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HCA Healthcare (HCA) Q3 Earnings Beat Estimates, Surge Y/Y

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HCA Healthcare, Inc.’s (HCA - Free Report) third-quarter 2021 adjusted earnings of $4.57 per share beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $4.10 by 11.5%. The bottom line also improved 138% year over year on higher revenues.

The company witnessed solid patient volumes in the quarter.

Quarterly Details

HCA Healthcare’s revenues of $15.276 billion beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 4.7%. The top line also improved 14.8% from the year-ago period’s figure.

Same facility equivalent admissions increased 9.3% year over year while same facility admissions rose 6.8% year over year. Same facility revenue per equivalent admission grew 5.2% year over year in the quarter.

Same facility inpatient surgeries and same facility outpatient surgeries decreased 4.9% and increased 6.4%, respectively, year over year.

Salaries and benefits, supplies and other operating expenses were up 15.4% year over year.

Adjusted EBITDA totaled $3.2 billion, up 57% year over year.

As of Sep 30, 2021, HCA Healthcare operated 183 hospitals and approximately 2,000 sites of care.

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Financial Update (as of Sep 30, 2021)

Total assets came in at $49.5 billion, up 4.4% from the level at 2020 end.

Total debt less debt issuance costs and discounts of $32 billion increased 4.1% from the level at 2020 end.

In the reported quarter, capex came in at $889 million minus acquisitions.

Cash flows provided by operating activities were $2.277 billion compared with the year-ago period’s figure of $2.717 billion.

2021 Guidance

The company revised its 2021 guidance following solid third-quarter results.
Management expects annual revenues in the band of $58.7-$59.3 billion, up from the prior expectation of $57-$58 billion.

Adjusted EBITDA is estimated to be $12.50-$12.80 billion, up from the prior range of $12.10-$12.50 billion.

Capex of the company is still expected at $3.7 billion.

EPS of the company is projected at $17.20-$17.80, up from the previous guidance of $16.30-$17.10 per share.

Share Repurchase and Dividend Update

In the third quarter of 2021, it bought back shares worth $2.329 billion.

HCA Healthcare announced a quarterly cash dividend of 48 cents per share on its common stock. The dividend is payable Dec 29, 2021 to its shareholders of record on Dec 14, 2021.

Zacks Rank & Peer Releases

HCA Healthcare currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Other Medical Sector Releases

Of the medical sector players that have reported third-quarter results so far, the bottom-line results of Tenet Healthcare Corporation (THC - Free Report) , UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (UNH - Free Report) and Anthem, Inc. (ANTM - Free Report) beat the respective Zacks Consensus Estimate.