AMN Healthcare Announces First Quarter 2019 Results
Quarterly revenue of $532 million, up 2% over prior year;
GAAP EPS of $0.71 and adjusted EPS of $0.75

SAN DIEGO--()--AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. (NYSE: AMN), the leader and innovator in healthcare workforce solutions and staffing services, today announced its first quarter 2019 financial results. Financial highlights are as follows:

Dollars in millions, except per share amounts.

      Q1 2019    

% Change
Q1 2018

Revenue     $ 532.4     2 %
Gross profit     $ 176.8     5 %
Net income     $ 34.1     (20 )%
Diluted EPS     $ 0.71     (18 )%
Adjusted diluted EPS*     $ 0.75     (7 )%
Adjusted EBITDA*     $ 66.0     (1 )%
 
*   See “Non-GAAP Measures” below for a discussion of our use of non-GAAP items and the table entitled “Supplemental Financial and Operating Data” for a reconciliation of non-GAAP items.
     
     
 

Highlights

  • Financial results for the first quarter of 2019 came in above Company guidance.
  • First quarter consolidated revenue of $532 million increased 2% year over year.
  • Nurse and Allied Solutions revenue of $337 million flat with the prior year, with Allied growth of 10% offset by lower revenue from one client and a lighter flu season headwind in Nursing.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $66 million, representing 12.4% of revenue.
  • Repurchased 378,000 shares for $18 million.
  • Executed agreement to acquire Advanced Medical to expand our travel therapy, school therapy and travel nurse staffing capabilities.

“The AMN team did an impressive job serving our clients and healthcare professionals, expanding existing relationships and adding new clients since the beginning of the year. Despite a tough year-over-year comparison in travel nursing, our team persevered and every segment met or beat our expectations in the quarter,” said Susan R. Salka, Chief Executive Officer of AMN Healthcare. “Demand has strengthened across most service lines, with the most significant increases in travel nursing, allied and interim leadership. We also continue to make progress in our Locum Tenens segment.

“We are thrilled that the innovative team at Advanced Medical will soon be part of the AMN family. Advanced Medical will expand the AMN portfolio of services and enhance our offerings in some of the faster growing care settings. In addition to the attractive nature of their growing footprint in schools, we are excited about the potential of the recently launched telehealth platform for delivery of therapeutic services to children across the country,” Ms. Salka said.

First Quarter 2019 Results

Consolidated revenue for the quarter was $532 million, a 2% increase over prior year and a 1% increase compared with prior quarter. Revenue for the Nurse and Allied Solutions segment was $337 million, flat year over year and up 2% sequentially. Facing a difficult comparison due to the elevated year-ago flu season, Travel Nurse division revenue was flat year over year. Allied division revenue increased 10% year over year on higher volume.

The Locum Tenens Solutions segment reported revenue of $80 million, down by 22% year over year. Other Workforce Solutions segment revenue was $115 million for an increase of 42% year over year, driven by the acquisitions made in April 2018.

Gross margin was 33.2%, higher by 110 basis points year over year and higher by 60 basis points sequentially. The year-over-year variance was driven by higher-than-average gross margins from companies acquired last April and a change in classification of certain recruiter expenses from cost of sales to SG&A in our physician permanent placement business.

SG&A expenses were $120 million, or 22.5% of revenue, compared with $105 million, or 20.0% of revenue, in the same quarter last year. SG&A was $111 million, or 21.0% of revenue, in the previous quarter. The year-over-year increase in expense margin stemmed mainly from the acquisitions, integration-related activities and the physician permanent placement cost change.

Income from operations was $45 million, or 8.5% of revenue, compared with $55 million, or 10.6% of revenue, in the same quarter last year. Adjusted EBITDA was $66 million, a year-over-year decrease of 1%. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 12.4%, representing a decrease of 30 basis points year over year and a decrease of 20 basis points sequentially.

