Kindred Healthcare Announces Fourth Quarter Results

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Kindred Healthcare Announces Fourth Quarter Results

Excluding Certain Items, Company Reports Fourth Quarter Continuing Operations Diluted EPS of $0.46 Compared to $0.28 in 2011

Company Reports GAAP Continuing Operations Loss of $1.56 per Diluted Share in the Fourth Quarter Resulting Primarily from a Goodwill Impairment Charge


Annual Operating Cash Flows in Excess of Routine and Development Capital Spending Totaled $97 Million

Company Maintains Fiscal 2013 Core Earnings Guidance of $1.10 to $1.30

LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Kindred Healthcare, Inc. ("Kindred" or the "Company") (NYS: KND) today announced its operating results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2012. The Company's consolidated financial statements include the operating results of RehabCare Group, Inc. ("RehabCare") since the closing of the acquisition on June 1, 2011. All financial and statistical information included in this press release reflects the continuing operations of the Company's businesses for all periods presented unless otherwise indicated.

Operating and Financial Highlights:

  • Fourth quarter consolidated revenues grew 2%
    • Hospital and home health combined for revenue gains of 6% compared to last year
  • Hospital division posted solid fourth quarter results
    • Fourth quarter revenues grew 3% and operating income rose 8%
    • While overall admissions were soft, same-store non-government admissions rose 2% compared to last year
  • RehabCare division fourth quarter revenues grew 1% while operating income climbed 53%
    • Operating results were bolstered by 27% growth in hospital-based rehabilitation services as well as strong cash collections and a related $8 million bad debt benefit
    • New Medicare Part B therapy caps reduced skilled rehabilitation therapy operating income by approximately $6 million in the quarter
  • Fourth quarter home health and hospice division revenues and operating income nearly doubled from last year
    • Annualized revenues reach $200 million
    • Home health and hospice operations now reside in 12 of 21 Kindred integrated care markets
  • Company posted strong full-year cash flows in 2012
    • Operating cash flows less routine and development capital spending totaled $97 million
  • Company maintains strong financial position entering 2013
    • Cash flows in excess of routine and development capital spending in 2013 should approximate $90 million
    • Available credit capacity approximated $420 million at December 31, 2012

Fourth Quarter Results

Continuing Operations

Consolidated revenues for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2012 increased 2% to $1.55 billion compared to $1.52 billion in the same period in 2011. The Company reported a loss from continuing operations for the fourth quarter of 2012 of $80.7 million or $1.56 per diluted share compared to a loss of $65.5 million or $1.28 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2011. Operating results for the fourth quarter of 2012 included (a) an asset impairment charge, (b) severance and restructuring costs, (c) transaction-related costs and (d) employee retention costs associated with the upcoming disposal of 54 nursing centers leased from Ventas, Inc. ("Ventas") (NYS: VTR) that reduced income from continuing operations by $105.3 million or $2.04 per diluted share. Operating results for the fourth quarter of 2011 included asset impairment charges, transaction-related costs and a loss on a hospital divestiture that reduced income from continuing operations by $79.9 million or $1.56 per diluted share.

During the fourth quarter of 2012, the Company recorded a $108 million goodwill impairment charge to reflect circumstances in which the carrying value of certain assets exceeded their fair value. The impairment charge resulted primarily from the expected decline in operating results in the Company's rehabilitation division related to previously announced Medicare reimbursement changes that were recently enacted by Congress in connection with the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the "Taxpayer Relief Act").

Fiscal Year Results

Continuing Operations

Consolidated revenues for the year ended December 31, 2012 increased 12% to $6.2 billion compared to $5.5 billion in the previous year. The Company reported a loss from continuing operations of $33.4 million or $0.65 per diluted share in 2012 compared to a loss of $47.8 million or $1.04 per diluted share in 2011.

In addition to the charges noted above in the discussion of fourth quarter results, operating results in 2012 included (a) costs incurred in connection with the closing of a regional office, (b) lease cancellation charges and other costs incurred in connection with two hospital closings and the cancellation of a sub-acute unit project and (c) a charge in connection with an employment-related lawsuit, all of which reduced income from continuing operations by $114.1 million or $2.21 per diluted share. Operating results in 2011 included certain items that reduced income from continuing operations by $134.3 million or $2.90 per diluted share, most of which were related to asset impairment charges and the RehabCare acquisition.

