Home Health, Post-Acute Care Stocks Resume Climb Amid COVID-19 Spike

The latest Stoneridge Partners Home Health (HHI) and Post-Acute Care (PAI) Indices show steady gains for home health and post-acute care stock values in October, even in the midst of a nationwide spike in COVID-19 cases.

Rebounding from a small dip in September, the HHI rose nearly 6% in October compared to the previous month. The PAI posted an even stronger performance, rising by more than 7%. In contrast, the S&P 500 fell more than 3% during the same period.

“It’s encouraging to see home health and post-acute stock values are still making progress, even as our economy continues to be buffeted by the effects of COVID-19,” said Rich Tinsley, President and CEO of Stoneridge Partners. “And we expect a strong November moving forward. There weren’t many changes in the final home health payment rule for 2021, which added a sense of operational stability amid all the pandemic-related uncertainty.”

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The Stoneridge Partners HHI follows stock values for Amedisys, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) and LHC Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG), both of which had a strong showing in October.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Amedisys saw its stock value jump by nearly 10%, coming back strong after a slight drop in the month of September. Amedisys CEO Paul Kusserow discussed his company’s run of success during a Q3 2020 earnings call on October 29th.

“I’m extremely proud of our performance this quarter, as we have once again generated prodigious clinical, operational and financial results, besting both our internal and external expectations in a tumultuous environment,” Kusserow said.

Lafayette, Louisiana-based LHC Group’s stock value repeated its solid September performance, increasing once again by almost 2% on a month-over-month basis.

Year to date, the HHI is up more than 56%; over the last 12 months it has risen by nearly 99%.

Post-Acute Care Index

The Stoneridge PAI combines the Amedisys and LHC Group stock values with results from Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS), The Pennant Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: PNTG), Encompass Health Corp. (NYSE: EHC) and Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (NYSE: BKD).

Brentwood, Tennessee-based Brookdale had the strongest showing last month. Its stock was up almost 16% in October as compared to September, representing a major turnaround after being battered for months by the effects of COVID-19 on senior living communities.

Stock values for Frisco, Texas-based Addus rose more than 3% in October according to the PAI, while Pennant stocks ticked up by more than 8% for the same period. Meanwhile, Encompass Health’s stock value dipped by almost 6%. The company’s home health and hospice segment has struggled recently to get access to patients in facility-based settings. Nonetheless, Encompass leadership remains optimistic about its long-term outlook.

“Since 2009, we have successfully managed through an economic recession, regulatory changes, sequestration and Medicare payment freezes and cuts,” Encompass Health President and CEO Mark Tarr said on October 29th during the company’s Q3 earnings call. “Now we can add a global pandemic to that list.”

Quote Of The Month

“Employment of home health aides and personal care aides is projected to grow 34% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to BLS. As the baby-boom generation ages and the elderly population grows, the demand for the services of home health aides and personal care aides will continue to increase.” – Robert Holly, Home Health Care News

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See It To Believe It!

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

  • LHC Group (LHCG)
  • Amedisys (AMED)

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

This is a 12 month trailing chart of the HH Index compared to the actual prices of the individual companies that make up the chart.

This graph displays HH Index performance since 2002.

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

(Home Health Index November 2020 | Stoneridge Partners)

Here are the results of the stock prices for the past two years:

Company 10/31/20 1 mos change YTD change 10/31/19 10/31/18
Amedisys 259.00 +9.55% +55.84% 128.52 111.2
LHC Group 216.55 +1.88% +57.19% 110.97 89.06
HH Index* 237.78 +5.92% +56.45% 119.75 100.13
S&P 3269.96 -3.28% +1.21% 3037.56 2722.05
Addus 97.57 +3.24% +0.36% 84.21 65.79

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

Enterprise Value (EV)

EV (in M) 10/31/20 10/31/19 10/31/18
Amedisys 8520 4570 3570
LHC Group 6800 3970 3220
HH Index Total 15320 8540 6790
Addus 1460 1110 744


Enterprise Value (EV), aka Selling Price, as Percent of Revenue

Company 10/31/20 10/31/19 10/31/18
Amedisys 422% 242% 226%
LHC Group 330% 195% 238%
HH Index Average* 376% 219% 232%
Addus 198% 197% 163%


Multiples of EV/EBITDA

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

Company 10/31/20 10/31/19 10/31/18
Amedisys 32.29 24.12 23.66
LHC Group 28.10 19.53 31.19
HH Index Average* 30.20 21.83 27.43
Addus 26.17 26.87 20.62

The Stoneridge Partners Post-Acute Care Index is updated monthly and measures the performance of these two 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 Care Index performance starting late 2019.

