Premier, Inc. Reports Fiscal-Year 2023 Third-Quarter Results

Updates Fiscal-Year 2023 Guidance

CHARLOTTE, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Premier, Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC), a leading technology-driven healthcare improvement company, today reported financial results for the fiscal year 2023 third quarter ended March 31, 2023 and provided updates to its fiscal 2023 guidance.

“We continue to make progress in advancing our longer-term strategy while supporting our members and other customers in a challenging and uncertain environment. During the fiscal 2023 third quarter, our group purchasing organization business performed in line with our expectations, with our non-acute, or Continuum of Care, GPO business producing mid-single digit growth in the quarter. Our direct sourcing business continues to be impacted by excess market supply and member inventory levels which contribute to lower demand and pricing,” said Michael J. Alkire, Premier’s President and CEO. “Our Performance Services segment grew nine percent quarter over quarter, driven by continued growth in our adjacent markets businesses collectively and our consulting services business.”

“Importantly, our business is built on a stable foundation anchored by a strong, flexible balance sheet and significant cash flows. As we look ahead, we remain focused on executing our multi-year growth strategy by partnering with our members and other customers and leveraging our assets to create innovative healthcare solutions and deliver long-term value for our stakeholders.”

Consolidated Financial Highlights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

Nine Months Ended March 31,

(in thousands, except per share data)

2023

2022

% Change

 

2023

2022

% Change

Net Revenue:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supply Chain Services:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net administrative fees

$

148,441

 

$

148,396

 

%

 

$

452,870

 

$

448,261

 

1

%

Software licenses, other services and support

 

11,032

 

 

8,914

 

24

%

 

 

35,963

 

 

27,165

 

32

%

Services and software licenses

 

159,473

 

 

157,310

 

1

%

 

 

488,833

 

 

475,426

 

3

%

Products

 

57,212

 

 

93,629

 

(39

%)

 

 

183,066

 

 

323,825

 

(43

%)

Total Supply Chain Services

 

216,685

 

 

250,939

 

(14

%)

 

 

671,899

 

 

799,251

 

(16

%)

Performance Services

 

105,556

 

 

96,903

 

9

%

 

 

323,860

 

 

292,962

 

11

%

Total segment net revenue

 

322,241

 

 

347,842

 

(7

%)

 

 

995,759

 

 

1,092,213

 

(9

%)

Eliminations

 

(9

)

 

(9

)

%

 

 

(28

)

 

(18

)

56

%

Net revenue

$

322,232

 

$

347,833

 

(7

%)

 

$

995,731

 

$

1,092,195

 

(9

%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

$

48,649

 

$

39,069

 

24

%

 

$

155,982

 

$

237,607

 

(34

%)

Net income attributable to stockholders

$

46,801

 

$

38,415

 

22

%

 

$

153,563

 

$

235,964

 

(35

%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted earnings per share attributable to stockholders

$

0.39

 

$

0.32

 

22

%

 

$

1.28

 

$

1.94

 

(34

%)

Consolidated Financial Highlights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

Nine Months Ended March 31,

(in thousands, except per share data)

2023

2022

% Change

 

2023

2022

% Change

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES*:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supply Chain Services

$

122,040

 

$

118,034

 

3

%

 

$

371,228

 

$

381,586

 

(3

%)

Performance Services

 

25,018

 

 

26,552

 

(6

%)

 

 

87,587

 

 

89,277

 

(2

%)

Total segment adjusted EBITDA

 

147,058

 

 

144,586

 

2

%

 

 

458,815

 

 

470,863

 

(3

%)

Corporate

 

(29,772

)

 

(32,398

)

8

%

 

 

(91,613

)

 

(94,956

)

4

%

Total

$

117,286

 

$

112,188

 

5

%

 

$

367,202

 

$

375,907

 

(2

%)

Adjusted net income

$

69,488

 

$

68,098

 

2

%

 

$

217,650

 

$

235,444

 

(8

%)

Adjusted earnings per share (EPS)

$

0.58

 

$

0.57

 

2

%

 

$

1.82

 

$

1.93

 

(6

%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Refer to the supplemental financial information at the end of this release for reconciliation of reported GAAP results to non-GAAP results.

