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AMN Healthcare announces Q3 results exceeds company guidance

Third quarter financial highlights are as follows:

Dollars in millions, except per share amounts.

Q3 2014

% Change

Q3 2013

YTD
September 30,
2014

% Change YTD
September 30,
2013

Revenue

$264.6

3%

$756.4

(1%)

Gross profit

$80.3

6%

$231.4

4%

Net income

$8.5

(1%)

$23.3

(5%)

Diluted EPS

$0.18

0%

$0.49

(4%)

Adjusted Diluted EPS*

N/A

N/A

$0.53

2%

Adjusted EBITDA*

$21.8

1%

$66.2

3%

*  See "Non-GAAP Measures" below for a discussion of our use of non-GAAP items and the table entitled "Supplemental Financial and Operating Data" for a reconciliation of non-GAAP items.

Consolidated revenue exceeded expectations due to year-over-year and sequential growth across all business segments.

The travel nurse business (excluding EMR staffing) experienced revenue growth of 13% year-over-year,  driven by continued higher demand trends and solid execution.

Gross margin of 30.4% represented a year-over-year improvement of 100 basis points.

"All segments experienced stronger market trends, resulting in better than anticipated revenue growth in the third quarter. The continued strengthening in travel nurse and allied demand is expected to fuel volume growth in the future. These trends, combined with new MSP clients and  expansions, have bolstered our leadership position in workforce solutions and give us a positive outlook going into the new year," said Susan R. Salka, President and Chief Executive Officer of AMN Healthcare. "To ensure the delivery of a best-in-class client and clinician experience, we continue to make long-term strategic investments to innovate our workforce solution offerings and our recruitment and infrastructure technologies."  

Third Quarter 2014 Results

For the third quarter of 2014 consolidated revenue was $265 million, an increase of 3% from the same quarter last year and an increase of 5% sequentially. Third quarter revenue for the Nurse and Allied Healthcare Staffing segment was $174 million, up 2% from the same quarter last year and 5% sequentially. Locum Tenens Staffing segment revenue in the third quarter was $79 million, an increase of 5% from the same quarter last year and 6% sequentially. Third quarter Physician Permanent Placement Services segment revenue was $11 million, an increase of 5% from the same quarter last year and 7% sequentially.

Third quarter gross margin of 30.4% was 100 basis points higher than the same quarter last year and 40 basis points lower sequentially. The year-over-year increase was due to gross margin improvements in our Nurse and Allied Healthcare Staffing and Physician Permanent Placement Services segments. The sequential decrease was due primarily to an unfavorable workers' compensation actuarial adjustment recorded in the third quarter.

SG&A expenses for the third quarter were $60 million, representing 22.8% of revenue, compared to $56 million in both the same quarter last year and the prior quarter. The year-over-year increase in SG&A expenses was due to the inclusion of ShiftWise, which was acquired in November of last year, higher expenses associated with our information technology initiatives, and higher expenses to support our current demand and future growth initiatives. The sequential increase in SG&A expenses was due primarily to a favorable professional liability actuarial adjustment recorded in the second quarter, increased commission and bonus expenses associated with higher revenue, and other expenses to support growth.

Third quarter net income was $8 million and net income per diluted share was $0.18. Third quarter adjusted EBITDA was $22 million, compared to $22 million in the same quarter last year and $23 million in the prior quarter. Adjusted EBITDA margin of 8.2% was 20 basis points lower than the same quarter last year and 110 basis points lower sequentially. The year-over-year decrease was due primarily to the unfavorable workers' compensation actuarial adjustment recorded in the third quarter of 2014, and the sequential decrease was due primarily to that same adjustment as well as a favorable professional liability adjustment in the second quarter of 2014.

At September 30, 2014, cash and cash equivalents totaled $10 million. Third quarter cash flow provided by operations was $15 million and capital expenditures were $4 million. The Company ended the quarter with total debt outstanding of $146 million, with a leverage ratio of 1.7 to 1.

Business Trends and Outlook

The Company expects consolidated fourth quarter 2014 revenue of $265 million to $269 million. Gross margin is expected to be seasonally lower at approximately 30.0%. SG&A expenses as a percentage of revenue are expected to be approximately 22.5%. Adjusted EBITDA margin is expected to be between 8.0% and 8.5%.

About AMN Healthcare

AMN Healthcare is the innovator in healthcare workforce solutions and staffing services to healthcare facilities across the nation. AMN Healthcare's workforce solutions - including managed services programs, vendor management systems, and recruitment process outsourcing - enable providers to successfully reduce complexity, increase efficiency and improve patient outcomes within the rapidly evolving healthcare environment. The Company provides unparalleled access to the most comprehensive network of quality healthcare professionals through its innovative recruitment strategies and breadth of career opportunities. Clients include acute-care hospitals, community health centers and clinics, physician practice groups, retail and urgent care centers, home health facilities, and many other healthcare settings. AMN Healthcare disseminates news and information about the Company through its website, which can be found at www.amnhealthcare.com.

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