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American CareSource Announces Fourth Quarter and Year-End Financial Results for 2012

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- American CareSource Holdings (NASDAQ: ANCI), a leading national network of ancillary healthcare providers, today reported net revenue of $9.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, as compared with $13 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. For 2012, net revenue was $34.9 million, as compared with $48.9 million for full-year 2011. Net loss for 2012 was $3.1 million, as compared with $7.2 million (including a non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $2.9 million, net of an income tax benefit of $1.5 million, and a non-cash deferred tax valuation allowance of $2.8 million) for 2011, while the fourth quarter net loss was $629,000, as compared with net income of $153,000 for the prior-year period.

"In 2012, American CareSource made progress in its pursuit of new strategic alternatives while maintaining operational stability by renewing a key partnership and protecting cash reserves," said Kenn S. George, CEO and Chairman of the Board. "We preserved and extended our relationship with our most important client, HealthSmart, commenced a relationship with a new client third-party administrator, INTEGRA Administrative Group, and completed technology development that will enable future clients more streamlined access to the ACS network."

Mr. George continued, "While maintaining stability in our operations, we have been aggressively developing new opportunities for expanded market reach. While we see our legacy business continuing to be under pressure, we feel other segments of healthcare that are congruent with ACS' core competencies provide significant upside potential."

Year-end Highlights

Net Revenue

Net revenue for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $9.1 million, as compared with $13 million reported during the fourth quarter of 2011. Non-legacy accounts (those added in 2010-2012) grew 17 percent and contributed $4.4 million compared to $3.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. In addition, the non-legacy accounts grew 11 percent in 2012, as compared with 2011. The revenue growth from the group of clients is due to the addition of employer groups that were not previously utilizing the ACS network and the implementation of six new clients during 2012. Those clients contributed incremental revenue of $735,000 and $898,000 during the quarter and year ended Dec. 31, 2012.

For the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2012, revenue from ACS' two significant legacy accounts declined by a combined $3.8 million, or 58 percent, as compared with the same period in 2011, due to factors described previously by the company. Revenue and claims volume from the larger of the two legacy clients was negatively impacted primarily by attrition in its own client base and a decline in laboratory service claims volume. Revenue from the other significant legacy account was negatively impacted by its continued transition related to a business combination. An additional client, which was implemented in early 2009, exited the health insurance business in 2011 and generated no revenue in the fourth quarter of 2012, as compared with $552,000 in the fourth quarter last year.

Sequentially, fourth quarter 2012 net revenues increased 11 percent to $9.1 million over $8.2 million in the third quarter of 2012. The increase was the result of contributions from INTEGRA and several other small new clients and seasonally higher collections in the fourth quarter.

Claims Volumes

ACS billed 37,000 claims during the fourth quarter of 2012, a decrease from the 57,000 claims it billed during the same period last year. The lower claims volume was primarily the result of declines in claims volume from the company's two key client accounts, in addition to other selected legacy accounts.

Following are claims volumes for the periods presented:

(Claim amounts in 000's)     Q4 2012     Q3 2012     Q4 2011
Claims:            
Processed 47 46 69
Billed 37 37 57
 

Contribution Margin

Contribution margin for the fourth quarter of 2012 increased to 14.7 percent, as compared with 12.2 percent reported during the fourth quarter of 2011. The increase in contribution margin was primarily the result of the decline in provider payments as a percent of revenue, from 75.8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011 to 73.3 percent in the same period this year. The improvement in margin on provider payments is the result of the change in mix of clients generating revenue and claims volume. In addition, contribution margin benefited from a positive shift in mix toward higher-margin service categories, such as infusion services and surgery centers as well as overall margin improvement in service categories such as durable medical equipment, diagnostic imaging services and rehabilitation and chiropractic services.

