The NIB Holdings Limited (ASX:NHF) share price has jumped 49 cents or 8.6 per cent higher to $6.19 in Monday morning trade after the health insurance company said FY18 profits would be $184 million, up from its previous guidance of $165 million.
nib’s Managing Director, Mark Fitzgibbon, said a benign claims environment especially in its Australian residents health insurance (arhi) business was the main factor behind the revised outlook.
Mr Fitzgibbon said there were several factors that explain the lower trajectory of claims inflation including tighter cost containment, price reductions in medical devices spearheaded by the Federal Government and some downgrading in cover.
Mr Fitzgibbon said he hoped lower claims inflation reflected a new norm although inevitably a combination of an ageing population and future growth in household incomes would stoke higher growth in treatment volumes.
Even after today’s jump, NIB Holdings Limited shares have fallen 7.9 per cent since the beginning of the year, while the S&P/ASX 200 Index has gained roughly 3.6 per cent.
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