The definition of essential for federal government functions: Minimum number of employees required for continuation of security and economic viability of the nation. In other words...National Parks employees are not essential....most Dept of Education employees are not essential....many of the HUD employees are not essential. Many secretaries and clerical workers are not considered essential, as are janitorial staff. But over time, an organization needs these types of people to operate efficiently. One Depart of Defense Agency that I'm aware of designated 17 employees out of a total of 2500+ headquarters employees to be essential; most of the day to day tasks are performed in the field. Usually the essential designation thought as...what is necessary to operate for a limited period, normally two weeks....think of it as an emergency period.
Don't think you're going to see an earnings report. The last information on the HMA investor relations is a post of CHS's earning report, where they say..."The Company and HMA amended their merger agreement on September 24, 2013 to allow the new HMA Board of Directors to retain additional financial advisors to assist them in evaluating the merger. Once this evaluation has been completed, the Company expects to have a registration statement on Form S-4 declared effective by the SEC. HMA will proceed with mailing its proxy statement and the shareholder vote. As we have stated before, we expect the transaction to be completed in the first quarter of 2014."
Value Line has had that same opinion on LSI for the last seven years. And the stock has basically gone nowhere.