Bright Health Group Reports Second Quarter 2021 Results
Bright Health Group, Inc. (NYSE: BHG, or the "Company"), a diversified healthcare services provider building a national Integrated System of Care, today reported financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2021.
"We began our journey as a public company with strong second quarter results, demonstrating significant growth across both NeueHealth, our personalized care delivery business, and Bright HealthCare, our healthcare financing and distribution business," said Mike Mikan, President and CEO of Bright Health Group. "We are focused on changing healthcare in America for consumers and our Care Partners through our alignment model which has shown to make healthcare more personal, simple, and affordable. Bright Health remains focused on growing and diversifying our business and is excited to continue to bring our differentiated model to more communities across the country."
Bright Health Group's total revenue of $1,114 million in the second quarter of 2021 increased by $817 million, or 275%, compared to the prior-year period. These results were driven primarily by organic membership growth in Bright HealthCare during the 2020 open enrollment period and special enrollment period for the commercial business that began on February 15, 2021, and both organic and inorganic growth at NeueHealth. The Company also experienced an increase in investment income due to a $58.5 million unrealized gain on equity securities.
Bright Health Group's medical cost ratio ("MCR") for the second quarter of 2021 was 86.8% on a reported basis and 82.0% on an adjusted basis. This is an improvement over last year's second quarter adjusted MCR of 82.7%. "As we step back and look at year-to-date 2021 compared to the first half of 2020, our growth and ability to demonstrate performance is truly remarkable. Our first half revenue has more than quadrupled since last year, all while maintaining a consistent adjusted MCR below 80%," said Cathy Smith, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer. In addition, the Company continues to leverage operating costs as the business scales with an operating cost ratio of 23.4% for the second quarter, an improvement of 6.5 percentage points over the same period last year.
The Company's GAAP net loss was ($43.7) million in the second quarter of 2021, an increase in net loss of $25.6 million compared to the prior-year period. The Company's non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA was a loss of ($35.3) million in the second quarter of 2021, compared to a loss of ($23.2) million in the prior-year period.
For full year 2021, Bright Health Group is providing the following guidance and commentary:
Bright Health Group's revenue is expected to be $4.0 billion to $4.2 billion with an expected enterprise medical cost ratio of approximately 86% plus or minus 200 bps. On a segment basis, Bright HealthCare end-of-year membership is expected to be approximately 650,000, while NeueHealth revenue is expected to be approximately $425 million. Finally, intercompany revenue elimination, comprised of payments from Bright HealthCare to NeueHealth for managing patient care and for network services, is expected to be approximately ($275) million.
About Bright Health Group
Bright Health Group is built upon the belief that by aligning the best local resources in healthcare delivery with the financing of care we can drive a superior consumer experience, optimize clinical outcomes, reduce systemic waste, and lower costs. We are a healthcare company building a national Integrated System of Care in close partnership with our Care Partners. Our differentiated approach is built on alignment, focused on the consumer, and powered by technology. We have two market facing businesses: NeueHealth and Bright HealthCare. Through NeueHealth, we deliver high-quality virtual and in-person clinical care to nearly 170,000 patients under value-based contracts through our 44 owned primary care clinics and support 87 additional affiliated clinics. Through Bright HealthCare, we offer Commercial and Medicare health plan products to approximately 663,000 consumers in 14 states and 99 markets. We are making healthcare right. Together. For more information, visit www.brighthealthgroup.com.
Earnings Conference Call
As previously announced, Bright Health Group will discuss the Company's results, strategy, and outlook on a conference call with investors at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time today. Bright Health Group will host a live webcast of this conference call which can be accessed from the Investor Relations page of the company's website (investors.brighthealthgroup.com). Following the call, a webcast replay will be available on the same site using the access code 142113. This earnings release and the Form 8-K dated August 3, 2021, can be accessed on the Investor Relations page of the Company's website. We routinely post important information on our website, including corporate and investor presentations and financial information. We intend to use our website as a means of disclosing material, non-public information and for complying with our disclosure obligations under Regulation FD. Such disclosures will be included in the Investor Relations section of our website. Accordingly, investors should monitor this portion of our website, in addition to following our press releases, Securities and Exchange filings and public conference calls and webcasts.
