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GentivaŽ Health Services Reports Second Quarter 2010 Results

Thursday, July 29, 2010 Corporate News J E 4
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ATLANTA, July 29 Gentiva Health Services, Inc. (Nasdaq: GTIV), a leading provider of home health and hospice services, today reported second quarter 2010 results.

Highlights for the three and six months ended July 4, 2010 as presented in this press release reflect results from continuing operations. Discontinued operations represent results of Gentiva's respiratory therapy and home medical equipment and infusion therapy businesses which were sold on February 1, 2010.

Second quarter 2010 highlights include:

"Gentiva had a good second quarter that featured continued strong growth in Hospice, improved operating margins and solid execution as we managed through somewhat softer Home Health episodic volumes," said Gentiva CEO Tony Strange. "The performance gives us confidence in our earnings projections for the year, and, along with our growing cash position and strong balance sheet, puts us in excellent position to build the business as we prepare to close the Odyssey transaction during the third quarter."

Highlights for the six months ended July 4, 2010 include:

Results of discontinued operations in the second quarter of 2010 included a net loss of $1.3 million or $0.04 per diluted share as compared to a net loss of $0.3 million or $0.01 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2009. For the first six months of 2010, discontinued operations reflected a net loss of $2.3 million or $0.08 per diluted share compared to a net loss of $0.4 million or $0.01 per diluted share in the corresponding period of 2009.

For the second quarter of 2010, the Company reported net income of $18.9 million or $0.62 per diluted share compared to $17.1 million or $0.59 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2009. For the first six months of 2010, net income was $28.2 million or $0.92 per diluted share versus net income of $35.1 million or $1.19 per diluted share for the first six months of 2009. These results included charges for restructuring, legal settlements and merger and acquisition activities and gains or losses on sales of assets as discussed above as well as the results from discontinued operations.

At July 4, 2010, the Company reported cash and cash equivalents of $191.1 million and outstanding debt under its credit agreement of $232.0 million.

Full-Year 2010 Outlook

As reported on July 20, 2010, Gentiva's outlook for 2010 reflects revenue between $1.20 billion to $1.23 billion and adjusted income from continuing operations of $2.67 to $2.75 on a diluted per share basis. The outlook for adjusted income from continuing operations excludes the costs of restructuring, legal settlements and merger and acquisition activities, the results of discontinued operations and the impact of pending and future acquisitions.

Gentiva expects to further revise its full year 2010 outlook after the consummation of the Odyssey HealthCare, Inc. acquisition, which was announced on May 24, 2010 and is expected to close during the 2010 third quarter.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The information provided in this press release includes certain non-GAAP financial measures as defined under Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules. In accordance with SEC rules, the Company has provided, in the supplemental information and the footnotes to the tables, a reconciliation of those measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures.

Conference Call and Webcast Details

The Company will comment further on its second quarter 2010 results during its conference call and live webcast to be held Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. To participate in the call from the United States, Canada or an international location, dial (973) 935-2408 and reference call # 86731520. The webcast is an audio-only, one-way event. Webcast listeners who wish to ask questions must participate in the conference call. Log onto http://investors.gentiva.com/events.cfm to hear the webcast. A replay of the call will be available on July 30 and will remain available continuously through August 6. To listen to a replay of the call from the United States, Canada or international locations, dial (800) 642-1687 or (706) 645-9291 and enter the following PIN at the prompt: 86731520. Visit http://investors.gentiva.com/events.cfm to access the webcast archive. This press release is accessible at http://investors.gentiva.com/releases.cfm and a transcript of the conference call is expected to be available on the site within 48 hours after the call.

About Gentiva Health Services, Inc.

Gentiva Health Services, Inc. is a leading provider of home health and hospice services, delivering innovative, high quality care to patients across the United States. Gentiva is a single source for skilled nursing; physical, occupational, speech and neurorehabilitation services; hospice services; social work; nutrition; disease management education; help with daily living activities; and other therapies and services. For more information, visit Gentiva's web site, http://www.gentiva.com, and its investor relations section at http://investors.gentiva.com. GTIV-E

(unaudited tables and notes follow)





Forward-Looking Statement

Certain statements contained in this news release, including, without limitation, statements containing the words "believes," "anticipates," "intends," "expects," "assumes," "trends" and similar expressions, constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are based upon the Company's current plans, expectations and projections about future events. However, such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include, among others, the following: economic and business conditions, including the ability to access capital markets; demographic changes; changes in, or failure to comply with, existing governmental regulations; the impact on our Company of recently passed healthcare reform legislation and its subsequent implementation through governmental regulations; changes in Medicare, Medicaid and commercial payer reimbursement levels; the outcome of any inquiries into the Company's operations and business practices by governmental authorities; the Company's ability to consummate the Odyssey acquisition and effectively integrate Odyssey's operations; effects of competition in the markets in which the Company operates; liability and other claims asserted against the Company; ability to attract and retain qualified personnel; availability and terms of capital; loss of significant contracts or reduction in revenues associated with major payer sources; ability of customers to pay for services; business disruption due to natural disasters, pandemic outbreaks, or terrorist acts; ability to successfully integrate the operations of acquisitions the Company may make and achieve expected synergies and operational efficiencies within expected time-frames; effect on liquidity of the Company's debt service requirements; and changes in estimates and judgments associated with critical accounting policies and estimates. For a detailed discussion of certain of these and other factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in this news release, please refer to the Company's various filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including the "Risk Factors" section contained in the Company's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 3, 2010.

-- Total net revenues of $297.1 million, an increase of 4% compared to $284.8 million for the quarter ended June 29, 2009. Net revenues included home health episodic revenues of $228.7 million, up 7% compared to $213.3 million in the comparable 2009 period, and hospice revenues of $20.9 million, up approximately 14% from $18.3 million in the 2009 second quarter. -- Income from continuing operations of $20.2 million, or $0.66 per diluted share which included net restructuring, legal settlement and merger and acquisition costs of $2.5 million or $0.08 per diluted share. Income from continuing operations in the second quarter of 2009 was $17.4 million or $0.59 per diluted share and included restructuring and merger and acquisition costs of $0.6 million or $0.02 per diluted share. -- Adjusted income from continuing operations of $22.7 million, up 27% compared with the prior year period. On a diluted per share basis, adjusted income from continuing operations was $0.74 in the 2010 second quarter compared with $0.61 in the corresponding period of 2009. Adjusted income from continuing operations excluded the net charges described above as well as the impact of any losses on sales of assets. -- Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (Adjusted EBITDA) attributable to continuing operations increased 23% to $43.2 million in the second quarter of 2010 as compared to $35.0 million in the second quarter of 2009. Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of net revenues improved to 14.5% in the second quarter of 2010 versus 12.3% in the prior-year period. Adjusted EBITDA excluded net charges relating to restructuring, legal settlements and merger and acquisition activities.

SOURCE Gentiva Health Services, Inc.
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