Corporate News | 04/26/2006

RHÖN-KLINIKUM AG:Q1 2006 results

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Press Release RHÖN-KLINIKUM AG, Bad Neustadt a. d. Saale: - Q1 2006 results –- Revenue raised by 33.2% to € 453.8 million- Rise in net consolidated profit to € 22.7 million as expected- Continuation of sound financial structures- 313,774 patients treated by Group hospitals during the first quarter- Group staff of 30,967 as at 31 March 2006- 45 hospitals with 14,620 beds/places as at 31 March 2006- First forecast confirmation for 2005: revenue of € 1.9 billion and net consolidated profit of € 93 millionBad Neustadt a. d. Saale, 26 April 2006 ----- With its interim report forthe three months ended 31 March 2006 submitted today, RHÖN-KLINIKUM Groupreports a substantial rise in revenues to € 453.8 million (previous year: €340.7 million / +33.2%). This rise in revenues compared with the sameperiod last year mainly stems from the first-time consolidation ofUniversitätsklinikum Gießen und Marburg GmbH from February 2006 which addedrevenues of € 69.6 million, from two hospitals consolidated for the firsttime from the middle of 2005 and two further facilities on 1 January 2005contributing € 19.7 million, and from internal growth of € 23.8 million (+7%).Net consolidated profit of € 22.7 million (previous year: € 22.2million/+2.2%) in the first quarter of 2006 is burdened by losses atUniversitätsklinikum Gießen und Marburg in the amount of € 2.6 million inthe period from 1 February 2006. The currently foreseeable losses ofUniversitätsklinikum Gießen und Marburg, which are estimated at € 7 millionfor the period from 1 February to 31 December 2006, can be offset byprogress in hospital restructuring measures, so that the burdens onearnings will diminish successively – with reference to the respectivequarter – over the remaining nine months of the financial year.At the end of the first quarter of 2006, earnings per share stood at € 0.42(previous year: € 0.41 adjusted / + 2.4%).“Revenues and net consolidated profit developed in line with ourexpectations“, said Wolfgang Pföhler, chairman of the Board of Managementof RHÖN-KLINIKUM AG.As expected, margins declined as a result of the still inefficientstructures of the newly consolidated hospitals compared with the Group’slong-standing facilities.In the first quarter of 2006 EBITDA* recorded a rise to € 52.0 million(previous year: € 48.9 million / +6.3%), and the operating result (EBIT)stood at € 35.8 million, up 5.3% versus its pre-year level of € 34.0million. Earnings before tax (EBT) gained € 0.8 million (+2.6%) to reach €31.2 million (previous year: € 30.4 million).______________* Earnings before depreciation/amortisation, interest and income tax Of the investments made by the Group in the first three months of 2006totalling € 230.7 million (previous year: € 177,0 million /+28.7%), € 204.8million was used for tangible fixed assets acquired on hospital takeoversand € 25.9 million for investment in the Group’s long-standing facilities(new and top-up investments as well as fixtures and equipment). € 38.9million of this investment volume (previous year: € 37.3 million/ +4.3%)was financed from the operating cash flow and € 64.1 million from anincrease in net debt to banks as well as the use of interest-free short-and long-term loan capital.“Net debt to banks rose from € 301.0 million at the end of 2005 to € 365.1million at the end of the first quarter of 2006 as a result of purchaseprice payments for the hospitals taken over. Coverage of non-current assetsby equity capital and non-current liabilities is 88.4%. The equity ratiodeclined from 39.6 % at the end of financial year 2005 to 33.3% as at 31March 2006. This comes as a result of the Company’s buoyant growth andaccompanying increase in assets and loan capital. The Group continues toenjoy stable and sound financial structures.”, said Dietmar Pawlik, who hasbeen on the Board of Management since the beginning of the year withresponsibility for Financing, Investor Relations and Controlling.In the first three months of 2006 our hospitals treated 313,774 patients(previous year: 233,788 / + 34.2%) on an inpatient, day-case and outpatientbasis. Compared with the first quarter of the previous year, averageper-case revenue rose by 3.6% in the inpatient area and by 18.1% in theoutpatient area. The much higher per-case revenues at UniversitätsklinikumGießen und Marburg (€ 4,016 for inpatient cases and € 127 for outpatientcases) compared with the long-standing facilities brought an increase inaverage per-case revenue within the Group.At 31 March 2006, the Group employed 30,967 persons (at 31 December 2005:21,226), with 9,934 added by the newly consolidated facilities. Thehospitals consolidated at the end of 2005 witnessed a slight decline instaff numbers (-193).Currently we operate 45 hospitals at a total of 34 sites with 14,620beds/places approved under federal state hospital requirement plans. Thenewly acquired hospitals add 2,660 beds to the Group, with 2,262 of thesebeing contributed by the Gießen and Marburg sites. Due to the disputedprohibition of the takeover by the German Cartel Office, the figures do notinclude the district hospitals in Bad Neustadt/Saale and Mellrichtstadt.“We will maintain our growth course in financial year 2006 with our focuson qualitative and economically sound growth”, said Wolfgang Pföhler,chairman of the Board of Management of RHÖN-KLINIKUM AG. “Acquisitionoffers that do not meet our standards will be refused without exception.Given the massive pressure on hospital budgets, the convergence phase ofDRGs, the trend towards the replacement of inpatient service volumes, thewithdrawal of the federal states from investment financing and the mountingdebt of the German state, we will be able to achieve further growth for ourcompany on our terms for the foreseeable future”.Without taking account of possible further acquisitions, the forecast forrevenues of € 1.9 billion and the forecast for net consolidated profit of €93 million are confirmed. ****************For Sallwey & PartnerRHÖN-KLINIKUM AG Telemannstr. 18Salzburger Leite 1 60323 Frankfurt/Main97616 Bad Neustadt a. d. Saale Contact: Brigitte Sallwey Tel.: 069 97 203 628 e-mail: sallwey@rhoen-klinikum-ag.comBrigitte Sallwey(+49) 069-97203628(+49) 0171 6942 140DGAP 26.04.2006
language: Englishcompany: RHÖN-KLINIKUM AG Salzburger Leite 1 97616 Bad Neustadt/ Saale Deutschlandphone: +49 (0)9771 - 65-0fax: +49 (0)9771 - 97 467email: www.rhoen-klinikum-ag.comISIN: DE0007042301WKN: 704230indices: MDAXstockmarkets: Amtlicher Markt in Frankfurt (Prime Standard), München; Freiverkehr in Berlin-Bremen, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Stuttgart End of News DGAP News-Service