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Chemed Reports First-Quarter 2012 Results

Capital expenditures through March 2012 aggregated $12.0 million and compares to depreciation and amortization during the same period of $7.4 million.

The Company increased its quarterly dividend from $0.14 to $0.16 per share in the third quarter of 2011. In addition, the company has $75.3 million remaining under Chemed’s previously announced share repurchase program.

Guidance for 2012

VITAS expects to achieve full-year 2012 revenue growth, prior to Medicare Cap, of 5.0% to 8.0%. Admissions in 2012 are estimated to increase approximately 2.5% to 4.0% and full-year Adjusted EBITDA margin, prior to Medicare Cap, is estimated to be 15.0% to 15.5%. Effective October 1, 2011, Medicare increased the average hospice reimbursement rates by approximately 2.5%. Guidance assumes VITAS will incur $3.75 million of estimated Medicare contractual billing limitations for the remainder of calendar year 2012.

Roto-Rooter expects to achieve full-year 2012 revenue growth of 2.0% to 4.0%. The revenue estimate is a result of increased pricing of approximately 2%, a favorable mix shift to higher revenue jobs, with job count estimated to range between down 1% to up 1%. Adjusted EBITDA margin for 2012 is estimated in the range of 16.5% to 17.5%.

Based upon the above, management estimates 2012 earnings per diluted share, excluding non-cash expense for stock options, the non-cash interest expense related to the accounting for convertible debt and other items not indicative of ongoing operations, will be in the range of $5.35 to $5.50. This compares to Chemed’s 2011 reported adjusted earnings per diluted share of $4.78.

Conference Call

Chemed will host a conference call and webcast at 10 a.m., ET, on Friday, April 20, 2012, to discuss the Company's quarterly results and to provide an update on its business. The dial-in number for the conference call is (800) 510-0146 for U.S. and Canadian participants and (617) 614-3449 for international participants. The participant passcode is 69841218. A live webcast of the call can be accessed on Chemed's website at by clicking on Investor Relations Home.

A taped replay of the conference call will be available beginning approximately 24 hours after the call's conclusion. It can be accessed by dialing (888) 286-8010 for U.S. and Canadian callers and (617) 801-6888 for international callers and will be available for one week following the live call. The replay passcode is 13277447. An archived webcast will also be available at

Chemed Corporation operates in the healthcare field through its VITAS Healthcare Corporation subsidiary. VITAS provides daily hospice services to approximately 13,700 patients with severe, life-limiting illnesses. This type of care is focused on making the terminally ill patient's final days as comfortable and pain-free as possible.

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