SAN DIEGO, May 6 AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. (NYSE: AHS) today announced operating results for the first quarter of 2010. Financial highlights are as follows:
Key business highlights for the first quarter are as follows:
“During the first quarter, our Nurse and Allied segment delivered its first sequential revenue increase since 2008. This growth was offset by sequential decreases in our Locum Tenens and Physician Permanent Placement revenues,” said Susan R. Nowakowski, President and Chief Executive Officer of AMN Healthcare. “We spent considerable efforts during the last year building stronger client relationships, bolstering our vendor managed services offering and delivering innovative solutions. We believe these efforts are resonating with clients.
“Despite these improved results, factors such as high general unemployment continue to keep healthcare attrition rates and job openings at historically low levels, creating a temporary preference by clinicians to work in full-time, permanent positions. We remain cautious regarding the short-term growth trajectory and focused on leveraging the operational improvements we have made. We continue to prudently manage our margins and balance sheet, while still making investments in strategic opportunities to fuel our long-term growth.”
For the first quarter of 2010, revenue was $143 million, a decrease of 43% from prior year and 1% from prior quarter. First quarter revenue for the Nurse and Allied staffing segment was $75 million, a decrease of 54% from the same quarter last year and up 2% sequentially. The Locum Tenens staffing segment generated revenue of $60 million, a decrease of 19% from prior year and 3% from prior quarter. First quarter Physician Permanent Placement revenue was $8 million, a decrease of 30% from prior year and 7% from prior quarter.
Gross margin in the first quarter of 2010 was 27.9%, an increase of 230 bps from prior year and a decrease of 50 bps compared to the previous quarter. The increase as compared to prior year was driven primarily by an increase in gross margin in the Nurse and Allied segment. The decrease as compared to prior quarter was attributable to the anticipated slight sequential decrease in Nurse and Allied gross margin and the lower revenue mix from the relatively high margin physician business lines.
Selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses for the first quarter of 2010 were 22% as a percentage of revenue compared to 20% in the same quarter last year. First quarter SG&A declined by $18 million, or 36%, over the same period in the prior year, and decreased slightly as compared to prior quarter, due largely to cost-saving initiatives taken during the past year.
As of March 31, 2010, cash and cash equivalents totaled $37 million, compared to $27 million as of December 31, 2009. Total term debt outstanding, net of discount, as of March 31, 2010 was $105 million, with zero outstanding on the revolver.
Business Trends and Outlook
Going into the second quarter, consolidated revenue is expected to be up 1-3% compared with the first quarter. While Nurse and Allied traveler count volume experienced a 5% sequential increase in the first quarter, volume is anticipated to be down slightly in the second quarter. In Locum Tenens, we expect an improvement in days filled, and in Physician Permanent Placement we are anticipating an increase in placements.
About AMN Healthcare Services
AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. is the nation’s leading provider of comprehensive healthcare staffing and management services. As a leading provider of travel nurse and allied staffing services, locum tenens (temporary physician staffing) and physician permanent placement services, AMN Healthcare recruits and places healthcare professionals on assignments of variable lengths and in permanent positions with clients throughout the United States, ranging from acute-care hospitals and physician practice groups to other healthcare settings. AMN Healthcare also offers flexible, customized workforce management solutions to healthcare organizations through its managed services program and recruitment process outsourcing services. For more information, visit http://www.amnhealthcare.com.
Conference Call on May 6, 2010
AMN Healthcare Services, Inc.’s first quarter 2010 conference call will be held on Thursday, May 6, 2010, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. A live webcast of the call can be accessed through AMN Healthcare’s website at http://www.amnhealthcare.com/investors. 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) 230-1096 in the U.S. or (612) 332-0107 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 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time on May 6, 2010, and can be accessed until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 20, 2010, by calling (800) 475-6701 in the U.S. or (320) 365-3844 internationally, with access code 152440.
This earnings release contains certain non-GAAP financial information. These measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative to, generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“GAAP”), and may be different from non-GAAP measures reported by other companies. From time to time, additional information regarding non-GAAP financial measures may be made available on the company’s website at http://www.amnhealthcare.com/investors.
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. Such statements include expectations regarding second quarter revenue, volume, days filled and placements. The company based these forward-looking statements on its current expectations and projections about future events. 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” 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. Factors that could cause actual results to differ from those implied by the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are set forth in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009 and its other quarterly and periodic reports filed with the SEC. These statements reflect the company’s current beliefs and are based upon information currently available to it. Be advised that developments subsequent to this press release are likely to cause these statements to become outdated with the passage of time.
(Dollars in millions, except per share amounts) Q1 % Chg % Chg 2010 Q1 2009 Q4 2009 Revenue $143.3 (43%) (1%) Gross Profit $40.0 (37%) (3%) Net Income $0.8 NM NM Diluted Earnings per Share $0.02 NM NM Cash Flow from Operations $11.7 (69%) 110% ————– —– —– — Adjusted EBITDA* $10.4 (37%) (3%) —————- —– —– —- * See note (2) under “Supplemental Financial and Operating Data” for a reconciliation of non-GAAP items. NM – Not meaningful
SOURCE AMN Healthcare Services, Inc.