Fiscal 2023 Guidance

Certain statements in this release, including without limitation, those in this section, are forward-looking statements. For additional information regarding the use and limitations of such statements, refer to “Forward-Looking Statements” below and the “Risk Factors” section of the company’s most recent Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2022.

Based on its financial results for the nine months ended March 31, 2023, current visibility into the macro environment, and expectations for the remainder of this fiscal year, Premier is making the following changes to its fiscal 2023 guidance ranges:

Lowering Supply Chain Services segment net revenue to a range of $895 million to $925 million, reflecting lower direct sourcing revenue as a result of an ongoing impact from excess market supply and member inventory levels and lower revenues than the company previously anticipated due to delays in new domestic manufacturing capabilities. The company noted that its guidance for net administrative fees revenue of $600 million to $620 million remains unchanged.

Lowering Performance Services segment net revenue to a range of $440 million to $460 million, primarily reflecting some softening in demand and delayed decision-making by members for some of the company’s more comprehensive enterprise license agreement and consulting services engagements mainly due to the current macro-economic environment.

As a result of the aforementioned revisions to its segment-level revenue guidance, the company currently expects total net revenue to be in the range of $1.34 billion to $1.39 billion.

Lowering adjusted EBITDA to a range of $490 million to $510 million and adjusted EPS to a range of $2.43 to $2.55, primarily as a result of the aforementioned changes to revenue guidance as well as the result of the company entering into an amended agreement with FFF Enterprises, Inc. (“FFF”) in which Premier received a preference on any future liquidation of FFF. As a result, the company’s historical 49% ownership interest in FFF is now considered preferred equity rather than common stock interest, resulting in a change in accounting methodology where Premier will no longer recognize its proportionate share of equity earnings, which had historically been included in adjusted EBITDA and adjusted earnings per share. The company expects this accounting methodology change to result in an approximate $0.02 to $0.04 per share impact on its fiscal 2023 adjusted earnings per share. Premier noted that this change will not have an impact on cash flow.

Guidance Metric

Fiscal 2023 Guidance Range*

(as of May 2, 2023)

Previous Fiscal 2023

Guidance Range*

(as of February 7, 2023)

Segment Net Revenue:

 

 

Supply Chain Services

$895 million to $925 million

$930 million to $980 million

Performance Services

$440 million to $460 million

$450 million to $470 million

Total Net Revenue

$1.34 billion to $1.39 billion

$1.38 billion to $1.45 billion

Adjusted EBITDA

$490 million to $510 million

$510 million to $530 million

Adjusted EPS

$2.43 to $2.55

$2.53 to $2.65

Fiscal 2023 guidance is based on the realization of the following key assumptions:

Net administrative fees revenue of $600 million to $620 million (unchanged from previous guidance)

Direct sourcing products revenue of $250 million to $265 million (previously: $285 million to $315 million)

Capital expenditures of $85 million to $90 million (previously: $90 million to $95 million)

Effective income tax rate in the range of 26% to 27% (unchanged from previous guidance)

Free cash flow of 45% to 55% of adjusted EBITDA (unchanged from previous guidance)

Does not include the effect of any potential future significant acquisitions or share repurchases

* Premier, Inc. does not provide forward-looking guidance on a GAAP basis as certain financial information, the probable significance of which cannot be determined, is not available and cannot be reasonably estimated. Refer to “Premier’s Use of Forward-Looking Non-GAAP Measures” below for additional explanation.

Results of Operations for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2023

(As compared with the three months ended March 31, 2022)

GAAP net revenue of $322.2 million decreased 7% from $347.8 million in the year-ago period. The decrease was due to a decline in direct sourcing products revenue as a result of the impact of excess market supply and member inventory levels and the continued normalization of COVID-19 pandemic-driven demand and pricing for personal protective equipment (PPE) and other related supplies.

