SAN DIEGO, May 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. (NYSE: AHS) today announced operating results for the first quarter 2009, which were in line with management's expectations. Financial highlights include:
Q1 2009 Q1 2008 % Chg Revenue $250 million $294 million (15%) Adjusted EBITDA* $17 million $24 million (29%) Adjusted Diluted EPS* $0.11 $0.26 (58%) Cash Flow from Operations $38 million $17 million 123% GAAP Net Income ($122 million) $9 million NM GAAP Diluted EPS ($3.74) $0.26 NM * See "Supplemental Financial and Operating Data" for a reconciliation of non-GAAP items. NM - Not meaningful
"The strength of our differentiated business model, our focus on quality and our customer loyalty is becoming even more evident in this tight market environment. Over the last year, we have been able to grow market share and strengthen our leading position. At the same time, we continue to expand our market opportunity and make investments in our future through progress with new service lines," said Susan R. Nowakowski, President and Chief Executive Officer of AMN Healthcare. "We remain disciplined in streamlining our cost structure to deal with short-term volume trends and are prudently deleveraging our balance sheet by taking advantage of our strong cash flow generation."
Key business highlights include:
For the first quarter of 2009, revenue for the Nurse and Allied staffing segment was $164 million, a decrease of 20% from the same quarter last year and 21% sequentially. The Locum Tenens staffing segment generated revenue of $75 million, a decrease of 2% from the same quarter last year and sequentially. The Physician Permanent Placement segment provided revenue of $11 million, a decrease of 17% from the same quarter last year and 10% sequentially.
Gross margin during the first quarter of 2009 was 25.6%, generally unchanged from the previous quarter, but down 75 bps as compared to 26.4% for the same quarter last year. The year over year decline mainly reflected continued lower revenue mix from the relatively high margin business line of international nursing and narrower margins in the travel nursing business.
Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses for the first quarter of 2009, excluding $0.9 million in non-recurring legal expenses, were 19.7% as a percentage of revenue as compared to 18.8% in the same quarter last year. While SG&A increased as a percentage of revenue due to negative operating leverage, SG&A excluding the non-recurring legal expenses declined in absolute terms by $5.9 million, or 11%, over prior year and by $6.0 million, or 11%, sequentially, as cost-saving initiatives begun in the previous quarter took hold.
As a result of certain cost-reduction actions, the company recorded $2.9 million in restructuring charges, consisting mainly of severance payments related to workforce reductions as well as lease-related charges associated with facility consolidations. Also, in accordance with accounting rule FAS 142, the company incurred $176 million in non-cash impairment charges relating to goodwill and certain other intangible assets resulting from a combination of the company's depressed equity market value and lower projected near-term growth rates for the healthcare staffing industry. These trends reflect the current downturn in the U.S. economy in general and, in particular, the continued deterioration in labor markets since the beginning of 2009. These impairment charges are non-cash expenses and will not have any impact on the company's cash position, future cash flows or debt covenants.
First quarter GAAP net loss per diluted share was ($3.74) and included the negative impacts of $3.78 of non-cash goodwill and other intangible asset impairment charges, $0.05 of restructuring charges and $0.02 of non-recurring legal costs.
Total debt outstanding at March 31, 2009 was $119.5 million, yielding a leverage ratio of 1.3. Total average diluted shares outstanding for the first quarter of 2009 were 32.6 million.
Credit Facility Update
The company has secured an amendment to its credit agreement that increases the maximum allowable leverage ratio and extends the revolver tenor one year to match that of the term loan. The interest rate on the term debt remains unchanged at LIBOR plus 1.75% and the rate on the revolver increases 2.0%.
Business Trends and Outlook
During the first quarter of 2009 and first month of the second quarter, the general business trends have been as follows: demand for travel nurse professionals declined significantly during the first part of the year but has recently begun to show signs of stabilization, and demand for allied professionals has been growing, but both are still at levels considerably lower than prior year. Locum tenens volume (days filled) has been relatively flat but is expected to increase as we continue through the year. The volume of new retained searches for physicians is down year-over-year and sequentially. Pricing, overall, has continued to trend slightly higher over prior year and gross margins are expected to expand slightly as bill-to-pay spreads widen. Based on these trends, second quarter consolidated revenue is expected to decline sequentially by approximately 20%. The majority of this decline is driven by volume trends in nurse staffing resulting from the earlier drop in demand levels.
"Though it is too early to call a bottom in our market, we are starting to see signs of stabilization in some of our key leading indicators," Nowakowski added. "We are continuing to focus on adjusting our cost structure and maintaining strong relationships with both our clients and healthcare professionals. We are confident the long-term fundamentals of our business are still very much intact, and AMN Healthcare is positioned to weather the current challenging environment and take full advantage of our leadership position and improved operating leverage once conditions improve."
AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. is the largest healthcare staffing company in the United States and the largest nationwide provider in all three of its business segments: travel nurse and allied staffing, locum tenens staffing (temporary physician staffing), and physician permanent placement services. AMN Healthcare recruits healthcare professionals both nationally and internationally and places them on variable lengths of assignments and in permanent positions at acute-care hospitals, physician practice groups and other healthcare settings throughout the United States. For more information, visit http://www.amnhealthcare.com.
Conference Call on May 7, 2009
AMN Healthcare Services, Inc.'s first quarter 2009 conference call will be held on Thursday, May 7, 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) 230-1096 in the U.S. or (612) 332-0228 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 May 7, 2009, and can be accessed until May 21, 2009 at midnight Eastern Time, by calling (800) 475-6701 in the U.S. or (320) 365-3844 internationally, with access code 995474.
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.
This earnings 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 those regarding second quarter consolidated revenue expectations, signs of stabilization in travel nurse orders, growth in allied orders, expected increased locum tenens volume, the impact of the impairment charges, anticipated gross margins and bill-to-pay spreads, and Ms. Nowakowski's comments including those regarding the company expanding market opportunity and making future investments with new service lines, the businesses long term fundamentals and the company's ability to take advantage of its leadership position and improved operating leverage when conditions improve. We based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations and projections about future events. Our 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. The following factors could cause our actual results to differ materially from those implied by the forward-looking statements in this earnings release: our ability to sustain our business in a significant economic downturn; our ability to continue to recruit qualified temporary and permanent healthcare professionals at reasonable costs; our ability to retain qualified temporary healthcare professionals for multiple assignments at reasonable costs; our ability to attract and retain sales and operational personnel; our ability to enter into contracts with hospitals, healthcare facility clients, affiliated healthcare networks and physician practice groups on terms attractive to us and to secure orders related to those contracts; our ability to demonstrate the value of our services to our healthcare and facility clients, which may be impacted by the role of intermediaries such as vendor management companies; the general level of patient occupancy and utilization of services at our hospital and healthcare facility clients' facilities, including the potential impact on such utilization caused by adoption of alternative modes of healthcare delivery, which utilization may influence demand for our services; the overall level of demand for services offered by temporary and permanent healthcare staffing providers; the ability of our hospital, healthcare facility and physician practice group clients to retain and increase the productivity of their permanent staff; the variation in pricing of the healthcare facility contracts under which we place temporary healthcare professionals; our ability to successfully design our strategic growth, acquisition and integration strategies and to implement those strategies, which includes our ability to obtain credit at reasonable terms to complete acquisitions, integrate acquired companies' accounting, management information, human resource and other administrative systems, and implement or remediate controls, procedures and policies at acquired companies; our ability to leverage our cost structure; access to and undisrupted performance of our management information and communication systems, including use of the Internet, and our candidate and client databases and payroll and billing software systems; our ability to keep our web sites operational at a reasonable cost and without service interruptions; the effect of existing or future government legislation and regulation; our ability to grow and operate our business in compliance with legislation and regulations, including regulations that may affect our clients and, in turn, affect demand for our services, such as Medicare reimbursement rates which may negatively affect both orders and client receivables; the challenge to the classification of certain of our healthcare professionals as independent contractors; the impact of medical malpractice and other claims asserted against us; the disruption or adverse impact to our business as a result of a terrorist attack or breach of security of our data systems; our ability to carry out our business strategy and maintain sufficient cash flow and capital structure to support our business; our ability to meet our financial covenants, which if not met, could adversely affect our liquidity; the loss of key officers and management personnel that could adversely affect our ability to remain competitive; the effect of recognition by us of an impairment to goodwill; our ability to maintain and enhance the brand identities we have developed, at reasonable costs; and the effect of adjustments by us to accruals for self-insured retentions. Other factors that could cause actual results to differ from those implied by the forward-looking statements contained in this earnings 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 earnings release are likely to cause these statements to become outdated with the passage of time. The Company does not intend, however, to update the guidance provided today prior to its next earnings release.
AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (dollars in thousands, except per share amounts) (unaudited) Three Months Ended March 31, 2009 2008 % Chg Revenue $249,595 $293,593 (15.0%) Cost of revenue 185,612 216,138 (14.1%) ------- ------- Gross profit 63,983 77,455 (17.4%) ------ ------ 25.6% 26.4% Expenses: Selling, general and administrative 50,080 55,103 (9.1%) 20.1% 18.8% Restructuring Charges 2,918 - 100% Impairment Charges 175,707 - 100% Depreciation and amortization 3,467 3,350 3.5% ----- ----- Total expenses 232,172 58,453 297.2% ------- ------ Income (loss) from operations (168,189) 19,002 NM (67.4%) 6.5% Interest expense, net 2,199 2,811 (21.8%) ----- ----- Income (loss) before income taxes (170,388) 16,191 NM Income tax expense (benefit) (48,554) 7,468 NM -------- ----- Net income (loss) $(121,834) $8,723 NM ========== ====== (48.8%) 3.0% Net income (loss) per common share: Basic $(3.74) $0.26 NM ======= ===== Diluted $(3.74) $0.26 NM ======= ===== Weighted average common shares outstanding: Basic 32,576 33,830 (3.7%) ====== ====== Diluted 32,576 34,180 (4.7%) ====== ====== NM - Not meaningful
AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. Supplemental Financial and Operating Data (dollars in thousands, except operating data) (unaudited) Three Months Ended March 31, 2009 % of Rev 2008 % of Rev Revenue Nurse and allied healthcare staffing $ 163,850 $ 203,985 Locum tenens staffing 74,791 76,353 Physician permanent placement services 10,954 13,255 $ 249,595 $ 293,593 Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Items: Adjusted EBITDA(1) Nurse and allied healthcare staffing $ 10,590 6.5% $ 15,481 7.6% Locum tenens staffing 3,821 5.1% 5,655 7.4% Physician permanent placement services 3,050 27.9% 3,339 25.2% $ 17,462 7.0% 24,475 8.3% Depreciation and amortization 3,467 3,350 Stock-based compensation 2,675 2,123 Restructuring charges 2,918 - Impairment charges 175,707 - Unallocated non-recurring legal expenses 884 - Interest expense, net 2,199 2,811 Income (loss) before income taxes (170,388) 16,191 Income tax expense (48,554) 7,468 Net income (loss) $ (121,834) $8,723 GAAP based diluted net loss per share (EPS) $ (3.74) Adjustments: Restructuring charges 0.05 Non-recurring legal expenses 0.02 Impairment charges 3.78 ---- Adjusted diluted earnings per share(2) $ 0.11 ==== Three Months Ended March 31, 2009 2008 % Chg Gross Margin Nurse and allied healthcare staffing 23.0% 24.0% Locum tenens staffing 26.2% 26.7% Physician permanent placement services 61.6% 61.6% Operating Data: --------------- Nurse and allied healthcare staffing Average travelers on assignment (3) 5,489 6,888 (20.3%) Revenue per traveler per day (4) $ 331.67 $ 325.43 1.9% Gross profit per traveler per day(4) $ 76.19 $ 78.00 (2.3%) Locum tenens staffing Days filled (5) 52,396 52,699 0.6% Revenue per day filled (5) $ 1,427 $ 1,449 (1.5%) Gross profit per day filled (5) $ 374.02 $ 386.95 (3.3%) As of March 31, 2009 2008 Leverage Ratio (6) 1.3 1.5
AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (in thousands) (unaudited) March 31, December 31, 2009 2008 ---- ---- Assets Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 16,675 $ 11,316 Accounts receivable, net 148,376 182,562 Prepaid expenses 10,585 9,523 Income taxes receivable 4,448 3,440 Deferred income taxes, net 22,417 18,085 Other current assets 3,376 4,901 ----- ----- Total current assets 205,877 229,827 Fixed assets, net 24,938 24,018 Deposits and other assets 10,579 13,252 Goodwill 79,868 252,875 Intangible assets, net 118,940 122,845 ------- ------- Total assets $440,202 $642,817 ======== ======== Liabilities and stockholders' equity Current liabilities: Bank overdraft $ - $ 3,995 Accounts payable and accrued expenses 24,667 24,420 Accrued compensation and benefits 36,728 44,871 Revolving credit facility 6,500 31,500 Current portion of notes payable 14,824 14,580 Deferred revenue 6,204 7,184 Other current liabilities 15,060 14,722 ------ ------ Total current liabilities 103,983 141,272 Notes payable, less current portion 98,208 100,236 Deferred income taxes, net 13,342 58,466 Other long-term liabilities 59,532 58,710 ------ ------ Total liabilities 275,065 358,684 ------- ------- Stockholders' equity 165,137 284,133 ------- ------- Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 440,202 $ 642,817 =========== ===========
AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (in thousands) (unaudited) Three Months Ended March 31, 2009 2008 Net cash provided by operating activities $ 37,557 $ 16,873 Net cash used in investing activities (1,230) (33,401) Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities (30,954) 5,934 Effect of exchange rates on cash (14) (66) ---- ---- Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents 5,359 (10,660) Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 11,316 18,495 ------ ------ Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 16,675 $ 7,835 ======= ======
Contact: David C. Dreyer Chief Financial Officer Christopher Powell Director, FP&A and Investor Relations 866.861.3229
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