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AMN Healthcare Announces Third Quarter 2009 Results

Friday, October 30, 2009 General News J E 4
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SAN DIEGO, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. (NYSE: AHS) today announced operating results for the third quarter 2009. Financial highlights for the three months ended September 30, 2009 include:

"The unprecedented market contraction experienced by the healthcare staffing industry over the past year is a direct reflection of the rapid rise to historically high levels of general unemployment. The decline in volumes we experienced during the first nine months of 2009 have certainly highlighted the importance of our ability to remain agile and disciplined in our execution. We continue to de-lever our balance sheet, maintain strong gross margins, and reduce SG&A through tight cost management and further improvements to our cost structure," said Susan R. Nowakowski, President and Chief Executive Officer of AMN Healthcare. "This environment has also created opportunities for AMN to further differentiate our service capabilities and strengthen our client relationships.  This has been demonstrated by our three-fold increase in preferred provider arrangements and winning key managed services contracts, which will benefit us in 2010 and beyond."

Key business highlights for the third quarter are as follows:

  • Stable pricing and gross margins across service lines;
  • Nursing order increases for six consecutive months;
  • Increased demand for Physician Permanent Placement retained searches;
  • Decline in demand for Locum Tenens, particularly in anesthesia staffing;
  • Continued strong cash flow and reduction of debt;
  • Additional streamlining of cost and operational structure.

Revenue for the third quarter of 2009 was $166 million, a decrease of 47% from prior year and 16% from prior quarter. Third quarter revenue for the Nurse and Allied staffing segment was $82 million, a decrease of 62% from the same quarter last year and down 26% sequentially. The Locum Tenens staffing segment generated revenue of $75 million, a decrease of 12% from prior year and down 5% sequentially. Third quarter Physician Permanent Placement revenue was $9 million, a decrease of 31% from prior year and 2% from prior quarter.

Gross margin in the third quarter of 2009 was 27.4%, an increase of 170 bps from prior year and an increase of 40 bps compared to the previous quarter. The increase was due to the Locum Tenens and Physician Permanent Placement segments representing a greater portion of our business mix.

Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses (excluding restructuring costs) for the third quarter of 2009 were 22.2% as a percentage of revenue compared to 19.1% in the same quarter last year. SG&A declined by $23 million, or 39%, over the same period in the prior year, and sequentially by $1 million, or 2%, due largely to cost-saving initiatives taking hold.

As a result of continued streamlining of our cost and operational structure, the company recorded $6 million of restructuring charges in the third quarter, consisting mainly of lease-related charges associated with facility consolidations and severance payments.

For the third quarter, the company recorded a GAAP net loss per share of $0.06 which includes a $0.11 negative impact from restructuring charges. Earnings per diluted share were $0.28 in the prior year and $0.13 in the prior quarter.

As of September 30, 2009, cash and cash equivalents totaled $23 million, compared to $11 million as of December 31, 2008. Total debt outstanding was $77 million as of September 30, 2009, reflecting a reduction in debt of $13 million since prior quarter and $69 million since December 31, 2008. Average shares outstanding for the third quarter of 2009 were 32.6 million. Average diluted shares outstanding for the third quarter used in the calculation of adjusted diluted earnings per share were 33.1 million.

Business Trends and Outlook

Nursing orders continue to show signs of improvement, with increased momentum occurring in September and October.  However, orders still remain at levels lower than prior year due to high general unemployment and uncertain economic conditions. In Locum Tenens, we experienced lower sequential demand (days available) in the third quarter, primarily due to market weakness in anesthesia staffing.  This trend is likely to continue into the fourth quarter.  The increase in new retained searches in the Physician Permanent Placement business experienced during the third quarter is expected to result in improved placements over the coming months. Overall, pricing and gross margins are expected to remain consistent. Based on these trends and the normal holiday seasonal decline, fourth quarter consolidated revenue is expected to decline sequentially by 10-15%.

"The improving order trends in Nurse staffing are encouraging for AMN and our industry. While it is difficult to predict the trajectory of resulting volume growth, we believe that our unique breadth of service offerings and success in securing more preferred provider and managed services clients positions AMN extremely well to build market share as the trends continue to improve,"  added Nowakowski. "Our solid balance sheet enables us to focus on our long-term strategy, invest in our newer service lines, and assess new synergistic opportunities to expand and diversify our business."

About AMN Healthcare Services

AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. is the nation's leading provider of comprehensive healthcare staffing and management services. As a leading provider of travel nurse and allied staffing services, locum tenens (temporary physician staffing) and physician permanent placement services, AMN Healthcare recruits and places healthcare professionals on assignments of variable lengths and in permanent positions with clients throughout the United States, who range from acute-care hospitals and physician practice groups to other healthcare settings, including rehabilitation centers, dialysis clinics, pharmacies, home health service providers and ambulatory surgery centers. For more information, visit http://www.amnhealthcare.com.

Conference Call on October 29, 2009

AMN Healthcare Services, Inc.'s third quarter 2009 conference call will be held on Thursday, October 29, 2009, at 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time. A live webcast of the call can be accessed through AMN Healthcare's website at http://www.amnhealthcare.com/investors. Please log in at least 10 minutes prior to the conference call in order to download the applicable audio software. Interested parties may participate live via telephone by dialing (800) 230-1059 in the U.S. or (612) 332-0335 internationally. Following the conclusion of the call, a replay of the webcast will be available at the company's website. Alternatively, a telephonic replay of the call will be available at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time on October 29, 2009, and can be accessed until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on November 12, 2009, by calling (800) 475-6701 in the U.S. or (320) 365-3844 internationally, with access code 116563.

Non-GAAP Measures

This earnings release contains certain non-GAAP financial information. These measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative to, generally accepted accounting principles in the United States ("GAAP"), and may be different from non-GAAP measures reported by other companies. From time to time, additional information regarding non-GAAP financial measures may be made available on the company's website at http://www.amnhealthcare.com/investors.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such statements include expectations regarding consistent pricing and gross margins, improvement in physician permanent placements, fourth quarter revenue expectations, and Ms. Nowakowski's comments concerning the company's future opportunities and plans. The company based these forward-looking statements on its current expectations and projections about future events. Actual results could differ materially from those discussed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are identified by words such as "believe," "anticipate," "expect," "intend," "plan," "will," "may" and other similar expressions. In addition, any statements that refer to expectations, projections or other characterizations of future events or circumstances are forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ from those implied by the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are set forth in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008 and its other quarterly and periodic reports filed with the SEC. These statements reflect the company's current beliefs and are based upon information currently available to it. Be advised that developments subsequent to this press release are likely to cause these statements to become outdated with the passage of time.

SOURCE AMN Healthcare Services, Inc.

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