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Bright Health Group Reports Third Quarter 2021 Results

11/11/2021
  • Bright Health Group continues to produce significant growth, with total GAAP Revenues of $1,079 million, up 206% from Q3’20.
  • Bright HealthCare end-of-year Membership guidance raised to 700,000, up nearly 8% from previous guidance, driving Bright Health Group 2021 Revenue guidance to the top of prior range, now between $4.1 and $4.2 Billion.
  • Year-to-date Bright Health Group Medical Cost Ratio of 90.3% inclusive of 420 bps of Covid impact.
  • NeueHealth’s fully aligned model continues to drive differentiated performance in key markets.

Bright Health Group, Inc. (“Bright Health” or the “Company”) (NYSE: BHG), a diversified healthcare services company building a technology-enabled, fully-aligned, national Integrated System of Care personalized for consumers, today reported financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2021.

“I am pleased with our continued growth and overall performance in the face of a uniquely challenging year, but more importantly, on our prospects for the future,” said Mike Mikan, President and CEO of Bright Health Group. “We are seeing proof points that highlight the power of our fully aligned model within local Integrated Systems of Care. For example, in Florida, we saw a 22% lower medical cost ratio and reduction in inpatient and ED admission rates for IFP members attributed to our owned and affiliated clinics. As we look to 2022, we are well positioned to expand this model to new markets, such as North Carolina and Texas, building on our strong growth and performance to date.”

Third Quarter 2021 Financial Highlights

Bright Health Group’s total revenue of $1,079 million in the third quarter of 2021 increased by $727 million, or 206.3%, compared to the prior-year period. Revenue was primarily driven by organic membership growth in Bright HealthCare during the 2020 Open Enrollment Period and the 2021 Special Enrollment Period for our Commercial business that began on February 15, 2021, and NeueHealth organic and inorganic growth. The Company also experienced an increase in investment income due to a $46 million unrealized gain on equity securities.

Bright Health Group’s medical cost ratio (“MCR”) for the third quarter of 2021 was 103.0%, which includes a 540 basis point unfavorable impact from COVID-19 related costs and a 900 basis point unfavorable impact primarily from a cumulative reduction in premium revenue due to an inability to capture risk adjustment on newly added lives. Our MCR in the third quarter of 2020 was 90.1%, which included a 390 basis point unfavorable impact from COVID-19 costs and a 530 basis point favorable impact from non-COVID prior period developments.

The Company’s GAAP net loss was $296.7 million in the third quarter of 2021, an increase of $237.5 million compared to the prior-year period. The Company’s non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA was a loss of $245.9 million in the third quarter of 2021, an increase of $191.8 million compared to the prior-year period.

“Our year-to-date 2021 MCR of 90.3% represents solid performance, especially given the remarkable growth and unique factors we have experienced this year. As a company still building to scale, we expect to see some quarterly variation in performance from time to time. Overall, we believe matching payment to population health status is needed to align incentives and drive performance in the direct-to-consumer market. However, with a predominately new and rapidly growing business, population health risk is difficult to estimate in the near-term but is expected to improve as our markets and populations mature, setting us up well for 2022,” said Cathy Smith, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer. “Our focus continues to be on generating long-term value for the business and our shareholders through relentless pursuit of our mission.”

Key Metrics

 

As of September 30,

 

2021

 

2020

Consumer and Patient Metrics

 

 

 

Bright HealthCare Commercial Consumers

606,594

 

149,794

Bright HealthCare Medicare Advantage Consumers

114,094

 

57,751

NeueHealth Value-Based Patients

170,211

 

19,141

 

Three Months Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

($ in thousands)

September 30,

 

September 30,

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

Financial Metrics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

$

1,078,657

 

$

352,120

 

 

$

3,067,055

 

 

$

847,542

 

Medical Cost Ratio

103.0

%

 

90.1

%

 

90.3

%

 

81.6

%

Operating Cost Ratio

28.7

%

 

27.7

%

 

25.4

%

 

30.8

%

GAAP Net Loss

$

(296,722

)

 

$

(59,256

)

 

$

(364,990

)

 

$

(84,610

)

Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP)

$

(245,918

)

 

$

(54,084

)

 

$

(290,757

)

 

$

(81,188

)

See the table at the end of this release for additional information and a reconciliation of the non-GAAP measure used in the table above.

Financial Outlook

For full year 2021, Bright Health Group is providing the following guidance and commentary:

  • Bright Health Group’s revenue is expected to be $4.1 billion to $4.2 billion with an expected enterprise medical cost ratio of approximately 92.5% plus or minus 50 bps.
  • On a segment basis, Bright HealthCare end-of-year membership is expected to be approximately 700,000, while NeueHealth revenue is expected to be approximately $575 million, or approximately $475 million excluding investment income.
  • Intercompany revenue elimination, comprised of payments from Bright HealthCare to NeueHealth for managing patient care and for network services, is expected to be approximately $(350) million.
  • Introducing Adjusted EBITDA guidance for 2021 of between $(550) and $(600) million(1).

