Providence Service Corporation Reports 2013 Results

             Providence Service Corporation Reports 2013 Results  2013 Highlights:  - Net income rose to $19.4 million  - Diluted EPS increased to $1.41  - Adjusted EBITDA increased 27% to $55.3 million  - Net cash provided by operations totaled $55.2 million  PR Newswire  TUCSON, Ariz., March 12, 2014  TUCSON, Ariz., March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Providence Service Corporation (Nasdaq: PRSC) today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2013.  Fourth Quarter 2013 Results For the fourth quarter of 2013, the Company reported revenue of $276.8 million, a decrease of 3% from $286.5 million in the comparable period of 2012. Revenue from Providence's Non-emergency Transportation (NET) services segment decreased 7% to $187.2 million in the fourth quarter from $200.8 million in the prior year period. The decrease was due primarily to the transition of the Connecticut contract from "at risk" to "administrative services only", and the voluntary termination of the Wisconsin contracts effective July 31, 2013. This decrease was partially offset by increased revenue related to membership growth in the New York City administrative contracts. Revenue from the Human Services segment increased 5% to $89.6 million from $85.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, primarily related to the impact of a new workforce development contract in Wisconsin and a new foster care contract in Texas.  Net income increased 17% to $3.4 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to net income of $2.9 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, in the prior year period. The fourth quarters of 2013 and 2012 each included expenses of approximately $1.3 million (net of benefit of forfeiture of stock based compensation) related to the separation of certain former executive officers. The Company's effective tax rate declined in the fourth quarter of 2013 to 25.8%. The decrease in the tax rate was primarily related to the favorable tax treatment of certain equity compensation expenses in 2013. EBITDA (non-GAAP) for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $9.8 million compared to $12.0 million in the same period last year. Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $11.1 million compared to $13.3 million in the same period last year. A reconciliation of net income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA is presented below.   The Company had approximately 15.8 million individuals eligible to receive services under its NET Services contracts at December 31, 2013, an increase of 5% from approximately 15.1 million at December 31, 2012. Providence's direct Human Service client census at December 31, 2013 was approximately 56,300, up 9% from 51,600 at December 31, 2012.  Full-Year 2013 Results For the full year of 2013, the Company reported revenue of $1,122.7 million, an increase of 2% from $1,105.9 million in 2012. Revenue from Providence's NET Services segment grew 3% to $770.2 million in 2013 from $750.7 million in the prior year, primarily due to contracts that began or were expanded in 2012 and 2013 and favorable rate adjustments. This increase was partially offset by the transition of the Connecticut contract from "at risk" to "administrative services only", and the voluntary termination of the Wisconsin contracts effective July 31, 2013. Revenue from the Human Services segment decreased 1% to $352.4 million in 2013 from $355.2 million in 2012, primarily due to the termination of and changes to certain management service agreements, 2012 contract terminations related to the workforce development business in Canada, and the expiration of contracts related to Providence's home based educational tutoring. This decrease was partially offset by revenue growth related to new contracts awarded in 2013.   Net income was $19.4 million, or $1.41 per diluted share, in 2013, a 129% and 120% increase, respectively, from $8.5 million, or $0.64 per diluted share, in 2012. EBITDA (non-GAAP) for 2013 was $53.0 million, a 35% increase from $39.2 million last year. Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) for 2013 was $55.3 million, an increase of 27% from $43.6 million last year. A reconciliation of net income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA is presented below.   During 2013, the Company generated a total of $55.2 million in cash from operations. At December 31, 2013, the Company had unrestricted cash and cash equivalents of $99.0 million as well as approximately $142.3 million available for borrowing under the 2013 amended and restated senior secured credit facility. Long-term obligations at December 31, 2013 were $123.5 million.  "We finished 2013 with favorable financial results," said Warren Rustand, Chief Executive Officer. "Our NET Services segment benefitted from 2012 start-up efforts, expanded business, negotiated rate adjustments and the exit from some of its less profitable markets. However, the NET Services segment margins in the fourth quarter were negatively impacted by a revenue reserve for certain potential overpayments made to the Company that resulted from errors in the eligibility files provided by the payer."  "Our Human Services segment continued to experience revenue growth in the fourth quarter due primarily to new workforce development and foster care contracts that began in 2013. This growth was offset by margin declines in the fourth quarter related to weather disruptions and the continued transition in Texas related to our new foster care contract. We expect the Texas foster care implementation to be completed by the end of the first quarter in 2014. In addition, the continued transition of certain states to the managed care environment has contributed to the margin pressure we have experienced in the Human Services segment in the past year."  "During 2014 we will direct our attention to expanding our operating segments through both organic and acquisitive growth, with a specific focus on growing our home and community-based services and foster care services, while reducing our involvement in management fee service arrangements in our Human Services segment."  "Overall, looking out to 2014 and beyond, we believe we are positioned to benefit from current health care trends, including the Affordable Care Act, increased Medicaid enrollment, the trend toward home and community-based care and the industry-wide focus on the reduction in health care delivery costs. In order to position ourselves to take full advantage of these opportunities, we have continued to strengthen our management team and further improve our operational efficiency. Additionally, our consistently positive cash flow, strong cash position and substantial borrowing capacity will continue to support our company-wide growth initiatives."  