GAAP net income of $48.6 million increased 24% from $39.1 million in the prior-year period mainly due to lower performance-related compensation expense in the current period compared with the fiscal 2022 third quarter offset by the impact of increased headcount primarily in the company’s growing adjacent markets businesses, restructuring costs associated with the cost-savings plan that Premier implemented in the third quarter of fiscal 2023, and an increase in interest expense resulting from higher interest rates associated with the utilization of the company’s revolving credit facility.

GAAP diluted EPS of $0.39 increased 22% from $0.32 in the same period a year ago due to the aforementioned drivers affecting GAAP net income quarter-over-quarter growth.

Adjusted EBITDA of $117.3 million increased 5% from $112.2 million for the same period a year ago primarily due to an increase in Supply Chain Services adjusted EBITDA partially offset by a decrease in Performance Services adjusted EBITDA. Refer to Supply Chain Services and Performance Services sections below for further discussion on the factors that impacted each segment during the quarter.

Adjusted net income of $69.5 million increased 2% from $68.1 million for the same period a year ago. Adjusted EPS of $0.58 increased 2% from $0.57 for the same period a year ago primarily as a result of the same factors that impacted adjusted EBITDA offset by an increase in the effective tax rate in the current year period.

Segment Results

(For the fiscal third quarter of 2023 as compared with the fiscal third quarter of 2022)

Supply Chain Services

Supply Chain Services segment net revenue of $216.7 million decreased 14% from $250.9 million for the same quarter a year ago, primarily reflecting lower products revenue in the third quarter of fiscal 2023, as described below.

Net administrative fees revenue of $148.4 million was flat compared with the year ago quarter driven by growth in Premier’s non-acute, or “Continuum of Care,” group purchasing business, offset by the following factors affecting the company’s acute GPO business: the continued normalization of demand and pricing across certain categories; continued regional variation in patient utilization trends affecting member purchasing; and an increase in aggregate blended member fee share due to market dynamics, including the impact from consolidation of certain member health systems.

Products revenue of $57.2 million decreased 39% from $93.6 million in the year-ago period which included higher prices and incremental purchases of PPE and other high-demand supplies related to the pandemic. The quarter-over-quarter decline, which the company expected, was primarily the result of the state of the pandemic compared with the prior-year period and continued excess market supply and member inventory levels which contributed to lower demand and pricing.

Segment adjusted EBITDA of $122.0 million increased 3% from $118.0 million the same period a year ago primarily due to lower performance-related compensation expense, lower logistics costs in the company’s direct sourcing business, and higher equity earnings related to certain of Premier’s minority investments in domestic manufacturing in the current-year period compared with the prior-year period. These items were partially offset by restructuring expenses paid during the quarter associated with the company’s previously announced cost-savings plan.

Performance Services

Performance Services segment net revenue of $105.6 million increased 9% from $96.9 million for the same quarter a year ago, primarily due to growth in the company’s consulting services and certain of its adjacent markets businesses, including revenue contributions from the company’s acquisition of TPRN Direct Pay, Inc. and Devon Health, Inc. (collectively, “TRPN”) in October 2022.

Segment adjusted EBITDA of $25.0 million decreased 6% from $26.6 million for the same period a year ago mainly due to higher headcount in the current-year period compared with the year-ago period in certain of the company’s adjacent markets businesses as well as restructuring expenses paid during the quarter associated with the company’s previously announced cost-savings plan. These items were partially offset by profitability associated with revenue growth in the PINC AI™ and Contigo Health businesses and lower performance-related compensation expense.

Results of Operations for the Nine Months Ended March 31, 2023

(As compared with the nine months ended March 31, 2022)

GAAP net revenue of $995.7 million decreased 9% from $1,092.2 million for the same period a year ago. The decrease was due to a decline in direct sourcing products revenue, which the company expected, as a result of the impact of excess market supply and member inventory levels and the continued normalization of pandemic-driven demand and pricing for PPE and other related supplies in the first nine months of fiscal 2023 as compared with the prior-year period.

