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Aetna Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2017 Results

Aetna (NYSE: AET) announced fourth-quarter 2017 net income(1) of $244 million, or $0.74 per share. Adjusted earnings(2) for fourth-quarter 2017 were $411 million, or $1.25 per share. Full-year 2017 net income was $1.9 billion, or $5.68 per share. Full-year 2017 adjusted earnings were $3.3 billion, or $9.86 per share.

“Aetna’s strong 2017 results demonstrate the power and versatility of our core businesses,” said Mark T. Bertolini, Aetna chairman and CEO. “As we progress toward completing our pending transaction with CVS Health, we remain focused on serving our members and delivering on our strategic and financial objectives. We are confident that the combined entity will deliver a better health care experience by improving access to affordable health care and coordination of health services in communities across the country.”

“We closed 2017 with a strong fourth quarter performance,” said Shawn M. Guertin, Aetna executive vice president and CFO. “Continued strength within our government business and moderate medical cost trend drove our better than projected total company results in the period. This momentum, combined with our targeted investments position Aetna for another year of operational success in 2018.”

On December 3, 2017, Aetna and CVS Health Corporation (“CVS Health”) entered into a definitive merger agreement under which CVS Health will acquire all outstanding shares of Aetna. Under terms of the CVS Health Merger agreement, Aetna shareholders will receive $145 in cash and 0.8378 of a CVS Health common share for each Aetna common share. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the approval and adoption of the merger agreement by Aetna shareholders, the approval of the issuance of CVS Health shares in the transaction by CVS Health stockholders, expiration of the federal Hart-Scott-Rodino anti-trust waiting period and approvals of certain state departments of insurance and other regulators. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2018.

In connection with the CVS Health transaction, CVS Health filed a registration statement on Form S-4, as amended, which contains unaudited prospective financial information about Aetna on a stand-alone basis that was prepared by Aetna management and used in connection with the transaction process (the “Aetna management projections”). The Aetna management projections were prepared using certain assumptions as of October 29, 2017, including assumptions as to share repurchases, and the tax and other laws and Aetna’s accounting policy in effect on that date. The Aetna management projections do not give effect to changes subsequent to October 29, 2017, including:

  • As a result of the pending CVS Health transaction, Aetna has suspended repurchases of its common shares. At December 31, 2017, Aetna had 326.8 million common shares outstanding. Aetna projects that its 2018 weighted average diluted share count will be approximately 330 million shares.
  • Effective January 1, 2018, Aetna adopted Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Codification Topic 606 (“ASC 606”) on a modified retrospective basis. Aetna projects that the adoption of ASC 606 will increase both its revenue and its expenses by approximately $1.5 billion to $2.0 billion for 2018 related to modifications to principal versus agent guidance for Aetna’s home delivery and specialty pharmacy operations. However, Aetna does not expect the adoption of ASC 606 to cause any material changes in the timing of its recognition of revenue or net income.
  • As a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the "TCJA") which became effective in December 2017, Aetna projects its corporate income tax rate will decline compared to the corporate income tax rate used in the Aetna management projections. Aetna estimates the TCJA will increase gross 2018 adjusted earnings(9) by approximately $800 million, of which Aetna projects at least 50% will accrue to adjusted earnings as presented in the Aetna management projections after the impact of reduced premium revenue due to minimum MLR rebates and lower recapture of the health insurer fee ("HIF") and accelerated investment spending on Aetna's growth initiatives.
  • Aetna projects that the suspension of the HIF for 2019 enacted on January 22, 2018, will decrease 2018 adjusted earnings as presented in the Aetna management projections by approximately $30 million to $50 million due to reduced premiums for 2018 medical customer renewals that have member months in 2019.

