Tenet Healthcare Corporation (NYSE:THC) today reported Adjusted EBITDA of $336 million for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2012, an increase of $48 million, or 16.7 percent, as compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $288 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Net income attributable to common shareholders in the quarter was $49 million, or $0.45 per share, compared to a loss of $76 million, or $0.70 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2011, which included an after-tax loss of $74 million due to the early extinguishment of debt, or $0.68 per share. Adjusted EBITDA for the year ended December 31, 2012 was $1.203 billion, an increase of $77 million, or 6.8 percent, as compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $1.126 billion in the year ended December 31, 2011.
“The fourth quarter provided a strong finish to 2012, which became our ninth consecutive year of consistent earnings growth, with compound annual EBITDA growth of 15 percent,” said Trevor Fetter, president and chief executive officer. “Strong revenue growth and disciplined cost control were once again hallmarks of our financial performance. Net revenues grew by 7.3 percent reflecting strong volume increases and continued pricing strength. Our volume growth was one of the strongest in the investor-owned healthcare provider sector, and we recorded our ninth consecutive quarter of positive growth in adjusted admissions. Volume growth included another strong quarter of growth in outpatient surgeries which increased by 13.9 percent. Cost control was excellent with hospital operations restraining expense growth to just 1.9 percent per adjusted admission, and Conifer Health Solutions, Tenet’s services business, reported another solid quarter contributing $31 million of Adjusted EBITDA.”
Discussion of Results
(Percentage changes compare Q4’12 to Q4’11, unless otherwise noted.)
Adjusted admissions increased 2.9 percent in the fourth quarter led by strong growth in outpatient visits of 7.3 percent. Approximately 80 percent of the outpatient visit growth was organic. Total admissions were flat. Total emergency department visits increased 8.6 percent and emergency department admissions increased 1.7 percent. The sum of uninsured and charity admissions increased 1.1 percent.