COMMUNITY HEALTH SYSTEMS INC false 0001108109 0001108109 2021-01-14 2021-01-14





Washington D.C. 20549







Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

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Date of Report (date of earliest event reported): January 14, 2021




(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Delaware   001-15925   13-3893191

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



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4000 Meridian Boulevard

Franklin, Tennessee 37067

(Address of principal executive offices)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (615) 465-7000



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ITEM 2.02

Results of Operations and Financial Condition

Community Health Systems, Inc. (the “Company”) is participating in the 39th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference on January 11-14, 2021. In advance of the Company’s previously-announced presentation on January 14, 2021, the Company hereby announces that it anticipates that its results in the fourth quarter of 2020 will yield results for the year ended December 31, 2020 of the following:



Net operating revenues in the range of $11.775 billion to $11.800 billion.



Adjusted EBITDA in an amount slightly above the high-end of the Company’s Adjusted EBITDA guidance for 2020 of $1.650 billion to $1.800 billion, as originally issued on February 19, 2020 (this guidance was subsequently withdrawn on April 6, 2020 and not reinstated).

The Company anticipates that it will recognize approximately $600 million of pandemic relief funds through the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund (the “PHSSEF”) for the year ended December 31, 2020, including approximately $150 million of such funds anticipated to be recognized for the three months ended December 31, 2020, which amounts are included in Adjusted EBITDA. Amounts recognized reflect changes to the calculation of lost revenues pursuant to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the “CAA”) which was enacted in December 2020. The Company estimates that healthcare-related expenses incurred and revenues lost during the year ended December 31, 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, exceed the aforementioned amount of pandemic relief funds recognized during such period. Remaining unrecognized pandemic relief funds may be recognized as a reduction in operating costs and expenses in future periods if the underlying conditions for recognition are met.

The Company also hereby provides certain preliminary guidance for 2021 as set forth below. The Company anticipates net operating revenues for the year ending December 31, 2021 to be in the range of $11.7 billion to $12.5 billion. The Company anticipates Adjusted EBITDA for the year ending December 31, 2021 to be in the range of $1.6 billion to $1.8 billion. This guidance reflects anticipated continued execution of our previously-stated margin initiatives and does not take into account the potential recognition of additional pandemic relief funds.

The information provided above is based on information available to management as of the date of this Form 8-K and is subject to revision upon finalization of the Company’s annual accounting and financial reporting procedures.

The Company intends to provide its updated 2021 annual earnings guidance and reporting on its financial and operating results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2020, when the Company issues its earnings release on a future date.

The information necessary to provide a reconciliation of the Company’s preliminary projected 2021 Adjusted EBITDA, a forward-looking non-GAAP financial measure, to projected 2021 net income (loss) attributable to Community Health Systems, Inc. stockholders, the most directly comparable GAAP measure, is not available at this time without unreasonable efforts in light of the fact that the applicable reconciling items are not determinable, and/or the inherent difficulty in quantifying such reconciling items, on a forward-looking basis at this time. A reconciliation of the Company’s projected 2021 Adjusted EBITDA to the Company’s projected 2021 net income (loss) attributable to Community Health Systems, Inc. stockholders will be included at such time that the Company provides updated projected 2021 Adjusted EBITDA as set forth above.