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 over 170,000 patients under value-based contracts through our 131 owned and affiliated primary care clinics. Through Bright HealthCare, we offer Commercial and Medicare health plan products to over 720,000 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 627744. This earnings release and the Form 8-K dated November 12, 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.

Notes

(1) A reconciliation of the projected Adjusted EBITDA, which is a forward-looking non-GAAP financial measure, to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, is not provided because the Company is unable to provide such reconciliation without unreasonable effort. The inability to provide a reconciliation is due to the uncertainty and inherent difficulty predicting the occurrence, the financial impact and the periods in which the non-GAAP adjustments may be recognized. These GAAP measures may include the impact of such items as interest expense, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization, share-based compensation expense; transaction costs, changes in the fair value of contingent consideration, contract termination costs; and the tax effect of all such items. Historically, the Company has excluded these items from non-GAAP financial measures. The Company currently expects to continue to exclude these items in future disclosures of non-GAAP financial measures and may also exclude other items that may arise (collectively, “non-GAAP adjustments”). The decisions and events that typically lead to the recognition of non-GAAP adjustments, such as a decision to exit part of the business, are inherently unpredictable as to if or when they may occur. For the same reasons, the Company is unable to address the probable significance of the unavailable information, which could be material to future results.

Forward-Looking Statements

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; our ability to prevent and contain data security incidents and the impact of data security incidents on our members, patients, employees and financial results; 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, and our other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. 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.

 

Bright Health Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

September 30,
2021

 

December 31,
2020

Assets

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

956,189

 

$

488,371

 

Short-term investments

331,719

 

499,928

 

Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $5,701 and $2,602, respectively

99,216

 

60,522

 

Prepaids and other current assets

240,545

 

130,986

 

Total current assets

1,627,669

 

1,179,807

 

Other assets:

Long-term investments

681,923

 

175,176

 

Property, equipment and capitalized software, net

30,932

 

12,264

 

Goodwill

842,301

 

263,035

 

Intangible assets, net

351,519

 

152,211

 

Other non-current assets

40,751

 

28,309

 

Total other assets

1,947,426

 

630,995

 

Total assets

$

3,575,095

 

$

1,810,802

 

Liabilities, Redeemable Noncontrolling Interest, Redeemable Preferred Stock and Shareholders’ Equity (Deficit)

Current liabilities:

Medical costs payable

$

685,045

 

$

249,777

 

Accounts payable

95,161

 

57,252

 

Unearned revenue

34,917

 

34,628

 

Risk adjustment payable

548,352

 

187,777

 

Other current liabilities

88,133

 

35,847

 

Total current liabilities

1,451,608

 

565,281

 

Other liabilities

56,254

 

28,578

 

Total liabilities

1,507,862

 

593,859

 

Redeemable noncontrolling interests

130,029

 

39,600

 

Redeemable preferred stock, $0.0001 par value; 100,000,000 and 166,307,087 shares authorized in 2021 and 2020, respectively; 0 and 164,244,893 shares issued and outstanding in 2021 and 2020, respectively

 

1,681,015

 

Shareholders’ equity (deficit):

Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 3,000,000,000 and 658,993,725 shares authorized in 2021 and 2020, respectively; 628,133,782 and 137,662,698 shares issued and outstanding in 2021 and 2020, respectively

63

 

14

 

Additional paid-in capital

2,823,244

 

9,877

 

Accumulated deficit

(886,333

)

(515,989

)

Accumulated other comprehensive income

230

 

2,426

 

Total shareholders’ equity (deficit)

1,937,204

 

(503,672

)

Total liabilities, redeemable noncontrolling interests, redeemable preferred stock and shareholders’ equity (deficit)

$

3,575,095

 

$

1,810,802

 

 

Bright Health Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (Loss)

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

Three Months Ended September 30,

 

Nine Months Ended September 30,

2021

2020

 

2021

2020

Revenue:

 

 

Premium revenue

$

1,020,233

 

$

345,426

 

 

$

2,922,950

 

$

827,135

 

Service revenue

11,079

 

4,920

 

 

31,602

 

13,344

 

Investment income

47,345

 

1,774

 

 

112,503

 

7,063

 

Total revenue

1,078,657

 

352,120

 

 

3,067,055

 

847,542

 

Operating expenses:

 

Medical costs

1,050,943

 

311,319

 

 

2,640,143

 

675,114

 

Operating costs

309,790

 

97,379

 

 

779,090

 

260,650

 

Depreciation and amortization

14,205

 

2,678

 

 

25,981

 

5,550

 

Total operating expenses

1,374,938

 

411,376

 

 

3,445,214

 

941,314

 

Operating loss

(296,281

)

(59,256

)