Total Company Results

  • Net income(1) was $244 million for fourth-quarter 2017 compared with $139 million for fourth-quarter 2016. Full year 2017 net income was $1.9 billion compared with $2.3 billion for full year 2016. The increase in net income during fourth-quarter 2017 was primarily due to lower restructuring and transaction and integration-related costs in 2017 compared to 2016, partially offset by the decrease in adjusted earnings described below and the unfavorable impact of the TCJA described below. The decrease in net income during the full-year 2017 was primarily due to costs associated with the termination of the Humana Merger Agreement during first-quarter 2017, partially offset by the increase in adjusted earnings described below.
  • Adjusted earnings(2) were $411 million for fourth-quarter 2017 compared with $578 million for fourth-quarter 2016. Full year 2017 adjusted earnings were $3.3 billion compared with $2.9 billion for the full year 2016. The decrease in adjusted earnings during fourth-quarter 2017 was primarily due to lower favorable development of prior-period health care costs estimates in Aetna's Health Care segment and targeted investment spending on Aetna's growth initiatives, partially offset by reduced losses in Aetna's individual commercial products. The increase in adjusted earnings during full-year 2017 was primarily due to strong performance in Aetna's Health Care segment.
  • Total revenue and adjusted revenue(3) were $14.9 billion and $14.7 billion, respectively, for fourth-quarter 2017 and were each $15.7 billion for fourth-quarter 2016. Full-year 2017 total revenue and adjusted revenue were $60.5 billion and $60.7 billion respectively, compared with $63.2 billion and $63.0 billion respectively, for the full-year 2016. The decrease in total revenue and adjusted revenue during fourth-quarter and full-year 2017 was primarily due to lower premiums in Aetna's Health Care segment, including lower membership in Aetna's ACA compliant individual and small group products and the temporary suspension of the HIF in 2017. The sale of Aetna's domestic group life insurance, group disability insurance, and absence management businesses (the "Group Insurance sale") on November 1, 2017 also contributed to fourth-quarter and full-year 2017 decreases in total revenue and adjusted revenue.
  • Total company expense ratio was 20.5 percent and 22.9 percent for the fourth quarters of 2017 and 2016, respectively. The decrease for fourth quarter 2017 was primarily due to the temporary suspension of the HIF, lower restructuring and transaction and integration-related costs and the continued execution of Aetna's expense management initiatives in 2017, partially offset by targeted investment spending on Aetna's growth initiatives. Aetna's total company expense ratio was 19.9 percent and 19.1 percent for full-years 2017 and 2016, respectively. The increase for full year 2017 was primarily due to costs associated with the termination of the Humana Merger Agreement during the first-quarter 2017 and targeted investment spending on Aetna's growth initiatives, partially offset by the temporary suspension of the HIF and the continued execution of Aetna's expense management initiatives in 2017.
  • Adjusted expense ratio(4) remained relatively consistent at 20.0 percent and 19.8 percent for the fourth quarters of 2017 and 2016, respectively. The 2017 ratio reflects targeted investment spending on Aetna's growth initiatives, largely offset by the temporary suspension of the HIF and the continued execution of Aetna's expense management initiatives. Aetna's adjusted expense ratio was 17.5 percent and 18.1 percent for the full-years 2017 and 2016, respectively. The decrease for the full-year 2017 was primarily due to the temporary suspension of the HIF and the continued execution of Aetna's expense management initiatives in 2017, partially offset by targeted investment spending on Aetna's growth initiatives.
  • After-tax net income margin was 1.6 percent and 0.9 percent for the fourth quarters of 2017 and 2016, respectively. The increase in the after-tax net income margin for fourth-quarter 2017 was primarily due to lower restructuring costs and transaction and integration-related costs in fourth-quarter 2017 compared to 2016, partially offset by the unfavorable impact of the TCJA described below. For the full-years 2017 and 2016, the after-tax net income margin was 3.1 percent and 3.6 percent, respectively. The decrease in the after-tax net income margin for full-year 2017 was primarily due to costs associated with the termination of the Humana Merger Agreement during the first-quarter 2017.
  • Adjusted pre-tax margin(5) was 4.8 percent and 6.4 percent for the fourth quarters of 2017 and 2016, respectively. The decrease in the adjusted pre-tax margin for fourth-quarter 2017 was primarily due to increased investment spending on Aetna's growth initiatives and the negative impact of the temporary suspension of the HIF in 2017. For the full-years 2017 and 2016, the adjusted pre-tax margin was 9.0 percent and 8.3 percent, respectively. The full-year 2017 improvement was primarily due to strong performance in Aetna's Health Care segment, partially offset by increased investment spending on Aetna's growth initiatives and the negative impact of the temporary suspension of the HIF.
  • Total debt to consolidated capitalization ratio(6) was 37.0 percent at December 31, 2017 compared with 53.6 percent at December 31, 2016. The total debt to consolidated capitalization ratio at December 31, 2017 reflects financing activity during 2017 including the repayment of approximately $12.6 billion aggregate principal amount of senior notes and the issuance of $1.0 billion aggregate principal amount of senior notes.
  • Effective tax rate was 51.7 percent for fourth-quarter 2017 compared with 53.5 percent for fourth-quarter 2016. The effective tax rate was 36.3 percent for the full-year 2017 compared to 43.5 percent for the full-year 2016. Fourth-quarter and full-year 2017 results each include an incremental tax expense of $99 million related to the estimated reduction in net deferred tax assets as a result of the enactment of the TCJA in December 2017. Excluding the impact of the TCJA, the effective tax rate was 32.9 percent and 33.0 percent for fourth-quarter and full-year 2017, respectively. The decrease in Aetna's effective tax rate for fourth-quarter 2017 and full-year 2017 was primarily due to the temporary suspension of the non-deductible HIF in 2017 and increased tax benefits for share based compensation, largely offset by the unfavorable impact of the TCJA described above.
  • Health Care and Group Insurance cash flows used for operations were approximately $178 million during full-year 2017. The full-year 2017 cash flows primarily reflect cash payments associated with the termination of the Humana Merger Agreement, the timing of cash collections in Aetna's Medicare products and a tax payment associated with the Group Insurance sale.
  • Cash and investments at the parent were approximately $2.2 billion at December 31, 2017.
    • Aetna started the quarter with approximately $1.2 billion;
    • Net subsidiary dividends to the parent, including the proceeds received from the Group Insurance sale, were $2.1 billion in the quarter;
    • Aetna repaid $1.0 billion in debt during the quarter;
    • Aetna paid a shareholder dividend of $163 million in the quarter; and
    • After other sources and uses, Aetna ended the quarter with approximately $2.2 billion of cash and investments at the parent.

