Premier, Inc. Reports Fiscal-Year 2021 Third-Quarter Results and Raises Fiscal Year 2021 Guidance

CHARLOTTE, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Premier, Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC) today reported financial results for the fiscal year (FY) 2021 third quarter ended March 31, 2021 and raised its fiscal 2021 financial guidance.

“I am excited to take the reins as Premier’s new CEO and am pleased with our fiscal 2021 third quarter performance. Our results demonstrate our continued focus on execution and the differentiated solutions we deliver to our members and other customers that help them deliver and provide access to higher quality, more cost-effective healthcare,” said Michael J. Alkire, Premier’s president and CEO. “Products revenue grew significantly quarter-over-quarter and helped mitigate the impact on our net administrative fees revenue from ongoing lower utilization as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Alkire continued, “Based on our third quarter results and our outlook for the remainder of fiscal 2021, we are raising our fiscal 2021 guidance. As we look ahead, we believe we are well-positioned to continue executing our strategy, while at the same time helping our members navigate the challenges of the pandemic, to drive long-term, sustainable growth and value to all our stakeholders.”

Fiscal Third-Quarter 2021 Results and Recent Highlights:

(Financial comparisons are for fiscal third quarter of 2021 vs. fiscal third quarter of 2020)

  • GAAP net revenue increased 40% to $469.9 million from $334.8 million a year ago.

    • Supply Chain Services segment revenue increased 56% to $371.2 million from $238.6 million a year ago.
    • Performance Services segment revenue increased 3% to $98.7 million from $96.2 million a year ago.
  • GAAP net income of $51.4 million decreased from $73.2 million a year ago.
  • GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.39 compared to $0.54 per share a year ago.
  • Adjusted EBITDA* of $121.2 million decreased 22% from $155.9 million a year ago primarily as a result of the impact of the amended GPO agreements that were effective on July 1, 2020 and the Acurity/Nexera asset acquisition.
  • Adjusted net income* of $78.5 million decreased 12% from $88.9 million a year ago and adjusted EPS* decreased 12% to $0.64 from $0.73 a year ago.
  • On March 1, 2021, Premier acquired substantially all the assets and certain liabilities of Invoice Delivery Services, LP for $80 million.
  • On April 23, 2021, Premier’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.19 per share, payable on June 15, 2021, to stockholders of record as of June 1, 2021.
  • On May 1, 2021, Michael J. Alkire assumed the chief executive officer role at Premier.

*Descriptions of consolidated and segment adjusted (non-GAAP) financial measures and non-GAAP free cash flow are provided below under “Use and Definition of Non-GAAP Financial Measures,” and reconciliations are provided in the tables at the end of this release.

All results presented in this press release reflect continuing operations following completion of the sale and exit of the Specialty Pharmacy business on June 7, 2019.

Consolidated Fiscal 2021 Third Quarter Financial Highlights

Consolidated Third-Quarter Financial Highlights

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

Nine Months Ended March 31,

(in thousands, except per share data)

2021

2020

% Change

2021

2020

% Change

Net Revenue:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supply Chain Services:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net administrative fees

$

146,553

 

$

174,049

 

(16)%

 

$

424,537

 

$

518,566

 

(18)%

 

Other services and support

8,630

 

3,396

 

154%

 

18,307

 

8,439

 

117%

 

Services

155,183

 

177,445

 

(13)%

 

442,844

 

527,005

 

(16)%

 

Products

215,995

 

61,183

 

253%

 

511,080

 

167,344

 

205%

 

Total Supply Chain Services

371,178

 

238,628

 

56 %

 

953,924

 

694,349

 

37%

 

Performance Services

98,745

 

96,195

 

3%

 

285,713

 

262,490

 

9%

 

Total

$

469,923

 

$

334,823

 

40 %

 

$

1,239,637

 

$

956,839

 

30%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income from continuing operations

$

51,444

 

$

73,212

 

(30)%

 

$

277,033

 

$

235,726

 

18%

 

Net income from continuing operations attributable to stockholders

$

48,321

 

