Emeritus Announces Operating Results for First Quarter 2013

Emeritus Announces Operating Results for First Quarter 2013

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Emeritus Corporation (NYS: ESC) , a national provider of senior living services, today announced its first quarter 2013 results.

Operating Summary for First Quarter 2013 Compared to First Quarter 2012

  • Community and management fee revenue increased 43.5% to $463.5 million
  • Adjusted EBITDAR increased $34.2 million, or 38.3% to $123.5 million
  • Adjusted CFFO per share grew 10.3% to $0.43
  • Total Portfolio Same Community (as defined below) average monthly revenue per occupied unit increased 2.9% to $4,007
  • Total Portfolio Same Community average occupancy improved 30 basis points to 86.3%

Granger Cobb, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We achieved solid growth in our total portfolio of communities in the first quarter, with improvements in occupancy and rate. We are very optimistic about the Emeritus growth profile as we expect to benefit from ongoing operating improvements and the embedded growth potential in our 482 communities, including the recently consolidated "HCP-133" communities. We are also pleased with the early integration of Nurse on Call home healthcare services into our Florida communities and the opportunity that it will provide in the coming years."

2013 First Quarter Consolidated Results

Community and management fee revenues increased $140.5 million, or 43.5%, to $463.5 million in the first quarter of 2013, compared to $323.0 million in the first quarter of 2012. The increase in revenues resulted primarily from the Company's lease and ownership acquisition of 142 communities in the fourth quarter of 2012 and first quarter of 2013 that we previously managed for a joint venture (the "Blackstone JV"). The increase in revenues was also attributable to the Company's fourth quarter 2012 acquisition of Nurse on Call, Inc. Additionally, revenues for those consolidated communities that Emeritus has continuously operated since January 1, 2012 ("Consolidated Same Community") increased $8.3 million in the first quarter of 2013, as a result of improved rate per unit. As of March 31, 2013, the consolidated Emeritus portfolio consisted of 466 communities, of which 323 communities are included in the Company's definition of Consolidated Same Community.

Total average monthly revenue per occupied unit for the consolidated portfolio was $4,012 in the first quarter of 2013 compared to $4,115 in the first quarter of 2012. The consolidated rate decrease was attributable to the acquisition of the Blackstone JV communities, which have lower average rates than the legacy Emeritus communities. In the first quarter of 2013, total average occupancy for the consolidated portfolio was 86.4% compared to 86.6% in the first quarter of 2012. As a result of the Blackstone JV transaction, the Company added 133 leased communities and nine owned communities to its consolidated portfolio in the fourth quarter of 2012 and the first quarter of 2013; all but five of these communities have been managed by Emeritus since the second half of 2010. For all communities continuously under Emeritus management since January 1, 2012 ("Total Portfolio Same Community"), monthly revenue per occupied unit increased 2.9% from the first quarter of 2012 to 2013, and average occupancy improved by 30 basis points over the same period.

Community and ancillary operating expenses were $323.7 million in the first quarter of 2013 compared to $213.5 million in the 2012 period. The increase was due primarily to acquisition-related activities. Community operating expenses in the Consolidated Same Community portfolio increased $8.4 million, or 4.0%, due to increases in professional liability insurance, facility maintenance, salaries and benefits, taxes and licenses, supplies, and other expenses.

Community and ancillary operating income grew $34.5 million, or 33.1%, to $139.0 million in the first quarter of 2013, compared to the first quarter of 2012. Community and ancillary operating income margin was 30.0% in the 2013 first quarter compared to 32.9% in the 2012 period. Total Portfolio Same Community operating margin was 32.4% in the 2013 first quarter, compared to 32.7% in the 2012 period.

Excluding noncash stock-based compensation expenses, senior living general and administrative expenses as a percent of total operated senior living community revenue were 5.0% in the first quarter of 2013, compared to 4.8% in the first quarter of 2012. The increase primarily reflects increases in employee compensation and benefits as well as higher professional fees.

For the first quarter of 2013, Adjusted EBITDAR increased $34.2 million, or 38.3%, to $123.5 million, with the increase primarily driven by the increase in community operating income. Adjusted CFFO per share increased 10.3% to $0.43 per share, compared to $0.39 per share in the first quarter of 2012.

2013 First Quarter Financing Activities

In February 2013, Nurse On Call entered into a $50 million credit facility with a syndicate of banks. The loan has a four-year term with an initial interest rate equal to LIBOR plus 4.75%. Principal payments of $1.875 million are due quarterly.

