings per share reported by Carpenter Technology Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 5.45% EPS growth. Underhill Investment Management Llc sold 83,750 shares as the company's stock declined 8.68% while stock markets rallied. It has underperformed by 33.62% the S&P500.

Health insurer Cigna Corp.is buying the nation's No. 1 pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts in a deal worth about $67 billion of cash, stock and debt. Cigna's offer consists of $48.75 in cash and 0.2434 shares of stock of the combined company for each Express Scripts share, amounting to $96.03 per share, representing a premium of almost 31 percent to Express Scripts' Wednesday closing price. Maryland Cap holds 0.18% of its portfolio in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) for 18,723 shares. Therefore 46% are positive. In the past 13-year record, this ratio went down as low as 0.34 and as high as 1.07. They now have a $77.50 price target on the stock, up previously from $55.80. SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a buy rating and issued a $95.00 price objective on shares of Express Scripts in a research report on Friday, January 12th.

The Express Scripts deal may surprise investors given that Cigna had said it was satisfied with its PBM arrangement with UnitedHealth 's Optum unit, Gupte said later told Reuters. The stock has "Buy" rating by Maxim Group on Wednesday, July 26. Last April, he argued that the company's "laser focus on pharmacy makes us the only PBM fully aligned with our clients' best interests". BMO Capital Markets maintained the stock with "Buy" rating in Tuesday, September 5 report. The firm has "Hold" rating by Needham given on Monday, October 2.

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