$

340,726

 

nm

$

234,445

 

$

620,262

 

nm

Adjusted net income from continuing operations

$

48,321

 

$

66,145

 

nm

$

234,445

 

$

205,719

 

nm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES*:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supply Chain Services

$

117,949

 

$

149,212

 

(21)%

 

$

339,538

 

$

447,081

 

(24)%

 

Performance Services

35,950

 

34,634

 

4%

 

109,675

 

84,977

 

29%

 

Total segment adjusted EBITDA

153,899

 

183,846

 

(16)%

 

449,213

 

532,058

 

(16)%

 

Corporate

(32,692)

 

(27,957)

 

17%

 

(92,445)

 

(87,508)

 

6%

 

Total

$

121,207

 

$

155,889

 

(22)%

 

$

356,768

 

$

444,550

 

(20)%

 

Adjusted net income

$

78,535

 

$

88,908

 

(12)%

 

$

232,023

 

$

265,668

 

(13)%

 

Earnings per share on adjusted net income – diluted

$

0.64

 

$

0.73

 

(12)%

 

$

1.89

 

$

2.14

 

(12)%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Refer to the supplemental financial information at the end of this release for reconciliation of reported GAAP results to non-GAAP results.

Fiscal 2021 Outlook and Guidance

The statements in this section are forward-looking statements. For additional information regarding the use and limitations of such statements, refer to “Forward-Looking Statements” below and “Risk Factors” section of the company’s most recent Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), as updated from time to time in the company’s other filings with the SEC.

Premier increased its financial guidance for fiscal year 2021. The company expects total net revenue to be in the range of $1.671 billion to $1.711 billion, adjusted EBITDA to be in the range of $460 million to $475 million, and adjusted EPS to be in the range of $2.42 to $2.51. The company also reiterated that, adjusted for the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, beginning in fiscal year 2022, it expects to target a multi-year, compound annual growth rate in the mid-to-high single digits for consolidated net revenue, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EPS.

Refer to the table below for specific fiscal 2021 guidance metrics and related footnotes. In addition, refer to the “Premier’s Use and Definition of Non-GAAP Numbers” and “Premier’s Use of Forward-Looking Non-GAAP Measures” at the end of this release for descriptions of consolidated and adjusted (non-GAAP) financial measures.

Guidance Metric

Fiscal 2021 Guidance Range*

(as of May 4, 2021)

Previous Fiscal 2021 Guidance Range

(as of February 2, 2021)

Segment Net Revenue:

 

 

Supply Chain Services

$1.300 billion to $1.330 billion

$1.242 billion to $1.272 billion

Performance Services

$371 million to $381 million

$366 million to $381 million

Total Net Revenue

$1.671 billion to $1.711 billion

$1.608 billion to $1.653 billion

Adjusted EBITDA

$460 million to $475 million

$445 million to $465 million

Adjusted EPS

$2.42 to $2.51

$2.26 to $2.39

Fiscal 2021 guidance assumes the realization of the following key assumptions:

  • Net administrative fees revenue of $565 million to $580 million
  • Direct sourcing products revenue of $700 million to $720 million
  • Capital expenditures of $100 million to $105 million
  • Effective tax rate of 22%
  • Does not include the effect of any potential future significant acquisitions

*The company does not provide forward-looking guidance on a GAAP basis as certain financial information, the probable significance of which cannot be determined, is not available and cannot be reasonably estimated. Refer to “Use of Forward-Looking Non-GAAP Measures” below for additional explanation.

Results of Operations for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2021

(As compared with the three months ended March 31, 2020)

GAAP net revenue of $469.9 million increased 40% from $334.8 million for the same period a year ago.

GAAP net income of $51.4 million decreased from $73.2 million a year ago primarily related to lower net administrative fees revenue as a result of the amended GPO agreements and non-cash amortization of prepaid contract administrative fees from the Acurity/Nexera asset acquisition, partially offset by a reduction in the loss on certain put and call rights in the current period associated with Premier’s minority investment in FFF Enterprises.

