Message from Our Chair and Our Chief Executive Officer
Dear Fellow Stockholders:
2018 was a year marked by tremendous change in the industry, and CVS Health was at the center of it all. In a health care landscape scarred by an overly complex system, which has been delivering inconsistent outcomes to patients for years, CVS Health’s acquisition of Aetna (the Aetna Transaction) brings together two premier health-centric companies that are best positioned to reshape the health care landscape.
Creating the Front Door to Health Care
The combination of the nation’s largest pharmacy retailer with one of the country’s leading diversified health care benefits companies creates nearly limitless possibilities to transform the broken health care system. Aetna’s “go local” approach is a perfect match with CVS Health’s nearly 10,000 stores across the country. This winning combination creates a true front door to health care in local communities as we continue to develop innovative products and services to expand access to quality health care. CVS Health recently launched our first HealthHUBs, with the goal of bringing more health-centric services to CVS customers than ever before. These HealthHUBs will serve as the testing grounds for a variety of new products and services that will continue to grow and expand across the country over time. In addition to our new store concepts, CVS Health is investing in digital capabilities to bring health care to the palm of your hand. CVS already engages with one in three Americans on a daily basis and, through our digital expansion, we expect to grow that reach even more. Ultimately, between our nationwide store presence and through the growth of our electronic platforms, we expect to expand access to quality care across the country.
Corporate Social Responsibility
CVS Health is committed to helping people on their path to better health across the country, and this is evident in our commitment of $100 million to the Building Healthier Communities initiative announced earlier this year. In collaboration with the CVS Health Foundation and the Aetna Foundation, we will invest $20 million annually over five years to partner with local communities and to help support a wide range of initiatives and non-profit organizations. Under this initiative, CVS Health and its affiliates will join forces with organizations that have missions to improve local access to affordable quality care and to impact public health challenges. Through this new initiative, we will strengthen our local and community engagement and further improve the health of our neighborhoods. Some of the highlights of this program as well as other initiatives can be found inside the back cover of this proxy statement.
Following the Aetna Transaction, we added four of Aetna’s directors to our Board and, in conjunction with our existing directors, we will leverage their guidance to help drive future success at CVS Health. Over this past year we’ve proactively met with our stockholders to understand your needs and are actively working to position our company for future growth, and within this proxy statement you will find the details of the changes we have made in response to those conversations. We pride ourselves on our strong governance practices, thank you for your continued support and welcome your feedback regarding future improvements.
Overall 2018 Performance
CVS Health showed strong growth in 2018, with revenues increasing nearly $10 billion year-over-year, bolstered by the Aetna Transaction and by continued script growth of 8.6% for the year. We delivered adjusted earnings per share of $7.08,* at the top end of our previous guidance range. However, last year was not without its challenges: CVS Health took $6.1 billion of goodwill impairment charges related to our Long-Term Care business, which was largely responsible for our 2018 GAAP loss per share of $0.57. We are taking comprehensive actions to address the impact of certain headwinds we are facing, and we are confident that our actions will position us well in 2020 and beyond.
Annual Meeting of Stockholders
Our 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders will be held on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at 8:00 a.m., at the CVS Health Customer Support Center located at One CVS Drive in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. We invite you to attend, and ask you to please vote at your earliest convenience. Your vote is important.
Thank you for your interest and investment in CVS Health. We appreciate your continued support as we look to transform our health care system as we know it today.
|David W. Dorman
Chair of the Board
|Larry J. Merlo
President and Chief Executive Officer
- Adjusted earnings per share is a non-GAAP measure. See Annex A to the proxy statement.