Discontinued Operations

During 2012, the Company entered into transactions related to the divestiture of unprofitable businesses qualifying as discontinued operations. For accounting purposes, the historical operating results and losses on the disposal of these businesses have been classified as discontinued operations in the Company's consolidated statement of operations for all historical periods.

The Company will account for the divestiture of 54 nursing centers leased from Ventas as discontinued operations in 2013.

Management Commentary

Paul J. Diaz, Kindred's Chief Executive Officer, commented, "In 2012, Kindred continued to make progress in improving quality and patient satisfaction and delivering better clinical outcomes for patients in settings across the post-acute continuum. We want to thank our care givers and colleagues throughout our organization who delivered on Kindred's promise of hope, healing and recovery, as they worked to advance our mission in spite of a very challenging operating environment."

Commenting on the Company's recently issued 2012 Quality and Social Responsibility Report, Mr. Diaz noted, "Kindred is proud to issue its sixth annual Quality and Social Responsibility Report to fulfill our commitment to be transparent about our quality results and our ongoing efforts to improve the care and services for our patients and residents." Mr. Diaz also noted that the report links the Company's quality initiatives with its Continue the Care and integrated care market strategies. "Both policymakers and the marketplace are demanding that healthcare providers participate in coordinated care strategies to improve care transitions, reduce avoidable hospitalizations and lower costs. Kindred's integrated care market strategy is designed to leverage Kindred's national scale to build a continuum of post-acute services in local healthcare delivery markets to achieve these shared goals. Kindred is aggressively developing a post-acute continuum of service lines in local markets, including transitional care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, sub-acute or transitional care, and home health and hospice services, in order to partner with physician groups, hospitals, health systems and payors to better manage episodes of care while at the same time improving quality and lowering costs."

Mr. Diaz remarked, "From an operational standpoint, we finished the year with a solid quarter. Excluding certain items, our continuing operations earnings per diluted share of $0.46 in the fourth quarter was a significant improvement from the comparable $0.28 per share reported last year following major Medicare cuts in both our nursing center and rehabilitation therapy divisions."

Mr. Diaz further noted, "For the full year, we are pleased to report that we met our core earnings objectives that we estimated at the beginning of the year. Our hospital results were solid, we maintained stability in our nursing center division, our rehabilitation therapy division made great progress in the midst of several Medicare reimbursement changes and we doubled the size of our home health and hospice business. I would characterize 2012 as solid year for Kindred as we met or exceeded most of our clinical and financial goals."

Commenting on the Company's strategic initiatives, Mr. Diaz noted, "In 2012, we continued to grow and enhance our integrated care market capabilities, particularly in home health and hospice services, while advancing a strategy to reposition our business mix with the goal of improving our long-term growth, profitability and financial position. Specifically, we completed three home health and hospice acquisitions that added $75 million of annualized revenues and we acquired three previously leased facilities for approximately $103 million that will benefit our balance sheet leverage over time. We also continued to move forward with the divestiture of 54 nursing centers leased from Ventas. In addition, our process to divest other non-strategic assets continues and will result in further changes to our business mix over the course of 2013 and beyond. We also continue to evaluate our active pipeline of acquisition opportunities in our integrated care markets in an effort to advance our strategy, strengthen the Company and enhance shareholder value going forward."

Mr. Diaz added, "Our significant operating cash flows in excess of routine and development capital spending, as well as our $420 million of available credit going into 2013, provide the financial strength to further reposition the Company's business mix and advance our Continue the Care strategy in our integrated care markets."

Looking forward to 2013, Mr. Diaz remarked, "The volume momentum that we saw in December has carried over nicely into our first quarter. Based on our January results, we believe that the new year is off to a strong start."

Earnings Guidance - Continuing Operations

The Company maintained its previous earnings guidance for 2013. The Company expects consolidated revenues for 2013 to approximate $5.9 billion. Operating income, or earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization and rent, is expected to range from $794 million to $810 million. Rent expense is expected to approximate $387 million, while depreciation and amortization should approximate $189 million. Net interest expense is expected to approximate $113 million. The Company expects to report income from continuing operations for 2013 between $60 million and $70 million or $1.10 to $1.30 per diluted share (based upon diluted shares of 52.7 million).

The Company re-affirmed its operating cash flow guidance for 2013 at a range between $230 million and $250 million. Estimated routine capital expenditures for 2013 are expected to range from $120 million to $130 million. In addition to its routine capital expenditures, the Company re-affirmed that its development of new or replacement transitional care ("TC") hospitals, transitional care centers, and inpatient rehabilitation hospitals ("IRFs") will approximate $20 million to $30 million in 2013. Operating cash flows in excess of the Company's routine and development capital spending programs, which are expected to approximate $90 million for 2013, will be available to repay debt and fund acquisitions.

