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Triple-S Management Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter 2011 Results

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Feb. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Triple-S Management Corporation (NYSE: GTS), the leading managed care company in Puerto Rico, today announced consolidated revenues of $565.9 million and operating income of $26.7 million for the three months ended December 31, 2011.  Net income of $19.0 million, or $0.67 per diluted share, includes an after tax gain of $0.1 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, related to net realized gains on investments.

Fourth-Quarter Consolidated Highlights

  • Total consolidated operating revenues were $565.4 million;
  • Operating income was $26.7 million;
  • Consolidated loss ratio was 83.0% and the medical loss ratio (MLR) was 86.0%;
  • Medicare member month enrollment increased 75.3% year over year;
  • Total member month enrollment increased 72.3% sequentially.

Commenting on the period's results, Ramon M. Ruiz-Comas, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We met or surpassed all of the metrics we provided in our revised guidance. The Managed Care business enjoyed both membership and premium growth, along with a 60-basis-point improvement in the adjusted MLR. The increase in business volume contributed to a decline in the administrative expense ratio. Most importantly, utilization within our Medicare Advantage (MA) segment seems to have stabilized and membership increased, the latter reflecting a favorable open-enrollment selling season and the ability to add some of these members in the final month of the quarter."

Mr. Ruiz-Comas continued, "Total member month enrollment increased as we began providing healthcare services to nearly 860,000 members under the miSalud (Medicaid) contract on November 1st.  We are pleased to again be serving this important segment of the population within five regions of Puerto Rico, and look forward to expanding awareness of the products that we offer."

"As we commence 2012, Triple-S Management has multiple initiatives underway to grow revenue and manage costs.  For example, we will continue to focus on increasing MA enrollment through both of our brands, which should boost our top line throughout the year. In addition, we will expand the implementation of health risk assessments in the MA segment in an effort to measure this population more accurately.  Also, we are now working with a leading provider of data-driven healthcare solutions to improve our CMS Star ratings and health risk factors in 2013 and beyond.  We believe that we can improve our ratings by leveraging this provider's healthcare quality measurement system and large-scale healthcare dataset analytics, as well as their insight into clinical quality outcomes and risk scores," added Mr. Ruiz-Comas.

"We continue investing in our IT systems and software platforms to bolster our customer and provider services and to increase electronic health record penetration across all of our sectors, particularly in Medicaid. Moreover, we now have a controlling financial stake in a health clinic on the island, as we seek innovative alternatives to serve our Managed Care membership more cost effectively.  This quarter, we will also be opening our first stand-alone center where all Triple-S products—health, life, and property—will be sold and serviced. In summary, our ongoing investments in our core operations, a diversified business mix, which mitigates risk and segment variability, and a healthy balance sheet support our belief that we can deliver a solid overall performance this year," concluded Mr. Ruiz-Comas.

