updated 10/26/2010 7:15:53 AM ET 2010-10-26T11:15:53

WAKEFIELD, Mass., Oct. 25, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American Dental Partners, Inc. (Nasdaq:ADPI) announced financial results today for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2010.

Comparing results for the third quarter of 2010 with results for the third quarter of 2009:
 

  • Net revenue was $71,116,000 for the third quarter of 2010 as compared to $67,986,000 for the third quarter of 2009.
  • Earnings from operations were $6,073,000 for the third quarter of 2010 as compared to $5,673,000 for the third quarter of 2009. 
  • Net earnings were $2,715,000 for the third quarter of 2010 as compared to $1,432,000 for the third quarter of 2009, which included $596,000 of expenses, net of tax, associated with senior debt refinancing.
  • Diluted net earnings per share were $0.17 for the third quarter of 2010 as compared to $0.10 for the third quarter of 2009, which included $0.04 per share of expenses, net of tax, associated with senior debt refinancing.
  • Diluted cash net earnings per share were $0.27 for the third quarter of 2010 as compared to $0.19 for the third quarter of 2009, which included $0.04 per share of expenses, net of tax, associated with senior debt refinancing.

Comparing results for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 with results for the nine months ended September 30, 2009:
 

  • Net revenue was $215,336,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 as compared to $207,749,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2009.
  • Earnings from operations were $20,646,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 as compared to $19,075,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2009. 
  • Net earnings were $8,172,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2010, which included $584,000 of expenses, net of tax, associated with senior debt refinancing and affiliation with Cincinnati Dental Services, as compared to $5,864,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2009, which included $596,000 of expenses, net of tax, associated with senior debt refinancing.
  • Diluted net earnings per share were $0.51 for the nine months ended September 30, 2010, which included $0.04 per share of expenses, net of tax, associated with senior debt refinancing and affiliation with Cincinnati Dental Services, as compared to $0.43 for the nine months ended September 30, 2009, which included $0.04 per share of expenses, net of tax, associated with senior debt refinancing.
  •  Diluted cash net earnings per share were $0.79 for the nine months ended September 30, 2010, which included $0.04 per share of expenses, net of tax, associated with senior debt refinancing and affiliation with Cincinnati Dental Services, as compared to $0.73 for the nine months ended September 30, 2009, which included $0.04 per share of expenses, net of tax, associated with senior debt refinancing.

Patient revenue of the Company's affiliated dental group practices was $111,318,000 for the quarter, which included $105,673,000 from dental group practices that are affiliated with the Company by means of service agreements and $5,645,000 from Arizona's Tooth Doctor for Kids. Same market patient revenue declined 1.6% for the quarter, or 2.1% excluding in-market practice acquisitions. For the nine months ended September 30, 2010, patient revenue of the Company's affiliated dental group practices was $334,012,000, which included $316,962,000 from dental group practices that are affiliated with the Company by means of service agreements and $17,050,000 from Arizona's Tooth Doctor for Kids. Same market patient revenue declined 2.4% for the nine months ended September 30, 2010, or 2.9% excluding in-market practice acquisitions. 

Cash flow from operations was $9,589,000 for the quarter and $27,318,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2010. Amounts paid for affiliations and acquisitions amounted to $775,000 during the quarter and $20,573,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2010. The Company completed two in-market practice acquisitions during the quarter and one platform affiliation and two in-market practice acquisitions during the nine months ended September 30, 2010. Acquisitions completed during the quarter generated approximately $149,000 of patient revenue in the quarter and are expected to generate patient revenue of approximately $1,323,000 on an annualized basis. Capital expenditures were $2,241,000 for the quarter and $5,350,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2010. The Company completed one de novo facility during the quarter and four de novo facilities during the first nine months of 2010.

The Company recognized $51,000, $32,000 net of tax or $0.00 per diluted share, of professional fees during the quarter, associated with its affiliation with Cincinnati Dental Services, which have been included in general corporate expenses. The Company recognized $338,000 of professional fees for the nine months ended September 30, 2010, $207,000 net of tax or $0.01 per diluted share, associated with its affiliation with Cincinnati Dental Services.

The Company recognized $450,000, $284,000 net of tax or $0.02 per diluted share, of stock-based compensation expense during the quarter, which has been included in general corporate expenses, as compared to $403,000, $243,000 net of tax or $0.02 per diluted share, for the same quarter last year.

As previously announced, the Company implemented a share repurchase program pursuant to which it is authorized to repurchase up to $10,000,000 of its common stock. During the quarter, the Company repurchased 222,000 shares of its common stock for $2,468,000 at an average price of $11.12 per share.

Cash net earnings and cash earnings from operations are non-GAAP financial measures. In accordance with the requirements of Regulation G of the Securities and Exchange Commission, please see the attached financial tables for a presentation of the most comparable GAAP measures, the reconciliation to the nearest GAAP measure and all additional reconciliations required by Regulation G.

The Company regards non-GAAP financial measures, such as cash net earnings and cash earnings from operations, as important financial measures for understanding its financial performance.  These measures exclude amortization expense, net of tax.  The Company incurs significant amortization expense related to its service agreements in contrast to many companies, in the same and other industries, that do not amortize intangibles based on authoritative literature for goodwill and other intangibles. Expenses related to the Company's debt refinancing and professional fees related to the Company's acquisitions have also been excluded from the Company's non-GAAP financial measures. The Company believes these items should be presented separately due to their magnitude and non-recurring impact to the Company's ongoing operations.  The primary limitations associated with the Company's use of non-GAAP measures are that these measures may not be directly comparable to the amounts reported by other companies.  Management compensates for these limitations by providing a detailed reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures in this press release.

For further discussion of these events and a comprehensive review of the quarter ended September 30, 2010, the Company will host its previously announced conference call on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 9:00 a.m., EDT, which will be broadcast live over the Internet at www.amdpi.com . The call will be hosted by Gregory A. Serrao, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. To access the webcast, participants should visit the Investors section of the website at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the conference call to download and install any necessary audio software. A replay of the webcast will be available at www.amdpi.com approximately two hours after the call through 6:00 p.m., EDT, Tuesday, November 2, 2010.

American Dental Partners is one of the nation's leading business partners to dental group practices. The Company is affiliated with 26 dental group practices, which have 275 dental facilities with approximately 2,378 operatories located in 21 states. 

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: With the exception of the historical information contained in this press release, the matters described herein contain "forward-looking" statements that involve risk and uncertainties that may individually or collectively affect the matters herein described, including but not limited to the Company's risks associated with overall or regional economic conditions, dependence upon affiliated dental practices, contracts the affiliated practices have with third-party payors, government regulation of the dental industry, impact of health care reform, dependence upon service agreements and the impact of any terminations or potential terminations of such contracts, business interruptions, the outcome of pending litigation and the Company's acquisition and affiliation strategy, which are detailed from time to time in the "Risk Factors" section of the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q.



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