GAAP net income of $156.0 million decreased 34% from $237.6 million in the same period a year ago primarily due to the following factors:

a one-time gain of $64.1 million on the FFF put right in the prior-year period as a result of the termination and corresponding derecognition of the FFF Put Right liability in fiscal year 2022; and

a $19.7 million increase in income tax expense primarily attributable to the prior year valuation allowance release resulting from the company’s subsidiary reorganization on the fiscal-year 2022 GAAP effective tax rate.

GAAP diluted EPS of $1.28 decreased 34% from $1.94 in the same period a year ago mainly due to the aforementioned decrease in net income.

Adjusted EBITDA of $367.2 million decreased 2% from $375.9 million in the same period a year ago.

Adjusted net income of $217.7 million decreased 8% from $235.4 million for the same period a year ago. Adjusted EPS decreased 6% to $1.82 from $1.93 for the same period a year ago. The company noted that adjusted net income and adjusted EPS reflect income tax expense at an effective rate of 26% and 24% for fiscal 2023 and 2022, respectively.

Supply Chain Services segment net revenue of $671.9 million decreased 16% from $799.3 million for the same period a year ago. Segment adjusted EBITDA of $371.2 million decreased 3% from $381.6 million for the same period a year ago.

Performance Services segment net revenue of $323.9 million increased 11% from $293.0 million for the same period a year ago. Segment adjusted EBITDA of $87.6 million decreased 2% from $89.3 million for the same period a year ago.

Cash Flows and Liquidity

Net cash provided by operating activities (“operating cash flow”) for the nine months ended March 31, 2023 of $331.2 million decreased by $3.6 million compared with the year-ago period primarily due to a decrease in cash receipts from members and other customers compared with the prior-year period in which there was higher direct sourcing products revenue to support members’ needs during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as an increase in revenue share paid to members in the current-year period. These items were partially offset by a decrease in inventory purchases compared with the year-ago period; lower operating expenses driven by the company’s cost-savings initiative implemented in the third quarter of fiscal 2023; and higher cash receipts primarily due to dividends from one of the company’s minority investments.

Net cash used in investing activities and net cash used in financing activities for the nine months ended March 31, 2023, were $249.8 million and $76.0 million, respectively. As of March 31, 2023, cash and cash equivalents were $91.5 million compared with $86.1 million as of June 30, 2022, and the company’s five-year, $1.0 billion revolving credit facility had an outstanding balance of $235.0 million, of which $60.0 million was repaid in April 2023.

Free cash flow for the nine months ended March 31, 2023 was $199.5 million compared with $201.9 million for the same period a year ago. The decrease was primarily due to the same factors that impacted operating cash flow, partially offset by a decrease in purchases of property and equipment compared to the prior-year period.

For the nine months ended March 31, 2023, the company paid aggregate dividends of $75.2 million to holders of its Class A common stock.

Conference Call and Webcast

Premier will host a conference call to provide additional detail around the company’s performance and outlook today at 8:00 a.m. ET. The call will be webcast live from the company’s website and, along with the accompanying presentation, will be available at the following link: Premier Events. The webcast should be accessed 10 minutes prior to the conference call start time. A replay of the webcast will be available for one year following the conclusion of the live broadcast and will be accessible on the company’s website at https://investors.premierinc.com.

For those parties who do not have internet access, the conference call may be accessed by calling one of the below telephone numbers and asking to join the Premier, Inc. call:

Domestic participant dial-in number (toll-free):

(833) 953-2438

International participant dial-in number:

(412) 317-5767

About Premier, Inc.

Premier, Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC) is a leading healthcare improvement company, uniting an alliance of more than 4,400 U.S. hospitals and health systems and approximately 250,000 other providers and organizations to transform healthcare. With integrated data and analytics, collaboratives, supply chain solutions, and consulting and other services, Premier enables better care and outcomes at a lower cost. Premier plays a critical role in the rapidly evolving healthcare industry, collaborating with members to co-develop long-term innovations that reinvent and improve the way care is delivered to patients nationwide. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier is passionate about transforming American healthcare. Please visit Premier’s news and investor sites on www.premierinc.com, as well as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram and Premier’s blog for more information about the company.