Selected Quarterly Details

  • Pro Forma Net Income was $18.9 Million, or $0.66 Per Diluted Share.  Weighted average shares outstanding were 28.5 million.  This compares with pro forma net income of $13.6 million, or $0.46 per diluted share, in the corresponding quarter of 2010, based on weighted average shares outstanding of 29.1 million.
  • Consolidated Premiums Increased 31.0%, to $534.0 Million.  The increase is principally due to the effect of the acquisition of American Health (AH) offset by the termination of the Medicaid contracts in the fourth quarter of 2010.
  • Consolidated Administrative Service Fees Increased 319.1%, to $19.7 Million.  The significant increase primarily reflects the addition of the miSalud business, effective November 1, 2011.
  • Managed Care Membership.  Our Managed Care membership grew by 113.4% year over year, mostly reflecting the return of the miSalud business, in which self-insured membership was 858,757 at the end of this quarter. Medicare membership increased 78.5%, to 113,431, driven by the AH acquisition.  Fully insured Commercial membership was 482,771, down 0.3% from the same period last year.
  • Managed Care MLR Increased by 200 Basis Points, to 86.0%.  Excluding the effect of the lost at-risk Medicaid contract in September 2010, the MLR was 140 basis points lower than last year, reflecting the 870-basis-point improvement in the Commercial MLR.  This was partially offset by the effect of the higher MLR ratio in the acquired AH business and the higher-than-expected utilization of medical services in the remaining Medicare business, particularly the non-dual offerings.
  • Consolidated Loss Ratio Increased by 340 Basis Points, to 83.0%.  The higher consolidated loss ratio primarily results from the 200-basis-point increase in the Managed Care MLR. The loss ratios of the Property and Casualty and Life Insurance segments also rose year over year.
  • Consolidated Operating Expense Ratio Decreased 150 Basis Points, to 17.2%.  The lower consolidated operating expense ratio was mainly due to the incremental business volume generated by the AH acquisition in 2011, and the addition of the miSalud enrollment, which allowed us to leverage our overall operating costs, as well as lower operating expenses in the Life and Property and Casualty Insurance segments.  Consolidated operating expenses increased by $18.1 million, or 23.4%, from a year ago, mostly due to the higher member month enrollment in the 2011 period.  In the fourth quarter, $0.8 million was attributable to enhanced customer service to members and providers during the IT system conversion, and approximately $2.1 million was associated with the amortization of intangible assets related to the AH transaction.
  • Consolidated Operating Income Increased 23.0%, to $26.7 Million.  The increase mostly reflects the improved MLR of the Commercial business, the reduction in the operating expense ratio, and the resumption of the miSalud program, effective November 1, 2011.
  • Consolidated Operating Income Margin Was 4.7%. The consolidated operating margin declined by 40 basis points year over year. Excluding the amortization of the intangible asset associated with the AH acquisition, the operating income margin for the period was similar to prior year.
  • Parent Company Information.  As of December 31, 2011, Triple-S Management had $53.2 million in parent company cash, cash equivalents, and investments.
  • Share Repurchase Program.  During the quarter, Triple-S repurchased and retired 210,905 shares at an average price per share of $17.71, for an aggregate cost of $3.7 million.




Pro Forma Net Income

(Unaudited)

Three months
ended
December 31,


Twelve months
ended
December 31,

(dollar amounts in millions)

2011

2010


2011

2010

Net income

$ 19.0

$ 20.1


$ 58.0

$ 66.8

Less pro forma adjustments:







Net realized investment gains, net of tax

0.1

2.4


15.8

2.2


Net unrealized trading investments gain (loss), net of tax

-

4.1


(6.2)

4.6


Derivative loss, net of tax

-

-


(0.7)

(0.8)


Charge related to change in enacted tax rate

-

-


(6.4)

-



Pro forma net income

$ 18.9

$ 13.6


$ 55.5

$ 60.8



Diluted pro forma net income per share

$ 0.66

$ 0.46


$ 1.92

$ 2.08



Year-End Recap

For the year ended December 31, 2011, consolidated operating revenues rose 7.6% to $2.1 billion, primarily reflecting an increase in Medicare member months attributable to new members acquired from AH, offset, in part, by the termination of the Medicaid contracts effective September 30, 2010. The addition of the miSalud enrollees, effective November 1, 2011, also contributed to the higher operating revenues and is reflected in administrative service fees.  Consolidated claims incurred in 2011 were $1.7 billion, up 7.5% year over year.  The consolidated loss ratio decreased 50 basis points to 83.5%, and the MLR fell 90 basis points to 87.2%.  This decline was mostly driven by lower utilization in the Commercial segment, offset by an increased Medicare MLR resulting from higher utilization trends. Consolidated operating expenses in 2011 were $347.6 million and the operating expense ratio was 16.6%.  Pro forma net income for the year was $55.5 million, or $1.92 per diluted share, based on weighted average shares outstanding of 28.8 million, compared with $60.8 million, or $2.08 per diluted share, based on weighted average shares outstanding of 29.2 million at the same time last year.

Segment Performance

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 income or loss divided by operating revenues.  The adjusted medical loss ratio accounts for subsequent adjustments to estimates, such as MA premium adjustments and prior period reserve developments, and presents them in the corresponding period.  The adjusted medical loss ratio for the Managed Care segment and for the Commercial business for the three months ended December 31, 2011, also include out of period favorable adjustments of $2.2 million corresponding to the previous three quarters of 2011 that would have increased premiums earned or lowered the claims incurred in those quarters.  The Company is currently reviewing the impact this situation may have on the evaluation of its internal controls over financial reporting.

