New Frontier Health Corporation (NFH) Reports Q2 Revenues of $77.7M

August 27, 2020 6:10 AM EDT

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New Frontier Health Corporation (NYSE: NFH) reported Q2 revenue for the quarter came in at $77.7 million.

Financial and Operating Highlights1
All comparisons made on both a year-over-year (“yoy”) and quarter-on-quarter (“qoq”) basis. 2

Second Quarter 2020 Highlights:

  • Revenue decreased by 12.6% yoy to RMB548.9 million from RMB628.1 million and increased by 27.4% from the prior quarter, as revenue continued to recover since the initial outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in February.
  • Adjusted EBITDA (before IFRS 16 adoption)3 reverted to a profit of RMB54.0 million in the second quarter of 2020 compared to a loss of RMB(67.7) million in the prior quarter, representing a slight increase from RMB52.8 million in the prior year period. The change was primarily due to a recovery of revenue and implementation of cost controls.
  • Net loss decreased to RMB79.3 million in second quarter of 2020 from RMB 168.6 million in the prior quarter, representing a slight increase from RMB75.2 million in the prior year period, resulting mainly from revenue decline, increased finance costs, and increased depreciation expenses (inclusion of the full the depreciation expenses of the newly expanded PXU facility in the second quarter of 2020).
  • Tier 1 Operating Assets: revenue decreased by 19.8% yoy to RMB382.3 million from RMB476.5 million and increased by 26.6% qoq. Adjusted EBITDA (before IFRS 16 adoption) decreased by 27.4% yoy to RMB98.6 million from RMB135.8 million and increased by 331.0% qoq. The yoy declines in revenue and adjusted EBITDA were primarily due to a decline in patient volume as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact from the second wave of the outbreak in Beijing in June 2020. However, the strong revenue recovery from Q1 2020 was due to strong revenue recovery in Beijing and Shanghai prior to the second wave outbreak, easing of travel restrictions within China, and increased demand for non-emergency medical services.
  • Tier 2 Operating and Other Assets: revenue decreased by 6.6% yoy to RMB77.6 million from RMB83.0 million, and Adjusted EBITDA (before IFRS 16 adoption) increased to RMB3.6 million from RMB(3.5) million, primarily due to a recovery of revenue and implementation of cost controls.
  • Expansion Assets: revenue increased by 30.0% yoy to RMB89.1 million from RMB68.5 million due to the continued ramp-up of the new hospitals in Guangzhou and Pudong, Shanghai, despite the impact from the COVID-19 pandemic, and Adjusted EBITDA (before IFRS 16 adoption) increased by 52.3% yoy to RMB(19.5) million from RMB(40.8) million.
  • Outpatient visits decreased by 23.3% yoy to 125,723 from 164,010 and increased by 40.5% qoq.
  • Inpatient admissions decreased by 23.6% yoy to 2,059 from 2,695 and increased by 0.1% qoq.
  • Bed utilization rate* decreased to 32.1% yoy from 37.5%.
  • ASP: outpatient ASP increased by 10.8% yoy and inpatient ASP increased by 16.1% yoy due to an increase in the number of higher acuity services provided at the Company’s facilities.

Mr. Antony Leung, Chairman of NFH, commented, “Similar to many others in the industry, our business continued to be negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic during the quarter. However, the COVD-19 situation in China now seems to be under control. Although there is no assurance of the future path of the disease, we expect that any future outbreaks can be more easily controlled by effective public health measures. In the second quarter, we were glad to see a revenue recovery and operational ramp-up trend that led to quarter-over-quarter growth as well as improved profitability on the back of our previously announced efficiency initiatives. Our outpatient visits increased quarter-over-quarter, driving similar, sequential growth in revenues across all asset categories. We remain confident in our company and expect to continue to execute our operational and strategic plans.”

“We are also excited that Carl and David have formally joined the leadership team,” Mr. Leung continued. “They have been working closely with the executive team over the last several months and have been making significant progress in a number of strategic areas while improving the performance of the Company. I look forward to working closely with Roberta, Carl and David, and the management and medical teams to continue delivering world class healthcare to patients in China.”

Ms. Roberta Lipson, Chief Executive Officer of NFH and founder of UFH, added, “We are happy to see signs of recovery this quarter. Both outpatient visits and inpatient admissions across our network rebounded steadily in April and May, with an acceleration toward the end of May as the government eased COVID-19 related restrictions. Despite the second outbreak in Beijing in June, which was quickly contained, our outpatient volume achieved a 41% increase from the previous quarter. Meanwhile, we made progress on our strategic growth initiatives. For example, our hospital in Guangzhou, which first opened its doors in the fourth quarter of 2018, started to achieve monthly EBITDA breakeven in May 2020. Our Shanghai United Family Hospital launched its Center for Healthy Aging this quarter, providing health management services to patients aged 60 and older, reflecting the needs of Shanghai’s shifting demographic. In Beijing, both our Beijing United Family Hospital and our New Hope Oncology Center expanded their capabilities with investments in equipment upgrades. We also opened our Beijing United Family Tianchen Clinic in partnership with the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank.”

“In addition to making progress in pursuit of our strategic growth, we are proud of our contributions to society’s needs during the outbreak. Many of our facilities have been approved to provide COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests and antibody tests to patients on-site. In addition, our Beijing United Family Hospital was one of a select few private hospitals approved to carry out the supporting lab work, and we believe that both of these efforts will translate into business growth, as this testing brings more people through our doors to experience UFH’s environment and service for the first time. As our business continues its expected return to normal growth, we remain focused on network efficiency, expansion asset ramp-up, core market facilities, and service line development. Finally, I want to thank our team, which has made a significant effort to protect each other, our patients, and their families during this difficult time,” concluded Ms. Lipson.

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