Post-Acute Care Stocks Cool Off
Home Health Index | 2021 February Update
Coming off a scorching performance in December, home health and post-acute care stocks gave back some of their impressive gains in January according to the latest Stoneridge Partners Home Health and Post-Acute Indices.
The Home Health Index (HHI) dipped by almost 4% last month; the Post-Acute Care Index (PAI) did slightly better, dropping by nearly 3.5%. The overall S&P also dropped by 0.6% last month, likely fueled by concerns about the new COVID-19 variants disrupting recovering economies, and raising – perhaps unfounded – fears about what the “January Barometer” means for the rest of 2021.
Nonetheless, the companies that make up the HHI and PAI are stronger than ever before.
“Home health and post-acute care providers performed incredibly well in 2020, and they are still in a much better position now than they were just a few months ago when we saw record numbers of new infections each day,” said Stoneridge Partners President Rich Tinsley. “That’s not to say they aren’t still dealing with a lot of operational challenges, so I think we will continue to see some ups and downs over the next several months. But we’ll learn more in the coming weeks as the companies start to discuss their Q4 financial results.”
Home Health Index
The monthly Stoneridge Partners HHI tracks stock values for Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Amedisys, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) and Lafayette, Louisiana-based LHC Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG), two of country’s largest home-based care companies.
Amedisys saw its stock dip by almost 1.5% in January compared to December, though that had little effect on the company’s overall outstanding performance over the past year – its stock remained up by more than 63% at the end of last month compared to the prior 12 months. Similarly, LHC Group’s stock fell by nearly 6.7% in January, but was still up by more than 36% over the last 12 months.
“Executives from both LHC Group and Amedisys have talked about the historic levels of M&A activity they expect in 2021, so I think we’ll see their stock values surging as we head into March and beyond,” Tinsley said. “The wave of consolidation linked to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) may still be to come.”
Post-Acute Care Index
The PAI from Stoneridge combines the stock values for Amedisys and LHC Group with market performance results for Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS), Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (NYSE: BKD), Encompass Health Corp. (NYSE: EHC) and The Pennant Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: PNTG).
Brookdale was the lone bright spot in January’s PAI, with its stock jumping up by nearly 12.5% in January. A sizable home health and hospice provider, the Brentwood, Tennessee-based Brookdale is also one of the largest owners and operators of senior living communities in the country.
In contrast, Frisco, Texas-based Addus’ stock was down 3.8% in January, and after months of consecutive gains, Eagle, Idaho-based Pennant saw its stock fall by 4.6% compared to the previous month. Birmingham, Alabama-based Encompass Health stocks dipped by just more than 2% during that same period.
Quote of the Month
“One of the things that PDGM did for us was promote continuous learning. The focus for PDGM was all about changing how we manage care. And then when COVID came along, it was a bit of a parallel; we switched to focusing on infection control and other wrinkles.” – MaineHealth Care at Home President Donna DeBlois
Read the Full Article Here: An Unexpected Savior: How PDGM Prep Helped Home Health Agencies Ease COVID-19’s Impact
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See It To Believe It!
The Stoneridge Partners Home Health Index (HH Index) is updated monthly and measures the performance of these two publicly traded home health companies, all listed on the NASDAQ:
- LHC Group (LHCG)
- Amedisys (AMED)
(Home Health Index February 2021 | Stoneridge Partners)
Here are the results of the stock prices for the past two years:
||1 mos change
Although we track the performance of Addus, they are not included in our HH Index because very little of their revenue comes from Medicare.
Enterprise Value (EV)
|EV (in M)
|HH Index Total
Enterprise Value (EV), aka Selling Price, as Percent of Revenue
|HH Index Average*
Multiples of EV/EBITDA
Think of this as selling price as a multiple of EBITDA.
|HH Index Average*
The Stoneridge Partners Post-Acute Care Index is updated monthly and measures the performance of these two publicly traded home health companies, all listed on the NASDAQ:
- LHC Group (LHCG)
- Amedisys (AMED)
- Addus (ADUS)
- The Pennant Group, Inc. (PNTG)
- Encompass Health (EHC)
- Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (BKD)
This graph displays Post-Acute Care Index performance starting late 2019.
The above calculations are based on selling price being defined as Enterprise Value (EV), with data provided by Capital IQ. Enterprise value is defined as market cap plus debt, minority interest and preferred shares, minus total cash and cash equivalents. EBITDA is calculated using methodology which may differ from that used by a company for its reporting. (Home Health Index February 2021 | Stoneridge Partners)
Recent Transactions From Around The Country
- Rethink First acquired Whil, a leading digital provider of mindfulness, stress resilience, mental well-being and sustainable performance solutions.
- Grant Avenue Capital recently acquired Salt Lake City-based Valeo Home Health & Hospice from Eduro Healthcare, an operator of skilled nursing facilities.
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Home Health Index February 2021 | Stoneridge Partners
From Rich Tinsley, Publisher of “Home Health Index.” Rich can be reached at [email protected] or (239) 561-0826, and toll-free at 800-218-3944. Previous editions of this monthly newsletter can be searched for at the bottom of the home page of the Home Health Index. Links to Google Finance: Amedisys | LHC Group