T.S. Eliot said that April is the cruelest month. He must have been an investor in the 2022 stock market.
Stocks took a beating across the board in April, with the S&P falling nearly 10%. And according to the Home Health (HHI) and Post-Acute Care (PAI) indices from national mergers and acquisitions advisory firm Stoneridge Partners, home health and post-acute care companies were certainly not immune to the market’s decline.
“Providers who made it out of the pandemic are now weathering supply chain issues, soaring increases in fuel prices and the lingering effects of the Great Resignation,” said Stoneridge Partners Managing Partner Brian Bruenderman. “But these challenges are facing all businesses, not just the healthcare sector – the S&P is off to its worst start since 1939. I wouldn’t regard weakness in the market overall as weakness in the market for home health and post-acute care.”
The Stoneridge HHI dropped more than 13% from March to April, while the PAI (what percentage drop?).
Home Health Index
Perhaps the most startling decline among companies on the Home Health Index was Amedisys, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED), which dropped almost 26% from March to April. LHC Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) was down by just shy of 2% over the same period.
Both Amedisys and LHC have had to deal with COVID-19-related disruption the first quarter with approximately 7% of each company’s clinicians in quarantine, leading to higher contract labor costs. The difference for Amedisys may have been the increase in gas prices – the company spends almost $4 million monthly on fuel.
Post-Acute Care Index
Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS) also experienced a stock value dip in April, dropping by nearly 10%.
During Q1, Addus experienced its highest employee-quarantine rate ever at 4%. Hiring also became a company pain point. The company saw a 4% to 5% increase in per-hour pay for home health and hospice workers due to wage pressure.
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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)
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*
The Stoneridge Partners Post-Acute Care Index is updated monthly and measures the performance of these six publicly traded post-acute care 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 May 2022 | Stoneridge Partners)
Home Health Index May 2022 | Stoneridge Partners
From Brian Bruenderman, Publisher of “Home Health Index.” Brian 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