Community Health Systems, Inc. (NYSE: CYH) (the “Company”) today announced it is providing preliminary financial and operating results for the year ended December 31, 2013, and preliminary guidance for 2014. These preliminary operating results and guidance for 2014 are being provided in connection with the Company’s pending acquisition of Health Management Associates, Inc. (“HMA”) and the upcoming vote by the stockholders of HMA as well as other acquisition-related activities. The selected financial and operating data are based on information available to management as of the date of this press release and are subject to revision upon finalization of the Company’s annual financial and accounting procedures.
The Company expects net operating revenues for the year ended December 31, 2013, to range from $12.975 billion to $13.000 billion and expects adjusted EBITDA for the year ended December 31, 2013, to range from $1.825 billion to $1.850 billion, excluding, for comparability purposes, expenses related to the pending HMA acquisition and approximately $101.5 million reserved for the settlement of claims arising from the government’s investigation into the Company’s short-stay hospital admissions and investigations at the Company’s hospital in Laredo, Texas, consisting of $98 million previously recorded and approximately $3.5 million of additional reserves related to Tricare and Medicaid recorded in the fourth quarter of 2013. The Company is also negotiating a corporate integrity agreement with the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services. Adjusted EBITDA is EBITDA adjusted to exclude discontinued operations, loss from early extinguishment of debt, impairment of long-lived assets and net income attributable to non-controlling interests. The Company uses adjusted EBITDA as a measure of liquidity.
The consolidated operating results for the year ended December 31, 2013, are expected to reflect a 6.7 percent decrease in admissions and a 4.0 percent decrease in adjusted admissions compared with the year ended December 31, 2012. On a same-store basis, admissions are expected to decrease 7.2 percent and adjusted admissions are expected to decrease 4.7 percent compared with the year ended December 31, 2012. The previous guidance provided on October 30, 2013, was a projected decrease in same-store adjusted admissions of 3.5 percent to 4.5 percent.