Health Care Segment Results

Health Care, which provides a full range of insured and self-insured medical, pharmacy, dental and behavioral health products and services, reported:

  • Income before income taxes(1) of $587 million for fourth-quarter 2017 compared with $905 million for fourth-quarter 2016. Pre-tax adjusted earnings(2) were $662 million for fourth-quarter 2017 compared with $964 million fourth-quarter 2016. The decrease in income before income taxes and pre-tax adjusted earnings was primarily due to lower favorable development of prior-period health care costs estimates, higher targeted investment spending on Aetna's growth initiatives and the negative impact of the temporary suspension of the HIF in 2017, partially offset by reduced losses in Aetna's individual commercial products.
  • Total revenue was $14.5 billion for fourth-quarter 2017 and $15.0 billion for fourth-quarter 2016. Adjusted revenue(3) was $14.4 billion for fourth-quarter 2017 and $15.0 billion for fourth-quarter 2016. The decrease in total revenue and adjusted revenue was primarily due to lower membership in Aetna's ACA compliant individual and small group products, lower membership in Aetna's Medicaid products and the temporary suspension of the HIF in 2017. The decrease was partially offset by higher premium yields in Aetna's Commercial and Government businesses and membership growth in Aetna's Medicare products.
  • Medical membership at December 31, 2017 increased slightly compared with September 30, 2017. The increase primarily reflects increases in Aetna's Commercial ASC products, largely offset by decreases in Aetna's Commercial Insured products.
  • Medical benefit ratios ("MBRs") for the fourth-quarter and full-year 2017 and 2016 were as follows:
                 
        Fourth-Quarter       Full-Year
        2017       2016       Change       2017       2016       Change
Commercial       85.9 %       83.0 %       2.9   pts.       81.3 %       82.0 %       (0.7 ) pts.
Government       82.9 %       81.2 %       1.7   pts.       83.0 %       81.5 %       1.5   pts.
Total Health Care       84.3 %       82.1 %       2.2   pts.       82.2 %       81.8 %       0.4   pts.
                                                                 
