2022-07-14 | NYSE: CNC | Press release

ST. LOUIS, July 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) today announced that it has successfully completed announcement sale of its PANTHERx pharmacy business to the Vistria Group, General Atlantic and Nautic Partners.

“We are pleased to close this transaction, which represents another key step in our value creation plan and allows us to continue to focus on our core business,” said Sarah LondonCEO of Centene.

Centene acquired PANTHERx in December 2020. Centene intends to use the majority of the net proceeds from the sale to repurchase shares and the balance to reduce debt.

About Centene Corporation

Centene Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, is a leading healthcare company committed to helping people live healthier lives. The company takes a local approach – with local brands and local teams – to provide fully integrated, high-quality and cost-effective services to government-sponsored and commercial healthcare programs, focusing on the underinsured and uninsured. Centene provides affordable, high-quality products to nearly 1 in 15 people nationwide, including Medicaid and Medicare members (including Medicare prescription drug plans) and individuals and families served by the health insurance market, the TRICARE program and people in correctional facilities. The Company also serves several international markets and contracts with other healthcare and commercial organizations to provide a variety of specialized services focused on treating the whole person. Centene is focused on long-term growth and value creation as well as developing its people, systems and capabilities to better serve its members, suppliers, local communities and government partners.

Centene uses its Investor Relations website to post important information about the Company, including information that investors may believe is important. Financial and other information about Centene is regularly published and accessible on Centene’s Investor Relations website, https://investors.centene.com/.

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