LifePoint Hospitals Reports Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2012 Results

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LifePoint Hospitals Reports Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2012 Results

Fourth Quarter Revenue of $893.3 Million Up 14.3% Over Prior Year Period

Company Issues 2013 Adjusted EBITDA Guidance of $540 - $570 million

BRENTWOOD, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. (NAS: LPNT) today announced results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2012.

For the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2012, revenues from continuing operations were $893.3 million, up 14.3% from $781.3 million for the same period a year ago. Income from continuing operations attributable to LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. stockholders for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2012, decreased 3.3% to $36.5 million, or $0.76 per diluted share, compared with $37.7 million, or $0.78 per diluted share, for the same period a year ago.

For the year ended December 31, 2012, revenues from continuing operations were $3,391.8 million, up 12.1% from $3,026.1 million for 2011. Income from continuing operations attributable to LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. stockholders for 2012 decreased 6.6% to $151.9 million, or $3.14 per diluted share, compared with $162.7 million, or $3.22 per diluted share, for 2011.

In commenting on the results, William F. Carpenter III, chairman and chief executive officer of LifePoint Hospitals, said, "In the fourth quarter, LifePoint delivered improved volumes, good cost controls, strong cash flow from operations and earnings at the top end of our revised guidance range. We are identifying new opportunities to purchase hospitals that we believe will complement our strategy to develop regional integrated health systems. Our balanced approach to capital deployment has allowed us to create value for shareholders, and we look forward to the opportunities ahead in 2013."

On February 6, 2013, the Company amended its senior secured credit agreement with, among others, Citibank, N.A., as administrative agent, and the lenders party thereto pursuant to which it issued $325.0 million of incremental term loans (the "Incremental Term Loans"). The Company currently intends to use the proceeds from the Incremental Term Loans to repurchase $225.0 million of its 3¼% convertible senior subordinated debentures due August 15, 2025, that are putable by the holders thereof to the Company on February 15, 2013, and, subject to market conditions, callable by the Company on or after February 20, 2013, as well as to pay fees and expenses related to the issuance of the Incremental Term Loans. The Company intends to use the remaining proceeds of the Incremental Term Loans for general corporate purposes.

The Company also issued the following guidance for 2013:
Estimated Net Revenue$3.65 - $3.75 billion
Estimated Adjusted EBITDA$540 - $570 million
Estimated Diluted EPS$2.73 - $3.11

A listen-only simulcast, as well as a 30-day replay, of LifePoint Hospitals' fourth quarter and year-end 2012 conference call will be available on line at and today, Friday, February 15, 2013, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time.

LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. is a leading hospital company focused on providing quality healthcare services close to home. Through its subsidiaries, LifePoint operates 57 hospital campuses in 20 states. With a mission of "Making Communities Healthier®," LifePoint is the sole community hospital provider in the majority of the communities it serves. More information about the Company, which is headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee, can be found on its website, All references to "LifePoint," "LifePoint Hospitals," or the "Company" used in this release refer to LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. or its affiliates.