  • Aetna's fourth-quarter 2017 Commercial MBR increased compared with fourth-quarter 2016 primarily due to prior-periods' health care cost estimates developing largely in-line with Aetna's reserve estimates at September 30, 2017 during fourth-quarter 2017, compared to favorable development of prior-periods' health care cost estimates during fourth-quarter 2016. The increase was also due to the unfavorable impact of the temporary suspension of the HIF in 2017, partially offset by reduced losses in Aetna's individual Commercial products.
  • Aetna's fourth-quarter 2017 Government MBR increased compared with fourth-quarter 2016 primarily due to the unfavorable impact of the temporary suspension of the HIF in 2017.
  • In fourth-quarter 2017, Aetna experienced favorable development of prior-periods' health care cost estimates. During that period, Aetna experienced favorable development of prior-periods' health care cost estimates in its Medicare and Medicaid products primarily attributable to third-quarter 2017 performance and development in its Commercial products largely in-line with its reserve estimates at September 30, 2017.
  • Prior year's health care costs payable estimates developed favorably by $814 million and $764 million during 2017 and 2016, respectively. This development is reported on a basis consistent with the prior years' development reported in the health care costs payable table in Aetna's annual audited financial statements, and does not directly correspond to an increase in 2017 operating results.
  • Days claims payable(6) was 49 days at December 31, 2017, a decrease of five days compared with December 31, 2016 and September 30, 2017. The sequential and year-over-year decreases were primarily driven by the timing of provider payments, lower development of prior periods' health care cost estimates, changes in business mix reflecting lower individual and higher stop loss membership in Aetna's Commercial products and reduced pharmacy payables. The sequential decrease also was due to the reduction of the 2017 premium deficiency reserve.

Full-year 2017 income before income taxes(1) for Health Care was $4.8 billion, compared with $4.9 billion in 2016. Income before income taxes decreased primarily as a result of a $231 million pre-tax expense related to estimated future guaranty fund assessments as a result of Penn Treaty Network America Insurance Company and one of its subsidiaries (collectively, “Penn Treaty”) being placed in liquidation in 2017, partially offset by the increase in pre-tax adjusted earnings described below. Full-year 2017 pre-tax adjusted earnings(2) for Health Care were $5.2 billion, compared with $5.1 billion in 2016. Pre-tax adjusted earnings increased primarily due to continued strong performance across Aetna's core Health Care businesses and reduced losses in Aetna's individual Commercial products, partially offset by the negative impact of the temporary suspension of the HIF in 2017 and higher targeted investment spending on Aetna's growth initiatives.

Group Insurance Segment Results

On November 1, 2017, Aetna completed the sale of a substantial portion of its Group Insurance segment consisting of its domestic group life insurance, group disability insurance and absence management businesses.

Group Insurance, which includes group life, disability and long-term care products, reported:

  • Income before income taxes(1) was $103 million for fourth-quarter 2017 compared with $36 million for fourth-quarter 2016. Income before income taxes increased primarily due to a gain recognized during fourth-quarter 2017 as a result of the Group Insurance sale.
  • Pre-tax adjusted earnings(2) were $16 million for fourth-quarter 2017 compared with $37 million for fourth-quarter 2016. Pre-tax adjusted earnings decreased primarily due to the Group Insurance sale during fourth-quarter 2017.
  • Total revenue was $324 million and $620 million for the fourth quarters of 2017 and 2016, respectively. Adjusted revenue(3) was $237 million and $621 million for the fourth quarters of 2017 and 2016, respectively. The decrease in total revenue and adjusted revenue was primarily due to the Group Insurance sale during fourth-quarter 2017. The decrease in total revenue was partially offset by a gain recognized during fourth-quarter 2017 as a result of the Group Insurance sale.

Full-year 2017 income before income taxes(1) for Group Insurance was $248 million, compared with $165 million in 2016. Income before income taxes increased primarily due to a gain recognized during fourth-quarter 2017 as a result of the Group Insurance sale. Full-year 2017 pre-tax adjusted earnings(2) for Group Insurance were $125 million, compared with $141 million in 2016. Pre-tax adjusted earnings decreased primarily as a result of the Group Insurance sale during fourth-quarter 2017.

