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Providence Service Corporation Releases Third Quarter Results

- Results include $141 million non-cash asset impairment charge

- Improvements beginning to be seen with government payers

TUCSON, Ariz., Nov. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Providence Service Corporation (Nasdaq: PRSC) today announced results for the third quarter of 2008 ended September 30, 2008. Included in the results is an estimated non cash $141.0 million, or $11.07 per share, asset impairment charge related to the Company's goodwill and certain of its intangible assets. This resulted from an interim impairment test that was triggered by a sustained decline in the Company's stock price and changes in the current spending environment as noted below. The magnitude of the charge is related to the deterioration in the market for mergers and acquisitions, which has seen dramatically lower valuations for comparable companies. The Company will perform its annual impairment analysis during the fourth quarter of this fiscal year, which could result in an adjustment in the estimated asset impairment charge. This non cash item is excluded from the financial covenant calculations related to the Company's credit agreement, and the Company was in compliance with its financial covenants as of September 30, 2008.

For the third quarter of 2008, the Company reported revenue of $167.0 million, an increase of approximately 162% from $63.7 million for the comparable period in 2007. Revenue from Providence's social services segment grew approximately 14% to $72.7 million in the third quarter from the prior year period and the revenue from its non-emergency transportation (NET) services segment, which the Company acquired in December 2007, totaled $94.3 million in the 2008 period.

The Company reported an operating loss of $138.1 million and a net loss of $140.8 million, or $11.17 per diluted share, in the quarter ended September 30, 2008 which includes the $141.0 million ($11.07 per share) asset impairment charge. Uncertainty in the state payer environment as well as related budgetary decisions also contributed to the loss for the 2008 period. In the year ago period, the Company reported operating income of $5.5 million and net income of $3.2 million, or $0.27 per diluted share. Providence's direct client census was approximately 48,800 at September 30, 2008, up from approximately 46,000 at September 30, 2007, and the Company had over six million individuals eligible to receive services under its NET contracts at September 30, 2008. The Company had 535 direct contracts at September 30, 2008 up from 455 at September 30, 2007.

Managed entity revenue, which represents revenue of the not-for-profit social services organizations the Company provides management and/or administrative services to in return for a negotiated management fee, increased 13.2% to $61.6 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2008 from $54.4 million for the prior year period. Managed entity revenue is presented to provide investors with an additional measure of the size of the operations under Providence's management or administration and can help investors understand trends in management fee revenue. Managed client census was approximately 25,000 at September 30, 2008 as compared to approximately 24,000 at September 30, 2007. Contracts of managed entities increased to 335 from 318 year over year.

For the first nine months of 2008, revenue increased approximately 175% to $513.7 million from $186.5 million for the year ago period. Providence's social services segment grew 22.9% to $229.2 million with the NET service revenue comprising the remaining $284.5 million. The Company reported an operating loss of $117.0 million for the nine month period, which includes the estimated $141.0 million non cash asset impairment charge, compared to operating income of $16.8 million in the first nine months of 2007. The Company reported a net loss of $133.7 million, or $10.67 per diluted share, for the nine month period ended September 30, 2008 compared to net income of $10.1 million, or $0.85 per fully diluted share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2007. Managed entity revenue was $185.9 million and $165.1 million in the first nine months of 2008 and 2007, respectively.

At September 30, 2008, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $36.8 million. Net cash from operating activities during the nine months ended September 30, 2008 was $12.5 million. In addition, the Company repaid approximately $6.5 million of its long-term debt during that period.

Looking ahead, the social services segment has seen performance improvement and resolution momentum with many of the payers that were identified as problematic in the second quarter. In California, several pieces of new business have been won which should offset any potential reductions from the Governor's 10% cuts. In British Columbia, Providence has elected to seek mediation to try and resolve the rate and contractual dispute previously reported. The business in North Carolina has increased its contribution margin from the second quarter to the third quarter and Pennsylvania is beginning to adopt the Mercer recommendations discussed last quarter. Our largest payer in Arizona has extended last year's rate through June 30, 2009 and indicated that resolution to the supplemental funds opportunity for the Company will not likely occur until March 2009.

In the NET segment, as previously indicated, we are still negotiating with a significant payer who has withheld a substantial rate increase that would be retroactive to January 1, 2008. Additionally, other NET payers are currently considering rate increases, although it is too early for the Company to comment on any timing for the resolution of these requested rate increases.