Net income was $34 million, or $0.71 per diluted share, compared with $43 million, or $0.87 per diluted share, in the same quarter last year. Adjusted diluted EPS was $0.75.

At March 31, 2019, cash and cash equivalents totaled $19 million. Cash flow from operations was $36 million for the quarter, and capital expenditures were $7 million. AMN repurchased 378,000 shares of stock for $18 million during the quarter. The Company ended the quarter with total debt outstanding of $475 million, with a leverage ratio as calculated in accordance with the Company’s credit agreement of 1.9 to 1.

Advanced Medical Acquisition

On April 30, we announced an agreement to acquire Advanced Medical, a leading provider of travel therapy and travel nursing, with a strong and growing presence in the school staffing market. The purchase price is $200 million in cash, plus up to $20 million contingent consideration based on 2019 financial performance. Advanced Medical reported 2018 revenue of $132 million with adjusted EBITDA of $19 million.

The acquisition is expected to close in early June 2019 and is not included in the Company's second quarter 2019 financial outlook.

Second Quarter 2019 Outlook

     
       
Metric     Guidance*
Consolidated revenue    

$518 - $524 million

Gross margin     33.5%
SG&A as percentage of revenue    

23.0% to 23.5%

Operating margin     7.8%
Adjusted EBITDA margin     12.0%
 
*   Note: Guidance percentage metrics are approximate. For a reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA margin, see the table entitled “Reconciliation of Guidance Adjusted EBITDA Margin to Guidance Operating Margin” below.
     
     
 

Revenue in the second quarter of 2019 is expected to be down 6-7% year over year, due primarily to a prior-year $25 million labor disruption event in the Nurse and Allied segment and a decline in the Locum Tenens segment. Excluding the impact of the prior-year labor disruption event, consolidated revenue would be down about 2% due to the lower Locums revenue. This guidance reflects the normal seasonal sequential decline in our nursing business. No significant labor disruption revenue is included in second quarter guidance.

Conference Call on May 2, 2019

AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. (NYSE: AMN), healthcare’s leader and innovator in workforce solutions and staffing services, will host a conference call to discuss its first quarter 2019 financial results on Thursday, May 2, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. A live webcast of the call can be accessed through AMN Healthcare’s website at http://amnhealthcare.investorroom.com/eventcalendar. 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) 288-8960 in the U.S. or (612) 234-9960 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 starting at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time on May 2, 2019, and can be accessed until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 16, 2019, by calling (800) 475-6701 in the U.S. or (320) 365-3844 internationally, with access code 466135.

About AMN Healthcare

AMN Healthcare is the leader and innovator in healthcare workforce solutions and staffing services to healthcare facilities across the nation. The Company provides unparalleled access to the most comprehensive network of quality healthcare professionals through its innovative recruitment strategies and breadth of career opportunities. With insights and expertise, AMN Healthcare helps providers optimize their workforce to successfully reduce complexity, increase efficiency and improve patient outcomes. AMN delivers managed services programs, healthcare executive search solutions, vendor management systems, recruitment process outsourcing, predictive labor analytics, mid-revenue cycle management, credentialing solutions, and other services. AMN Healthcare is committed to fostering and maintaining a diverse team that reflects the communities we serve. Our commitment to the inclusion of many different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives enables our innovation and leadership in the healthcare services industry.

The Company’s common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “AMN.” For more information about AMN Healthcare, visit www.amnhealthcare.com, where the Company posts news releases, investor presentations, webcasts, SEC filings and other material information. The Company also utilizes email alerts and Really Simple Syndication (“RSS”) as routine channels to supplement distribution of this information. To register for email alerts and RSS, visit http://amnhealthcare.investorroom.com/emailalerts.

