Cigna beats analyst projections in Q1: 5 things to know

Health insurer Cigna reported better-than-expected revenue growth in the first quarter of fiscal 2015, as the company benefitted from higher premiums and fees.

Here are five things to know about the health insurer's first-quarter financial results.

1. Cigna reported consolidated revenues of nearly $9.5 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2015, up about 11 percent from a year earlier.

2. The company's first-quarter premiums and fees were up 12 percent from a year earlier, which was largely driven by customer growth in Cigna's commercial and government businesses.

3. Cigna's total medical customers grew to 14.7 million in the first quarter, compared with 14.2 million a year earlier.

4. The health insurer reported net income of $533 million, or $2.04 per share, which beat the average analyst projection of earnings of 1.84 per share on $9.28 billion in revenue, according to The Wall Street Journal.

5. Based on its first-quarter financials, Cigna expects full year adjusted income from operations in the range of $8.15 to $8.50 per share, up from its previous forecast of $8 to $8.40 per share.

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