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Executive Summary

CVS Health Corporation provides health services and plans in the United States.

Snowflake Analysis

Undervalued established dividend payer.

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Share Price & News

How has CVS Health's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: CVS has not had significant price volatility in the past 3 months.

Market Performance

7 Day Return




US Healthcare


US Market

1 Year Return




US Healthcare


US Market

Return vs Industry: CVS exceeded the US Healthcare industry which returned 13.7% over the past year.

Return vs Market: CVS exceeded the US Market which returned 4.9% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day2.0%4.1%4.0%
30 Day-5.3%-4.5%-1.1%
90 Day15.1%17.9%21.1%
1 Year20.2%16.4%15.2%13.7%7.2%5.0%
3 Year-10.0%-17.7%29.2%23.5%36.0%27.1%
5 Year-31.6%-39.8%39.1%29.6%65.3%46.9%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is CVS Health's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?

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Is CVS Health undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Undervalued compared to fair value

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: CVS ($64.7) is trading below our estimate of fair value ($137.81)

Significantly Below Fair Value: CVS is trading below fair value by more than 20%.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: CVS is good value based on its PE Ratio (11.7x) compared to the Healthcare industry average (24x).

PE vs Market: CVS is good value based on its PE Ratio (11.7x) compared to the US market (16.5x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: CVS is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (1.2x)

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: CVS is good value based on its PB Ratio (1.3x) compared to the US Healthcare industry average (2.7x).

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Future Growth

How is CVS Health forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 21 analysts?


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: CVS's forecast earnings growth (9.7% per year) is above the savings rate (2.2%).

Earnings vs Market: CVS's earnings (9.7% per year) are forecast to grow slower than the US market (22.8% per year).

High Growth Earnings: CVS's earnings are forecast to grow, but not significantly.

Revenue vs Market: CVS's revenue (4% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the US market (9.2% per year).

High Growth Revenue: CVS's revenue (4% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.

Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts

Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: CVS's Return on Equity is forecast to be low in 3 years time (13.2%).

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Past Performance

How has CVS Health performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: CVS has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: CVS became profitable in the past.

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: CVS's earnings have declined by -4.2% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: CVS has become profitable in the last year, making the earnings growth rate difficult to compare to its 5-year average.

Earnings vs Industry: CVS has become profitable in the last year, making it difficult to compare its past year earnings growth to the Healthcare industry (10.1%).

Return on Equity

High ROE: CVS's Return on Equity (11%) is considered low.

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Financial Health

How is CVS Health's financial position?

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: CVS's short term assets ($59.0B) do not cover its short term liabilities ($59.6B).

Long Term Liabilities: CVS's short term assets ($59.0B) do not cover its long term liabilities ($105.6B).

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: CVS's debt to equity ratio (108.3%) is considered high.

Reducing Debt: CVS's debt to equity ratio has increased from 34.5% to 108.3% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: CVS's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (20%).

Interest Coverage: CVS's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (6x coverage).

Balance Sheet

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What is CVS Health current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: CVS's dividend (3.09%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.67%).

High Dividend: CVS's dividend (3.09%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (4.5%).

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: CVS's dividends per share have been stable in the past 10 years.

Growing Dividend: CVS's dividend payments have increased over the past 10 years.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its reasonably low payout ratio (36.1%), CVS's dividend payments are well covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: CVS's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be well covered by earnings (24.3% payout ratio).

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How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?


Average management tenure


Larry Merlo (64yo)





Mr. Larry J. Merlo serves as the President of CVS Health Corporation (formerly, CVS Caremark Corporation) since May 12, 2010 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer since March 1, 2011. He is Director of ...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Larry's total compensation ($USD36.45M) is above average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD11.50M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Larry's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.

Leadership Team

Larry Merlo
President9.33yrsUS$36.45m0.071% $60.0m
Eva Boratto
Executive VP & CFO1.67yrsUS$9.56m0.0054% $4.6m
Jonathan Roberts
Executive VP & COO3.33yrsUS$15.05m0.0041% $3.5m
Thomas Moriarty
Executive VP7.75yrsUS$23.15m0.0052% $4.4m
James Clark
Senior VP1.67yrsno data0.00035% $296.0k
Valerie Haertel
Senior Vice President of Investor Relations1yrno datano data
David Falkowski
Executive VP & Chief Compliance Officer0.50yrno datano data
Lisa Bisaccia
Executive VP & Chief Human Resources Officer10.5yrsno data0.0036% $3.1m
Troyen Brennan
Executive VP & Chief Medical Officer11.67yrsUS$5.02m0.0080% $6.8m
Judith Sansone
Chief Merchant & Senior VP of Front Store Business8.83yrsno datano data


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Management: CVS's management team is seasoned and experienced (5.5 years average tenure).