The Company's earnings guidance for 2013 assumes (a) reductions in Medicare payments for rehabilitation therapy services, including those contained in the Taxpayer Relief Act, expected to range from $25 million to $30 million on an annual basis, and (b) sequestration cuts of 2% related to all of its Medicare revenues that will begin on April 1, 2013. In addition, the guidance assumes that the previously announced exit in 2013 from 54 nursing centers leased from Ventas will be reflected as discontinued operations effective January 1, 2013. The earnings guidance also excludes the effect of any other reimbursement changes, any future acquisitions or dispositions, any impairment charges, and any repurchases of common stock.

In light of the significant reimbursement pressures in 2012, and the expected further reimbursement reductions that are projected to aggregate approximately $100 million in 2013, the Company has focused its efforts on reducing costs and streamlining its operations across the enterprise without impacting the quality of its services. These initiatives have been pursued under the direction of an internal project management team commonly referred to as Project Apollo. Among other things, Project Apollo is driving various structural changes in human resources, sales, marketing and finance under a shared service model that more efficiently meets the needs of the Company's four major operating divisions. Other areas of emphasis include a re-design of the Company's employee health plan (including the introduction of higher deductible plans complimented by Company-funded health savings accounts) as well as certain refinements to employee compensation using a market-based total rewards program.

Project Apollo is expected to result in $60 million to $70 million of cost savings in 2013, with a fully implemented annual impact of more than $90 million in 2014.

In the context of Project Apollo, the Company recently initiated a pay freeze across the enterprise and is pursuing certain other cost reductions in 2013. However, in an effort to remain competitive in the marketplace (without increasing its structural costs), the Company will pay a one-time bonus to approximately 47,000 employees who do not participate in the Company's incentive compensation program. The aggregate pretax cost of this one-time item is expected to approximate $25 million and is not included in the Company's annual 2013 earnings guidance.

While the Company does not provide quarterly earnings guidance, investors are advised that the Company's new employee health plan for 2013 requires that a larger portion of the Company's costs be funded in the first quarter of the year. While the Company expects its aggregate employee health costs for the full year to be flat with 2012 levels, first quarter 2013 costs will be approximately $8 million higher than the same period last year and the subsequent three fiscal quarters will, in aggregate, be lower in costs by the same amount.

Conference Call

As previously announced, investors and the general public may access a live webcast of the fourth quarter 2012 conference call through a link on the Company's website at http://investors.kindredhealthcare.com or at www.earnings.com. The conference call will be held February 26 at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern Time).

A telephone replay of the conference call will become available at approximately 12:00 p.m. on February 26 by dialing 888-203-1112, access code: 9258742. The replay will be available through March 8.

As previously announced, Mr. Diaz will make a presentation regarding the Company at the Citi Global Healthcare Conference in New York City on Tuesday, February 26, 2013, at 2:15 p.m. Eastern Time. He will also take part in a discussion with Frank G. Morgan, CFA, Managing Director, Equity Research: Healthcare Services, at the RBC Capital Markets Healthcare Conference in New York City on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time).

In addition, Benjamin A. Breier, President and Chief Operating Officer, will make a presentation regarding the Company at the J.P. Morgan Global High Yield and Leveraged Finance Conference in Miami, Florida, on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. (Eastern Time).

An updated investor presentation will be available on the Company's website prior to these meetings.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes 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. All statements regarding the Company's expected future financial position, results of operations, cash flows, financing plans, business strategy, budgets, capital expenditures, competitive positions, growth opportunities, plans and objectives of management and statements containing the words such as "anticipate," "approximate," "believe," "plan," "estimate," "expect," "project," "could," "should," "will," "intend," "may" and other similar expressions, are forward-looking statements.

