Community Health Systems reports third-quarter 2010 net operating revenues of $3.3B

FRANKLIN, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Community Health Systems, Inc. (NYSE: CYH) today announced financial and operating results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2010.

Net operating revenues for the three months ended September 30, 2010, totaled $3.3 billion, a 5.4 percent increase compared with $3.1 billion for the same period in 2009. Income from continuing operations increased to $84.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2010, compared with $75.4 million for the same period in 2009. Income from continuing operations attributable to Community Health Systems, Inc. common stockholders increased to $0.76 per share (diluted), on 92.5 million weighted-average shares outstanding for the three months ended September 30, 2010, compared with $0.65 per share (diluted), on 92.0 million weighted-average shares outstanding for the same period in 2009. Net income attributable to Community Health Systems, Inc. common stockholders increased 17.9 percent to $70.4 million, or $0.76 per share (diluted), for the three months ended September 30, 2010, compared with $59.7 million, or $0.65 per share (diluted), for the same period in 2009.

Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended September 30, 2010, was $441.5 million, compared with $417.8 million for the same period in 2009, representing a 5.7 percent increase. Adjusted EBITDA is EBITDA adjusted to exclude discontinued operations, gain/loss from early extinguishment of debt and net income attributable to noncontrolling interests. The Company uses adjusted EBITDA as a measure of liquidity. Net cash provided by operating activities for the three months ended September 30, 2010, was $356.6 million, compared with $356.4 million for the same period in 2009.

The consolidated financial results for the three months ended September 30, 2010, reflect a 3.0 percent decrease in total admissions and a 0.2 percent decrease in total adjusted admissions compared with the same period in 2009. On a same-store basis, admissions decreased 3.6 percent and adjusted admissions decreased 1.3 percent, compared with the same period in 2009. On a same-store basis, net operating revenues increased 3.8 percent, compared with the same period in 2009.

Net operating revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2010, totaled $9.6 billion, a 6.3 percent increase compared with $9.0 billion for the same period in 2009. Income from continuing operations increased to $256.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2010, compared with $220.7 million for the same period in 2009. Income from continuing operations attributable to Community Health Systems, Inc. common stockholders increased to $2.26 per share (diluted), on 93.2 million weighted-average shares outstanding for the nine months ended September 30, 2010, compared with $1.94 per share (diluted), on 91.1 million weighted-average shares outstanding for the same period in 2009. Net income attributable to Community Health Systems, Inc. common stockholders increased 18.2 percent to $210.5 million, or $2.26 per share (diluted), for the nine months ended September 30, 2010, compared with $178.1 million, or $1.95 per share (diluted), for the same period in 2009.

Adjusted EBITDA for the nine months ended September 30, 2010, was $1.3 billion, compared with $1.2 billion for the same period in 2009, representing a 6.5 percent increase. Net cash provided by operating activities for the nine months ended September 30, 2010, was $898.4 million, compared with $900.8 million for the same period of 2009.

The consolidated financial results for the nine months ended September 30, 2010, reflect a 0.5 percent decrease in total admissions and a 1.7 percent increase in total adjusted admissions compared with the same period in 2009. This increase was entirely due to acquisitions. On a same-store basis, admissions decreased 2.4 percent and adjusted admissions decreased 0.7 percent, compared with the same period in 2009. On a same-store basis, net operating revenues increased 3.6 percent, compared with the same period in 2009.

Commenting on the results, Wayne T. Smith, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Community Health Systems, Inc., stated, “We are pleased with our solid financial performance for the third quarter of 2010, in what has continued to be a challenging economic environment. Our conservative operating strategy and strong focus on expense management have served us well. We continued to benefit from a consistent performance at the hospital level, as evidenced by favorable same-store revenue trends for the third quarter and year to date periods.”

On October 1, 2010, the Company announced that certain of its subsidiaries acquired Forum Health, a system of hospitals and other healthcare providers based in Youngstown, Ohio. Forum Health’s operation includes two acute care hospitals: the 346-bed Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren, Ohio and the 398-bed Northside Medical Center in Youngstown, Ohio. Separately, on the same day, the Company announced the acquisition, by a subsidiary, of Bluefield Regional Medical Center, a 265-bed acute care hospital located in Bluefield, West Virginia.

“Throughout 2010, we have continued to extend our market reach through selective acquisitions,” added Smith. “We have identified hospital facilities that meet our operating profile with the most opportunity for growth. We have a proven track record for the successful integration of these facilities with improved operating results. With the current healthcare regulatory climate, we believe there are significant opportunities for us to pursue additional acquisitions with a greater number of independent hospitals looking for established and operationally-focused partners. We can provide the experience and financial resources to support and keep these hospitals in the local community. We look forward to working together with each new hospital partner as we deliver on our commitment to deliver quality healthcare close to home.”

Included on pages 13, 14 and 15 of this press release are tables setting forth the Company’s 2010 guidance and initial guidance for 2011. The 2010 guidance reaffirms the Company’s previous annual earnings guidance provided on July 28, 2010, as updated to reflect historical results through September 30, 2010, with certain changes to the assumptions used in connection with the guidance.

Located in the Nashville, Tennessee, suburb of Franklin, Community Health Systems, Inc. is the largest publicly-traded hospital company in the United States and a leading operator of general acute care hospitals in non-urban and mid-size markets throughout the country. Through its subsidiaries, the Company currently owns, leases or operates 126 hospitals in 29 states with an aggregate of approximately 19,400 licensed beds. Its hospitals offer a broad range of inpatient and surgical services, outpatient treatment and skilled nursing care. In addition, through its subsidiary, Quorum Health Resources, LLC, the Company provides management and consulting services to over 150 independent non-affiliated general acute care hospitals located throughout the United States. Shares in Community Health Systems, Inc. are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “CYH.”

Community Health Systems, Inc. will hold a conference call to discuss this press release on Thursday, October 28, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. Central, 11:00 a.m. Eastern. Investors will have the opportunity to listen to a live internet broadcast of the conference call by clicking on the Investor Relations link of the Company’s website at www.chs.net, or at www.earnings.com. To listen to the live call, please go to the website at least fifteen minutes early to register, download and install any necessary audio software. For those who cannot listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available shortly after the call and will continue through November 26, 2010. Copies of the Company’s Form 8-K (including this press release) and conference call slide show are available on the Company’s website at www.chs.net.

Statements contained in this news release regarding expected operating results, acquisition transactions or divestitures and other events are forward-looking statements that involve risk and uncertainties. Actual future events or results may differ materially from these statements. Readers are referred to the documents filed by Community Health Systems, Inc. with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K, current reports on Form 8-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. These filings identify important risk factors and other uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements, or to make any other forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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