New Frontier Health Corporation (NFH) Reports Q1 Loss of $0.17

May 27, 2020 6:09 AM EDT

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New Frontier Health Corporation (NYSE: NFH) reported Q1 EPS of ($0.17). Revenue for the quarter came in at $60.86 million.

For the Quarter Ended March 31, 2020:

  • Revenue decreased by 25.4% to RMB430.9 million from RMB577.4 million due to decreased patient volume, as non-emergency services were postponed or cancelled a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Net loss increased to RMB168.6 million from RMB45.7 million, resulting mainly from the revenue decline and increased finance costs.
  • Adjusted EBITDA (before IFRS 16 adoption)3 decreased to RMB(67.7) million from RMB30.9 million primarily due to the impact on revenue from COVID-19.
  • Tier 1 Operating Assets: revenue decreased by 30.6% yoy to RMB301.9 million from RMB435.1 million, and Adjusted EBITDA (before IFRS 16 adoption) decreased by 79.3% to RMB22.9 million from RMB110.5 million, due to a decline in patient volume due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Tier 2 Operating and Other Assets: revenue decreased by 26.9% yoy to RMB63.6 million from RMB87.0 million, and Adjusted EBITDA (before IFRS 16 adoption) decreased to RMB(11.5) million from RMB0.4 million, due to a decrease in patient volume as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic.
  • Expansion Assets: Revenue increased by 18.1% yoy to RMB65.4 million from RMB55.4 million due to the continued ramp-up of the new hospitals in Guangzhou and Pudong, Shanghai despite the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Adjusted EBITDA (before IFRS 16 adoption) increased by 2.2% yoy to RMB(42.6) million from RMB(43.6) million.
  • Outpatient visits decreased by 41.0% yoy to 89,463 from 151,551.
  • Inpatient admissions decreased by 20.7% yoy to 2,056 from 2,594.
  • Bed utilization rate* decreased to 32.7% from 36.1%.
  • ASP: outpatient ASP increased by 9% and inpatient ASP increased by 13% yoy as a result of an increase in the number of higher acuity services provided at our facilities, as less urgent services were postponed due to the pandemic.

* Bed utilization is calculated based on the weighted average maximum bed capacity for the period.

Mr. Antony Leung, Chairman of NFH, commented, “The first quarter of 2020 was challenging for many due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our business was negatively impacted as a result of a decrease in our patient volume, but we continued to make progress in pursuing our strategic growth. We have seen sustained week to week revenue recovery starting in the end of February and expect our business to return to normal soon. In the meantime, our team has been working tirelessly to manage our corporate overhead and cash flow in order to drive operational efficiencies in light of the challenging environment and, at the same time, to ensure that our frontline staff and facilities continue to have the resources to protect our patients and to pursue new growth initiatives. We remain optimistic about the progress and direction of the Company and that we will emerge from this pandemic as a stronger platform.”

Ms. Roberta Lipson, Chief Executive Officer of NFH and founder of UFH, added, “Despite the impact of COVID-19, we saw a new category of first time patients entering our network who we expect to retain as loyal customers. Some of these patients entered through our new on-line consultation platforms and subsequently converted to hospital appointments, and others came for treatment of serious diseases including stroke and cancer, having not achieved access at their traditional public providers. Despite the COVID-19 interruptions, we were also able to continue to execute on our long-term growth strategy by resuming construction work in our new Beijing hospital, and progressing in the design and licensing for our new Shenzhen hospital.

“During the quarter, we initiated some changes at our corporate headquarters with the goal of reducing costs related to salary and benefits, as well as those related to general administrative expenses, which we expect will result in future and ongoing cost savings. We also received some relief and incentives from local governments. Starting in the end of February, we began to see sustained recovery of our patient volumes, and as our business continues to return to normal growth, we remain focused on network efficiency, expansion asset ramp-up, and core market facility and service development. We are committed to delivering long-term value through growth in patient volume, service offerings, and our network.”

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