Non-GAAP Measures

This earnings release contains certain non-GAAP financial information, which the Company provides as additional information, and not as an alternative, to the Company’s condensed consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with GAAP. These non-GAAP financial measures include (1) adjusted EBITDA, (2) adjusted EBITDA margin and (3) adjusted diluted EPS. The Company provides such non-GAAP financial measures because management believes that they are useful both to management and investors as a supplement, and not as a substitute, when evaluating the Company’s operating performance. Additionally, management believes that adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin and adjusted diluted EPS serve as industry-wide financial measures. The Company uses adjusted EBITDA for making financial decisions and allocating resources. The non-GAAP measures in this release are not in accordance with, or an alternative to, GAAP measures and may be different from non-GAAP measures, or may be calculated differently than other similarly titled non-GAAP measures, reported by other companies. They should not be used in isolation to evaluate the Company’s performance. A reconciliation of non-GAAP measures identified in this release, along with further detail about the use and limitations of certain of these non-GAAP measures, may be found below in the table entitled “Supplemental Financial and Operating Data” under the caption entitled “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Items” and the footnotes thereto or on the Company’s website at http://amnhealthcare.investorroom.com/financialreports. Additionally, from time to time, additional information regarding non-GAAP financial measures, including pro forma measures, may be made available on the Company’s website.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press 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. Forward-looking statements include, among others, statements concerning our guidance for second quarter 2019 revenue, gross margin, SG&A expenses as a percentage of revenue and adjusted EBITDA margin. The Company bases these forward-looking statements on its current expectations, estimates and projections about future events and the industry in which it operates using information currently available to it. 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,” “estimates,” variations of such words 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 Company's ability to meet the targets and expectations noted in our second quarter 2019 outlook depends upon, among other factors, our ability to (i) manage the pricing impact that the consolidation of healthcare delivery organizations may have on our business, (ii) comply with extensive and complex federal and state laws and regulations related to the conduct of our operations, costs and payment for services and payment for referrals as well as laws regarding employment practices, (iii) implement new infrastructure and technology systems to optimize our operating results and manage our business effectively, (iv) develop and evolve our current technology offerings and capabilities, (v) recruit and retain sufficient quality healthcare professionals at reasonable costs, and (vi) consummate and effectively incorporate acquisitions into our business.

For a discussion of additional risk factors and a more complete discussion of some of the cautionary statements noted above that could cause actual results to differ from those implied by the forward-looking statements contained in this press release, please refer to our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018, our subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and our Current Reports on Form 8-K. Be advised that developments subsequent to this press release are likely to cause these statements to become outdated and the Company is under no obligation (and expressly disclaims any such obligation) to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

AMN Healthcare Services, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)

             
      Three Months Ended
      March 31,   December 31,
      2019   2018   2018
Revenue     $ 532,441     $ 522,489     $ 528,635  
Cost of revenue     355,682     354,665     356,179  
Gross profit     176,759     167,824     172,456  
Gross margin     33.2 %   32.1 %   32.6 %
Operating expenses:                    
Selling, general and administrative (SG&A)     119,997     104,737     110,830  
SG&A as a % of revenue     22.5 %   20.0 %   21.0 %
                     
Depreciation and amortization     11,710     7,886     11,449  
Total operating expenses     131,707     112,623     122,279  
Income from operations     45,052     55,201     50,177  
Operating margin (1)     8.5 %   10.6 %   9.5 %
                     
Interest expense, net, and other     5,673     5,335     (217 )
                     
Income before income taxes     39,379     49,866     50,394  
                     
Income tax expense     5,257     7,185     14,781  
Net income     $ 34,122     $ 42,681     $ 35,613  
Net income as a % of revenue     6.4 %   8.2   %   6.7 %
                     

Other comprehensive income (loss):

                   
Foreign currency translation and other     (101 )   (19 )     58  

Other comprehensive income (loss):

    (101 )   (19 )   58  
                     
Comprehensive income     $ 34,021     $ 42,662     $ 35,671  
                     
Net income per common share:                    
Basic     $ 0.73     $ 0.89     $ 0.76  
Diluted     $ 0.71     $ 0.87     $ 0.74  
Weighted average common shares outstanding:                    
Basic     46,784     47,733     46,825  
Diluted    