Such forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain, and stockholders and other potential investors must recognize that actual results may differ materially from the Company's expectations as a result of a variety of factors, including, without limitation, those discussed below. Such forward-looking statements are based upon management's current expectations and include known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which the Company is unable to predict or control, that may cause the Company's actual results or performance to differ materially from any future results or performance expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors discussed below and detailed from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

In addition to the factors set forth above, other factors that may affect the Company's plans, results or stock price include, without limitation, (a) the impact of healthcare reform, which will initiate significant changes to the United States healthcare system, including potential material changes to the delivery of healthcare services and the reimbursement paid for such services by the government or other third party payors, including reforms resulting from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Healthcare Education and Reconciliation Act (collectively, the "ACA") or future deficit reduction measures adopted at the federal or state level. Healthcare reform is affecting each of the Company's businesses in some manner. Potential future efforts in the U.S. Congress to repeal, amend, modify or retract funding for various aspects of the ACA create additional uncertainty about the ultimate impact of the ACA on the Company and the healthcare industry. Due to the substantial regulatory changes that will need to be implemented by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ("CMS") and others, and the numerous processes required to implement these reforms, the Company cannot predict which healthcare initiatives will be implemented at the federal or state level, the timing of any such reforms, or the effect such reforms or any other future legislation or regulation will have on the Company's business, financial position, results of operations and liquidity, (b) the impact of final rules issued by CMS on August 1, 2012 which, among other things, will reduce Medicare reimbursement to the Company's TC hospitals in 2013 and beyond by imposing a budget neutrality adjustment and modifying the short-stay outlier rules, (c) the impact of final rules issued by CMS on July 29, 2011 which significantly reduced Medicare reimbursement to the Company's nursing centers and changed payments for the provision of group therapy services effective October 1, 2011, (d) the impact of the Budget Control Act of 2011 (as amended by the Taxpayer Relief Act) which will automatically reduce federal spending by approximately $1.2 trillion split evenly between domestic and defense spending. At this time, the Company believes that the automatic 2% reduction on each claim submitted to Medicare will begin on April 1, 2013, (e) the impact of the Taxpayer Relief Act which, among other things, reduces Medicare payments by 50% for subsequent procedures when multiple therapy services are provided on the same day. At this time, the Company believes that the new rules related to multiple therapy services will reduce the Company's Medicare revenues by $25 million to $30 million on an annual basis, (f) changes in the reimbursement rates or the methods or timing of payment from third party payors, including commercial payors and the Medicare and Medicaid programs, changes arising from and related to the Medicare prospective payment system for long-term acute care ("LTAC") hospitals, including potential changes in the Medicare payment rules, the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003, and changes in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement for the Company's TC hospitals, nursing centers, IRFs and home health and hospice operations, and the expiration of the Medicare Part B therapy cap exception process, (g) the effects of additional legislative changes and government regulations, interpretation of regulations and changes in the nature and enforcement of regulations governing the healthcare industry, (h) the ability of the Company's hospitals to adjust to potential LTAC certification and medical necessity reviews, (i) the impact of the Company's significantly increased levels of indebtedness as a result of the RehabCare acquisition on the Company's funding costs, operating flexibility and ability to fund ongoing operations, development capital expenditures or other strategic acquisitions with additional borrowings, (j) the Company's ability to successfully pursue its development activities, including through acquisitions, and successfully integrate new operations, including the realization of anticipated revenues, economies of scale, cost savings and productivity gains associated with such operations, as and when planned, including the potential impact of unanticipated issues, expenses and liabilities associated with those activities, (k) the failure of the Company's facilities to meet applicable licensure and certification requirements, (l) the further consolidation and cost containment efforts of managed care organizations and other third party payors, (m) the Company's ability to meet its rental and debt service obligations, (n) the Company's ability to operate pursuant to the terms of its debt obligations, and comply with its covenants thereunder, and its ability to operate pursuant to its master lease agreements with Ventas, (o) the condition of the financial markets, including volatility and weakness in the equity, capital and credit markets, which could limit the availability and terms of debt and equity financing sources to fund the requirements of the Company's businesses, or which could negatively impact the Company's investment portfolio, (p) national and regional economic, financial, business and political conditions, including their effect on the availability and cost of labor, credit, materials and other services, (q) the Company's ability to control costs, particularly labor and employee benefit costs, (r) increased operating costs due to shortages in qualified nurses, therapists and other healthcare personnel, (s) the Company's ability to attract and retain key executives and other healthcare personnel, (t) the increase in the costs of defending and insuring against alleged professional liability and other claims and the Company's ability to predict the estimated costs related to such claims, including the impact of differences in actuarial assumptions and estimates compared to eventual outcomes, (u) the Company's ability to successfully reduce (by divestiture of operations or otherwise) its exposure to professional liability and other claims, (v) the Company's ability to successfully dispose of unprofitable facilities, (w) events or circumstances which could result in the impairment of an asset or other charges, such as the impact of Medicare reimbursement regulations that resulted in the Company recording significant impairment charges in 2012 and 2011, (x) changes in generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") or practices, and changes in tax accounting or tax laws (or authoritative interpretations relating to any of these matters), and (y) the Company's ability to maintain an effective system of internal control over financial reporting. Many of these factors are beyond the Company's control. The Company cautions investors that any forward-looking statements made by the Company are not guarantees of future performance. The Company disclaims any obligation to update any such factors or to announce publicly the results of any revisions to any of the forward-looking statements to reflect future events or developments.