Adjusted EBITDA of $121.2 million decreased 22% from $155.9 million for the same period a year ago primarily as a result of the impact of the aforementioned amended GPO agreements and the non-cash amortization of prepaid contract administrative fees from the Acurity/Nexera asset acquisition.

Adjusted net income of $78.5 million decreased 12% from $88.9 million for the same period a year ago. Adjusted earnings per share decreased 12% to $0.64 from $0.73 for the same period a year ago.

Segment Results

(For the fiscal third quarter of 2021 as compared with the fiscal third quarter of 2020)

Supply Chain Services

Supply Chain Services segment net revenue of $371.2 million increased 56% from $238.6 million for the same quarter a year ago.

Net administrative fees revenue of $146.6 million decreased $27.5 million, or 16%, from $174.0 million a year ago, primarily due to the amended GPO agreements, the non-cash amortization of prepaid contract administrative fees from the Acurity/Nexera asset acquisition and the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. These decreases were partially offset by the addition of new members and further penetration of existing member spend.

Products revenue of $216.0 million increased $154.8 million, or 253%, from $61.2 million a year ago, primarily driven by growth in commodity products and aggregated purchasing of certain other products as well as the company’s ongoing efforts to provide certain personal protective equipment (PPE) and other high-demand supplies for its members as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Segment adjusted EBITDA of $117.9 million decreased 21% from $149.2 million for the same period a year ago, primarily as a result of the previously mentioned decline in net administrative fees revenue related to the amended GPO agreements and the non-cash amortization of prepaid contract administrative fees from the Acurity/Nexera asset acquisition.

Performance Services

Performance Services segment net revenue of $98.7 million increased 3% from $96.2 million for the same quarter a year ago, primarily driven by incremental revenue in the Contigo Health business related to the acquisition of Health Design Plus in May 2020, growth in life sciences business and growth in the cost management and performance improvement consulting businesses. These increases were partially offset by lower revenue associated with enterprise analytics license agreements executed during the current period as compared to the prior year period which included significant revenue from enterprise analytics license agreements entered into during the prior year quarter. In addition, the increases were partially offset by lower revenue as a result of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) planned discontinuation of the company’s former CMS government contract as part of the overall Hospital Improvement Innovation Network program that ended on March 31, 2020.

Segment adjusted EBITDA of $36.0 million increased 4% from $34.6 million for the same period a year ago primarily due to the aforementioned increase in revenue.

Results of Operations for the Nine Months Ended March 31, 2021

(As compared with the nine months ended March 31, 2020)

GAAP net revenue of $1,239.6 million increased 30% from $956.8 million for the same period a year ago.

GAAP net income was $277.0 million, an increase of 18%, compared with $235.7 million a year ago. In accordance with GAAP, fiscal 2021 and 2020 nine-month net income attributable to stockholders includes non-cash adjustments of $(26.7) million and $516.7 million, respectively, to reflect the change in the redemption value of limited partners’ Class B common unit ownership at the end of each period. These non-cash adjustments resulted primarily from changes in the number of Class B common units outstanding and the company’s stock price between periods and do not reflect results of the company’s business operations. The adjustment for nine months ended March 31, 2021 reflects the change in the redemption value of limited partners’ Class B common unit ownership for the period from July 1, 2020 through July 31, 2020, due to the Board of Directors being comprised of a majority of independent directors on July 31, 2020. As a result, Premier will no longer make this adjustment in subsequent periods.

After the previously mentioned non-cash adjustments, the company reported net income attributable to stockholders of $234.4 million compared with net income of $620.3 million a year ago. On a diluted per share basis, net income was $2.03 compared with $1.66 for the same period a year ago. See “Calculation of GAAP Earnings per Share” in the income statement section of this press release.

Adjusted EBITDA of $356.8 million decreased 20% from $444.6 million for the same period the prior year. Adjusted net income of $232.0 million decreased 13% from $265.7 million for the same period a year ago. Adjusted earnings per share decreased 12% to $1.89 from $2.14 for the same period a year ago.

