* Says received 17 of 21 state approvals needed to buy
* Confirms 2013 oper earnings forecast of at least $5.40 a
* Sees operating earnings of about $5.10 for 2012
* Sees revenue up 9 percent in 2013
Jan 7 Aetna Inc on Monday reaffirmed its
profit and revenue outlook for 2013 and said as of last week it
had received 17 of the 21 state approvals needed for its planned
acquisition of smaller rival Coventry Health Care Inc.
Aetna said it continues to expect full-year 2013 operating
earnings of at least $5.40 a share, up from about $5.10 in 2012,
on a 9 percent increase in revenue, reiterating the forecast it
gave in mid-December.
Analysts on average are expecting Aetna to earn $5.52 per
share in 2013, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Full-year 2012 revenue is projected at about $35.5 billion,
as the nation's third-largest health insurer's medical plans add
more members. The company gave its forecast ahead of a
presentation on Tuesday at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare
Aetna plans to buy Coventry for $5.6 billion.