NHC Reports First Quarter Earnings

MURFREESBORO, Tenn.--()--National HealthCare Corporation (NYSE MKT: NHC) (NYSE MKT: NHC.PRA), the nation’s oldest publicly traded long-term health care company, today announced net income available to common shareholders for the quarter ended March 31, 2015 of $11,074,000 compared to $11,061,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2014. Excluding the operating losses from the newly constructed or leased skilled nursing facilities placed in service less than twelve months ago, net income available to common shareholders for the quarter ended March 31, 2015 would have been $11,903,000, which is an increase of 7.6% over the same three month period in 2014.

Net revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2015 totaled $222,407,000 compared to $210,531,000 for the same three months of 2014, an increase of 5.6%. Net income was $0.80 per common share basic for the quarters ended March 31, 2015 and 2014.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. NHC cautions investors that any forward-looking statements made involve risks and uncertainties and are not guarantees of future performance. The risks and uncertainties are detailed from time to time in reports filed by NHC with the S.E.C., including Forms 8-K, 10-Q and 10-K, and include, among others, the following: liabilities and other claims asserted against us and patient care liabilities, as well as the resolution of current litigation; availability of insurance and assets for indemnification; national and local economic conditions; including their effect on the availability and cost of labor, utilities and materials; the effect of government regulations and changes in regulations governing the healthcare industry, including our compliance with such regulations; changes in Medicare and Medicaid payment levels and methodologies and the application of such methodologies by the government and its fiscal intermediaries, the ability of third parties for whom we have guaranteed debt to refinance certain short term debt obligations; and other factors referenced or incorporated by reference in the S.E.C. filings. The risks included here are not exhaustive. All forward-looking statements represent NHC’s best judgment as of the date of this release.

About NHC

NHC affiliates operate for themselves and third parties 74 long-term health care centers with 9,357 beds. NHC affiliates also operate 36 homecare programs, five independent living centers and 18 assisted living communities. NHC’s other services include Alzheimer’s units, long-term care pharmacies, hospice, a rehabilitation services company, and providing management and accounting services to third parties. Other information about the company can be found on our web site at www.nhccare.com. The reference to our website is not intended to incorporate our website into this press release.

Consolidated Statements of Income
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
Three Months Ended
March 31
2015     2014
Revenues: (unaudited)
Net patient revenues $ 212,061 $ 199,769
Other revenues   10,346     10,762  
Net operating revenues   222,407     210,531  
Costs and Expenses:
Salaries, wages and benefits 125,716 119,725
Other operating 59,747 55,742
Facility rent 9,985 9,886
Depreciation and amortization 8,933 7,900
Interest   590     290  
Total costs and expenses   204,971     193,543  
Income Before Non-Operating Income 17,436 16,988
Non-Operating Income   4,222     4,572  
Income Before Income Taxes 21,658 21,560
Income Tax Provision   (8,416 )   (8,331 )
Net Income 13,242 13,229
Dividends to Preferred Stockholders   (2,168 )   (2,168 )
Net Income Available to Common Stockholders $ 11,074   $ 11,061  
Earnings Per Common Share
Basic $ 0.80 $ 0.80
Diluted $ 0.77 $ 0.78
Weighted average common shares outstanding
Basic 13,761,561 13,843,190
Diluted 14,289,800 14,170,453
Dividends declared per common share $ 0.34 $ 0.32
Balance Sheet Data
(in thousands) March 31 Dec. 31
2015     2014
Cash and marketable securities $ 213,006 $ 202,302
Restricted cash and marketable securities 174,006 168,924
Current assets 332,147 322,525
Property and equipment, net 518,391 514,744
Total assets 1,091,853 1,074,123
Current liabilities 180,430 183,558
Long-term debt 10,000 10,000

Stockholders’ equity

748,400 734,148
Selected Operating Statistics
Three Months Ended
March 31
2015     2014
Per Diems:
Medicare $ 433.29 $ 431.94
Managed Care $ 397.05 $ 399.61
Medicaid $ 171.35 $ 169.26
Private Pay and Other $ 217.36 $ 212.90
Patient Days:
Medicare 135,851 126,148
Managed Care 53,020 43,953
Medicaid 303,947 300,775
Private Pay and Other   169,373   162,993
662,191 633,869
Average Per Diem $ 254.93 $ 248.73


National HealthCare Corporation
Gerald Coggin, 615-890-2020
Sr. VP of Corporate Relations

Release Summary

NHC announces its first quarter 2015 earnings.


National HealthCare Corporation
Gerald Coggin, 615-890-2020
Sr. VP of Corporate Relations