“We are very pleased with our improved fourth quarter performance and fiscal year-over-year growth for the Company,” said Dilip Singh, Interim Chief Executive Officer. “The Company has accumulated annualized cost-savings of approximately $1.6 million since the current management team took control in April of 2012. That, combined with our securing a new debt facility during the fourth quarter, has helped restore the Company’s liquidity and create a far stronger balance sheet. Equally important, we have generated sufficient momentum to increase the number of third-party payor relationships and expand our provider footprint while delivering best in class service and patient satisfaction. Our efforts are now clearly focused on sustaining long-term growth,” Singh added.
Gross profit for the year ended December 31, 2012 was $42.9 million, an increase of 21% compared to $35.4 million in the prior year. It represented 73% of revenues in the current year compared to 65% in the prior year. The increase in the gross margin as a percentage of revenue in 2012 was primarily related to the increase in rental revenue, specifically third party billings, which generally have a higher gross profit margin.
Selling and marketing expenses were $9.9 million compared to $9.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2011. The increase in selling and marketing expenses is primarily related to expenses incurred by the increase in associated revenues as well as increased retention and travel costs. Compared to the prior year, these expenses remained consistent at 17% of revenues.During the year ended December 31, 2012, general and administrative expenses were $23.1 million, compared to $18.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2011. General and administrative expenses have increased from 33% to 39% of revenues for the year ended December 31, 2012 compared to the same period in the prior year. The increase was primarily due to an increase in professional service costs related to the Concerned Stockholder Group. Additional legal, accounting and outside service fees of $2.2 million were incurred during the year relating to this matter and the related early extinguishment of debt; severance payments for the former CEO amounted to $1.0 million; $0.6 million was recorded for retention payments to key employees during this ongoing matter; and we incurred $0.6 million associated with our decision to evaluate potential strategic alternatives.
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