Statements made in this release that are not statements of historical fact, including statements about our beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements and should be evaluated as such. Forward-looking statements include information concerning possible or assumed future results of operations, including descriptions of our business plan and strategies. These statements often include words such as "anticipate," "expect," "plan," "believe," "intend," "project," "forecast," "estimates," "projections," and other similar expressions. These forward-looking statements include any statements regarding our plans and expectations with respect to Bright Health Group, Inc. Such forward- looking statements are subject to various risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Accordingly, there are or will be important factors that could cause actual outcomes or results to differ materially from those indicated in these statements. Factors that might materially affect such forward-looking statements include: a lack of acceptance or slow adoption of our business model; our ability to retain existing consumers and expand consumer enrollment; our ability to contract with care providers and arrange for the provision of quality care; our ability to accurately estimate our medical expenses, effectively manage our costs and claims liabilities or appropriately price our products and charge premiums; the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business and results of operations; the risks associated with our reliance on third-party providers to operate our business; the impact of modifications or changes to the U.S. health insurance markets; our ability to manage the growth of our business; our ability to operate, update or implement our technology platform and other information technology systems; our ability to retain key executives; our ability to successfully pursue acquisitions and integrate acquired businesses; the occurrence of severe weather events, catastrophic health events, natural or man-made disasters, and social and political conditions or civil unrest; and the other factors set forth under the heading "Risk Factors" in Bright Health Group's prospectus filed pursuant to Rule 424(b)(4) on June 25, 2021. Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update publicly any forward- looking statements for any reason after the date of this release to conform these statements to actual results or changes in our expectations.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
We use the non-GAAP financial measures Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted MCR in this release. We define Adjusted EBITDA as net loss excluding interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, adjusted for the impact of acquisition and financing-related transaction costs, share-based compensation and changes in the fair value of contingent consideration. We define Adjusted Medical Cost Ratio ("Adjusted MCR") as reported Medical Cost Ratio ("MCR"), excluding both the impact of COVID-related medical costs and prior period divergence from estimates and including an estimate for the impact of deferred utilization. These non-GAAP measures have been presented in this quarterly Earnings Release as supplemental measures of financial performance that are not required by or presented in accordance with GAAP because we believe they assist management and investors in comparing our operating performance across reporting periods on a consistent basis by excluding and including items that we do not believe are indicative of our core operating performance (and with respect to Adjusted MCR, are helpful to investors to understand the Company's financial performance and operations without the temporary distortion caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and prior period developments). Management believes these measures are useful to investors in highlighting trends in our operating performance, while other measures can differ significantly depending on long- term strategic decisions regarding capital structure, the tax jurisdictions in which we operate and capital investments. Management uses these measures to supplement GAAP measures of performance in the evaluation of the effectiveness of our business strategies, to make budgeting decisions, to establish discretionary annual incentive compensation and to compare our performance against that of other peer companies using similar measures. Management supplements GAAP results with non-GAAP financial measures to provide a more complete understanding of the factors and trends affecting the business than GAAP results alone.
Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted MCR are not recognized terms under GAAP and should not be considered as alternatives to Net Income (Loss) or Reported MCR as measures of financial performance or any other performance measure derived in accordance with GAAP. Additionally, Adjusted EBITDA is not intended to be a measure of free cash flow available for management's discretionary use as it does not consider certain cash requirements such as interest payments, tax payments and debt service requirements. The presentation of these measures has limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Because not all companies use identical calculations, the presentation of these measures may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies and can differ significantly from company to company.
The following table provides a reconciliation of net loss to Adjusted EBITDA for the periods presented:
The following table provides a reconciliation of Reported Medical Cost Ratio to Adjusted Medical Cost Ratio for the periods presented:
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