Information About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure which consists of net income (loss) attributable to Community Health Systems, Inc. before interest, income taxes, and depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA, also a non-GAAP financial measure, is EBITDA adjusted to add back net income attributable to noncontrolling interests and to exclude the effect of loss (gain) from early extinguishment of debt, impairment and (gain) loss on sale of businesses, expense related to government and other legal settlements and related costs, expense incurred in the fourth quarter of 2020 related to the settlement of certain professional liability claims for which the third-party insurers’ obligation to insure the Company against the underlying loss is being litigated, expense related to employee termination benefits and other restructuring charges, expense from settlement and fair value adjustments on the CVR agreement liability related to the Health Management Associates, Inc., or HMA, legal proceedings and related legal expenses, the impact of changes in estimate to increase the professional liability claims accrual recorded during the second quarter of 2019 (which estimate was further revised in the third quarter of 2019 based on updated actuarial analysis) with respect to claims incurred in 2016 and prior years, and expense related to the valuation allowance recorded in the second quarter of 2019 to reserve the outstanding balance of a promissory note received from the buyer in connection with the sale of two of the Company’s hospitals in 2017, as well as income from a reduction of the valuation allowance on the outstanding balance of a promissory note from the buyer of another hospital. During the three months ended December 31, 2020, the Company incurred expenses in the amount of approximately $50 million related to the settlement of a professional liability claim for which the Company’s third-party insurers’ obligation to provide coverage to the Company in connection with the underlying loss is being litigated. In the ordinary course of business, the Company’s expense with respect to professional liability claims is limited to amounts not covered by third-party insurance policies, which typically provide coverage for professional liability claims. The subject of the litigation for the recovery of the full amount of the $50 million settlement is whether the claim is covered under the subject policies. The Company believes it is owed reimbursement of the full amount of the settlement by its insurers with respect to this matter. The Company has included this adjustment in the calculation of Adjusted EBITDA because we believe that this expense, absent the dispute as to whether it relates to a covered loss as defined in our insurance policies, would have been mitigated by insurance recoveries and is therefore outside of the ordinary course of the Company’s operations and not reflective of the Company’s underlying results of operations in light of the intended purpose of Adjusted EBITDA in assessing the Company’s operational performance and comparing the Company’s performance between periods. The Company has from time to time sold noncontrolling interests in certain of its subsidiaries or acquired subsidiaries with existing noncontrolling interest ownership positions. The Company believes that it is useful to present Adjusted EBITDA because it adds back the portion of EBITDA attributable to these third-party interests and clarifies for investors the Company’s portion of EBITDA generated by continuing operations. The Company reports Adjusted EBITDA as a measure of financial performance. Adjusted EBITDA is a key measure used by management to assess the operating performance of the Company’s hospital operations and to make decisions on the allocation of resources. Adjusted EBITDA is also used to evaluate the performance of the Company’s executive management team and is one of the primary metrics used in connection with determining short-term cash incentive compensation and the achievement of vesting criteria with respect to performance-based equity awards. In addition, management utilizes Adjusted EBITDA in assessing the Company’s consolidated results of operations and operational performance and in comparing the Company’s results of operations between periods. The Company believes it is useful to provide investors and other users of the Company’s financial statements this performance measure to align with how management assesses the Company’s results of operations. Adjusted EBITDA also is comparable to a similar metric called Consolidated EBITDA, as defined in the Company’s asset-based loan facility (the “ABL Facility”), which is a key component in the determination of the Company’s compliance with certain covenants under the ABL Facility (including the Company’s ability to service debt and incur capital expenditures), and is used to determine the interest rate and commitment fee payable under the ABL Facility (although Adjusted EBITDA does not include all of the adjustments described in the ABL Facility). Adjusted EBITDA includes the Adjusted EBITDA attributable to hospitals that were divested during the course of such year, but in each case solely to the extent relating to the period prior to the consummation of the applicable divestiture.

Adjusted EBITDA is not a measurement of financial performance under U.S. GAAP. It should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income, operating income, or any other performance measure calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The items excluded from Adjusted EBITDA are significant components in understanding and evaluating financial performance. The Company believes such adjustments are appropriate as the magnitude and frequency of such items can vary significantly and are not related to the assessment of normal operating performance. Additionally, this calculation of Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

Forward-Looking Statements

This Form 8-K contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve risk and uncertainties. Although the Company believes that these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, these assumptions are inherently subject to significant economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies, which are difficult or impossible to predict accurately and may be beyond the control of the Company. Accordingly, the Company cannot give any assurance that its expectations will in fact occur and cautions that actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. A number of factors could affect the future results of the Company or the healthcare industry generally and could cause the Company’s expected results to differ materially from those expressed in this report. These factors include, among other things:



developments related to COVID-19, including, without limitation, related to the length and severity of the pandemic; the volume of canceled or rescheduled procedures; the volume of COVID-19 patients cared for across our health systems; the timing and availability of effective medical treatments and vaccines, including the timing and effectiveness of the ongoing rollout of currently available vaccines; measures we are taking to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic; the impact of government and administrative regulation on us; changes in net revenue due to patient volumes, payor mix and negative macroeconomic conditions; increased expenses related to labor, supply chain, capital and other expenditures; workforce disruptions; and supply shortages and disruptions;



uncertainty regarding the implementation of the CARES Act, the PPPHCE Act, the CAA, and any other future stimulus measures related to COVID-19, including the magnitude and timing of any future payments or benefits we may receive or realize thereunder;



general economic and business conditions, both nationally and in the regions in which we operate, including economic and business conditions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic;



the impact of current or future federal and state health reform initiatives, including, without limitation, the Affordable Care Act, and the potential for the Affordable Care Act to be repealed or found unconstitutional or otherwise invalidated, or for additional changes to the law, its implementation or its interpretation (including through executive orders and court challenges);