 

(378,159

)

(93,772

)

Interest expense

1,594

 

 

 

6,282

 

 

Other income

(1,226

)

 

(1,226

)

 

Loss before income taxes

(296,649

)

(59,256

)

 

(383,215

)

(93,772

)

Income tax (benefit) expense

73

 

 

 

(18,225

)

(9,162

)

Net loss

(296,722

)

(59,256

)

 

(364,990

)

(84,610

)

Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests

(3,942

)

 

 

(5,354

)

 

Net loss attributable to Bright Health Group, Inc. common shareholders

$

(300,664

)

$

(59,256

)

 

$

(370,344

)

$

(84,610

)

Basic and diluted loss per share attributable to Bright Health Group, Inc. common shareholders

$

(0.48

)

$

(0.43

)

 

$

(1.19

)

$

(0.62

)

Basic and diluted weighted-average common shares outstanding

630,378

 

136,337

 

 

312,294

 

135,926

 

 

Bright Health Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(in thousands)

(Unaudited)

Nine Months Ended September 30,

2021

 

2020

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net loss

$

(370,344

)

$

(84,610

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

25,981

 

5,550

 

Share-based compensation

43,234

 

3,722

 

Deferred income taxes

(17,946

)

 

Unrealized gains on equity securities

(109,012

)

 

 

Other, net

14,555

 

1,022

 

Changes in assets and liabilities, net of acquired assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable

(18,683

)

27,508

 

Other assets

(86,836

)

(24,980

)

Medical cost payable

342,531

 

35,458

 

Risk adjustment payable

359,257

 

68,186

 

Accounts payable and other liabilities

53,853

 

(22,015

)

Unearned revenue

(3,476

)

1,498

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

233,114

 

11,339

 

Cash flows from investing activities:

Purchases of investments

(736,838

)

(702,672

)

Proceeds from sales, paydown, and maturities of investments

536,110

 

349,113

 

Purchases of property and equipment

(20,682

)

(1,181

)

Business acquisitions, net of cash acquired

(431,718

)

(174,090

)

Net cash used in investing activities

(653,128

)

(528,830

)

Cash flows from financing activities:

Proceeds from issuance of preferred stock

 

686,840

 

Proceeds from issuance of common stock

10,581

 

874

 

Payments for debt issuance costs

(3,391

)

 

 

Proceeds from IPO

887,328

 

 

 

Payments for IPO offering costs

(6,686

)

 

Net cash provided by financing activities

887,832

 

687,714

 

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

467,818

 

170,223

 

Cash and cash equivalents – beginning of year

488,371

 

522,910

 

Cash and cash equivalents – end of period

$

956,189

 

$

693,133

 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

We use the non-GAAP financial measure Adjusted EBITDA. 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. This non-GAAP measure has been presented in this quarterly Earnings Release as a supplemental measure of financial performance that is not required by or presented in accordance with GAAP because we believe it assists 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. Management believes this measure is 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 Adjusted EBITDA 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 is not a recognized term under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to Net Income (Loss) as a measure 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 Adjusted EBITDA 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:

 

Three Months Ended
September 30,

 

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

($ in thousands)

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

Net loss

$

(296,722

)

 

$

(59,256

)

 

$

(364,990

)

 

$

(84,610

)

Interest expense

1,594

 

 

 

 

6,282

 

 

 

Income tax (benefit) expense

73

 

 

 

 

(18,225

)

 

(9,162

)

Depreciation and amortization

14,205

 

 

2,678

 

 

25,981

 

 

5,550

 

Transaction costs (a)

448

 

 

965

 

 

5,598

 

 

3,312

 

Share-based compensation expense (b)

24,180

 

 

1,529

 

 

43,234

 

 

3,722

 

Change in fair value of contingent consideration (c)

304

 

 

 

 

1,363

 

 

 

Contract termination costs (d)

10,000

 

 

 

 

10,000

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

$

(245,918

)

 

$

(54,084

)

 

$

(290,757

)

 

$

(81,188

)

(a)

Transaction costs include accounting, tax, valuation, consulting, legal and investment banking fees directly relating to business combinations and certain costs associated with our initial public offering. These costs can vary from period to period and impact comparability, and we do not believe such transaction costs reflect the ongoing performance of our business.

(b)

Represents non-cash compensation expense related to stock option and restricted stock award grants, which can vary from period to period based on a number of factors, including the timing, quantity and grant date fair value of the awards.

(c)

Represents the non-cash change in fair value of contingent consideration from business combinations, which is remeasured at fair value each reporting period. There was no material activity for periods prior to the first quarter of 2021.

(d)

Represents amount paid for early termination of an existing vendor contract.

 

Investor Contact:
IR@brighthealthgroup.com

Media Contact:
Kris Patrow
651.492.1556
Kris.Patrow@padillaco.com

Source: Bright Health Group

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