LIFE HEALTHCARE GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED - Trading statement

Release Date: 30/04/2018 07:05
Code(s): LHC
 
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Trading statement

LIFE HEALTHCARE GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
(Registration number: 2003/002733/06)
ISIN: ZAE000145892
Share Code: LHC
(“Life Healthcare” or “the Group” or “the Company”)

TRADING STATEMENT

The primary purpose of this announcement is to provide shareholders with an update on Life
Healthcare’s trading for the six months ended 31 March 2018, further to the trading statement
released on SENS on 21 November 2017.

Shareholders are advised that although the interim results for the six months ended 31 March
2018 are not yet finalised, the Company’s earnings per share and headline earnings per share
for the 6 months ended 31 March 2018 are expected to vary from those reported in the prior
comparative period ended 31 March 2017, within the following estimated ranges:


 Measure                                 Estimated        Estimated      Reported         Note
                                        percentage           number    six months
                                         range six        range six      ended 31
                                            months           months    March 2017
                                          ended 31         ended 31
                                        March 2018       March 2018
 Revenue                              + 16.5% to +      R11 228m to       R9 638m            1
                                             18.5%         R11 421m
 Normalised EBITDA *                   + 9.5% to +       R2 648m to       R2 418m            2
                                             11.5%          R2 696m
 Earnings per share (cents)            + 320% to +     53.3 to 55.2         12.7*            3
                                              335%
 Headline earnings per share           + 110% to +     52.1 to 54.8         24.8*            3
 (cents)                                      121%

* Life Healthcare defines normalised EBITDA as operating profit before depreciation on property, plant
and equipment and amortisation of intangible assets and non-trading related costs and income.

Notes:

1. Group revenue for the six months ended 31 March 2018 is expected to increase by
   between 16.5% and 18.5% over the comparable period in 2017, largely due to the
   inclusion of Alliance Medical Group (“Alliance Medical”) for the full six months while in the
   comparative period it was only included for 4.3 months.

       •   Southern African operations are expected to increase revenue by between 8.0%
           and 10.0% over the comparable period in 2017. Revenue was positively impacted
           by the higher volumes in the acute hospital division with paid patient days (“PPDs”)
           increasing by 2.0% above last year.
       •   Revenue from the Scanmed S.A. (“Scanmed”) operations in Poland is expected to
           increase by between 20.0% and 22.0% as a result of the business turnaround
           driven by the management team and the prior period also included a downward
           adjustment to the over quota revenue of R17 million. New four-year NFZ contracts
           covering 95% of the Scanmed business have been concluded at improved
           average pricing.
       •   Alliance Medical showed good revenue growth of between 7.0% and 9.0% against
           the comparative six month period driven by solid growth in PET-CT volumes, the
           acquisition of Life Radiopharmacy in Northern Europe and solid underlying
           performance in Italy and Ireland. Alliance Medical’s revenue is included for the full
           6 months this year while last year it was only included for 4.3 months. From a Life
           Healthcare Group results basis revenue growth will be between 55.0% and 57.0%
           higher than the comparable period in 2017 due to the different periods being
           included as well as a weaker ZAR compared to 2017 (17.42 vs 16.72).

2. Normalised EBITDA is the primary measure the Group uses to assess underlying financial
   performance. The Group has performed to the Board’s expectations with the expected
   increase for the Group being between 9.5% and 11.5% above the comparable period in
   2017.

       •   Normalised EBITDA for the Southern Africa operations is expected to be between
           5.0% and 6.5% above the comparable period with the EBITDA margin expected
           to be between 24.5% to 25.5% (H1 2017: 26.0%).

       •   Normalised EBITDA for the Polish operations is expected to improve by more than
           100% compared to the prior period, on the back of continued integration and
           efficiency enhancements, the 4 year NFZ contracts and the impact of the charge
           related to over quota correction in 2017. The normalised EBITDA margin is
           expected to be between 7.5% to 9.5% (H1 2017: 5.1%).

       •   Normalised EBITDA for Alliance Medical from a Life Healthcare Group results
           basis will be between 25.0% and 27.0% above the comparable period due to the
           inclusion of the full 6 months in 2018 H1 (2017 H1: 4.3 months). Normalised
           EBITDA for Alliance Medical is expected to decrease between 12% to 14% against
           the comparative six month period. The decrease is largely due to the impact of
           increased competition affecting prices in the UK mobile market, the loss of the BMI
           Health contract occasioned by the change in control when Life Healthcare acquired
           Alliance Medical and the release of over-provided costs in 2017 that will not be
           recurring in Italy. The EBITDA margin is expected to be between 22.0% to 23.0%
           (H1 2017: 27.7%). The EBITDA margin for this period was impacted by the above
           mentioned factors as well as the roll-out costs on the PET-CT contract and faster
           growth in Northern Europe which comes at a lower margin.

3. Earnings in the current period have been positively impacted by the improved overall
   performance of the businesses, the inclusion of Alliance Medical for six months (2017: 4.3
   months) and the non-recurring impact of a number of once-off costs in the comparable
   period related to the Alliance Medical acquisition (transactions costs of R254 million and
   funding costs of R315 million) and the impairment of the Scanmed business in Poland of
   R142 million. This improvement has been partially offset by the increase in the
   amortisation of intangibles related to the Alliance Medical business now being included for
   6 months while the amortisation charge was only for 4.3 months in the comparable period.
   In addition, the weighted number of shares in issue in the current year increased by
   roughly 25.5% due to the rights offer shares issued in April 2017.

    Earnings per share (“EPS”) is expected to increase by between 320% and 335%
    (adjusted EPS*: 12.7 cps) and headline earnings per share (“HEPS”) is expected to
    increase by between 110% and 121% (adjusted HEPS*: 24.8 cps) compared to the six
    months ended 31 March 2017.

* As a result of the issue of 367 346 939 rights offer shares in April 2017, the weighted average
number of shares in issue relating to the prior year has been adjusted (increased) to take into
account the bonus element due to these shares having been issued at a discount. This is in
accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards.

The effect on the previously reported EPS and HEPS is as follows:

                             Previously reported              Impact of             Adjusted
                                   31 March 2017             Adjustment        31 March 2017
 Weighted average                          1 054                     79                1 133
 number of shares
 (million)
 Earnings per share                         13.7                  (1.0)                 12.7
 (cents)
 Headline earnings per                      26.7                  (1.9)                 24.8
 share (cents)

The Life Healthcare Group is currently trading under a cautionary and is still in discussions
with Max India, the Company´s joint venture partner in Max Healthcare Institute Limited to
explore the possibility of Max India acquiring Life Healthcare´s equity interest in Max
Healthcare Institute Limited.

The Company is in the process of finalising its results for the six months ended 31 March 2018
and the above results are based on preliminary information, which remains subject to the
completion of financial closing procedures. The final interim financial results may differ from
the above in which case a further trading statement will be released.

The trading statement above has been prepared by, and is the responsibility of Life
Healthcare’s management. The financial information on which this trading statement is based
has not been reviewed and reported on by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Company’s external
auditors.

The Company’s interim financial results for the six-months ended 31 March 2018 will be
released on SENS on or about 1 June 2018.

Illovo
30 April 2018

Sponsor
RAND MERCHANT BANK (A division of FirstRand Bank Limited)

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