Chindex International Reports Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2010 Financial Results


Chindex International, Inc., a leading independent American provider of Western healthcare products and services in the People's Republic of China, announced financial results for the third quarter and first nine months of fiscal year 2010.

Roberta Lipson, President and CEO of Chindex, commented, "We are pleased with our profitability and year to date performance which reflect substantial improvements over last year. In the Healthcare Services division we are in a development cycle with operations in the Beijing market experiencing capacity limitations as we build out the expansion facilities. At the same time, operations in the Shanghai and Guangzhou markets continue along expected growth trajectories. The Medical Products division is always subject to quarterly fluctuations, and although we are seeing significant improvements over last year, we are experiencing regulatory delays on high-value medical equipment purchases. Nevertheless, there continues to be significant excitement in the marketplace for our products, particularly for the daVinci surgical robot and the new S/SC 2000 ultrasound platform. As we enter the fourth quarter, and look forward into our next fiscal year, we remain extremely well-positioned to capitalize on China's premium-quality healthcare services market, continued economic vibrancy and opportunities created by healthcare reform."

Revenue in the third quarter of fiscal year 2010 increased 12% to $46.5 million from $41.6 million in the third quarter of fiscal year 2009. Revenue from the Healthcare Services division increased 5% to $21.6 million from $20.5 million in the third quarter of fiscal year 2009, and reflected growing inpatient and outpatient volume offset by disruption due to construction of the expanded facility in Beijing. The Company expects the negative impact of the expansion work to continue through the opening of the expanded facilities, currently planned for the fall of 2010. Revenue from the Medical Products division increased 18% to $24.9 million from $21.1 million in the prior year period, reflecting the increase in sales of women's health imaging products and the delivery of two robotic surgical systems. During this quarter, the Company also recorded revenues of approximately $3.2 million under its current KfW Development Bank contracts.

During the quarter, the Company recorded income from operations of $6.6 million, compared to income from operations of $1.9 million in the same quarter last year. Income from operations includes the benefit of a $3.3 million business tax refund related to the Healthcare Services division. This tax refund is equivalent to approximately $0.15 per diluted share. Total operating costs and expenses for the third quarter of fiscal year 2010 were flat on a year over year basis and included $269,000 of development and startup expenses for new clinics, equivalent to $0.02 per diluted share, and non-cash stock compensation expense of $888,000, or $0.05 per diluted share. In the prior period, the Company's development and startup expense were $662,000, or $0.04 per diluted share, and non-cash stock compensation expense was $810,000, or $0.05 per diluted share.

The Company recorded a $2.7 million provision for taxes, or an effective tax rate of 41.1%, in the third quarter of fiscal year 2010 as compared to a provision for taxes of $658,000, or an effective tax rate of 43.7%, in the prior year period. The tax rate reflects losses in entities for which the Company cannot yet recognize a benefit.

Net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2009 was $3.9 million, or $0.24 per diluted share. Excluding the tax refund explained above, net income for the third quarter of fiscal year 2010 would be $1,497,000, or $0.09 per diluted share. This compares to net income of $846,000, or $0.05 per diluted share, in the prior year period.

About Chindex International, Inc.

Chindex is an American healthcare company that provides healthcare services and supplies medical capital equipment, instrumentation and products to the Chinese marketplace, including Hong Kong. Healthcare services are provided through the operations of its United Family Hospitals and Clinics, a network of private primary care hospitals and affiliated ambulatory clinics in China. The Company's hospital network currently operates in the Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Wuxi. The Company sells medical products manufactured by various major multinational companies, including Siemens AG and Intuitive Surgical, for which the Company is the exclusive distribution partner for the sale and servicing of color ultrasound systems and surgical robotic systems respectively. It also arranges financing packages for the supply of medical products to hospitals in China utilizing the export loan and loan guarantee programs of both the U.S. Export-Import Bank and the German KfW Development Bank. With twenty-seven years of experience, approximately 1,300 employees, and operations in China, Hong Kong, the United States and Germany, the Company's strategy is to expand its cross-cultural reach by providing leading edge healthcare technologies, quality products and services to Greater China's professional communities. For more information visit: and .