47,772

    49,116     48,102  
                     
                     
 

AMN Healthcare Services, Inc.
Supplemental Financial and Operating Data
(dollars in thousands, except per share data and operating data)
(unaudited)

             
      Three Months Ended
      March 31,   December 31,
      2019   2018   2018
Revenue                    
Nurse and allied solutions     $ 337,029     $ 338,179     $ 329,317  
Locum tenens solutions     80,490     103,117     81,850  
Other workforce solutions     114,922     81,193     117,468  
      $ 532,441     $ 522,489     $ 528,635  
                     
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Items:                    
                     
Segment operating income (2)                    
Nurse and allied solutions     $ 47,922     $ 51,805     $ 45,521  
Locum tenens solutions     5,701     9,958     7,027  
Other workforce solutions     26,188     19,851     27,104  
      79,811     81,614     79,652  
Unallocated corporate overhead     13,834     15,095     13,281  
Adjusted EBITDA (3)     65,977     66,519     66,371  
Adjusted EBITDA margin (4)     12.4 %   12.7 %   12.6 %
                     
Depreciation and amortization     11,710     7,886     11,449  
Share-based compensation (5)     5,186     2,864     2,861  

Acquisition, integration and other costs (6)

    4,029     568     1,884  
Income from operations     45,052     55,201     50,177  

Interest expense, net, and other (7)

    5,673     5,335     (217 )  
Income before income taxes     39,379     49,866     50,394  
Income tax expense     5,257     7,185     14,781  
Net Income     $ 34,122     $ 42,681     $ 35,613  
                     
GAAP diluted net income per share (EPS)     $ 0.71     $ 0.87     $ 0.74  
Adjustments:                    
Amortization of intangible assets     0.14     0.09     0.14  

Acquisition, integration and other costs (6)

    0.09     0.01     0.04  

Equity investment fair value changes (7)

            (0.13 )  
Debt financing related costs         0.01      
Tax effect on above adjustments     (0.06 )     (0.03 )     (0.01 )  

Tax correction related to prior periods (8)

        (0.05 )      

Tax effect of COLI fair value changes (9)

    (0.03 )         0.04  

Excess tax benefits (10)

    (0.10 )     (0.09 )     (0.01 )  

Adjusted diluted EPS (11)

    $ 0.75     $ 0.81     $ 0.81  
                           
                           
 
    Three Months Ended
    March 31,   December 31,
    2019   2018   2018
Gross Margin            
Nurse and allied solutions   27.9 %   28.0 %   27.2 %
Locum tenens solutions   27.7 %   28.7 %   27.2 %
Other workforce solutions   52.6 %   53.6 %   51.7 %
             
             

Operating Data:

           
Nurse and allied solutions            

Average healthcare professionals on assignment (12)

  9,580     9,567     9,404  
             
Locum tenens solutions            
Days filled (13)   40,496     52,794     41,000  
Revenue per day filled (14)   $ 1,988     $ 1,953     $ 1,996  
             
             
    As of March 31,   As of December 31,
    2019   2018   2018
Leverage ratio (15)   1.9   1.2   1.7
             
 

AMN Healthcare Services, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(dollars in thousands)
(unaudited)

               
     

March 31,
2019

 

December 31,
2018

 

March 31,
2018

Assets              
Current assets:              
Cash and cash equivalents     $ 19,116     $ 13,856     $ 54,499
Accounts receivable, net     365,231     365,871     338,600
Accounts receivable, subcontractor     55,607     50,143     39,027
Prepaid and other current assets     48,933     52,296     57,244
Total current assets     488,887     482,166     489,370
Restricted cash, cash equivalents and investments     61,279     59,331     60,236
Fixed assets, net     93,625     90,419     75,530
Operating lease right-of-use assets     97,055          
Other assets     105,590     96,152     84,112
Goodwill     464,923     438,506     340,596
Intangible assets, net     326,466     326,147     222,708
Total assets     $ 1,637,825     $ 1,492,721     $ 1,272,552
               

