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UnitedHealth Group: An Owner's Manual for Investors

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Basic information for shareholders of the healthcare giant.

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UnitedHealth Group: An Owner's Manual for Investors

  1. 1. UnitedHealth Group An Owner's Manual for Investors
  2. 2. you're entitled to a share of its earnings. As an owner of UnitedHealth Group's stock
  3. 3. NOT TO SCALE obviously $6.2 Billion UNH's 12-Month Earnings UNH's Earnings Per Share $6.30
  4. 4. If you divide UnitedHealth Group's share price by its earnings per share (EPS), you get its price-to-earnings ratio.
  5. 5. P/E Ratio = Share Price EPS 18.45= $116.20 $6.30 = This is how much it costs to buy $1 of UNH's annual earnings.
  6. 6. A higher P/E ratio implies a lower potential return.
  7. 7. 1 10 100 1,000 100 Biggest S&P Companies P/ERatio Most companies have P/E ratios between 12 and 30. What Is a Typical Stock's P/E Ratio?
  8. 8. You can also use UnitedHealth Group's P/E ratio to derive its earnings yield.
  9. 9. 1 18.45 5.4% UNH's Earnings Yield 1 P/E Ratio = ==
  10. 10. This helps you compare a stock to other types of investments, such as bonds and real estate.
  11. 11. 5.42% 6.63% 4.33% 2.90% 2.45%2.21% UNH's Earnings Yield Class A Office Building Cap Rate S&P 500 Earnings Yield 10-Year AAA Corp. Bonds 5-Year CDs 10-Year Treasuries Average Rates of Return
  12. 12. Of course, if you own one share of UnitedHealth Group stock, you don't get a check each year for its EPS.
  13. 13. You receive quarterly dividends instead, which typically account for only a portion of total earnings.
  14. 14. 27% UNH's Payout Ratio The payout ratio is the percentage of earnings paid as dividends. Anywhere from 30% to 70% is normal.
  15. 15. 1.72%UnitedHealth Group's Dividend Yield
  16. 16. UNH's Dividend Yield = Dividend per Share Share Price = $2.00 $116.20 = 1.72%
  17. 17. You can then use this to compare stocks based on their income- generating potential.
  18. 18. 1.72% 3.88% 3.32% 3.12% 1.72% 0.73% UNH IBM Wal-Mart Coca-Cola Comcast Visa Representative Dividend Yields
  19. 19. UNH also buys back its own stock.
  20. 20. This reduces its share count, which increases the ownership interest of each remaining share.
  21. 21. $1.7 Billion -1.7% UNH's Buybacks (TTM) Change in UNH's Share Count (TTM)
  22. 22. UnitedHealth Group's stock? So, what does the future hold for
  23. 23. UNH 106% S&P 500 96% -80% -60% -40% -20% 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% 120% Today2013201120092007 If the Past Is Prologue... Total return since Jan. 1, 2006
  24. 24. UnitedHealth Group's earnings to grow. While it's impossible to predict the future with precision, analysts expect
  25. 25. $6.42 $7.72 Current Fiscal Year Next Fiscal Year Average Earnings per Share Estimate Among Wall Street Analysts Divining UnitedHealth Group's Future
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