Home Health Index | 2020 APRIL UPDATE

Home Health Stocks Withstand March Coronavirus Turmoil 

March was a tumultuous month for the U.S. economy, as the spread of the coronavirus across the country closed businesses, sent workers home and resulted in record unemployment.

The stock market plunged, then was bolstered late in the month after the implementation of federal economic stimulus packages including the $2 trillion CARES Act. Still, the S&P 500 finished down more than 14%. But the new Stoneridge Partners Home Health Index (HHI) and Post-Acute Care Index (PAI) show that while stock values for post-acute care providers were not spared from the abrupt downturn, some home health stocks avoided the market volatility and continued on an upward trajectory.

The Stoneridge Partners HHI tracks the stock values of Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) and Lafayette, Louisiana-based LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG). Amedisys stock values were up more than 5% in March, while LHC Group’s stock saw a more than 13% bump – leading to a nearly 9% overall increase for the HHI compared to February.

“The market was incredibly volatile in March as the country faced unprecedented challenges due to the coronavirus,” Stoneridge Partners President Rich Tinsley said. “Home health stocks weren’t entirely immune to that, but they rebounded nicely because of continued macro-level headwinds and the fact home health providers play such a vital role in providing care during this global emergency.”

Home health providers were also buoyed by multiple regulatory actions taken by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), such as expanding telehealth rules, suspending the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) and loosening homebound requirements under Medicare.

“CMS realizes how important in-home care is right now, especially with older adults self-isolating and maintaining social distance,” Tinsley said.

The results were not as positive for the post-acute care providers tracked by the Stoneridge Partners PAI.

Stock values for Frisco, Texas-based Addus were down almost 13% in March compared to February, and Birmingham, Alabama-based Encompass Health was down nearly 17%. Eagle, Idaho-based Pennant — the home health and hospice spinoff that was once part of The Ensign Group (Nasdaq: ENSG) — was down almost 92% in March compared to February. And Brentwood, Tennessee-based Brookdale Senior Living saw an eye-popping 110% decrease in its stock values.

“I’m not surprised that senior housing operators saw such large losses in March because they’re among those exposed to the most risk from the coronavirus. I’m confident those values will bounce back once we see our efforts to contain the virus begin to take hold across the country,” Tinsley said.

Quote of the Month

“While there remains work to be done, this is progress at such an important time.  Additional changes are still needed, particularly around direct reimbursement for telehealth services as home health agencies cannot afford to provide the care for free.” – William A. Dombi, President of National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC)

Read the full article here:  47% of Providers Believe COVID-19 Will Have a Negative Long-Term Impact on Their Businesses

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Stoneridge Partners Home Health Index and Post-Acute Index

The Stoneridge Partners Home Health Index (HHI) is updated monthly and measures the performance of these two publicly traded home health companies, both listed on the NASDAQ:

  • LHC Group (LHCG)
  • Amedisys (AMED)

This graph compares the percentage change of the Home Health Index to the percentage change of the S&P 500 Index going back to 2002.

This chart shows 12 month trailing results for the HHI compared to results during the same time period for Amedisys and LHC Group.

This graph compares the HHI to the price of Addus stock (non-Medicare).

(Home Health Index April 2020 | Stoneridge Partners)


Stock price results for 2018, 2019 and 2020:

Company 3/31/20 1 mos change YTD change 3/31/19 3/31/18
Amedisys 183.54 +5.19% +10.43% 122.94 60.34
LHC Group 140.2 +13.37% +1.77% 108.43 61.56
HHI* 161.87 +8.73% +6.51% 115.69 59.30
S&P 2584.59 -14.30% -20.00% 2867.19 2631
Addus 67.6 -12.83% -30.47% 64.41 48.65

Although we track the performance of Addus, they are not included in our HH Index because very little of their revenue comes from Medicare.


Multiples of EV/EBITDA

Think of this as selling price as a multiple of EBITDA.

Company 3/31/20 3/31/19 3/31/18
Amedisys 24.49 23.36 16.29
LHC Group 21.77 23.06 14.27
HHI Average* 23.13 23.21 18.53
Addus 24.05 19.80 15.21


The Stoneridge Partners Post-Acute Index  is updated monthly and measures the performance of these publicly traded home health companies, all listed on the NASDAQ:

  • LHC Group (LHCG)
  • Amedisys (AMED)
  • Addus (ADUS)
  • The Pennant Group, Inc. (PNTG)
  • Encompass Health (EHC)
  • Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (BKD)

This graph displays Post-Acute Index performance since Fall 2019.