Liabilities and stockholders’ equity

             
Current liabilities:              
Accounts payable and accrued expenses     $ 153,566     $ 149,603     $ 122,402
Accrued compensation and benefits     135,792     135,059     117,415
Current portion of operating lease liabilities     12,341        
Deferred revenue     11,459     12,365     8,746
Other current liabilities     20,112     10,243     2,616
Total current liabilities     333,270     307,270     251,179
               
Revolving credit facility     150,000     120,000    
Notes payable, less unamortized fees     320,798     320,607     320,034
Deferred income taxes, net     20,079     27,326     21,922
Operating lease liabilities     99,946        
Other long-term liabilities     63,746     78,528     80,201
Total liabilities     987,839     853,731     673,336
               
Commitments and contingencies              
               
Stockholders’ equity:     649,986     638,990     599,216
               
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity     $ 1,637,825     $ 1,492,721     $ 1,272,552
                         
                         
 

AMN Healthcare Services, Inc.
Summary Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(dollars in thousands)
(unaudited)

       
      Three Months Ended
      March 31,   December 31,
      2019   2018   2018
               
Net cash provided by operating activities     $

36,214

    $ 59,735     $ 58,947  
Net cash used in investing activities    

(36,248

)   (9,613 )   (7,689 )
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities     1,790     (14,970 )   (44,263 )
Effect of exchange rates on cash     (101 )   (19 )   58  
Net increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash     1,655     35,133     7,053  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period     84,324     98,894     77,271  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period     $ 85,979     $ 134,027     $ 84,324  
                           
                           
 

AMN Healthcare Services, Inc.
Additional Supplemental Non-GAAP Disclosures
Reconciliation of Guidance Adjusted EBITDA Margin to
Guidance Operating Margin
(unaudited)

       
      Three Months Ended
      June 30, 2019
       

Adjusted EBITDA margin (16)

    12.0%
Deduct:      
Share-based compensation     0.9%

Acquisition, integration and other costs

    1.0%
EBITDA margin     10.1%
Depreciation and amortization     2.3%
Operating margin     7.8%
       
 
     