(Unaudited)



Three months ended December 31,


Twelve months ended December 31,

(dollar amounts in millions)

2011

2010

Percentage
Change


2011

2010

Percentage
Change

Premiums earned, net:









Managed Care:










Commercial

$ 243.9

$ 232.1

5.1%


$    947.1

$    947.1

0.0%



Medicare 

238.2

113.7

109.5%


896.6

468.4

91.4%



Medicaid 

-

11.7

(100.0%)


2.7

284.8

(99.1%)




Total Managed Care

482.1

357.5

34.9%


1,846.4

1,700.3

8.6%


Life Insurance 

29.4

27.1

8.5%


113.0

105.8

6.8%


Property and Casualty

23.2

24.0

(3.3%)


97.6

99.2

(1.6%)


Other 

(0.7)

(1.0)

(30.0%)


(2.5)

(4.1)

(39.0%)





Consolidated premiums earned, net

$ 534.0

$ 407.6

31.0%


$ 2,054.5

$ 1,901.2

8.1%

Operating revenues:









Managed Care 

$ 507.0

$ 368.2

37.7%


$ 1,906.9

$ 1,763.3

8.1%


Life Insurance 

34.3

31.3

9.6%


131.5

122.9

7.0%


Property and Casualty

25.5

25.9

(1.5%)


107.1

109.3

(2.0%)


Other

(1.4)

(1.8)

(22.2%)


(4.3)

(5.6)

(23.2%)





Consolidated operating revenues

$ 565.4

$ 423.6

33.5%


$ 2,141.2

$ 1,989.9

7.6%

Operating income:









Managed Care 

$   20.3

$   16.3

24.5%


$      53.0

$      63.8

(16.9%)


Life Insurance 

4.6

4.3

7.0%


17.7

17.3

2.3%


Property and Casualty

2.6

0.3

766.7%


4.5

3.6

25.0%


Other 

(0.8)

0.8

(200.0%)


2.1

3.3

(36.4%)





Consolidated operating income

$   26.7

$   21.7

23.0%


$      77.3

$      88.0

(12.2%)

Operating margin:









Managed Care 

4.0%

4.4%

-40 bp


2.8%

3.6%

-80 bp


Life Insurance 

13.4%

13.7%

-30 bp


13.5%

14.1%

-60 bp


Property and Casualty

10.2%

1.2%

900 bp


4.2%

3.3%

90 bp


Consolidated 

4.7%

5.1%

-40 bp


3.6%

4.4%

-80 bp

Depreciation and amortization expense

$     5.6

$     3.3

69.7%


$      21.9

$      12.2

79.5%



Managed Care Additional Data

Three months ended
December 31,


Twelve months ended
December 31,

(Unaudited) 

2011

2010


2011

2010

Member months enrollment:







Commercial:








Fully-insured

1,443,224

1,461,006


5,806,053

5,982,094



Self-insured

686,066

726,747


2,744,431

2,966,291




Total Commercial

2,129,290

2,187,753


8,550,484

8,948,385


Medicare:








Medicare Advantage

309,370

163,628


1,132,634

670,250



Stand-alone PDP

26,339

27,902


105,987

112,297




Total Medicare

335,709

191,530


1,238,621

782,547


Medicaid:








Fully-insured

-

-


-

3,078,288



Self-insured

1,718,888

-


1,718,888

1,782,426




Total Medicaid

1,718,888

-


1,718,888

4,860,714





Total member months

4,183,887

2,379,283


11,507,993

14,591,646

Claim liabilities (in millions)

$      262.2

$      267.6

*



Days claim payable (excluding American Health)

63.5

63.9

*



Premium PMPM: 







