Gentiva® Health Services Provides 2013 Outlook

ATLANTA, March 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Gentiva Health Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: GTIV) announced today its 2013 financial outlook for net revenues and adjusted income from continuing operations attributable to Gentiva shareholders.  This outlook reflects the recently issued instructions from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the treatment of sequestration.

For the full-year 2013, the Company expects:

  • Net revenues to be in the range of $1.69 billion to $1.73 billion, including a $21.0 million year-over-year negative impact from branches closed or sold in the prior year.
  • Adjusted income from continuing operations attributable to Gentiva shareholders to be in the range of $0.90 to $1.10 on a diluted per share basis, based on an estimated 31.0 million shares outstanding.

This guidance includes the negative impact of sequestration and Medicare related rate changes, which is an approximate $30.0 million reduction in net revenues and adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization attributable to continuing operations (Adjusted EBITDA) and a $0.60 reduction in adjusted income from continuing operations on a diluted per share basis. This guidance assumes that sequestration will affect the reimbursement related to Medicare patients whose service dates end on or after April 1, 2013.

This guidance does not include the potential impact of acquisitions, credit agreement amendments or future reimbursement rate changes. Adjusted income from continuing operations attributable to Gentiva shareholders and Adjusted EBITDA exclude charges related to restructuring, legal settlements, acquisition and integration activities and other special items.

Free cash flow is expected to be in the range of $40.0 to $50.0 million for the full-year 2013.  No further principal payments are due this year under the Company's credit agreement as the Company prepaid the $25.0 million due in February 2013.  Based on this debt prepayment and typical cash flow seasonality, the Company expects its cash flow to be lower in the first quarter of 2013, but to increase as the year progresses. Free cash flow is calculated as net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures.

"Against another difficult reimbursement year, our focus in 2013 is squarely on continuing to drive strong mid-single digit home health growth and on returning our hospice division to consistent growth to offset the impact of these cuts," said Gentiva CEO Tony Strange. "We remain committed to delivering the message to policy makers and legislators that home health and hospice are cost effective, clinically appropriate and patient preferred, and consequently, we expect our industry to receive the reimbursement clarity it desperately needs as we get into the second half of the year."

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The information provided in this press release includes certain non-GAAP financial measures as defined under Securities and Exchange Commission rules. A reconciliation of adjusted income from continuing operations attributable to Gentiva shareholders to net income, the most directly comparable GAAP measure, is not accessible on a forward-looking basis without unreasonable effort due to the inherent difficulties in predicting the costs of restructuring, legal settlements and merger and acquisition activities, the results of discontinued operations and the impact of any future acquisitions or divestitures, which can fluctuate significantly and may have a significant impact on net income.

About Gentiva Health Services, Inc.

Gentiva Health Services, Inc. is the nation's largest provider of home health and hospice services based on revenue, delivering innovative, high quality care to patients across the United States. Gentiva is a single source for skilled nursing; physical, occupational, speech and neurorehabilitation services; hospice services; social work; nutrition; disease management education; help with daily living activities; and other therapies and services. GTIV-G

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this news release, including, without limitation, statements containing the words "believes," "anticipates," "intends," "expects," "assumes," "trends" and similar expressions, constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are based upon the Company's current plans, expectations and projections about future events. However, such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include, among others, the following: economic and business conditions; demographic changes; changes in, or failure to comply with, existing governmental regulations; the impact on our Company of healthcare reform legislation and its implementation through governmental regulations; legislative proposals for healthcare reform; changes in Medicare, Medicaid and commercial payer reimbursement levels; the outcome of any inquiries into the Company's operations and business practices by governmental authorities; compliance with any corporate integrity agreement affecting the Company's operations; effects of competition in the markets in which the Company operates; liability and other claims asserted against the Company; ability to attract and retain qualified personnel; ability to access capital markets; availability and terms of capital; loss of significant contracts or reduction in revenues associated with major payer sources; ability of customers to pay for services; business disruption due to natural disasters, pandemic outbreaks, terrorist acts or cyber attacks; availability, effectiveness, stability and security of the Company's information technology systems; ability to successfully integrate the operations of acquisitions the Company may make and achieve expected synergies and operational efficiencies within expected time-frames; ability to maintain compliance with its financial covenants under the Company's credit agreement; effect on liquidity of the Company's debt service requirements; and changes in estimates and judgments associated with critical accounting policies and estimates. For a detailed discussion of certain of these and other factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in this news release, please refer to the Company's various filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the "Risk Factors" section contained in the Company's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012. 

Financial and Investor Contact:
Eric Slusser
770-951-6101
eric.slusser@gentiva.com
or John Mongelli
770-951-6496
john.mongelli@gentiva.com

Media Contact:
Scott Cianciulli
Brainerd Communicators
212-986-6667
cianciulli@braincomm.com

SOURCE Gentiva Health Services, Inc.



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