Following is a comparison of statement of operations components as a percent of net revenue:

      Q4 2012     Q3 2012     Q4 2011
Provider payments     73.3 %     74.7 %     75.8 %
Administrative fees 4.2 % 4.2 % 4.7 %
Claims administration and provider development     7.8 %     11.3 %     7.3 %
Total cost of revenues     85.3 %     90.2 %     87.8 %
 

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses (SG&A)

SG&A for the fourth quarter of 2012 increased to $1.7 million from $1.2 million in the same period last year. The increase was primarily the result of ongoing sales and marketing investments, consulting and administrative costs incurred related to strategic initiatives and the continual review of the organization's structure and alignment. SG&A in 2011 included a non-cash compensation adjustment related to employee separations during 2011 of approximately $175,000.

SG&A was 19.2 percent of revenues in the fourth quarter of 2012, as compared with 9.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2012 was a loss of $247,000, which compares with $519,000 in the prior-year period.

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as operating income or loss before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization and excludes the impact of the non-cash goodwill impairment charge, non-cash stock-based compensation expense, restructuring charges, amortization of long-term client agreements, warrant amortization and other non-cash charges. Adjusted EBITDA should be considered in addition to, but not in lieu of, income or loss from operations reported under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).

A reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to operating income or loss is provided in the tables accompanying this release.

Financial Liquidity

Total cash and cash equivalents as of Dec. 31, 2012, were $10.7 million, as compared with $10.3 million on Sept. 30, 2012 and $11.3 million on Dec. 31, 2011.

The decline in cash at Dec. 31, 2012, as compared to the prior year was the result of operating losses incurred during 2012, offset by the timing of cash receipts and associated provider payments. Cash receipts late in the fourth quarter of 2012 had no related payments to providers before Dec. 31, 2012. We expect a decline in our cash balance in the first quarter of 2013 due to the timing of provider payments to be made related to fourth-quarter cash receipts.

About American CareSource Holdings, Inc.

American CareSource Holdings is the first national, publicly traded ancillary care network services company. The company offers a comprehensive national network of more than 4,800 ancillary service providers at more than 34,500 sites through its subsidiary, Ancillary Care Services. ACS provides ancillary healthcare services through its network that offers cost-effective alternatives to physician and hospital-based services. These providers offer services in 31 categories including laboratories, dialysis centers, free-standing diagnostic imaging centers, infusion centers, long-term acute care centers, home-health services and non-hospital surgery centers, as well as durable medical equipment. The company's ancillary network and management provide a complete outsourced solution for a wide variety of healthcare payors and plan sponsors including self-insured employers, indemnity insurers, PPOs, HMOs, third-party administrators and both federal and local governments. For additional information, please visit www.anci-care.com.

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Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995:

Any statements that are not historical facts contained in this release, including with respect to the company's plans, objectives and expectations for future operations, projections of the company's future operating results or financial condition, and expectations regarding the health care industry and economic conditions, are forward-looking statements. Substantial risks and uncertainties could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, the company's dependence upon its two largest clients and recent declines in their business, the company's inability to attract or maintain providers or clients or achieve its financial results, changes in national health care policy, federal or state regulation, and/or rates of reimbursement including without limitation the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Health Care and Educational Affordability Reconciliation Act and medical loss ratio regulations, general economic conditions (including the recent economic downturns and increases in unemployment), lower than anticipated demand for ancillary services, pricing, market acceptance/preference, the company's ability to integrate with its clients, consolidation in the industry that affect the company's key clients, changes in the business decisions by significant clients, increased competition, decisions by service providers in the company's network to terminate their agreements with ACS, the company's inability to manage growth, implementation and performance difficulties, and other risk factors detailed from time to time in the company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Except as otherwise required by law, the company undertakes no obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements.