The above calculations are based on selling price being 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 November 2020 | Stoneridge Partners)

Recent Transactions From Around The Country

  • Spiro Health acquired Absolute Respiratory Care in Johnston, Rhode Island
  • Idaho-based The Pennant Group acquired Riverside Home Health Care of Grants Pass, Oregon
  • Help at Home — a Chicago-based home- and community-based services provider that operates across 13 states — has been acquired by a consortium of private equity buyers

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Central Ohio based home health company with private pay.  $2.3 million in revenue.  13.5% EBITDA.  Strong growth trends, full staff in place.

 Home Health /  Ohio

Large home care franchisee.  $6.5 million in revenue.  Private duty.  Attractive market with great growth potential.

 Home Care /  Florida

Non-medical home care franchisor.  Platform opportunity with national footprint.  Systemwide revenues more than $12 million.  Franchise locations in 16 states.

 Home Care /  Texas

$2+ million private pay.  Profitable with great reputation.

 Home Health /  Pennsylvania

Profitable hospice agency with $600,000 in revenue.  Ready to grow with full complement of staff in place.

 Hospice /  Pennsylvania

Medicare/Medicaid agency with $3.5 million in revenue.  Established 20+ years.  Great reputation in eastern Michigan.

 Michigan

$1.5 million home health agency.  Approximately 70% traditional Medicare.  Single location.  Reputation for clinical excellence.  Experienced administrative team.

 Home Health /  Ohio

CHAP-accredited private duty business.  $2.8 million projected 2021 revenue.  Workers' compensation primary source of revenue.  Regions 9, 10 and 11.

 Home Health /  Florida

$4 million I/DD provider.  Great reputation and long history of profitability.

 ID/DD /  Kentucky

$25+ million home health agency.  Medicaid/Medicare-certified.  95%+ Medicaid.  Multiple locations.  Experienced management team.

 Home Health /  Massachusetts

Very rare opportunity in a CON state.  Located in Davidson County in Nashville, TN.  2020 revenue in excess of $650,000.

 Home Health /  Tennessee

Non-skilled home care company.  $10+ million in annual revenue.  Predominantly Medicaid.  Highly profitable.  Accredited.  Strong management team in place.

 Home Care /  Northeast

$1 million Medicare home health agency in northwest Minnesota.  Well-established.  Diverse referral sources.  Long history of excellent care.

 Home Health /  Minnesota

Non-skilled licensed home care organization.  Approximately $2 million in annual revenue.  Strong management team in place.  Southern California.

 Home Care /  California

$10 million Medicaid personal care provider.  Large consumer-direct component.  History of steady growth.

 Home Care /  Minnesota

$50 million ID/DD platform opportunity.  Multi-state, Midwest.  Tenured management team to stay in place.  Double digit year over year organic growth.  Significant future opportunities for...

 ID/DD /  Midwest

Clean and accredited hospice provider number in the coveted San Antonio marketplace.  Current license is valid until the end of May 2022.

 Hospice /  Texas

$8 million Midwest ID/DD agency.  Highly profitable.  Consistent staff and clients.

 ID/DD /  Midwest

$4.9 million Medicare home health agency located in Phoenix, Arizona.  Showing strong year over year revenue growth since 2018.  Diverse referral sources, well run with...

 Home Health /  Arizona

$5 million Midwest-based ABA provider. Day supports and counseling. Highly profitable and respected. CARF accredited. Contracted with state and insurance companies.

 Behavioral Health /  Midwest

$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.

 Home Health /  Michigan

Hospice with $3.5 million in annual revenue. Accredited. No cap or regulatory issues.

 Hospice /  Texas

Home health agency and adult day care center with $12+ million in annual revenue. Home health represents 85% of revenue while adult day represents 15%...

 Home Health /  South Atlantic

Treatment center with 28 beds, intensive outpatient program capacity of 40, full continuum of substance use disorder services and dual diagnosis treatment capability. JCAHO accreditation...

 Behavioral Health /  Texas

$1 million ID/DD agency with real estate. Long-term client base, additional growth potential and strong margins.

 ID/DD /  North Carolina

$2.5 million New Mexico home health agency. 87% Medicare. Long history in the community and existing staff in place.

 Home Health /  New Mexico

$2 million ID/DD agency in the Detroit area. Profitable service provider with existing management team in place.

 Michigan

Medicare and Medicaid certified home health agency.  $16.5 million in annual revenue with continued growth. 90%+ Medicaid.   Strong management in place. Accredited.

 Home Health /  Massachusetts

ID/DD service provider with $1 million in revenue. Residential and day services offered, located in Atlanta suburb.

 ID/DD /  Georgia

Home Health Index November 2020 | Stoneridge Partners

From Rich Tinsley, Publisher of “Home Health Index.” Rich can be reached at rich@stoneridgepartners.com or (239) 561-0826, and toll-free at 800-218-3944.
Previous editions of this monthly newsletter can be searched for at the bottom of the home page of the Home Health Index. Links to Google Finance: Amedisys | LHC Group