Important Legal Information.Certain statements contained in this release, including LifePoint's guidance for the year ended December 31, 2013, are based on current management expectations and are "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, and are intended to qualify for the safe harbor protections from liability provided by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.Numerous factors exist which may cause results to differ from these expectations.Many of the factors that will determine our future results are beyond our ability to control or predict with accuracy.Such forward-looking statements reflect the current expectations and beliefs of the management of LifePoint, are not guarantees of performance and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that could cause actual results to differ from those described in the forward-looking statements.These forward-looking statements may also be subject to other risk factors and uncertainties, including without limitation: (i) the effects related to the enactment and implementation of healthcare reform, the possible enactment of additional federal or state healthcare reforms and possible changes in healthcare reform laws and other federal, state or local laws or regulations affecting the healthcare industry including the timing of the implementation of reform; (ii) the extent to which states support increases, decreases or changes in Medicaid programs, implement healthcare exchanges or alter the provision of healthcare to state residents through regulation or otherwise; (iii) delays in receiving payments for services provided, reductions in Medicare or Medicaid payments (including increased recoveries made by Recovery Audit Contractors (RAC) and similar governmental agents), compared to the timing of expanded coverage; (iv) reductions in reimbursements from commercial payors, whether due to a change in our revenue mix, service mix, reduction in commercial rates or otherwise; (v) our ability to acquire hospitals and other healthcare providerson favorable terms, the business risks and costs associated therewith and the uncertainty in operating and integrating such hospitals and other providers; (vi) our ongoing ability to demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health record technology and recognize income for the related Medicare or Medicaid incentive payments ; (vii) the failure or closure of employers in our markets, especially those that are dependent on a small number of local employers; (viii) the growth of "bad debt" and "patient due" accounts, the number of individuals without insurance coverage (or who are underinsured) who seek care at our hospitals, and deterioration in the collectability of these accounts; (ix) changes in general economic conditions nationally and regionally in our markets; (x) whether our core strategies will result in anticipated operating results, including measureable quality and satisfaction improvements; (xi) whether our efforts to reduce the cost of providing healthcare while increasing the quality of care are successful; (xii) the ability to attract, recruit and retain qualified physicians, nurses, medical technicians and other healthcare professionals and the increasing costs associated with doing so, including the direct costs associated with employing physicians and other healthcare professionals; (xiii) the loss of certain physicians in markets where such a loss can have a disproportionate impact on our hospital in such market; (xiv) the application, interpretation and enforcement of increasingly stringent and complex laws and regulations governing our operations and healthcare generally (and changing interpretations of applicable laws and regulations), related enforcement activity and the potentially adverse impact of known and unknown government investigations, litigation and other claims that may be made against us; (xv) any interruption of or restriction in our access to licensed information (and information technology systems) or failure in our ability to integrate changes to LifePoint's existing information systems or information systems of acquired hospitals; (xvi) the highly competitive nature of the health care business; (xvii) adverse events in states where a large portion of our revenues are concentrated; (xviii) the availability and terms of capital to fund the expansion of our business and improvements to our existing facilities, and any changes in accounting practices; (xix) liabilities resulting from potential malpractice and related legal claims brought against our hospitals or the healthcare providers associated with, or employed by, such hospitals or affiliated entities; (xx) our increased dependence on third parties to provide purchasing, revenue cycle and payroll services and information technology and whether they are able to do so effectively; (xxi) the continued viability of Duke - LifePoint Healthcare and our partnership with Duke University Medical Center; and (xxii) those other risks and uncertainties described from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Specifically, without limiting the cautionary statements made above, with respect to our guidance for the year ended December 31, 2013, management has assumed, among other things, that (1) RAC activity and the level of one day stays in 2013 will be similar to that in 2012 and (2) governmental and commercial payor reimbursements will remain as projected.Therefore, our future results may differ materially from those described in this release.LifePoint undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, or to make any other forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

All references to "our," "LifePoint," "LifePoint Hospitals" and the "Company" as used throughout this release refer to LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. and its subsidiaries.




Dollars in millions, except per share amounts


Three Months Ended
December 31,

Year Ended
December 31,

2012 20112012 2011

% of


% of



% of


% of

Revenues before provision for doubtful accounts

Provision for doubtful accounts 159.8  135.1  624.4  518.5 
Salaries and benefits424.347.5353.545.21,554.545.81,364.745.1
Other operating expenses209.623.4186.624.0799.123.5682.422.6
Other income(17.3)(1.9)(11.5)(1.5)(32.0)(0.9)(26.7)(0.9)
Depreciation and amortization53.
Interest expense, net24.32.725.53.3100.03.0107.13.5
Debt extinguishment costs----4.40.1--
Impairment charges 0.9 0.1  - -  4.0 0.1  - - 
 837.1 93.7  721.7 92.4  3,147.7 92.8  2,762.8 91.3 

Income from continuing operations before income taxes

Provision for income taxes 18.7 2.1  21.3 2.7  88.5 2.6  97.8 3.2 
Income from continuing operations37.

(Loss) income from discontinued operations, net of income taxes

 (0.2)-  - -  - -  0.2 - 
Net income37.
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests (1.0)(0.1) (0.6)(0.1) (3.7)(0.1) (2.8)(0.1)
Net income attributable to LifePoint Hospitals, Inc.$36.3 4.1%$37.7 4.8%$151.9 4.5%$162.9 5.4%

Basic earnings (loss) per share attributable to LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. stockholders:

Continuing operations$0.78$0.80$3.22$3.30
Discontinued operations (0.01) -  -  - 
Net income$0.77 $0.80 $3.22 $3.30 
Diluted earnings (loss) per share attributable to LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. stockholders:
Continuing operations$0.76$0.78$3.14$3.22
Discontinued operations (0.01) -  -  - 
Net income$0.75 $0.78 $3.14 $3.22 

Amounts attributable to LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. stockholders:

Income from continuing operations, net of income taxes


(Loss) income from discontinued operations, net of income taxes

 (0.2) -  -  0.2 
Net income$36.3 $37.7 $151.9 $162.9 

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In millions, except per share amounts


Three Months Ended
December 31,

Year Ended
December 31,

2012 20112012 2011
Income from continuing operations$37.5$38.3$155.6$165.5
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests (1.0) (0.6) (3.7) (2.8)

Income from continuing operations attributable to LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. stockholders

(Loss) income from discontinued operations, net of income taxes (0.2) -  -  0.2