 
AMERICAN CARESOURCE HOLDINGS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(amounts in thousands except per share data)
                 
Three months ended Twelve months ended
December 31, December 31,
2012 2011 2012 2011
 
Net revenues $ 9,100 $ 13,025 $ 34,902 $ 48,906
 
Cost of revenues:
Provider payments 6,668 9,873 25,660 37,588
Administrative fees 383 604 1,551 2,395
Claims administration and provider development   715     959     3,580     4,405  
Total cost of revenues   7,766     11,436     30,791     44,388  
 
Contribution margin 1,334 1,589 4,111 4,518
 
Selling, general and administrative expenses 1,744 1,232 6,293 5,958
Depreciation and amortization 216 207 878 792
Goodwill impairment charge               4,361  
Total operating expenses   1,960     1,439     7,171     11,111  
 
Income (loss) before income taxes (626 ) 150 (3,060 ) (6,593 )
Income tax provision (benefit)   3     (3 )   31     644  
Net income (loss) $ (629 ) $ 153   $ (3,091 ) $ (7,237 )
 
Earnings (loss) per common share:
Basic $ (0.11 ) $ 0.03   $ (0.54 ) $ (1.28 )
Diluted $ (0.11 ) $ 0.03   $ (0.54 ) $ (1.28 )
 
Basic weighted average common shares outstanding   5,711     5,695     5,707     5,668  
Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding   5,711     5,716     5,707     5,668  
 
 

Reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to reported GAAP financial measures:

 
Three months ended Twelve months ended
December 31, December 31,
2012 2011 2012 2011
 
Net income (loss) $ (629 ) $ 153 $ (3,091 ) $ (7,237 )
Income tax provision (benefit) 3 (3 ) 31 644
Depreciation and amortization 216 207 878 792
Other   7     (7 )   (8 )   (39 )
EBITDA (403 ) 350 (2,190 ) (5,840 )
Non-cash stock-based compensation expense 75 106 408 738
Goodwill impairment charge 4,361
Amortization of long-term client agreement 63 63 250 250
Restructuring costs (included in selling, general and administrative expenses) 18 95 263
Client administration fee expense related to warrants               67  
EBITDA, as adjusted $ (247 ) $ 519   $ (1,437 ) $ (161 )
 
 
AMERICAN CARESOURCE HOLDINGS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(amounts in thousands)
       

December 31,
2012

December 31,
2011

ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 10,705 $ 11,315
Accounts receivable, net 2,432 4,317
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   296     565  
Total current assets 13,433 16,197
 
Property and equipment, net 1,593 1,829
 
Other assets:
Other non-current assets 238 242
Intangible assets, net   768     896  
TOTAL ASSETS $ 16,032   $ 19,164  
 
LIABILITIES and STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
 
Current liabilities:
Due to service providers $ 3,100 $ 3,678
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   1,343     1,237  
Total current liabilities 4,443 4,915
 
EQUITY
Common stock 57 57
Additional paid-in capital 22,845 22,414
Accumulated deficit   (11,313 )   (8,222 )
  11,589     14,249  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY $ 16,032   $ 19,164  
 
 
AMERICAN CARESOURCE HOLDINGS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(amounts in thousands)
   
Year ended
December 31,
2012 2011
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net loss $ (3,091 ) $ (7,237 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operations:
Non-cash stock-based compensation expense 408 738
Depreciation and amortization 878 792
Goodwill impairment charge 4,361
Amortization of long-term client agreement 250 250
Client administration fee expense related to warrants 67
Deferred income taxes 4 614
Loss on write-off of internally developed development costs 14
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable 1,885 1,193
Prepaid expenses and other assets 27 (21 )
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 129 (188 )
Due to service providers   (578 )   (3,040 )
Net cash used in operating activities   (74 )   (2,471 )
 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Investments in software development costs (419 ) (611 )
Additions to property and equipment   (109 )   (58 )
Net cash used in investing activities   (528 )   (669 )
 
Cash flows from financing activities:
Payment of income tax withholdings on net exercise of equity incentives   (8 )   (57 )
Net cash used in financing activities   (8 )   (57 )
 
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (610 ) (3,197 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   11,315     14,512  
 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 10,705   $ 11,315  
 
Supplemental cash flow information:
Cash paid for taxes, net of refunds received $ 49   $ 52  
 
Supplemental non-cash operating and financing activity:
Accrued bonus paid with equity incentives $ 23   $  

American CareSource Holdings
Matthew D. Thompson, CFO, 972-308-6830
mthompson@anci-care.com

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