The views expressed below are those of Anchor Capital Advisors, LLC (‘‘Anchor’’) as of the date written and are subject to change at any time. They are based on our proprietary research of the stated company and the following is a summary of the primary factors that support our beliefs and rationale for investing in the company. Please see additional disclosures at the end of this publication.


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Humana is one of the largest private health insurers in the US with a focus on administering Medicare Advantage plans. The firm has built a niche specializing in government-sponsored programs, with nearly all its medical membership stemming from individual and group Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, and the military’s Tricare program. Founded in 1961, the company is headquartered in Louisville. KY. [1]

Investment Thesis

Humana benefits from significant moat in an industry that is growing at a very healthy rate. The number of new boomers to join Medicare has a CAGR of 3.2% through 2030 and as a % the Medicare Advantage (MA) market is increasing its penetration levels of Medicare. [2]

Humana has a strong network effect. It is an established leader in Medicare holding the strong number 2 market position in Medicare Advantage with 18% market share. United Health (UNH) is the market leader with 26% share. As of December 2020, HUM had 17 million members in their medical plans and 5 million in specialty product plans. 83% of total premiums and services revenues were derived from contracts with the government. [3]

We believe that MA market is growing at a high single digit growth rate and Humana is growing membership in-line with the growth in the market. Humana looks likely to benefit from strong demographic trends and could even benefit from a potential public option, if private insurers are allowed to participate through Medicare Advantage-like plans.

Besides strong industry trends, Humana has also done a good job reducing its overall costs. It has broadened its health care physician network and services, to provide a holistic look to the consumer. This effort allows it to offer a competitive benefit plan, but also, to manage and reduce costs.

Confirmation through Research

Humana delivered strong results in the first quarter of the year 2021, with results that were better than consensus expectations. Medicare Advantage membership grew by 12% when compared to the last year and Medicaid membership grew by 36%. Adjusted revenue grew by 10% and company reported strong EPS of $7.67 vs. consensus of $7.07. Management expects its individual MA membership to grow by 10-12% in 2021 and EPS growth in mid-teens. [4]

Variant Perception

We believe Humana is very well positioned to continue to gain market share in its core Medicare Advantage market but also use this position to grow business in the Medicaid side as well. As a result, we expect HUM to grow revenue in high single digits and earnings to grow double digits over the medium term. We believe that the current valuation is very attractive for a company with such a strong moat and above market growth rates.


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