In March 2013, pursuant to an underwritten secondary public offering, certain Emeritus shareholders completed the sale of 7,973,600 shares of the Company's common stock held by them. In connection with the underwriter's exercise of its over-allotment option, the Company sold 1,196,040 newly issued shares and received net cash proceeds of $31.3 million.

During the 2013 first quarter, the Company prepaid approximately $43 million of principal on notes payable to Health Care REIT, Inc. The weighted average interest rate on the principal reductions was 9.1%. During the second quarter of 2013, the Company intends to prepay $30 million of principal on notes payable to Ventas, Inc., which bears interest at 8.8%.

2013 Guidance Update

The Company provides guidance for the Company's existing portfolio and excludes the impact from future acquisitions and dispositions.

The Company's guidance for 2013 is as follows:

  • Community and management fee revenue in the range of $1.85 billion to $1.90 billion
  • Routine capital expenditures in the range of $28.0 million to $30.0 million
  • Senior living general and administrative expenses as a percent of total senior living operated revenue of approximately 4.9%, excluding non-cash stock-based compensation expenses
  • Adjusted CFFO in the range of $2.10 to $2.20 per share

Webcast and Conference Call

The Company will host a webcast and conference call on Thursday, May 2, 2013, at 5:00 P.M. Eastern Time to discuss its financial results for the first quarter of 2013.

The conference call will be webcast live over the internet from the Company's web site at www.emeritus.com under the "Investors" section. The conference call can also be accessed by dialing (877) 705-6003, or for international participants (201) 493-6725. A replay of the conference call will be available after 8:00 P.M. Eastern Time on Thursday, May 2, 2013, until midnight Eastern Time on Thursday, May 9, 2013. The dial-in numbers for the replay are (877) 870-5176 or, for international participants, (858) 384-5517. To access the telephonic replay, enter the conference ID 412664.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted EBITDA/EBITDAR and CFFO are financial measures of operating performance that are not calculated in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). The Company believes that these non-GAAP measures are useful in identifying trends in day-to-day performance because they exclude items that are of little or no significance to operations and provide indicators to management of progress in achieving optimal operating performance. In addition, these measures are used by many research analysts and investors to evaluate the performance and the value of companies in the senior living industry. The Company strongly urges you to review the reconciliation of net loss to Adjusted EBITDA/EBITDAR and the reconciliation of net cash provided by operating activities to CFFO, provided below, along with the Company's consolidated balance sheets, statements of operations, and statements of cash flows. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA/EBITDAR and CFFO and provides other information about these non-GAAP measures in the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended March 31, 2013, to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The table below shows the reconciliation of net loss to Adjusted EBITDA/EBITDAR for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012 (in thousands):

 Three Months Ended
March 31,
2013 2012
Net loss$ (39,665)$ (19,395)
Depreciation and amortization45,21832,570
Interest income(110)(104)
Interest expense72,19939,045
Net equity losses for unconsolidated joint ventures12392
Income tax provision1,106272
Amortization of above/below market rents1,2461,754
Amortization of deferred gains(248)(269)
Gain on early extinguishment of debt(493)-
Stock-based compensation3,3312,845
Change in fair value of derivative financial instruments(5)211
Deferred revenue2,088(299)
Deferred straight-line rent2161,202
Impairment of long-lived assets-2,135
Transaction costs647321
Self-insurance reserve adjustments  7,482   397 
Adjusted EBITDA93,02461,077
Community lease expense, net  30,502   28,215 
Adjusted EBITDAR$ 123,526 $ 89,292 

The following table shows the reconciliation of net cash provided by operating activities to CFFO, and CFFO as adjusted for transaction costs and self-insurance reserves related to prior years (in thousands):

 Three Months Ended
March 31,
2013 2012
Net cash provided by operating activities$ 27,761$ 26,192
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net(5,044)(1,264)
Repayment of capital lease and financing obligations(6,001)(3,894)
Recurring capital expenditures(5,661)(4,455)
Distributions from unconsolidated joint ventures (1)  177   26 
Cash From Facility Operations11,23216,605
Transaction costs647306
Self-insurance reserve adjustments, prior years  7,482   397 
Adjusted Cash From Facility Operations$ 19,361 $ 17,308 
CFFO per share$0.25$0.37
Adjusted CFFO per share0.430.39

(1) Excludes distributions resulting from the Blackstone JV transaction, the sale of communities, and refinancing of debt.

Recurring capital expenditures are actual costs incurred to maintain the Company's communities for their intended business purpose and exclude expenditures for community acquisitions, expenditures incurred in the months immediately following acquisition (and specifically excludes the $30.0 million capital commitment under the lease for the former Blackstone JV communities), new construction and expansions, ROI-designated projects, computer hardware and software, and vehicles.