Managed Care 

$    270.97

$    216.35


$      262.10

$      172.74



Commercial 

169.19

158.83


163.31

158.31



Medicare

709.45

593.89


723.88

598.56



Medicaid 

-

-


-

92.52

Medical loss ratio

86.0%

84.0%


87.2%

88.1%


Commercial 

80.0%

88.7%


85.6%

89.7%


Medicare Advantage

91.9%

85.6%


89.6%

84.3%


Stand-alone PDP

81.5%

59.6%


77.7%

71.7%


Medicaid 

0.0%

0.0%


0.0%

89.5%

Adjusted medical loss ratio

86.7%

87.3%


87.0%

88.4%


Commercial 

82.7%

88.4%


85.4%

89.8%


Medicare Advantage

90.8%

84.9%


89.0%

84.2%


Stand-alone PDP

75.4%

59.5%


78.1%

70.3%


Medicaid 

0.0%

0.0%


0.0%

91.5%

Operating expense ratio:







Consolidated 

17.2%

18.7%


16.6%

15.7%


Managed Care 

14.4%

14.2%


12.9%

11.6%

* Information provided as of September 30, 2011.








Managed Care Membership by Segment

As of December 31,






2011

2010

Members:




Commercial:





Fully-insured

482,771

484,163



Self-insured

228,737

241,165




Total Commercial

711,508

725,328


Medicare:





Medicare Advantage

104,696

54,276



Stand-alone PDP

8,735

9,277




Total Medicare

113,431

63,553


Medicaid:





Fully-insured

-

-



Self-insured

858,757

-




Total Medicaid

858,757

-





Total members

1,683,696

788,881



2012 Guidance

Mr. Ruiz-Comas stated, "Our 2012 guidance reflects a full-year contribution from American Health and our Medicaid business, as well as the effect of our share buyback authorization. Our outlook also accounts for the reduction in our Medicare premiums, the effect of concluding our IT conversion, and investments required to reach our MA Star program goals. We estimate consolidated operating revenues of $2.3 to $2.4 billion and earnings per share of $2.32-$2.38."


2012 Range

Medical enrollment fully-insured


 (member months)

7.2-7.4 million



Medical enrollment self-insured


 (member months)

12.7-13.0 million



Consolidated operating revenues


 (in billions)

$2.3-$2.4



Consolidated loss ratio

83.8%-84.8%



Medical loss ratio

87.6%-88.6%



Consolidated operating expense ratio

17.2%-18.2%



Consolidated operating income (in millions)

$88.0-$98.0



Consolidated effective tax rate

25%-26%



Pro forma earnings per share

$2.32-$2.38



Weighted average of diluted shares


 outstanding (in millions)

28.5



Conference Call and Webcast

Management will host a conference call and webcast on February 8, 2012 at 7:30 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss its financial results for the three months and the year ended December 31, 2011, as well as expectations for future earnings.  To participate, callers within the U.S. and Canada should dial 1-800-762-8779, and international callers should dial 1-480-629-9771 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 leading player in the managed care industry in Puerto Rico.  Triple-S Management also has the exclusive right to use the Blue Cross Blue Shield name and mark throughout Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  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 Advantage, and Reform markets under the Blue Cross Blue Shield brand through its subsidiary Triple-S Salud, Inc. and effective February 2011, also offer non-branded Medicare products through American Health Inc.  In addition to its managed care business, Triple-S Management provides non-Blue Cross Blue Shield branded life and property and casualty insurance in Puerto Rico.

For more information about Triple-S Management, visit www.triplesmanagement.com or contact kwaller@allwayscommunicate.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

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:

  • Trends in health care costs and utilization rates
  • Ability to secure sufficient premium rate increases
  • Competitor pricing below market trends of increasing costs
  • Re-estimates of policy and contract liabilities
  • Changes in government laws and regulations of managed care, life insurance or property and casualty insurance
  • Significant acquisitions or divestitures by major competitors
  • Introduction and use of new prescription drugs and technologies
  • A downgrade in the Company's financial strength ratings
  • Litigation or legislation targeted at managed care, life insurance or property and casualty insurance companies
  • Ability to contract with providers consistent with past practice
  • Ability to successfully implement the Company's disease management, utilization management and Star ratings programs
  • Volatility in the securities markets and investment losses and defaults
  • General economic downturns, major disasters, and epidemics

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.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Dollar amounts in thousands, except per share data)