Large Case Pensions Segment Results

Large Case Pensions, which manages a variety of discontinued and other retirement and savings products, primarily for qualified pension plans, reported:

  • Income before income taxes(1) of $6 million and $3 million for the fourth quarters of 2017 and 2016, respectively. Pre-tax adjusted earnings(2) were each $3 million for the fourth quarters of 2017 and 2016.
  • Total revenue of $74 million and $64 million for the fourth quarters of 2017 and 2016, respectively. Adjusted revenue(3) was $71 million and $64 million for the fourth quarters of 2017 and 2016, respectively. The increase in total revenue and adjusted revenue was primarily due to higher premiums in fourth-quarter 2017.

Full-year 2017 income before income taxes(1) for Large Case Pensions was $131 million, compared with $148 million in 2016. Income before income taxes for 2017 decreased compared with 2016, primarily due to a larger reduction of Aetna's reserve for anticipated future losses on discontinued products in 2016 compared to 2017. Full-year 2017 pre-tax adjusted earnings(2) for Large Case Pensions were $15 million compared with $10 million for 2016. Pre-tax adjusted earnings for 2017 increased compared with 2016 primarily due to improved results in Aetna's non-experience-rated products, including favorable mortality experience and higher net investment income.

Given the pending transaction with CVS Health, Aetna is not hosting a conference call in conjunction with its fourth-quarter 2017 earnings release and does not expect to do so for future quarters. Please direct any questions regarding this earnings release to Aetna Investor Relations or Aetna Communications.

(1) Net income refers to net income attributable to Aetna reported in Aetna’s Consolidated Statements of Income in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). Income before income taxes refers to income before income taxes attributable to Aetna in accordance with GAAP. Unless otherwise indicated, all references in this press release to net income, net income per share and income before income taxes exclude amounts attributable to non-controlling interests.

(2) Non-GAAP financial measures such as adjusted earnings, adjusted earnings per share, pre-tax adjusted earnings, adjusted operating expenses, adjusted revenue, adjusted expense ratio and adjusted pre-tax margin exclude from the relevant GAAP metrics, as applicable:

  • Amortization of other acquired intangible assets;
  • Net realized capital gains or losses; and
  • Other items, if any, that neither relate to the ordinary course of Aetna’s business nor reflect Aetna’s underlying business performance.

Although the excluded items may recur, management believes the non-GAAP financial measures Aetna discloses, including those described above, provide a more useful comparison of Aetna’s underlying business performance from period to period. Prior to March 31, 2017, operating earnings was the measure reported to the chief executive officer for purposes of assessing financial performance and making operating decisions, such as the allocation of resources among Aetna’s business segments. Effective March 31, 2017, the chief executive officer assesses consolidated Aetna results based on adjusted earnings and assesses business segment results based on pre-tax adjusted earnings because income taxes are recorded in Aetna’s Corporate Financing segment and are not allocated to Aetna’s business segments. Also effective March 31, 2017, transaction and integration-related costs and restructuring costs were reclassified to Aetna’s Corporate Financing segment because they do not reflect Aetna’s underlying business performance. Prior periods have been restated to reflect this presentation. Non-GAAP financial measures Aetna discloses, including those described above, should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures determined or calculated in accordance with GAAP.

For the periods covered in this press release, the following items are excluded from the non-GAAP financial measures described above, as applicable, because Aetna believes they neither relate to the ordinary course of Aetna’s business nor reflect Aetna’s underlying business performance:

  • During the three months and year ended December 31, 2017, Aetna sold a substantial portion of its Group Insurance segment consisting of its domestic group life insurance, group disability insurance and absence management businesses. The transaction is being accomplished through an indemnity reinsurance arrangement. The sale is expected to result in an after-tax gain of approximately $710 million ($1.1 billion pre-tax), a significant portion of which will be deferred and amortized into earnings: (a) over the remaining contract period (estimated to be approximately 3 years) in proportion to the amount of insurance protection provided for the prospective reinsurance portion of the gain and (b) as we recover amounts due from the buyer over a period estimated to be approximately 30 years for the retrospective reinsurance portion of the gain. The gain recognized does not directly relate to the underwriting or servicing of products for customers and is not directly related to the core performance of Aetna’s business operations.
  • During the year ended December 31, 2017, Aetna incurred losses on the early extinguishment of long-term debt due to (a) the mandatory redemption of $10.2 billion aggregate principal amount of certain of its senior notes issued in June 2016 (collectively, the “SMR Notes”) following the termination of the definitive agreement (the “Humana Merger Agreement”) to acquire Humana Inc. (“Humana”) and (b) the early redemption of $750 million aggregate principal amount of its outstanding senior notes due 2020.
  • During the year ended December 31, 2017, Aetna recorded an expense for estimated future guaranty fund assessments related to Penn Treaty Network America Insurance Company and one of its subsidiaries (collectively, “Penn Treaty”), which was placed in rehabilitation in 2009 and placed in liquidation in March 2017. This expense does not directly relate to the underwriting or servicing of products for customers and is not directly related to the core performance of Aetna’s business operations.
  • Aetna recorded transaction-related costs during the three months and year ended December 31, 2017 related to its proposed acquisition by CVS Health. Aetna also recorded transaction and integration-related costs during the year ended December 31, 2017 and the three months and year ended December 31, 2016 primarily related to its proposed acquisition of Humana (the “Humana Transaction”). Transaction costs include costs associated with the transactions contemplated by the CVS Health merger agreement, the termination of the Humana Merger Agreement, the termination of Aetna’s agreement to sell certain assets to Molina Healthcare, Inc. and advisory, legal and other professional fees which are reflected in Aetna’s GAAP Consolidated Statements of Income in general and administrative expenses. Transaction costs also include the negative cost of carry associated with the debt financing that Aetna obtained in June 2016 for the Humana Transaction. Prior to the mandatory redemption of the SMR Notes, the negative cost of carry associated with these senior notes was excluded from adjusted earnings and pre-tax adjusted earnings. The negative cost of carry associated with the $2.8 billion aggregate principal amount of Aetna’s senior notes issued in June 2016 that are not subject to mandatory redemption (the “Other 2016 Senior Notes”) was excluded from adjusted earnings and pre-tax adjusted earnings through the date of the termination of the Humana Merger Agreement. The components of the negative cost of carry are reflected in Aetna’s GAAP Consolidated Statements of Income in interest expense and net investment income. Subsequent to the termination of the Humana Merger Agreement, the interest expense and net investment income associated with the Other 2016 Senior Notes were no longer excluded from adjusted earnings and pre-tax adjusted earnings.
  • Restructuring costs for the three months and year ended December 31, 2017 include severance costs associated with Aetna’s expense management and cost control initiatives. Restructuring costs for the three months and year ended December 31, 2016 include costs related to Aetna’s voluntary early retirement program, severance and real estate consolidation costs associated with Aetna’s expense management and cost control initiatives and an accrual for minimum volume commitments which require Aetna to make payments to suppliers if the level of medical membership subject to the agreements falls below specified levels. Aetna no longer expected to meet these minimum volume commitments as a result of Aetna’s previously announced reduced participation on the ACA’s individual public health insurance exchanges in 2017. The 2017 and 2016 restructuring costs are reflected in Aetna’s GAAP Consolidated Statements of Income in general and administrative expenses.
  • In 1993, Aetna discontinued the sale of fully guaranteed large case pensions products and established a reserve for anticipated future losses on these products, which Aetna reviews quarterly. During both the year ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, Aetna reduced the reserve for anticipated future losses on discontinued products. Aetna believes excluding any changes in the reserve for anticipated future losses on discontinued products from adjusted earnings provides more useful information as to Aetna’s continuing products and is consistent with the treatment of the operating results of these discontinued products, which are credited or charged to the reserve and do not affect Aetna’s operating results.
  • Other acquired intangible assets relate to Aetna’s acquisition activities and are amortized over their useful lives. However, this amortization does not directly relate to the underwriting or servicing of products for customers and is not directly related to the core performance of Aetna’s business operations.
  • Net realized capital gains and losses arise from various types of transactions, primarily in the course of managing a portfolio of assets that support the payment of liabilities. However, these transactions do not directly relate to the underwriting or servicing of products for customers and are not directly related to the core performance of Aetna’s business operations.
  • The corresponding tax benefit or expense related to the items excluded from adjusted earnings discussed above and the TCJA. The corresponding tax benefit or expense related to excluded items was calculated utilizing the appropriate tax rate for each individual item excluded from adjusted earnings. The three months and year ended December 31, 2017 also include an incremental tax expense of $99 million which reflects the estimated impact of the enactment of the TCJA on December 22. 2017. The TCJA reduced the corporate tax rate to 21 percent, effective January 1, 2018. Accordingly, we remeasured our deferred income taxes as of the enactment date, and, as the measurement of the income tax effect could be reasonably estimated, we recognized the change in our deferred income taxes in our income tax expense from continuing operations. The year ended December 31, 2017 also includes a $29 million tax benefit which reflects anticipated incremental tax benefits related to certain costs associated with the Humana Transaction. Neither the income tax benefit or expense on the excluded items nor the TCJA tax expense directly relates to the underwriting or servicing of products for customers, and neither is directly related to the core performance of Aetna’s business operations.

