NIB Share Price Up On Earnings

What happened to NIB share price?

Australian health and medical insurance giant NIB [ASX:NHF] is up 2.18% on open today after releasing FY18 first half results.

NIB acquired GU Health in October of last year, and has posted a net profit after tax of $70.9 million, down 0.3%, reflecting the costs of the acquisition.

The $3 billion organisation has had an impressive year, seeing roughly a 29% stock price increase since 20 February 2017. This is on top of the dividends paid, which equate to a current yield of 2.89%.

Managing director Mark Fitzgibbon stated:

‘…the first half result was as expected and is on track to deliver improved consolidated earnings for the full year.

More to come in 2018 for NIB?

Fitzgibbons points at a soft domestic insurance market, as well as stagnant household incomes and vibrant market competition as the cause for the margin contractions.

NIB’s subsidiaries had a strong year, with earnings growing up 35.6% to $30 million accounted to the group’s underlying operating profit.

Fitzgibbons remains positive on the outlook for private health and NIB, stating:

No amount of political posturing is going to change the fact that Australians are each year spending somewhere between 5% and 6% more on their healthcare…’

NIB expects underlying operating profit for the full year to be at least $165 million, which is an increase on the previous estimates.

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