Healthcare Services Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:HCSG) (the "Company") reported for the three months ended March 31, 2020 revenue of $449.2 million, net income of $20.2 million, or $0.27 per basic and diluted common share, and cash flow from operations of $12.7 million. Additionally, the Company’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.2025 per common share, the 67th consecutive increase since the initiation of dividend payments in 2003.
Ted Wahl, Chief Executive Officer, stated, "COVID-19 quickly became the dominant theme during the quarter. The pace at which the virus presented and altered operational protocol for our customers was unlike anything we’ve experienced in the industry. Our customers responded with innovation and resolve, and we’ve been right there with them, at our absolute best and delivering in the most extraordinary way. Our subject matter expertise in infection control and supply chain management has been rivaled only by the incredible dedication and commitment of our employees, at every level, but especially our heroes working in the facilities. Their passion, perseverance and courage in the face of great adversity is nothing short of inspirational."
Mr. Wahl continued, "We’ll continue to closely monitor the impact of COVID-19 on the industry, as we work with our customers in managing this unique challenge. While quite a bit of uncertainty remains as to the path and impact of this virus on the industry, we’ve been encouraged by both the pace and significance of the enacted and proposed federal and state relief measures, which are providing meaningful financial support to an industry committed to combating this crisis."
First Quarter Results
Revenue for the quarter was $449.2 million, with dining & nutrition and housekeeping & laundry segment revenues of $224.9 million and $224.3 million, respectively.
Direct cost of services was reported at $387.2 million, or 86.2%. Overall, the Company’s near-term goal is to manage Direct cost at 86.0%, excluding any COVID-19-related costs, temporary investments in management capacity or any new business start-up inefficiencies that may occur.
Dining & nutrition and housekeeping & laundry segment margins were 6.4% and 10.7%, respectively.
Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") was reported at $30.0 million, or 6.7%; after adjusting for the $5.7 million decrease in deferred compensation, actual SG&A was $35.7 million, or 8.0%. The Company continues to target SG&A of 7.5%, excluding any COVID-19 or SEC-related costs, with the primary opportunity for near-term leverage existing in top line growth.
The Company reported an effective tax rate of 24.6% and expects a 2020 tax rate of 24% to 26%.
Cash flow from operations for the quarter was $12.7 million, inclusive of the $4.6 million decrease in accrued payroll.
Mr. Wahl stated, "In the coming months, we will continue our intensive operational focus on mitigating the effects of COVID-19 and remain proactive in delivering the best possible outcomes on all fronts. We are prudently maintaining a strong balance sheet with no near-term maturities, which appropriately complements our cash position. Above all, we are deeply committed to supporting our customers in the care of their patients and residents, while simultaneously continuing to protect company resources, including our most valued resource - our employees."
The Company’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.2025 per common share, payable on June 26, 2020 to shareholders of record at the close of business on May 22, 2020. This represents the 68th consecutive quarterly cash dividend payment, as well as the 67th consecutive increase since the initiation of quarterly cash dividend payments in 2003.
Current Expected Credit Loss Adoption
Effective January 1, 2020, the Company implemented the Current Expected Credit Loss ("CECL") accounting standard, as required by the Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB"). The standard required a transition from an incurred loss methodology to an expected loss model when evaluating potential credit loss, primarily relating to the Company’s accounts and notes receivable. The implementation of CECL resulted in an initial, one-time increase of $42.2 million to the Company’s allowance for doubtful accounts through a reduction of stockholders' equity.
Conference Call and Upcoming Events
The Company will host a conference call on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss its results for the three months ended March 31, 2020. The call may be accessed via phone at 877-395-7164. The call will be simultaneously webcast under the "Events & Presentations" section of the Investor Relations page on the Company’s website, www.hcsg.com. A replay of the webcast will also be available on our website for one year following the date of the earnings call.
CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
This release and any schedules incorporated by reference into it may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which are not historical facts but rather are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about our business and industry, and our beliefs and assumptions. Words such as "believes," "anticipates," "plans," "expects," "will," "goal," and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. The inclusion of forward-looking statements should not be regarded as a representation by us that any of our plans will be achieved. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Such forward-looking information is also subject to various risks and uncertainties. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, risks arising from our providing services exclusively to the healthcare industry, primarily providers of long-term care; the impact of and future effects of the COVID-19 pandemic or other potential pandemics having a significant portion of our consolidated revenues contributed by one customer during the three months ended March 31, 2020; credit and collection risks associated with the healthcare industry; our claims experience related to workers’ compensation and general liability insurance; the effects of changes in, or interpretations of laws and regulations governing the healthcare industry, our workforce and services provided, including state and local regulations pertaining to the taxability of our services and other labor-related matters such as minimum wage increases; the Company's expectations with respect to selling, general, and administrative expense; continued realization of tax benefits arising from our corporate reorganization and self-funded health insurance program; the impact of the SEC investigation and the related class action lawsuit; risks associated with the reorganization of our corporate structure; and the risk factors described in Part I of our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019 under "Government Regulation of Clients," "Service Agreements and Collections," and "Competition" and under Item IA. "Risk Factors" in such Form 10-K.
These factors, in addition to delays in payments from clients and/or clients in bankruptcy or clients with which we are in litigation to collect payment, have resulted in, and could continue to result in, significant additional bad debts in the near future. Additionally, our operating results would be adversely affected if unexpected increases in the costs of labor and labor-related costs, materials, supplies and equipment used in performing services (including the impact of potential tariffs and COVID-19) could not be passed on to our clients.
In addition, we believe that to improve our financial performance we must continue to obtain service agreements with new clients, retain and provide new services to existing clients, achieve modest price increases on current service agreements with existing clients and/or maintain internal cost reduction strategies at our various operational levels. Furthermore, we believe that our ability to sustain the internal development of managerial personnel is an important factor impacting future operating results and the successful execution of our projected growth strategies.
Healthcare Services Group, Inc. is the largest national provider of professional housekeeping, laundry and dietary services to long-term care and related health care facilities.
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