For a reconciliation of financial measures calculated under GAAP to these items, refer to the tables on pages 12 through 14 of this press release.

(3) Adjusted revenue excludes net realized capital gains and losses, gain related to the Group Insurance sale and interest income on the proceeds of Aetna’s senior notes issued in June 2016 as noted in (2) above. Refer to the tables on pages 12 through 14 of this press release for a reconciliation of total revenue calculated under GAAP to adjusted revenue.

(4) The adjusted expense ratio excludes net realized capital gains and losses and other items, if any, that are excluded from adjusted revenue or adjusted operating expenses, as noted in (2)above. For a reconciliation of the comparable GAAP measure to this metric for the periods covered by this press release, refer to page 14 of this press release.

(5) In order to provide useful information regarding Aetna’s profitability on a basis comparable to others in the industry, without regard to financing decisions, income taxes or amortization of other acquired intangible assets (each of which may vary for reasons not directly related to the performance of the underlying business), Aetna’s adjusted pre-tax margin is based on adjusted earnings excluding interest expense and income taxes. Management also uses adjusted pre-tax margin to assess Aetna’s performance, including performance versus competitors.

(6) Days claims payable is calculated by dividing the health care costs payable at each quarter end by the average health care costs per day in each respective quarter. The total debt to consolidated capitalization ratio is calculated by dividing total long-term debt and short-term debt (“Total Debt”) by the sum of Total Debt and total Aetna shareholders’ equity.

(7) Aetna’s Corporate Financing segment is not a business segment. It is added to Aetna’s business segments to reconcile segment reporting to Aetna’s consolidated results. The Corporate Financing segment includes interest expense on Aetna’s outstanding debt and the financing components of Aetna’s pension and other postretirement employee benefit plan expenses (benefits), and, effective March 31, 2017, all transaction and integration-related costs, restructuring costs and income taxes. The prior periods have been restated to reflect this presentation. As described in (2) above, the adjusted earnings of the Corporate Financing segment exclude other items, if any, that neither relate to the ordinary course of Aetna’s business nor reflect Aetna’s underlying business performance.

(8) Interest expense included in the reconciliation to adjusted earnings before income taxes, excluding interest expense and the reconciliation to adjusted earnings excluding interest expense, net of tax for the year ended December 31, 2017 and the three months and year ended December 31, 2016 excludes costs associated with the term loan credit agreement executed in connection with the Humana Transaction and the negative cost of carry on transaction-related debt incurred in connection with the Humana Transaction. Interest expense for the year ended December 31, 2016 excludes costs associated with bridge credit agreement executed in connection with the Humana Transaction. These costs are included within transaction and integration-related costs. Refer to (2) above for further discussion.

(9) For more information about the Aetna management projections, including information in respect of non-GAAP projections, see the section titled “Unaudited Prospective Financial Information” in the Registration Statement on Form S-4, as amended, filed by CVS Health Corporation with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on January 26, 2018.

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