Conference Call Providence will hold a conference call at 11:00 a.m. EDT (8:00 a.m. PDT/MST) Thursday, March 13, 2014 to discuss its financial results and corporate developments. Interested parties are invited to listen to the call live over the Internet at http://investor.provcorp.com. The call is also available by dialing (800) 706-7745, or for international callers (617) 614-3472, and by using the passcode 47132627. A replay of the teleconference will be available on http://investor.provcorp.com. A replay will also be available until March 20, 2014 by dialing (888) 286-8010 or (617) 801-6888 and using passcode 53482011.  About Providence The Providence Service Corporation provides or manages the delivery of home and community based human services and NET management services to primarily government sponsored clients under programs such as welfare, juvenile justice, Medicaid and corrections. Providence is unique in that it provides or manages its human services primarily in the client's own home or in community based settings rather than in hospitals or other treatment facilities and provides its NET management services through local transportation providers rather than an owned fleet of vehicles. The Company provides a range of services through its direct entities to approximately 56,300 clients at December 31, 2013, with approximately 15.8 million individuals eligible to receive the Company's non-emergency transportation services. The Company had over $1.1 billion in revenues in 2013.  Non-GAAP Presentation In addition to the financial results prepared in accordance with US generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) provided throughout this press release, the Company has provided EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, non-GAAP measurements. Providence's management utilizes these non-GAAP measurements as a means to measure overall operating performance and to better compare current operating results with other companies within its industry. Details of the excluded items and a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures to the most comparable GAAP financial measure are presented in the table below. The non-GAAP measures do not replace the presentation of our GAAP financial results. The Company has provided this supplemental non-GAAP information because the Company believes it provides meaningful comparisons of the results of Providence's operations for the periods presented in this press release. The non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative for, GAAP and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by some other companies.  Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as "believe," "demonstrate," "expect," "estimate," "forecast," "anticipate," "should" and "likely" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. In addition, statements that are not historical should also be considered forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on those forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date the statement was made. Such forward-looking statements are based on current expectations that involve a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual events to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, the global credit crisis, capital market conditions, the implementation of the healthcare reform law, state budget changes and legislation and other risks detailed in Providence's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012. Providence is under no obligation to (and expressly disclaims any such obligation to) update any of the information in this press release if any forward-looking statement later turns out to be inaccurate whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.  --financial tables to follow--      The Providence Service Corporation Consolidated Statements of Income (in thousands except share and per share data) (UNAUDITED)                             Three months ended        Year ended                             December 31,              December 31,                             2013         2012         2013         2012 Revenues:  Non-emergency             $          $          $         $    transportation services     187,218     200,814     770,246      750,658  Human services            89,627       85,705       352,436      355,231 Total revenues              276,845      286,519      1,122,682    1,105,889 Operating expenses:  Cost of non-emergency     173,765      185,826      710,428      706,692 transportation services  Client service expense    80,929       73,884       309,623      304,084  General and               12,368       14,784       48,633       53,383 administrative expense  Depreciation and          3,683        3,769        14,872       15,023 amortization  Asset impairment charge   -            -            492          2,506 Total operating expenses    270,745      278,263      1,084,048    1,081,688 Operating income           6,100        8,256        38,634       24,201 Other (income) expense:  Interest expense          1,627        1,834        7,035        7,640  Loss on extinguishment    -            -            525          - of debt  Interest income           (49)         (23)         (141)        (132) Income before income taxes  4,522        6,445        31,215       16,693 Provision for income taxes  1,165        3,580        11,777       8,211 Net income                $        $        $        $                                  3,357       2,865       19,438       8,482 Earnings per share:  Basic                     $       $       $       $                                  0.24        0.22         1.44        0.64  Diluted                   $       $       $       $                                  0.24        0.22         1.41        0.64 Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding:  Basic                     13,763,037   13,071,342   13,499,885   13,225,448  Diluted                   14,121,956   13,254,509   13,809,874   13,354,613      The Providence Service Corporation Consolidated Balance Sheets (in thousands except share and per share data) (UNAUDITED)                                                      December 31,                                                      2013         2012 Assets Current assets:  Cash and cash equivalents                        $  98,995  $   55,863  Accounts receivable, net of allowance of  $4.2 million in 2013 and $3.7 million in 2012  88,315       98,628  Management fee receivable                        1,821        2,662  Other receivables                                4,786        4,105  Prepaid expenses and other                       11,831       12,622  Restricted cash                                  3,772        1,787  Deferred tax assets                              2,152        532 Total current assets                                 