Premier’s Use and Definition of Non-GAAP Measures

Premier uses EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, segment adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income, adjusted earnings per share, and free cash flow to facilitate a comparison of the company’s operating performance on a consistent basis from period to period and to provide measures that, when viewed in combination with its results prepared in accordance with GAAP, allow for a more complete understanding of factors and trends affecting the company’s business than GAAP measures alone. Management believes EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA and segment adjusted EBITDA assist the company’s board of directors, management and investors in comparing the company’s operating performance on a consistent basis from period to period by removing the impact of the company’s asset base (primarily depreciation and amortization) and items outside the control of management (taxes), as well as other non-cash (impairment of intangible assets and purchase accounting adjustments) and non-recurring items, from operating results. Adjusted EBITDA and segment adjusted EBITDA are supplemental financial measures used by the company and by external users of the company’s financial statements.

Management considers adjusted EBITDA an indicator of the operational strength and performance of the company’s business. Adjusted EBITDA allows management to assess performance without regard to financing methods and capital structure and without the impact of other matters that management does not consider indicative of the operating performance of the business. Segment adjusted EBITDA is the primary earnings measure used by management to evaluate the performance of the company’s business segments.

Management believes free cash flow is an important measure because it represents the cash that the company generates after payment of tax distributions to limited partners, payments to certain former limited partners that elected to execute a Unit Exchange and Tax Receivable Agreement (“Unit Exchange Agreement) in connection with our August 2020 restructuring and purchases of property and equipment to maintain existing products and services and ongoing business operations, as well as development of new and upgraded products and services to support future growth. Free cash flow is important because it allows the company to enhance stockholder value through acquisitions, partnerships, joint ventures, investments in related or complimentary businesses and/or debt reduction.

Non-recurring items are items to be income or expenses and other items that have not been earned or incurred within the prior two years and are not expected to recur within the next two years. Such items include stock-based compensation, acquisition- and disposition-related expenses, strategic initiative- and financial restructuring-related expenses, remeasurement of TRA liabilities, loss on disposal of long-live assets, gain or loss on FFF put and call rights, income and expense that has been classified as discontinued operations and other expense.

Non-operating items include gains or losses on the disposal of assets and interest and investment income or expense.

EBITDA is defined as net income before income or loss from discontinued operations, net of tax, interest and investment income or expense, net, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization and amortization of purchased intangible assets.

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA before merger and acquisition-related expenses and non-recurring, non-cash or non-operating items and including equity in net income of unconsolidated affiliates.

Segment adjusted EBITDA is defined as the segment’s net revenue less cost of revenue and operating expenses directly attributable to the segment excluding depreciation and amortization, amortization of purchased intangible assets, merger and acquisition-related expenses and non-recurring or non-cash items and including equity in net income of unconsolidated affiliates. Operating expenses directly attributable to the segment include expenses associated with sales and marketing, general and administrative, and product development activities specific to the operation of each segment. General and administrative corporate expenses that are not specific to a particular segment are not included in the calculation of Segment Adjusted EBITDA. Segment Adjusted EBITDA also excludes any income and expense that has been classified as discontinued operations.

Adjusted net income is defined as net income attributable to Premier (i) excluding income or loss from discontinued operations, net, (ii) excluding income tax expense, (iii) excluding the impact of adjustment of redeemable limited partners’ capital to redemption amount, (iv) excluding the effect of non-recurring or non-cash items, including certain strategic initiative- and financial restructuring-related expenses, (v) assuming the exchange of all the Class B common units for shares of Class A common stock, which results in the elimination of non-controlling interest in Premier LP and (vi) reflecting an adjustment for income tax expense on Non-GAAP net income before income taxes at our estimated annual effective income tax rate, adjusted for unusual or infrequent items.

Adjusted earnings per share is Adjusted Net Income divided by diluted weighted average shares.

Contacts

Investor contact:
Angie McCabe

Vice President, Investor Relations

704.816.3888

[email protected]

Media contact:
Amanda Forster

Vice President, Public Relations

202.879.8004

[email protected]

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