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Kennett Square, PA -- 01/31/2006 --


  • Diluted Earnings Per Share Grows 16% to $0.59
  • Occupancy Continues to Climb
  • Investment in Facility Renovation Accelerates as Capital Expenditures Total $31.6 Million




Genesis HealthCare Corporation (GHC) (NASDAQ:GHCI) today announced both income from continuing operations and net income of $11.7 million, or $0.59 per diluted share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2005, up from income from continuing operations of $10.3 million, or $0.51 per diluted share, and net income of $10.8 million, or $0.54 per diluted share, in the comparable period in the prior year. 

Revenue for the quarter ended December 31, 2005 grew 7.9% to $430.6 million from $399.0 million in the prior year quarter.  Revenue growth in the quarter is primarily attributed to third party payor rate growth, an increase in occupancy, and an increase in patient acuity.

EBITDA for the quarter ended December 31, 2005 grew 16.1% to $39.4 million, up from $33.9 million in the prior year quarter.  (See attached reconciliation on page 5).  EBITDA for the quarter ended December 31, 2004 was reduced by $0.5 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, due to the early extinguishment of debt.

“We had a solid quarter,” stated George V. Hager, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  “Our inpatient services segment benefited from strength in occupancy and our rehabilitation services segment appears to have turned the corner with significant growth versus the same period in the prior year.   Furthermore, we continue to expand our facility renovation program with capital expenditures nearly triple that spent in last year’s first quarter.”

“Consistent with our stated strategy of investing in our physical assets we incurred capital expenditures of $31.6 million this quarter,” continued Hager.  “These investments focus on updating a portfolio which has deferred maintenance while also renovating those sites and adding, among other things, enhanced clinical capabilities, expanded rehab gyms and improved short-stay units.  These investments are intended to, over time, improve the Company's occupancy and quality mix in serving the care needs of a more medically demanding patient.”

Inpatient Services
Inpatient services net revenue of $384.2 million in the quarter ended December 31, 2005 grew 8.5% from $354.1 million in the prior year quarter.  Revenue growth is attributed to third party payor rate growth, an $11.4 million increase in provider assessments, growth in occupancy and higher patient acuity.  Medicare rates in the quarter ended December 31, 2005 grew 7.3% to $393 per patient day from the prior year quarter as a result of the 3.1% Medicare rate increase effective October 1, 2005 as well as higher Medicare patient acuity.  Our reported occupancy grew 110 basis points to 91.5% from 90.4% in the prior year quarter and grew 90 basis points from 90.6% in the immediately preceding quarter.  The increase is due to census growth and a reduction in the Company’s number of licensed beds. On a same store basis, adjusted for the change in licensed beds, occupancy grew 40 basis points from the prior year quarter and 20 basis points from the immediately preceding quarter.

Inpatient services EBITDA of $51.0 million in the quarter ended December 31, 2005 was up from $46.9 million in the prior year quarter.  EBITDA margins were 13.3% in the quarter ended December 31, 2005 versus 13.2% in the prior year quarter.  EBITDA benefited from the increase in occupancy and rate growth.

“We continue to manage aggressively our agency utilization, which declined approximately 15% on a per patient day basis this quarter versus the prior year quarter,” stated James V. McKeon, Chief Financial Officer.   “However, we experienced a tightening in the labor market for qualified employed nursing staff and saw acceleration in wage growth.”  

Rehabilitation Services
Rehabilitation services revenues grew 11.9% to $58.1 million in the quarter ended December 31, 2005 from $52.0 million in the prior year quarter.   The segment benefited from the inpatient services segment increase in patient acuity as well as improved caseload.

Rehabilitation services EBITDA increased to $3.6 million in the quarter ended December 31, 2005 from $2.3 million in the prior year quarter.  EBITDA growth can be attributed to improved caseload and therapist efficiency.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
GHC generated operating cash flow of $18.7 million in the quarter ended December 31, 2005.  Cash flow was negatively impacted by growth in receivables due primarily to one extra day in the December billing cycle compared to September, the timing of provider assessment payments, delays by certain states in approving and processing Medicaid applications and claims, and higher revenue per patient day.  The Company ended the quarter with $409.0 million of debt and cash of $90.4 million.  During the quarter, the Company repurchased 288,400 shares of its common stock for $10.7 million, or approximately $37 per share.

Capital spending in the quarter ended December 31, 2005 increased to $31.6 million versus $11.1 million in the prior year quarter.  “With a formal investment process and procedure, as well as dedicated internal renovation teams now in place, we were able to ramp-up significantly our capital investment this quarter,” noted McKeon.  “In the quarter, we spent $3.9 million on information systems projects, $16.5 million in ongoing routine capital spending and $11.2 million in facility renovation projects.”