the extent to and manner in which states support increases, decreases or changes in Medicaid programs, implement health insurance exchanges or alter the provision of healthcare to state residents through regulation or otherwise;



the future and long-term viability of health insurance exchanges and potential changes to the beneficiary enrollment process;



risks associated with our substantial indebtedness, leverage and debt service obligations, including our ability to refinance such indebtedness on acceptable terms or to incur additional indebtedness, and our ability to remain in compliance with debt covenants, as well as risks associated with disruptions in the financial and capital markets as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic which could impact us from a financing and liquidity perspective;



demographic changes;



changes in, or the failure to comply with, federal, state or local laws or governmental regulations affecting our business, including any such laws or governmental regulations which are adopted in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic;



potential adverse impact of known and unknown government investigations, audits, and federal and state false claims act litigation and other legal proceedings;



our ability, where appropriate, to enter into and maintain provider arrangements with payors and the terms of these arrangements, which may be further affected by the increasing consolidation of health insurers and managed care companies and vertical integration efforts involving payors and healthcare providers;


changes in, or the failure to comply with, contract terms with payors and changes in reimbursement policies or rates paid by federal or state healthcare programs or commercial payors;



any potential additional impairments in the carrying value of goodwill, other intangible assets, or other long-lived assets, or changes in the useful lives of other intangible assets;



changes in inpatient or outpatient Medicare and Medicaid payment levels and methodologies;



the effects related to the continued implementation of the sequestration spending reductions and the potential for future deficit reduction legislation;



increases in the amount and risk of collectability of patient accounts receivable, including decreases in collectability which may result from, among other things, self-pay growth and difficulties in recovering payments for which patients are responsible, including co-pays and deductibles;



the efforts of insurers, healthcare providers, large employer groups and others to contain healthcare costs, including the trend toward value-based purchasing;



increases in wages as a result of inflation or competition for highly technical positions and rising supply and drug costs due to market pressure from pharmaceutical companies and new product releases;



liabilities and other claims asserted against us, including self-insured malpractice claims;






our ability to attract and retain, at reasonable employment costs, qualified personnel, key management, physicians, nurses and other healthcare workers;



trends toward treatment of patients in less acute or specialty healthcare settings, including ambulatory surgery centers or specialty hospitals or via telehealth;



changes in medical or other technology;



changes in U.S. generally accepted accounting principles;



the availability and terms of capital to fund any additional acquisitions or replacement facilities or other capital expenditures;



our ability to successfully make acquisitions or complete divestitures, our ability to complete any such acquisitions or divestitures on desired terms or at all, the timing of the completion of any such acquisitions or divestitures, and our ability to realize the intended benefits from any such acquisitions or divestitures;



the impact that changes in our relationships with joint venture or syndication partners could have on effectively operating our hospitals or ancillary services or in advancing strategic opportunities;



our ability to successfully integrate any acquired hospitals, or to recognize expected synergies from acquisitions;



the impact of seasonal severe weather conditions, including the timing and amount of insurance recoveries in relation to severe weather events;



our ability to obtain adequate levels of insurance, including general liability, professional liability, and directors and officers liability insurance;



timeliness of reimbursement payments received under government programs;



effects related to pandemics, epidemics, or outbreaks of infectious diseases, including the novel coronavirus causing the disease known as COVID-19 as noted above;



the impact of cyber-attacks or security breaches;



any failure to comply with the terms of the Corporate Integrity Agreement;



the concentration of our revenue in a small number of states;



our ability to realize anticipated cost savings and other benefits from our current strategic and operational cost savings initiatives;



changes in interpretations, assumptions and expectations regarding the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act; and



the other risk factors set forth in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on February 20, 2020, our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on October 28, 2020, and our other public filings with the SEC.

The Company cautions that the financial information set forth in this Form 8-K is provided as of the date hereof based on currently available information. The Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements, or to make any other forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


ITEM 7.01

Regulation FD Disclosure

The information set forth in Item 2.02 of this Form 8-K is incorporated herein by reference.


ITEM 9.01

Financial Statements and Exhibits

(d) Exhibits

The following exhibits are furnished herewith:





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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this Report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


Date: January 14, 2021     COMMUNITY HEALTH SYSTEMS, INC.

/s/ Tim L. Hingtgen

      Tim L. Hingtgen
      Chief Executive Officer
(principal executive officer)

/s/ Kevin J. Hammons

      Kevin J. Hammons
      Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
(principal financial officer)

/s/ Jason K. Johnson

      Jason K. Johnson
      Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer,
(principal accounting officer)