Board Members

Larry Merlo
President9.33yrsUS$36.45m0.071% $60.0m
Edward Ludwig
Independent Director1.67yrsUS$339.74k0.0017% $1.4m
William Weldon
Independent Director7.33yrsUS$310.00k0.00014% $118.4k
Tony White
Independent Director9.33yrsUS$312.04k0.0025% $2.1m
David Dorman
Independent Non-Executive Chairman9.17yrsUS$585.00k0.010% $8.8m
Nancy-Ann DeParle
Independent Director6.83yrsUS$325.00k0.0014% $1.2m
Anne Finucane
Independent Director9.5yrsUS$321.00k0.0018% $1.5m
C. Brown
Independent Director13.33yrsUS$332.21k0.0090% $7.6m
Jean-Pierre Millon
Independent Director13.33yrsUS$312.04k0.0074% $6.3m
Alecia DeCoudreaux
Independent Director5.33yrsUS$310.97k0.00023% $194.5k


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: CVS's board of directors are considered experienced (9.3 years average tenure).


Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?

Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: CVS insiders have sold more shares than they have bought in the past 3 months.

Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.

Top Shareholders

Company Information

CVS Health Corporation's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: CVS Health Corporation
  • Ticker: CVS
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Founded: 1963
  • Industry: Health Care Services
  • Sector: Healthcare
  • Market Cap: US$84.569b
  • Shares outstanding: 1.31b
  • Website: https://www.cvshealth.com

Number of Employees


  • CVS Health Corporation
  • One CVS Drive
  • Woonsocket
  • Rhode Island
  • 2895
  • United States


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
CVSNYSE (New York Stock Exchange)YesCommon StockUSUSDJan 1968
CVSDB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesCommon StockDEEURJan 1968
CVSXTRA (XETRA Trading Platform)YesCommon StockDEEURJan 1968
CVS *BMV (Bolsa Mexicana de Valores)YesCommon StockMXMXNJan 1968
CVSSNSE (Santiago Stock Exchange)YesCommon StockCLUSDJan 1968
0HRSLSE (London Stock Exchange)YesCommon StockGBUSDJan 1968
CVSETLX (Eurotlx)YesCommon StockITEURJan 1968
CVSWBAG (Wiener Boerse AG)YesCommon StockATEURJan 1968
CVSH34BOVESPA (Bolsa de Valores de Sao Paulo)BDR EA REP 1/2 COM USD0.01BRBRLApr 2016


CVS Health Corporation provides health services and plans in the United States. The company’s Pharmacy Services segment offers pharmacy benefit management solutions, including plan design and administration, formulary management, retail pharmacy network management, mail order pharmacy, specialty pharmacy and infusion, clinical, and disease and medical spend management services. It serves employers, insurance companies, unions, government employee groups, health plans, prescription drug plans (PDPs), Medicaid managed care plans, plans offered on public health insurance and private health insurance exchanges, other sponsors of health benefit plans, and individuals. This segment operates retail specialty pharmacy stores; and specialty mail order, mail order dispensing, and compounding pharmacies, as well as branches for infusion and enteral nutrition services. Its Retail/LTC segment sells prescription and over-the-counter drugs, beauty and personal care products, and cosmetics; and provides health care services through its MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics. This segment also distributes prescription drugs; and provides related pharmacy consulting and other ancillary services to chronic care facilities and other care settings. As of December 31, 2019, it operated approximately 9,900 retail locations and 1,100 MinuteClinic locations, as well as online retail pharmacy websites, LTC pharmacies, and onsite pharmacies. The company’s Health Care Benefits segment offers traditional, voluntary, and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services. It serves employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups, and expatriates. The company was formerly known as CVS Caremark Corporation and changed its name to CVS Health Corporation in September 2014. The company was founded in 1963 and is headquartered in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. 

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/07/05 23:47
End of Day Share Price2020/07/02 00:00
Annual Earnings2019/12/31

Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.