Reimbursement Update
Starting January 1, 2006, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) new resource utilization group classification system, often referred to as RUGs refinement, went into effect.  The new system establishes nine new RUG payment classifications, alters the case-mix weights for the remaining 44 RUG payment categories, and adjusts upward the nursing component of each reimbursement schedule.  While the industry has only operated under the new classification system for one month, the Company continues to expect its Medicare payment rates will be reduced by approximately $9 per Medicare patient day.  

On January 1, 2006, the moratorium on Medicare Part B therapy caps expired.  Congress is expected to vote, as early as today, on legislation detailing an exceptions process for continued reimbursement of medically necessary therapy in excess of the annual allowance of $1,740 for occupational therapy and another $1,740 allowance for physical therapy and speech therapy, combined.  Given the uncertainty of this issue, GHC is unable to predict the impact on the Company’s financial condition and results of operations, if any.

Adoption of Share-Based Payment Accounting Pronouncement
Effective October 1, 2005, the Company adopted the provisions of Statement of Financial Accounting Standard No. 123(R), “Share-Based Payment” (SFAS 123R).  In connection with the adoption of SFAS 123R, the Company recognized $0.6 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, of compensation expense associated with the vesting of employee stock options in the quarter ended December 31, 2005.

Effective Tax Rate
The Company’s effective tax rate approximated 41% for the quarter ended December 31, 2005.  The rate was adversely impacted by the lapsing of certain jobs-related tax credit provisions at September 30, 2005, which increased our effective tax rate almost 1%.  If the credit provisions are reinstated retroactively, the Company would expect its full fiscal year effective tax rate to approximate 40%.  GHC continues to carry significant net operating loss carryforwards to shield taxable income.

The Company is maintaining its fiscal 2006 GAAP earnings from continuing operations guidance of $2.10 to $2.15 per diluted share.  This guidance reflects the anticipated impact of RUGs refinement, and the impact of the Company’s October 1, 2005 adoption of SFAS 123R, the latter of which is estimated to reduce fiscal 2006 earnings by approximately $0.10 per diluted share. 

While the Company does not provide quarterly earnings guidance, the Company notes that the second fiscal quarter ending March 31, 2006 will be impacted by the implementation of RUGs refinement as well as certain seasonal costs including higher payroll taxes and potentially higher weather related costs including snow removal and utilities, further compounded by the current market pressures on fossil fuels.

Conference Call
Genesis HealthCare Corporation will hold a conference call at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, February 1, 2006 to discuss the results.  Investors can access the conference call by phone at (888) 798-1823 or live via webcast through the GHC web site, where a replay of the call will also be posted for one year.

Genesis HealthCare Corporation Financial Statements

About Genesis HealthCare Corporation
Genesis HealthCare Corporation (NASDAQ: GHCI) is one of the nation's largest long-term care providers with over 200 skilled nursing centers and assisted living residences in 12 eastern states. Genesis also supplies contract rehabilitation therapy to over 650 healthcare providers in 18 states and the District of Columbia.  

Statements made in this release, our website and in our other public filings and releases, which are not historical facts contain "forward-looking" statements (as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) that involve risks and uncertainties and are subject to change at any time.  These forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to, statements containing words such as "anticipate," "believe," "plan," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," “target,” “appears” and similar expressions. Such forward looking statements include, without limitation, expected reimbursement rates, including RUGs changes, our net operating loss carryforwards, our 2006 effective tax rate, agency labor utilization, wage rates, debt repayments, share repurchases, provider tax assessments, changes in state Medicaid rates, our plans to improve the operating performance of our Rehabilitation services segment and progress to date, the extent and effectiveness of our facilities renovation program, levels of lease expense, interest expense, depreciation expense, capital spending, and our anticipated results of operations for fiscal 2006.  Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, the following: costs, changes in the reimbursement rates or methods of payment from Medicare or Medicaid, or the implementation of other measures to reduce reimbursement for our services; efforts of third party payors to control costs; the impact of federal and state regulations; changes in payor mix and payment methodologies; competition in our business; an increase in insurance costs and potential liability for losses not covered by, or in excess of, our insurance; competition for and availability of qualified staff in the healthcare industry; our ability to control operating costs, and generate sufficient cash flow to meet operational and financial requirements; and an economic downturn or changes in the laws affecting our business in those markets in which we operate.

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