For a more detailed understanding of Emeritus, please refer to the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended March 31, 2013, to be filed with the SEC, or visit the Company's web site at www.emeritus.com to obtain copies.

About Emeritus

Emeritus Senior Living is the nation's largest assisted living and memory care provider, with the ability to serve nearly 50,000 residents. Over 30,000 employees support more than 480 communities throughout 45 states coast to coast. Emeritus offers the spectrum of senior residential choices, care options and life enrichment programs that fulfill individual needs and promote purposeful living throughout the aging process. Its experts provide insights on senior living, care, wellness, brain health, caregiving and family topics at www.Emeritus.com, which also offers details on the organization's services. Emeritus' common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ESC.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995:A number of the matters and subject areas discussed in this report that are not historical or current facts deal with potential future circumstances, operations, and prospects.The discussion of such matters and subject areas is qualified by the inherent risks and uncertainties surrounding future expectations generally, and also may materially differ from our actual future experience as a result of such factors as: the effects of competition and economic conditions on the occupancy levels in our communities; our ability under current market conditions to maintain and increase our resident charges without adversely affecting occupancy levels; successfully integrating home health agency services into our senior living communities; uncertainties regarding government-reimbursement programs for our services; increases in interest costs as a result of refinancings; our ability to control community operation expenses without adversely affecting the level of occupancy and the level of resident charges; our ability to generate cash flow sufficient to service our debt and other fixed payment requirements; our ability to find sources of financing and capital on satisfactory terms to meet our cash requirements to the extent that they are not met by operations, and uncertainties related to professional liability and workers' compensation claims.We have attempted to identify, in context, certain of the factors that we currently believe may cause actual future experience and results to differ from our current expectations regarding the relevant matter or subject area.These and other risks and uncertainties are detailed in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including "Item 1A. Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 filed with the SEC.The Company undertakes no obligation to update the information provided herein.




(In thousands, except share data)

March 31,December 31,
Current Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$ 113,524$ 59,795
Short-term investments5,8984,910
Trade accounts receivable, net of allowance of $7,871 and $7,17955,10153,138
Other receivables24,21728,533
Tax, insurance, and maintenance escrows23,47023,813
Prepaid insurance expense23,31424,297
Deferred tax asset28,29933,781
Other prepaid expenses and current assets  12,794   12,185 
Total current assets286,617240,452
Investments in unconsolidated joint ventures2,3722,513
Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $577,386 and $533,7104,016,1694,011,884
Restricted deposits and escrows54,13150,671
Other intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization of $35,752 and $47,547130,319131,971
Other assets, net  33,839   36,503 
Total assets$ 4,709,671 $ 4,660,750 
Current Liabilities:
Current portion of long-term debt$81,218$49,381
Current portion of capital lease and financing obligations27,36925,736
Trade accounts payable26,61114,244
Accrued employee compensation and benefits47,83553,606
Accrued interest8,5178,467
Accrued real estate taxes13,22216,432
Accrued insurance liabilities44,71544,867
Other accrued expenses32,08330,291
Deferred revenue24,50522,417
Unearned rental income  26,808   30,552 
Total current liabilities332,883295,993
Long-term debt obligations, less current portion1,527,1311,558,936
Capital lease and financing obligations, less current portion2,432,2822,384,857
Deferred gain on sale of communities3,4953,743
Deferred straight-line rent64,13663,920
Other long-term liabilities  127,944   128,472 
Total liabilities  4,487,871   4,435,921 
Redeemable noncontrolling interest6,41710,105
Commitments and contingencies
Shareholders' Equity and Noncontrolling Interest:
Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value. Authorized 20,000,000 shares, none issued--

Common stock, $0.0001 par value. Authorized 100,000,000 shares, issued and outstanding 47,364,944 and 45,814,988 shares

Additional paid-in capital879,874839,511
Accumulated deficit  (667,849)  (628,093)
Total Emeritus Corporation shareholders' equity212,030211,423
Noncontrolling interest  3,353   3,301 
Total shareholders' equity  215,383   214,724 
Total liabilities, shareholders' equity, and noncontrolling interest$ 4,709,671 $ 4,660,750 
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(In thousands, except per share data)

 Three Months Ended
March 31,
2013 2012
Community and ancillary services revenue$ 462,719$ 317,923
Management fees  785   5,056 
Community and management fee revenue463,504322,979
Reimbursed costs incurred on behalf of managed communities