CHS Announces Q4 2009 Results





Community Health Systems, Inc. announced financial and operating results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2009.

Net operating revenues for the three months ended December 31, 2009, totaled $3.1 billion, an 11.1 percent increase compared with $2.8 billion for the same period in 2008. Income from continuing operations increased to $84.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2009, compared with $62.0 million for the same period in 2008. Income from continuing operations attributable to Community Health Systems, Inc. common stockholders increased to $0.70 per share (diluted), on 92.7 million weighted average shares outstanding for the three months ended December 31, 2009, compared with $0.57 per share (diluted), on 91.8 million weighted average shares outstanding for the same period in 2008. Net income attributable to Community Health Systems, Inc. increased 8.7 percent to $65.1 million, or $0.70 per share (diluted), for the three months ended December 31, 2009, compared with $59.9 million, or $0.65 per share (diluted), for the same period in 2008.

Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended December 31, 2009, was $434.4 million, compared with $389.6 million for the same period in 2008, representing an 11.5 percent increase. Adjusted EBITDA is EBITDA adjusted to exclude discontinued operations, gain/loss from early extinguishment of debt and net income attributable to noncontrolling interests. The Company uses adjusted EBITDA as a measure of liquidity. Net cash provided by operating activities for the three months ended December 31, 2009, was $175.7 million, compared with $372.2 million for the same period in 2008.

The consolidated financial results for the three months ended December 31, 2009, reflect a 4.0 percent increase in total admissions compared with the prior year period. This increase was due primarily to acquisitions during the past twelve months. On a same-store basis, admissions decreased 0.5 percent and adjusted admissions increased 1.6 percent, compared with the same period in 2008. On a same-store basis, net operating revenues increased 7.3 percent, compared with the same period in 2008.

Net operating revenues for the twelve months ended December 31, 2009, totaled $12.1 billion, a 10.9 percent increase compared with $10.9 billion for the same period in 2008. Income from continuing operations increased to $304.8 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2009, compared with $233.7 million for the same period in 2008. Income from continuing operations attributable to Community Health Systems, Inc. common stockholders increased to $2.64 per share (diluted), on 91.5 million weighted average shares outstanding for the twelve months ended December 31, 2009, compared with $2.11 per share (diluted), on 94.3 million weighted average shares outstanding for the same period in 2008. Net income attributable to Community Health Systems, Inc. was $243.1 million, or $2.66 per share (diluted), for the twelve months ended December 31, 2009, compared with $218.3 million, or $2.32 per share (diluted), for the same period in 2008.

Adjusted EBITDA for the year ended December 31, 2009, was $1.7 billion, compared with $1.5 billion for the same period in 2008, representing a 10.4 percent increase. Net cash provided by operating activities for the year ended December 31, 2009, was $1.1 billion, compared with $1.1 billion for the same period in 2008.

Commenting on the results, Wayne T. Smith, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Community Health Systems, Inc., stated, "We are very pleased to report another successful year for Community Health Systems. Our financial and operating performance for the fourth quarter 2009 reflects our proven ability to deliver consistent quarterly results, even in the face of a challenging economy. We ended the year with record consolidated revenues of over $12.1 billion, up eleven percent over the previous year. Our results also reflect the continued success of our centralized operating strategy as evidenced by favorable annual same-store revenue growth and solid margin expansion. We have continued to focus on improving the performance at the individual hospital level in all of our markets, especially at our more recently acquired facilities.

"As we look ahead to 2010, we see additional opportunities for continued growth for Community Health Systems," added Smith. "As a national hospital operator, our geographically diverse portfolio has always been one of our strengths, especially in an uncertain economic environment. Our hospitals have strong positions in each of their respective markets and no one state represents a disproportionate percentage of our revenues or admissions. We remain focused on the fundamentals of our business and believe our proven success in enhancing essential healthcare services, driving efficiencies, and recruiting and retaining qualified physicians in our markets will continue to support our long term growth strategies."

About Community Health Systems

Located in the Nashville, Tennessee, suburb of Franklin, Community Health Systems, Inc. is the largest publicly-traded hospital company in the United States and a leading operator of general acute care hospitals in non-urban and mid-size markets throughout the country. Through its subsidiaries, the Company currently owns, leases or operates 122 hospitals in 29 states with an aggregate of approximately 18,000 licensed beds. Its hospitals offer a broad range of inpatient and surgical services, outpatient treatment and skilled nursing care. In addition, through its QHR subsidiary, the Company provides management and consulting services to over 150 independent non-affiliated general acute care hospitals located throughout the United States. Shares in Community Health Systems, Inc. are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "CYH."

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