HMA Q1 2011 Diluted EPS from Continuing Operations Increases 16% to $0.22

NAPLES, Fla., Apr 25, 2011

Health Management Associates, Inc. (NYSE: HMA) today announced its consolidated financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011.

Key metrics from continuing operations for the first quarter (all percentage changes compare the first quarter of 2011 to the first quarter of 2010 unless otherwise noted) include:

  • Diluted earnings per share ("EPS") increased 15.8% to $0.22;
  • Revenue increased 12.7% to $1,433.6 million;
  • Income from continuing operations increased 16.4% to $62.7 million;
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 9.3% to $214.4 million;
  • Admissions increased 4.2% while adjusted admissions increased 8.3%;
  • Same hospital net revenue increased 4.8% to $1,333.0 million;
  • Same hospital Adjusted EBITDA increased 6.3% to $243.4 million, resulting in a 30 basis point improvement in margin, to 18.3%;
  • Same hospital surgeries increased 0.5%; and
  • Same hospital admissions and adjusted admissions declined 3.9% and 0.3%, respectively.

The tables accompanying this press release include a reconciliation of consolidated net income to all presentations of Adjusted EBITDA (which is not a GAAP measure) contained in this press release. Those tables also contain disclaimers and other important information regarding how Health Management defines and uses Adjusted EBITDA.

For continuing operations at hospitals operated by Health Management for one year or more, referred to as same hospital continuing operations, net revenue increased $61.2 million or 4.8% to $1,333.0 million compared to the prior year's first quarter. Adjusted EBITDA from same hospital continuing operations grew 6.3% to $243.4 million, representing 18.3% of net revenue, as compared to $229.0 million and 18.0% of net revenue for the same quarter a year ago. A 0.5% increase in same hospital surgeries contributed to this net revenue and Adjusted EBITDA growth. Admissions from same hospital continuing operations in the first quarter were affected by declines in uninsured admissions and weather-related disruptions to a greater degree than during the same period a year ago, contributing to a 3.9% decline, while same hospital adjusted admissions were essentially flat, at -0.3%, compared to the prior year's first quarter.

"We are very pleased to report another great quarter," said Gary D. Newsome, Health Management's President and Chief Executive Officer. "We will continue to focus on the initiatives we believe continue to significantly contribute to our outstanding results, including cost discipline, emergency room operations, physician recruitment and market service development. We believe our catalyst for growth continues to be our acquisition and partnership opportunities, as evidenced by our recent announcement to partner with the existing physician owners at Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville, Mississippi. We plan to continue our disciplined approach to hospital acquisitions and joint ventures."

Health Management's provision for doubtful accounts, or bad debt expense, was $172.8 million, or 12.1% of net revenue, for the first quarter compared to $156.9 million, or 12.3% of net revenue, for the same quarter a year ago.

Uninsured self-pay patient discounts for the first quarter were $226.8 million, compared to $179.6 million for the same quarter a year ago. Charity/indigent care write-offs for the quarter were $21.4 million, compared to $20.8 million for the same quarter a year ago. The sum of uninsured discounts, charity/indigent write-offs and bad debt expense, as a percent of the sum of net revenue, uninsured discounts and charity/indigent write-offs (which Health Management refers to as the Uncompensated Patient Care Percentage) was 25.0% for the first quarter, compared to 24.3% for the first quarter a year ago, and 25.1% for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2010. Health Management believes that its Uncompensated Patient Care Percentage provides key information regarding the aggregate level of patient care for which it does not receive remuneration.

Cash flow from continuing operating activities for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011 was $116.8 million, after cash interest and cash tax payments aggregating $43.4 million. Health Management's total leverage ratio and interest coverage ratio were 4.03 and 3.52, respectively, at March 31, 2011. These ratios are well within the requirements of Health Management's credit facilities.

Health Management is increasing its diluted EPS objective range for fiscal year 2011 to be between $0.74 and $0.78 from between $0.72 and $0.76, and Health Management expects 2011 same hospital admissions growth to be between -1% and 1%. These objective ranges do not include any benefit from potential 2011 acquisitions.

As previously announced on April 20, 2011, a subsidiary of Health Management signed a definitive agreement to partner with the current physician owners of the 112-bed Tri-Lakes Medical Center, located in Batesville, Mississippi. Under the joint venture, Health Management will acquire a controlling interest in Tri-Lakes Medical Center and manage its operations. The transaction is expected to be completed by June 1, 2011.

"We believe that our disciplined approach to controlling costs and the successful implementation of our operational initiatives will continue to result in improvement of our operating results in 2011 and that our first quarter results validate our approach. Likewise, we anticipate another successful year of hospital acquisitions in 2011, and we believe our recent Tri-Lakes Medical Center partnership announcement is indicative of an active pipeline of attractive acquisition and partnership opportunities," added Newsome. "Health Management is about enabling America's best local health care. We plan to continue investing in innovation in 2011 as we see opportunities to expand our existing hospitals' scope and breadth of services, while at the same time we expect to continue to be an attractive strategic partner for hospitals in search of operational expertise with the best cultural fit. We believe we remain the only pure-player in the non-urban sector."

Health Management's executive team will hold a conference call and webcast to discuss the contents of this press release and Health Management's consolidated financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011 on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. EDT. Investors are invited to access the webcast via Health Management's website at or via Alternatively, investors may join the conference call by dialing 877-476-3476.

Health Management will archive a copy of the audio webcast of the conference call, along with any related information that Health Management may be required to provide pursuant to Securities and Exchange Commission rules, on its website under the heading "Investor Relations," for a period of 60 days following the conference call.

Health Management enables America's best local health care by providing the people, processes, capital and expertise necessary for its hospital and physician partners to fulfill their local missions of delivering superior health care services.

Upon completion of the previously announced transaction to partner with the existing physician owners of Tri-Lakes Medical Center, Health Management, through its subsidiaries, will operate 60 hospitals, with approximately 9,000 licensed beds, in non-urban communities located throughout the United States. All references to "HMA", "Health Management," the "Company", "we", "us" or "our" used in this release refer to Health Management Associates, Inc. and its affiliates.

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Because they are forward-looking, such statements should be evaluated in light of important risk factors and uncertainties. These risk factors and uncertainties are more fully described in Health Management Associates, Inc.'s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K under the heading entitled "Risk Factors." Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should any of Health Management Associates, Inc.'s underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results could vary materially from those currently anticipated. In addition, undue reliance should not be placed on Health Management Associates, Inc.'s forward-looking statements. Except as required by law, Health Management Associates, Inc. disclaims any obligation to update or publicly announce any revisions to any of the forward-looking statements contained in this press release.