) reported its third-quarter 2013 net income of 1 cent per share,
missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate by a penny. Results were in
line with the year-ago quarter.
Increase in expenses exceeded revenue growth, which in turn,
impacted the bottom line.
eHealth's total revenues grossed $42 million during the reported
quarter, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 5%. The
result also improved 11.8% year over year.
Total operating costs and expenses also increased 12.2% year over
year to $41.6 million owing to greater marketing and advertising
activities, technology and content and general and administrative
Operating margin contracted by 190 basis points (bps) as rise in
operating expenses weighed down on revenue growth during the
Submitted applications for individual and family products grew 3%
year over year, along with approved members also rising 13% from
the year-ago period.
eHealth exited the quarter with total membership of near 1.1
million which soared 24% from the numbers recorded as of Sep 30,
2012. Total approved members including Medicare plan, individual
and family plan, and other product members also improved 21% from
the third-quarter end level of 2012.
eHealth exited the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of
$97.7 million, down 30.6% from the 2012 year-end level.
eHealth's total assets as of Sep 30, 2013 was approximately
$161.1 million, declining 17.9% from the 2012 year-end level.
As of Sep 30, 2013, total stockholders' equity of eHealth stood
at $128.8 million, down 24.6% from $170.9 million recorded as of
Dec 31, 2012.
Net cash provided by the operating activities of eHealth
increased 25.2% in the reported quarter.
Capital expenditure increased substantially to $2.9 million from
about $1 million in the year-ago quarter.
eHealth expects full year 2013 net earnings of 61-71 cents per
share on revenues of $168-174 million.
Performances by Other Insurance Brokers
Validus Holdings Ltd.
) reported its third-quarter 2013 adjusted net operating income
of $1.50 per share, significantly surpassing the Zacks Consensus
Estimate of $1.29 per share. The results however, fell 13.8% year
Brown & Brown Inc.
) reported its operating net income of 40 cents per share for the
third quarter of 2013, which missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate
by a penny. Nevertheless, the results improved 14.7% from the
Another insurance broker,
Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc.
), with a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), is scheduled to report its
third-quarter 2013 earnings results on Nov 6, 2013.
eHealth Inc. presently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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