The above calculations are based on selling price defined as Enterprise Value (EV), with data provided by Capital IQ. Enterprise value is defined as market cap plus debt, minority interest and preferred shares, minus total cash and cash equivalents. EBITDA is calculated using methodology which may differ from that used by a company for its reporting. (Home Health Index March 2020 | Stoneridge Partners)

Recent Transactions from Around the Country

  • Pharos Capital Group, LLC (“Pharos”), a private equity firm based in Dallas and Nashville, announced that its post-acute care provider platform, Charter Health Care Group (“Charter”), has acquired two hospice service providers, St. Luke’s Home Hospice LLC (“St. Luke’s”) and Arizona Select Hospice LLC (“Arizona Select”). Both providers were part of the VeraCare Hospice system.

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Agency Profile
Reference Number
California$11 million multi-location addiction treatment center. Located in Southern California. 21% bottom line. Strong growth trends. JCAHO-accredited. Available
CaliforniaMedicare-certified home health agency established in 2003. $2 million annual revenue in 2018. PDGM revenue-neutral. Located in Southern California. Clean business with no ADRs. Available
FloridaMedicare-certified home health agency. Approximately $3.8 million in revenue with 17% bottom line. Located in Districts 9 and 10. Revenues split evenly between districts. Accredited. 4.5-star quality of patient care rating.Available
GeorgiaID/DD service provider with $1 million in revenue. Residential and day services offered, located in Atlanta suburb. Available
Illinois$5.5 million accredited Medicare agency located in northeastern Illinois. Strong bottom line. 4.5-star rating by CMS.Available