In addition to the results provided in accordance with GAAP, the Company has provided information in this release to compute certain non-GAAP measurements for the fourth quarter and years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011 before certain charges or on a core basis. A reconciliation of the non-GAAP measurements to the GAAP measurements is included in this press release.

As noted above, the Company's earnings release includes a financial measure referred to as operating income, or earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization and rent. The Company's management uses operating income as a meaningful measure of operational performance in addition to other measures. The Company uses operating income to assess the relative performance of its operating divisions as well as the employees that operate these businesses. In addition, the Company believes this measurement is important because securities analysts and investors use this measurement to compare the Company's performance to other companies in the healthcare industry. The Company believes that income (loss) from continuing operations is the most comparable GAAP measure. Readers of the Company's financial information should consider income (loss) from continuing operations as an important measure of the Company's financial performance because it provides the most complete measure of its performance. Operating income should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures based upon GAAP as an indicator of operating performance. A reconciliation of operating income to income (loss) from continuing operations provided in the Condensed Business Segment Data is included in this press release.

About Kindred Healthcare

Kindred Healthcare, Inc., a top-125 private employer in the United States, is a FORTUNE 500 healthcare services company based in Louisville, Kentucky with annual revenues of $6 billion and approximately 78,000 employees in 46 states. At December 31, 2012, Kindred through its subsidiaries provided healthcare services in 2,203 locations, including 116 transitional care hospitals, six inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, 223 nursing centers, 27 sub-acute units, 101 hospice, home care and private duty locations, 105 inpatient rehabilitation units (hospital-based) and a contract rehabilitation services business, RehabCare, which served 1,625 non-affiliated facilities. Ranked as one of Fortune magazine's Most Admired Healthcare Companies for four years in a row, Kindred's mission is to promote healing, provide hope, preserve dignity and produce value for each patient, resident, family member, customer, employee and shareholder we serve. For more information, go to www.kindredhealthcare.com.

     
KINDRED HEALTHCARE, INC.
Financial Summary
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
 
Three months endedYear ended
December 31,December 31,
2012201120122011
 
Revenues$1,547,721 $1,517,435 $6,181,291 $5,503,928 
 
Loss from continuing operations$(79,892)$(65,534)$(32,371)$(48,053)
Discontinued operations, net of income taxes:
Loss from operations(5)(6,355)(2,208)(5,666)
Loss on divestiture of operations (939) -  (4,745) - 
Loss from discontinued operations (944) (6,355) (6,953) (5,666)
Net loss(80,836)(71,889)(39,324)(53,719)
(Earnings) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests (790) 58  (1,043) 238 
Loss attributable to Kindred$(81,626)$(71,831)$(40,367)$(53,481)
 
Amounts attributable to Kindred stockholders:
Loss from continuing operations$(80,682)$(65,476)$(33,414)$(47,815)
Loss from discontinued operations (944) (6,355) (6,953) (5,666)
Net loss$(81,626)$(71,831)$(40,367)$(53,481)
 
Loss per common share:
Basic:
Loss from continuing operations$(1.56)$(1.28)$(0.65)$(1.04)
Discontinued operations:
Loss from operations-(0.12)(0.04)(0.12)
Loss on divestiture of operations (0.02) -  (0.09) - 
Net loss$(1.58)$(1.40)$(0.78)$(1.16)
 
Diluted:
Loss from continuing operations$(1.56)$(1.28)$(0.65)$(1.04)
Discontinued operations:
Loss from operations-(0.12)(0.04)(0.12)
Loss on divestiture of operations (0.02) -  (0.09) - 
Net loss$(1.58)$(1.40)$(0.78)$(1.16)
 
Shares used in computing loss per common share:
Basic51,69251,33551,65946,280
Diluted51,69251,33551,65946,280
     
KINDRED HEALTHCARE, INC.
Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
 
Three months endedYear ended
December 31,December 31,
201220112012<
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