Providence Service Corporation Announces Board Authorization of Additional Voluntary Senior Debt Prepayment of $5 Million

Jan 07, 2010, 16:05 ET from The Providence Service Corporation

TUCSON, Ariz., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Providence Service Corporation (Nasdaq: PRSC) today announced that its Board of Directors has authorized the Company to make an additional voluntary prepayment on its senior debt of $5 million, which will be paid on January 11, 2010. This follows a $20 million voluntary prepayment announced in the fourth quarter of 2009, as well as 2009 regularly scheduled principal payments of approximately $13 million.

"Calendar 2009 is expected to produce record revenue, earnings and cash provided by operations, a significant turnaround from a year ago when we were struggling with our bank covenants," said Fletcher McCusker, Chairman and CEO. "We have remained committed to de-levering the Company, a strategy we announced in November 2008, and have reduced our consolidated total leverage ratio from 5.1 times at the end of 2008, to a projected 3.2 times at the end of 2009, a significant achievement."

The $5 million voluntary prepayment will further improve our leverage ratios and bring the balance of the Company's senior debt to approximately $127 million, from approximately $132 million at December 31, 2009. This is down from $173 million at December 31, 2007.

About Providence

The Providence Service Corporation, through its owned and managed entities, provides home and community based social services and non-emergency transportation services management to government sponsored clients under programs such as welfare, juvenile justice, Medicaid and corrections. Providence does not own or operate beds, treatment facilities, hospitals or group homes, preferring to provide services in the client's own home or other community setting. The Company provides a range of services through its direct and managed entities to over 74,000 clients through 843 active contracts at September 30, 2009, with an estimated 7.3 million individuals eligible to receive the Company's non-emergency transportation services. Combined, the Company has a nearly $1 billion book of business including managed entities.

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