Supply Chain Services segment net revenue of $953.9 million increased 37% from $694.3 million for the same quarter a year ago. Supply Chain Services segment adjusted EBITDA of $339.5 million decreased 24% from $447.1 million for the same period a year ago.

Performance Services segment net revenue of $285.7 million increased 9% from $262.5 million for the same quarter a year ago. Performance Services segment adjusted EBITDA of $109.7 million increased 29% from $85.0 million for the same period a year ago.

Cash Flows and Liquidity

Net cash provided by operating activities for the nine months ended March 31, 2021 was $192.4 million compared with $248.1 million for the same period last year. The decrease was primarily driven by lower net administrative fees revenue as a result of the amended GPO agreements and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, changes in working capital, including higher levels of inventory, primarily driven by the impact of aggregated purchasing of PPE as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic impacted net cash provided by operating activities.

Net cash used in investing activities and net cash provided by financing activities for the nine months ended March 31, 2021 were $149.3 million and $9.8 million, respectively. At March 31, 2021, cash and cash equivalents was $132.6 million compared with $99.3 million at June 30, 2020, and the company’s five-year, $1.0 billion revolving credit facility had an outstanding balance of $200.0 million, of which $75 million was repaid in April 2021.

Free cash flow for the nine months ended March 31, 2021 was $91.3 million compared with $213.9 million for the same period a year ago. The decrease was primarily due to the same factors that impacted net cash provided by operating activities as well as payments made to former limited partners of Premier LP in connection with the termination of the Tax Receivable Agreement as part of the company’s restructure in August 2020. These factors were partially offset by the elimination of tax distributions to limited partners also as a result of the restructure.

Conference Call

Premier will host a conference call to provide additional detail around the company’s performance and outlook today at 8:00 a.m. ET. The call will be webcast live from the company’s website and will be available at the following link: Premier Webcast Link. The webcast should be accessed 10 minutes prior to the conference call start time. A replay of the webcast will be available for one year following the conclusion of the live broadcast and will be accessible on the company’s website at https://investors.premierinc.com.

For those parties who do not have internet access, the conference call may be accessed by calling one of the below telephone numbers and providing conference ID number 6698593:

Domestic participant dial-in number (toll-free):

(844) 296-7719

International participant dial-in number:

(574) 990-1041

Premier’s presentation that will accompany the conference call and webcast can be accessed via the following link: Premier Events.

About Premier, Inc.

Premier, Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC) is a leading healthcare improvement company, uniting an alliance of more than 4,100 U.S. hospitals and health systems and approximately 200,000 other providers and organizations to transform healthcare. With integrated data and analytics, collaboratives, supply chain solutions, and consulting and other services, Premier enables better care and outcomes at a lower cost. Premier plays a critical role in the rapidly evolving healthcare industry, collaborating with members to co-develop long-term innovations that reinvent and improve the way care is delivered to patients nationwide. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier is passionate about transforming American healthcare. Please visit Premier’s news and investor sites on www.premierinc.com; as well as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and Instagram for more information about the company.

Premier’s Use and Definition of Non-GAAP Measures

Premier uses EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, segment adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income (historically referred to as “adjusted fully distributed net income”), adjusted earnings per share (historically referred to as “adjusted fully distributed earnings per share”), and free cash flow to facilitate a comparison of the company’s operating performance on a consistent basis from period to period and to provide measures that, when viewed in combination with its results prepared in accordance with GAAP, allow for a more complete understanding of factors and trends affecting the company’s business than GAAP measures alone. Management believes EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA and segment adjusted EBITDA assist the company’s board of directors, management and investors in comparing the company’s operating performance on a consistent basis from period to period by removing the impact of the company’s asset base (primarily depreciation and amortization) and items outside the control of management (taxes), as well as other non-cash (impairment of intangible assets and purchase accounting adjustments) and non-recurring items, from operating results. Adjusted EBITDA and segment adjusted EBITDA are supplemental financial measures used by the company and by external users of the company’s financial statements.