"We are working hard and making progress getting these budget issues behind us to position the Company for 2009," said Fletcher McCusker, Chairman and CEO. "We have good momentum now with earlier problem payers, we are communicating our issues with our NET payers in a very difficult economic environment and we have new business coming on line for 2009 in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana and in South Carolina, where we are not necessarily in control of the timing. We have almost $37 million of cash and are paying down our senior debt. In addition, Congress has begun hearings to consider a Medicaid stimulus package which was approved in 2003 under similar circumstances."


As stated in its October 22, 2008 press release, the Company expects to report a net loss for the year as a result of its asset impairment charge and, combined with continued uncertainties in its business, has withdrawn its guidance for 2008. Positive events which could contribute to the Company's financial results, however, could come from delayed new business procurements that could be worth up to approximately $60 million in revenue annually and possible payer rate adjustments. However in the current economic environment, it is uncertain if and when any of the above will occur.

Conference Call

Providence will hold a conference call to discuss its results on Wednesday, November 5, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. EST (9:00 a.m. Arizona and MST and 8:00 a.m. PST). Interested parties are invited to listen to the call live over the Internet at or The call is also available by dialing (888) 713-4216, or for international callers (617) 213-4868 and by using the passcode 89509569. Participants may pre-register for the call at Pre-registrants will be issued a pin number to use when dialing into the live call which will provide quick access to the conference by bypassing the operator upon connection.

A replay of the teleconference will be available on and A replay will also be available until November 12, 2008 by dialing (888) 286-8010 or (617) 801-6888, and using passcode 94181478.

About Providence

Providence Service Corporation, through its owned and managed entities, provides home and community based social services and non-emergency transportation services management to government sponsored clients under programs such as welfare, juvenile justice, Medicaid and corrections. Providence does not own or operate beds, treatment facilities, hospitals or group homes, preferring to provide services in the client's own home or other community setting. The Company provides a range of services through its direct and managed entities to over 74,000 clients through 870 contracts at September 30, 2008, with an estimated six million individuals eligible to receive the Company's non-emergency transportation services related to its LogistiCare operations. Combined, the Company has a nearly $1 billion book of business including managed entities.

Certain statements herein, such as any statements about Providence's confidence or strategies or its expectations about revenues, results of operations, profitability, earnings per share, contracts, collections, award of contracts, acquisitions and related growth, growth resulting from initiatives in certain states, effective tax rate or market opportunities, constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause Providence's actual results or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, reliance on government-funded contracts, risks associated with government contracting, risks involved in managing government business, legislative or policy changes, challenges resulting from growth or acquisitions, adverse media and legal, economic and other risks detailed in Providence's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007. Words such as "believe," "demonstrate," "expect," "estimate," "anticipate," "should" and "likely" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on those forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date the statement was made. Providence undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement contained herein.

The Providence Service Corporation

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands except share and per share data)


Three months ended Nine months ended

September 30, September 30,

---------------- ----------------

2008 2007 2008 2007

---- ---- ---- ----


Home and

community based

services $59,654 $51,761 $190,935 $153,227

Foster care

services 7,494 7,022 22,012 18,545

Management fees 5,537 4,951 16,205 14,729



services 94,312 - 284,535 -

------- ------- ------- -------

166,997 63,734 513,687 186,501

Operating expenses:

Client service

expense 59,540 50,311 183,196 144,707

Cost of



services 91,151 - 264,858 -

General and


expense 10,206 6,807 31,971 21,784

Asset impairment

charge 141,000 - 141,000 -

Depreciation and

amortization 3,173 1,166 9,659 3,202

------- ------- ------- -------

Total operating

expenses 305,070 58,284 630,684 169,693

------- ------- ------- -------

Operating (loss)

income (138,073) 5,450 (116,997) 16,808

Other (income) expense:

Interest expense 4,914 479 14,910 812

Interest income (211) (335) (810) (977)

------- ------- ------- -------

(Loss) income

before income

taxes (142,776) 5,306 (131,097) 16,973


provision for

income taxes (1,982) 2,108 2,555 6,879

------- ------- ------- -------

Net (loss) income $(140,794) $3,198 $(133,652) $10,094

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(Loss) earnings per


Basic $(11.17) $0.27 $(10.67) $0.86

Diluted $(11.17) $0.27 $(10.67) $0.85

Weighted-average number

of common shares


Basic 12,600,257 11,654,434 12,523,255 11,689,302

Diluted 12,600,257 12,053,284 12,523,255 11,928,636

The Providence Service Corporation

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands except share and per share data)

