Because of this the company lowered its profit outlook for next year and share prices fell almost 12% Tuesday or $9.86. for CVS the move by Walgreens was a matter of giving CVS a taste of its own medicine.
What Walgreens Did
Walgreens recently struck deals with health plans that excluded CVS. This is the main reason CVS CEO Larry Merlo said the company expected a major decline in filled prescriptions moving forward.
Walgreens CEO Stefano Pessina recently struck deals to become the preferred pharmacy for UnitedHealth Group Inc.’s (NYSE:
CVS Started It
Ironically, all this was made possible because CVS has built its own pharma empire to include pharmacy benefits managers like Express Scripts Holding Co. (NASDAQ:
Owning Caremark as well as thousands of drugstores has allowed CVS to entice patients to fill their prescriptions within the CVS footprint.
An Opening For Walgreens
Since CVS can’t have similar relations with competing PBMs, Walgreens has been able to step into the void and strike their own deals.
The net result is that those customers are now going into Walgreens stores not only to fill prescriptions but to buy beauty products, snacks and household items.
The Cost Of Lost Prescriptions
Those more than 40 million prescriptions that will not be filled will
The company now says it expects 2016 adjusted EPS of $5.77 to $5.83, down from an earlier range of $5.81 to $5.89. The preliminary outlook for 2017 calls for adjusted EPS of $5.77, well below FactSet’s consensus of $6.48.
Presidential Election Impact
The election of Donald Trump throws a whole new set of wrinkles into the mix. Trump
On the other hand, Trump also said Obamacare would be replaced with a plan that would allow people to deduct healthcare premiums bought on the open market. He further promised to allow health insurers to compete across state lines, thereby theoretically increasing competition.
The net result, so far, is uncertainty and uncertainty is never good for the stock market – including companies like CVS.