LouisianaBoutique full-service clinical laboratory specializing in preventative diagnostic testing. Medicare- and Medicaid- certified, with insurance contracts in more than 20 southeastern states. Available
MassachusettsMedicare- and Medicaid-certified home health agency.
$13+ million in annual revenue with continued growth. Diverse payor mix. Strong management in place. Accredited.
MichiganMedicare home health and hospice agency. $10 million in annual revenue with numerous referral relationships. Available
Michigan$2 million ID/DD agency in the Detroit area. Profitable service provider with existing management team in place. Available
Mid-Atlantic$10+ million non-skilled home care agency. Primarily Medicaid reimbursed with 20% EBITDA margins. Strong management team in place. Available
NevadaMedicare-certified home health agency in Las Vegas area. Approximately $1 million in annual revenue. Accredited. Available
New Mexico$2.5 million New Mexico home health agency. 87% Medicare. Long history in the community and existing staff in place.Available
North Carolina$1 million ID/DD agency with real estate. Long-term client base, additional growth potential and strong margins. Available
OklahomaMedicare-certified home health agency with $9.6 million in annual revenue. 98% traditional Medicare and other PPS payors. Medicare- and Medicaid-certified with multiple locations. Available
Oklahoma$5+ million home health, home care, case management, and hospice company. Approximately 15% revenue from hospice, other service line revenues distributed relatively evenly. Multiple locations. Diverse payor sources. Hospice accreditation. Projected PDGM impact of 30%+ for home health. Available
SouthTreatment center with 28 beds, intensive outpatient program capacity of 40, full continuum of substance use disorder services and dual diagnosis treatment capability. JCAHO accreditation pending. $4+ million in revenue, highly competitive in-network contracts. Average census of 30. Existing relationships with county, parole, local hospitals, churches and universities. Solid business in desirable location with little area competition.Available
SouthFull continuum, JCAHO-accredited substance use disorder treatment center on 100+ acre horse ranch. Dual diagnosis treatment capability with 16 beds and 22 staff. $1.5 million EBITDA on $3.5 million in revenue. In-network with great contracts/rates and strong census. Available
SouthPartial hospitalization treatment program/intensive outpatient program seeking strategic partner. Strong census and revenue growth. No direct competition for niche market. Available
Southwest$5+ million 37-bed outpatient treatment center. Fully accredited and recently revamped to increase growth and margin. Great census, UR, acquisition and solid numbers. Out of network but transitioning to some in-network.Available
Southwest64 bed full continuum 64-bed full continuum treatment center in two southwestern US metropolitan cities. JCAHO-accredited and in-network. $4 million pro forma EBITDA run rate based on 30% occupancy with significant growth expected. Strong infrastructure to support growth trajectory.Available
South-AtlanticHome health agency and adult day care center with $12+ million in annual revenue. Home health represents 85% of revenue while adult day represents 15% of revenue. Home health is primarily a Medicaid business but is Medicare-certified. Accredited. Available
South TexasHospice with $3.5 million in annual revenue. Accredited. No cap or regulatory issues. Available
South TennesseeVery rare opportunity in a CON state. Located in Davidson County in Nashville, TN. Projected 2019 revenue in excess of $800,000.Available
Texas$5.3 million Medicaid agency in San Antonio, TX. 16.5% EBITDA. CHAP-accredited. Staff can remain in place for a smooth transition. Available
TexasHome health and hospice covering 10 counties in west Texas/eastern New Mexico with $5 million in revenue. No clinical issues, under CAP. Very profitable. Easily separated. Available
Texas$3.5 million all-Medicaid home care company located in Houston, TX. 20%+ year-over-year revenue growth since 2016. Available
TexasHome health agency located in Arlington, TX with $2.3 million in revenue. Growing and profitable company. Managed staff in place. No compliance issues. Available
Texas$1.7 million Medicare home health agency located in Southwest Houston. Well-established with predictable referral sources and revenues. Available
Texas$1 million Medicare-certified agency licensed in seven counties in the Houston area. 80% traditional Medicare. Available
USANew software application helping build social connections among patients in recovery and giving them increased access to therapists. Potential investment opportunity. Facilitates total successful recovery and gathers important helpful data.Available
Virginia$6 million Medicare-certified agency in Northern Virginia. Available
VirginiaPhysical therapy and wellness operation with $2.3 million in revenue. 95% cash payors. Potential to franchise nationwide. 2018 EBITDA was $257,000. Available
WestPremier provider of primary mental health services for adolescents aged 13-18 with two locations. Currently growing in-network contracts. Available
ColoradoOpportunity to establish Medicare home health agency. Denver market. ACHC accreditation until 2022.Under Contract
Florida$9.5 million home health agency with strong management, clinical and financial operations. 99% of revenue comes from traditional Medicare. Under Contract
FloridaSouth Florida staffing agency. $2 million + revenue. Approximately 30% gross margin. Licensed to service entire state of Florida. Systems and staff in place. Under Contract
KentuckyMedication-assisted treatment center. Suboxone only. Strategic location between Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky. Great reputation with strong clinical team in place. 110 clients with room to grow. In-network contracts. Clients pay $150 per visit for counseling twice per month. Owners are near retirement and will help with the transition. Under Contract
Michigan$1.5 million private duty home health agency in eastern Michigan. Profitable and well-positioned for additional growth. Self-sufficient staff in place. 82 long-term clients. Under Contract
Mid-west$5 million Midwest-based ABA provider. Day supports and counseling. Highly profitable and respected. CARF accredited. Contracted with state and insurance companies. Under Contract
Multi-StateWell-established pediatric provider. Revenue more than $40 million. Medicaid and insurance accepted. Under Contract
New MexicoHome health and hospice with $15 million in annual revenue. Revenue split is 2/3 home health and 1/3 hospice. Medicare- and Medicaid-certified. Accredited. Under Contract
New YorkLicensed home care services agency with services in five boroughs. Approximately $20 million in revenue and a long-standing history in the community. Under Contract
North Carolina$5 million Medicaid agency. $5 million Medicaid agency. CAP/PCS services. Long history of providing quality services. Under Contract
Pacific NorthwestFull continuum substance use disorder, mental health and gambling addiction treatment center in Washington state with $3,625,000 in revenue and $1,100,000 EBITDA. 40 bed facility with 40 employees. Strong census, full outpatient program and Medicaid payors. Under Contract
SouthwestProvider of waiver and intermediate care facility ID/DD services with $25 million in annual revenue. Statewide platform with a strong management team and excellent reputation for quality services. Under Contract
TexasThree Hospice companies with Three hospice companies with affiliated home health and $6 million in total revenue. Locations in south, southcentral, and southeast Texas. Under Contract
Texas$4.2 million home health agency. 17.5% bottom line. Located in Houston, TX. Large coverage area. Diverse referral network. Fully staffed with no clinical issues. Under Contract
Texas$3.5 million Medicare certified $3.5 million Medicare certified home health agency located in San Antonio, TX. Fully staffed and CHAP-accredited. Branch office is included in sale.Under Contract

Do you know of any acquisitions that have taken place?  We are interested in your comments.  Contact us at Stoneridge Partners.


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Home Health Index April 2020 | Stoneridge Partners

From Rich Tinsley, Publisher of the Stoneridge Partners Home Health Index.  Rich can be reached at rich@stoneridgepartners.com or (239) 561-0826 and toll-free at (800) 218-3944.

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