September 30, December 31,

2008 2007

---- ----

Assets (Unaudited) (Audited)

Current assets:

Cash and cash

equivalents $36,785 $35,379

Accounts receivable-billed,

net of allowance of

$2.1 million in 2008 and

$2.6 million in 2007 73,924 65,852

Accounts receivable -

unbilled 1,533 2,250

Management fee

receivable 6,919 10,166

Other receivables 3,265 2,524

Notes receivable 538 563

Notes receivable from

related party - 1,734

Restricted cash 7,192 8,842

Prepaid expenses and

other 11,988 9,554

Deferred tax assets 6,801 5,094

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Total current assets 148,945 141,958

Property and equipment, net 12,183 11,562

Notes receivable, less

current portion 218 880

Goodwill 151,250 280,710

Intangible assets, net 81,341 98,254

Restricted cash, less

current portion 5,200 6,461

Other assets 13,243 12,158

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Total assets $412,380 $551,983

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Liabilities and stockholders' equity

Current liabilities:

Current portion of

long-term obligations 12,194 $8,950

Accounts payable 4,419 14,035

Accrued expenses 35,808 36,448

Accrued transportation

costs 34,860 24,576

Deferred revenue 3,748 4,062

Reinsurance liability

reserve 8,213 8,344

------- -------

Total current liabilities 99,242 96,415

Long-term obligations,

less current portion 226,737 236,469

Other long-term liabilities 3,686 190

Deferred tax liabilities 23,577 30,600

------- -------

Total liabilities 353,242 363,674

Non-controlling interest 7,649 7,649

Commitments and contingencies

Stockholders' equity:

Common stock: Authorized


$0.001 par value;

12,929,004 and 12,756,392

issued and outstanding

(including treasury

shares) 13 13

Additional paid-in

capital 164,119 159,177

Common stock subscription

receivable - (715)

Retained (deficit)

earnings (101,301) 32,351

Accumulated other

comprehensive income, net

of tax 2 1,093

------- -------

62,833 191,919

Less 615,743 and 612,026

treasury shares, at cost 11,344 11,259

------- -------

Total stockholders' equity 51,489 180,660

------- -------

Total liabilities and

stockholders' equity $412,380 $551,983

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The Providence Service Corporation

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(in thousands)


Nine months ended

September 30,


2008 2007

---- ----

Operating activities

Net (loss) income $(133,652) $10,094

Adjustments to reconcile net (loss)

income to net cash provided

by operating activities:

Depreciation 3,413 1,006

Amortization 6,246 2,196

Amortization of deferred financing costs 2,051 125

Provision for doubtful accounts 1,299 155

Deferred income taxes (845) (183)

Stock based compensation 2,076 1,474

Excess tax benefit upon exercise of stock

options (174) (540)

Asset impairment charge 141,000 -

Other 35 100

Changes in operating assets and

liabilities, net of effects of acquisitions:

Billed and unbilled accounts receivable,

net (7,745) (1,417)

Management fee receivable (1,581) (2,520)

Other receivable (614) (2,165)

Restricted cash (334) -

Reinsurance liability reserve 2,117 1,294

Prepaid expenses and other (7,574) (3,328)

Accounts payable and accrued expenses (3,229) (34)

Accrued transportation costs 10,283 -

Deferred revenue (327) 727

Other long-term liabilities 71 -

------ ------

Net cash provided by operating activities 12,516 6,984

Investing activities

Purchase of property and equipment, net (3,588) (1,072)

Acquisition of businesses, net of cash

acquired (854) (9,225)

Acquisition earn out payments (6,671) (8,299)

Restricted cash for contract performance 3,246 (937)

Purchase of short-term investments, net (115) (237)

Collection of notes receivable 3,135 455

------ ------

Net cash used in investing activities (4,847) (19,315)

Financing activities

Repurchase of common stock, for treasury (85) (10,960)

Proceeds from common stock issued pursuant to

stock option exercise 469 1,857

Excess tax benefit upon exercise of stock

options 174 540

Proceeds from long-term debt - 18,750

Repayment of long-term debt (6,488) (895)

Debt financing costs (89) (34)

Capital lease payments - -

------ ------

Net cash (used in) provided by financing

activities (6,019) 9,258

------ ------

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash (244) 94

------ ------

Net change in cash 1,406 (2,979)

Cash at beginning of period 35,379 40,703

------ ------

Cash at end of period $36,785 $37,724

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SOURCE Providence Service Corporation
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