211,672      176,199 Property and equipment, net                          32,709       30,380 Goodwill                                             113,263      113,915 Intangible assets, net                               43,476       49,651 Other assets                                         11,681       10,639 Restricted cash, less current portion                11,957       10,953 Total assets                                         $ 424,758   $  391,737 Liabilities and stockholders' equity Current liabilities:  Current portion of long-term obligations         $  48,250  $   14,000  Accounts payable                                 3,904        4,569  Accrued expenses                                 52,484       32,976  Accrued transportation costs                     54,962       61,316  Deferred revenue                                 3,687        7,055  Reinsurance liability reserve                    10,778       12,713 Total current liabilities                            174,065      132,629 Long-term obligations, less current portion          75,250       116,000 Other long-term liabilities                          15,359       13,527 Deferred tax liabilities                             9,447        10,894 Total liabilities                                    274,121      273,050 Commitments and contingencies Stockholders' equity  Common stock: authorized 40,000,000 shares; $0.001 par  value; 14,477,312 and 13,785,947 issued and outstanding  (including treasury shares)                  14           14  Additional paid-in capital                       194,363      180,778  Accumulated deficit                              (33,641)     (53,079)  Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of     (1,419)      (893) tax  Treasury shares, at cost, 956,442 and 928,478    (15,641)     (15,094) shares  Total Providence stockholders' equity              143,676      111,726  Non-controlling interest                        6,961        6,961 Total stockholders' equity                          150,637      118,687 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity           $ 424,758   $  391,737      The Providence Service Corporation Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (in thousands) (Unaudited)                                                        Year ended                                                        December 31,                                                        2013        2012 Operating activities Net income                                             $  19,438  $   8,482 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash  provided by operating activities:  Depreciation                                        7,738       7,537  Amortization                                         7,134       7,486  Provision for doubtful accounts                      3,245       2,305  Stock based compensation                             3,079       3,873  Deferred income taxes                                (3,282)     (816)  Amortization of deferred financing costs            960         1,138  Loss on extinguishment of debt                      525         -  Excess tax benefit upon exercise of stock options    (1,120)     (91)  Asset impairment charge                              492         2,506  Other non-cash charges                               364         158  Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effects  of acquisitions:  Accounts receivable                                7,186       (16,589)  Management fee receivable                          659         875  Other receivables                                  540         (319)  Restricted cash                                    (141)       163  Prepaid expenses and other                         (856)       256  Reinsurance liability reserve                      (19)        1,034  Accounts payable and accrued expenses              18,863      2,412  Accrued transportation costs                       (6,354)     13,660  Deferred revenue                                   (3,366)     4,862  Other long-term liabilities                        152         3,556 Net cash provided by operating activities              55,237      42,488 Investing activities Purchase of property and equipment                     (10,183)    (9,522) Net increase in short-term investments                 177         444 Acquisitions, net of cash acquired                     (989)       (190) Restricted cash for reinsured claims losses            (2,848)     2,633 Net cash used in investing activities                  (13,843)    (6,635) Financing activities Repurchase of common stock, for treasury               (547)       (3,658) Proceeds from common stock issued pursuant to stock  option exercise                                      10,069      949 Excess tax benefit upon exercise of stock options      1,120       91 Proceeds from long-term debt                           76,000      - Repayment of long-term debt                            (82,500)    (20,493) Debt financing costs                                   (2,082)     (65) Capital lease payments                                 (9)         (23) Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities    2,051       (23,199) Effect of exchange rate changes on cash                (313)       25 Net change in cash                                     43,132      12,679 Cash at beginning of period                            55,863      43,184 Cash at end of period                                  $  98,995  $  55,863      The Providence Service Corporation Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures Adjusted EBITDA (in thousands) (Unaudited)                             Three months ended       Year ended                             December 31,              December 31,                             2013         2012         2013        2012 Net income                  $   3,357  $   2,865  $  19,438  $   8,482 Interest expense, net       1,578        1,811        6,894       7,508 Provision for income taxes  1,165        3,580        11,777      8,211 Depreciation and            3,683        3,769        14,872      15,023 amortization EBITDA                      9,783        12,025       52,981      39,224 Asset impairment charge     -            -            492         2,506 Payments related to retirement and  termination of executive  1,277        1,293        1,277       1,293 officers Loss on extinguishment of   -            -            525         - debt Strategic alternatives      -            -            -           593 costs Adjusted EBITDA            $  11,060   $  13,318   $  55,275  $  43,616  SOURCE The Providence Service Corporation  Website: http://www.provcorp.com Contact: Robert Wilson - Chief Financial Officer, 520/747-6600; or Alison Ziegler, Cameron Associates, 212/554-5469