Management considers adjusted EBITDA an indicator of the operational strength and performance of the company’s business. Adjusted EBITDA allows management to assess performance without regard to financing methods and capital structure and without the impact of other matters that management does not consider indicative of the operating performance of the business. Segment adjusted EBITDA is the primary earnings measure used by management to evaluate the performance of the company’s business segments.

Management believes free cash flow is an important measure because it represents the cash that the company generates after payment of tax distributions to limited partners and capital investment to maintain existing products and services and ongoing business operations, as well as development of new and upgraded products and services to support future growth. Free cash flow is important because it allows the company to enhance stockholder value through acquisitions, partnerships, joint ventures, investments in related or complimentary businesses and/or debt reduction.

In addition, adjusted fully distributed net income and adjusted fully distributed earnings per share eliminate the variability of non-controlling interest as a result of member owner exchanges of Class B common units and corresponding Class B common stock into shares of Class A common stock and other potentially dilutive equity transactions which are outside of management’s control. These measures assist our board of directors, management and investors in comparing our net income and earnings per share on a consistent basis from period to period because these measures remove non-cash and non-recurring items and eliminate the variability of non-controlling interest that results from member owner exchanges of Class B common units into shares of Class A common stock.

Non-Recurring Items are items to be income or expenses and other items that have not been earned or incurred within the prior two years and are not expected to recur within the next two years. Such items include stock-based compensation, acquisition and disposition related expenses, remeasurement of TRA liabilities, loss on disposal of long-live assets, gain or loss on FFF put and call rights, income and expense that has been classified as discontinued operations and other expense.

Non-operating items include gains or losses on the disposal of assets and interest and investment income or expense.

EBITDA is defined as net income before income or loss from discontinued operations, net of tax, interest and investment income, net, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization and amortization of purchased intangible assets.

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA before merger and acquisition related expenses and non-recurring, non-cash or non-operating items and including equity in net income of unconsolidated affiliates.

Segment adjusted EBITDA is defined as the segment’s net revenue less cost of revenue and operating expenses directly attributable to the segment excluding depreciation and amortization, amortization of purchased intangible assets, merger and acquisition related expenses and non-recurring or non-cash items and including equity in net income of unconsolidated affiliates. Operating expenses directly attributable to the segment include expenses associated with sales and marketing, general and administrative, and product development activities specific to the operation of each segment. General and administrative corporate expenses that are not specific to a particular segment are not included in the calculation of Segment Adjusted EBITDA. Segment Adjusted EBITDA also excludes any income and expense that has been classified as discontinued operations.

Adjusted Net Income is defined as net income attributable to Premier (i) excluding income or loss from discontinued operations, net, (ii) excluding income tax expense, (iii) excluding the impact of adjustment of redeemable limited partners’ capital to redemption amount, (iv) excluding the effect of non-recurring or non-cash items, including certain strategic and financial restructuring expenses, (v) assuming the exchange of all the Class B common units for shares of Class A common stock, which results in the elimination of non-controlling interest in Premier LP and (vi) reflecting an adjustment for income tax expense on Non-GAAP net income before income taxes at our estimated annual effective income tax rate, adjusted for unusual or infrequent items.

Adjusted Earnings per Share is Adjusted Net Income divided by diluted weighted average shares.

Free cash flow is defined as net cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations less distributions and TRA payments to limited partners and purchases of property and equipment. Free Cash Flow does not represent discretionary cash available for spending as it excludes certain contractual obligations such as debt repayments.

To properly and prudently evaluate our business, readers are urged to review the reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures, as well as the other financial tables, included at the end of this release. Readers should not rely on any single financial measure to evaluate the company’s business. In addition, the non-GAAP financial measures used in this release are susceptible to varying calculations and may differ from, and may therefore not be comparable to, similarly titled measures used by other companies.

Contacts

Investor contact:
Angie McCabe

Vice President, Investor Relations

704.816.3888

angie_mccabe@premierinc.com

Media contact:
Amanda Forster

Vice President, Public Relations

202.879.8004

amanda_forster@premierinc.com

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