(1)   Operating margin represents income from operations divided by revenue.
(2)   Segment operating income represents net income plus interest expense (net of interest income) and other, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization, unallocated corporate overhead, acquisition and integration costs, extraordinary legal expenses, legal settlement accrual increases and share-based compensation.
(3)   Adjusted EBITDA represents net income plus interest expense (net of interest income) and other, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization, acquisition and integration costs, extraordinary legal expenses, legal settlement accrual increases and share-based compensation. Management believes that adjusted EBITDA provides an effective measure of the Company’s results, as it excludes certain items that management believes are not indicative of the Company’s operating performance and is a measure used in the Company’s credit agreement and the indenture governing our 5.125% Senior Notes due 2024. Adjusted EBITDA is not intended to represent cash flows for the period, nor has it been presented as an alternative to income from operations or net income as an indicator of operating performance. Although management believes that some of the items excluded from adjusted EBITDA are not indicative of the Company’s operating performance, these items do impact the statement of comprehensive income, and management therefore utilizes adjusted EBITDA as an operating performance measure in conjunction with GAAP measures such as net income.
(4)   Adjusted EBITDA margin represents adjusted EBITDA divided by revenue.
(5)   Share-based compensation for the three months ended March 31, 2019 was impacted by two modifications and a new vesting condition that resulted in accelerated expense recognition.
(6)   Acquisition, integration and other costs of $4,029,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2019 include $2,100,000 of extraordinary legal expenses and a decrease in contingent consideration liabilities for recently acquired companies of $700,000. Beginning in 2019, we exclude the impact of extraordinary legal expenses from the calculation of adjusted EBITDA because we believe that these expenses are not indicative of the Company's operating performance.
(7)   As a result of the adoption of a new accounting pronouncement on January 1, 2018, the Company measures equity investments, except those accounted for using the equity method of accounting, at fair value with changes in fair value recognized through net income. For the three months ended December 31, 2018, changes in fair value of equity investments recognized in interest expense, net, and other were $5,990,000. Since the changes in fair value are unrelated to the Company’s operating performance, we exclude their impact from the calculation of adjusted diluted EPS.
(8)   During the first quarter of 2018, the Company recorded a net tax benefit of $2,501,000 to adjust for an immaterial out-of-period error identified in that quarter related to the income tax treatment of fair value changes in the cash surrender value of its company owned life insurance for years ended December 31, 2015 through December 31, 2017. These fair value changes had not previously been included as a benefit in the tax provision of the related years.
(9)   The Company recorded a net tax benefit of $1,527,000 related to the income tax treatment of the fair value changes in the cash surrender value of its company owned life insurance for the three months ended March 31, 2019. Since this change in fair value is unrelated to the Company’s operating performance, we exclude the impact on adjusted diluted EPS.
(10)   The consolidated effective tax rate for the three months ended March 31, 2019 was favorably affected by the recording of excess tax benefits relating to equity awards vested and exercised during the period. As a result of the adoption of a new accounting pronouncement on January 1, 2017, we no longer record excess tax benefits as an increase to additional paid-in capital, but record such excess tax benefits on a prospective basis as a reduction of income tax expense, which amounted to $4,569,000 and $4,518,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively. The magnitude of the impact of excess tax benefits generated in the future, which may be favorable or unfavorable, is dependent upon the Company’s future grants of share-based compensation, the Company’s future stock price on the date awards vest or exercise in relation to the fair value of the awards on the grant date or the exercise behavior of the Company’s stock appreciation rights holders. Since these favorable tax benefits are largely unrelated to our current year’s income before taxes and is unrepresentative of our normal effective tax rate, we exclude their impact on adjusted diluted EPS.
(11)   Adjusted diluted EPS represents GAAP diluted EPS excluding the impact of the (A) amortization of intangible assets, (B) acquisition and integration costs, (C) extraordinary legal expenses, (D) legal settlement accrual increases, (E) changes in fair value of equity investments since January 1, 2018, (F) deferred financing costs, (G) tax effect, if any, of the foregoing adjustments, (H) excess tax benefits relating to equity awards vested and exercised since January 1, 2017, and (I) correction of prior periods error. Management included this non-GAAP measure to provide investors and prospective investors with an alternative method for assessing the Company’s operating results in a manner that is focused on its operating performance and to provide a more consistent basis for comparison between periods. However, investors and prospective investors should note that this non-GAAP measure involves judgment by management (in particular, judgment as to what is classified as a special item to be excluded from adjusted diluted EPS). Although management believes the items excluded from adjusted diluted EPS are not indicative of the Company’s operating performance, these items do impact the statement of comprehensive income, and management therefore utilizes adjusted diluted EPS as an operating performance measure in conjunction with GAAP measures such as GAAP diluted EPS.
(12)   Average healthcare professionals on assignment represents the average number of nurse and allied healthcare professionals on assignment during the period presented.
(13)   Days filled is calculated by dividing the locum tenens hours filled during the period by eight hours.
(14)   Revenue per day filled represents revenue of the Company’s locum tenens solutions segment divided by days filled for the period presented.
(15)   Leverage ratio represents the ratio of the consolidated funded indebtedness (as calculated per the Company’s credit agreement) at the end of the subject period to the consolidated adjusted EBITDA (as calculated per the Company’s credit agreement) for the twelve-month period ended at the end of the subject period.
(16)   Guidance percentage metrics are approximate.
 

 

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