Unaudited
December 31,
2011


Historical
December 31,
2010

Assets














Investments


$

1,153,293


$

1,100,694

Cash and cash equivalents



71,834



45,021

Premium and other receivables, net



287,184



325,780

Deferred policy acquisition costs and value of business acquired



155,788



146,086

Property and equipment, net



81,872



76,745

Other assets



130,606



65,044








Total assets


$

1,880,577


$

1,759,370













Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity














Policy liabilities and accruals


$

836,029


$

760,028

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities



253,202



216,043

Long-term borrowings



114,387



166,027








Total liabilities



1,203,618



1,142,098






Stockholders’ equity:








Common stock



28,365



28,816


Other stockholders equity



648,594



588,456








Total stockholders’ equity



676,959



617,272










Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity


$

1,880,577


$

1,759,370



Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings

(Dollar amounts in thousands, except per share data)
































For the Three Months Ended


For the Year Ended




December 31,


December 31,




Unaudited
2011


Historical
2010


Unaudited
2011


Historical
2010

Revenues:















Premiums earned, net



$

533,983


$

407,651


$

2,054,468


$

1,901,100


Administrative service fees




19,692



4,687



38,459



39,546


Net investment income




11,713



11,257



48,226



49,145













Total operating revenues




565,388



423,595



2,141,153



1,989,791
















Net realized investment gains :
















Total other-than-temporary impairment losses on securities




(257)



-



(257)



(2,997)



Net realized gains, excluding other-than-temporary

















impairment losses on securities




397



2,791



18,854



5,529


















Total net realized investment gains




140



2,791



18,597



2,532
















Net unrealized investment loss on trading securities




-



4,802



(7,267)



5,433


Other income, net




406



485



716



889













Total revenues




565,934



431,673



2,153,199



1,998,645

























Benefits and expenses:















Claims incurred




443,341



324,609



1,716,254



1,596,789


Operating expenses




95,374



77,293



347,590



304,995













Total operating costs




538,715



401,902



2,063,844



1,901,784
















Interest expense




2,285



3,032



10,855



12,658













Total benefits and expenses




541,000



404,934



2,074,699



1,914,442













Income before taxes




24,934



26,739



78,500



84,203











Income tax expense




5,979



6,675



20,464



17,402













Net income



$

18,955


$

20,064


$

58,036


$

66,801











Basic net income per share



$

0.67


$

0.70


$

2.02


$

2.30















Diluted earnings per share



$

0.67


$

0.69


$

2.01


$

2.28



Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Dollar amounts in thousands, except per share data)

















For the Year Ended



December 31,



Unaudited
2011


Historical
2010








Net cash provided by operating activities


$

159,732


$

37,656






Cash flows from investing activities:







  Proceeds from investments sold or matured:







     Securities available for sale:







        Fixed maturities sold



240,034



121,968

        Fixed maturities matured/called



104,728



175,483

        Equity securities



38,022



41,802

     Securities held to maturity:







        Fixed maturities matured/called



1,941



2,587

  Acquisition of investments:







     Securities available for sale:







        Fixed maturities



(262,561)



(337,569)

        Equity securities



(129,328)



(21,957)

     Securities held to maturity:







        Fixed maturities



(755)



(1,050)

     Other investments



(2,500)



(5,000)

  Net inflows / (outflows) for policy loans



(420)



53

  Acquisition of business, net of $30,070 of cash acquired



(54,680)



-

  Net capital expenditures



(16,337)



(19,222)






           Net cash used in investing activities



(81,856)



(42,905)






Cash flows from financing activities:







  Change in outstanding checks in excess of bank balances



4,409



281

  Payments of short-term borrowings, net



(15,575)



-

  Repayments of long-term borrowings



(51,640)



(26,367)

  Repurchase and retirement of common stock



(11,289)



(6,235)

  Net proceeds from short-term borrowings



-



15,575

  Proceeds from long-term borrowings



-



25,000

  Proceeds from annuity contracts



31,809



10,691

  Cash settlements of stock options



(2,420)



-

  Proceeds from exercise of stock options



189



-

  Surrenders of policyholder deposits



(6,546)



(9,051)






           Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities



(51,063)



9,894






           Net increase in cash and cash equivalents



26,813



4,645








Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period



45,021



40,376






Cash and cash equivalents, end of period


$

71,834


$

45,021



SOURCE Triple-S Management Corporation



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