November Leads to Mixed Results for Home Health, Post-Acute Care Stocks
Last month saw a reversal of fortune for the post-acute care providers tracked by the Stoneridge Partners Home Health (HHI) and Post-Acute Care (PAI) Indices.
The HHI – which has mostly made steady progress over the past several months – took a hit in November, falling by more than 7% compared to October’s results. In contrast, the PAI jumped up by almost 5% in November after months of struggles related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The S&P 500 similarly saw healthy gains last month, up almost 12% over October.
“November was a bit of a mixed bag for providers in the post-acute care space,” said Stoneridge Partners President Rich Tinsley. “The companies in the HHI have largely withstood much of 2020’s economic chaos, while the PAI companies have really struggled. But last month, the PAI made some significant progress after a punishing year. Let’s hope that means more good things to come for all of them in 2021.”
Home Health Index
The Stoneridge Partners HHI follows the stock value of Amedisys, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) and LHC Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG), two of the largest home health, hospice and personal care service providers in the U.S.
After months of almost consistent gains, stock values for Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Amedisys dropped by nearly 6% last month. Lafayette, Louisiana-based LHC Group saw an even sharper decline over the same period, dropping more than 10% on a month-over-month basis.
LHC Group announced an expansion of its hospice business in November through the purchase of Grace Hospice in Oklahoma. The company also announced the acquisition of East Valley Hospice and East Valley Palliative Care in Arizona.
“LHC Group has been clear about its mission to expand into hospice, ideally tri-locating all of its services in key markets,” Tinsley said. “This is a continuation of that strategy.”
Even with November’s losses, year-to-date the HHI is still up by more than 45% over last year.
Post-Acute Care Index
The PAI combines Amedisys’ and LHC Group’s stock values with values for Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS), The Pennant Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: PNTG), Encompass Health Corp. (NYSE: EHC) and Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (NYSE: BKD).
November marked an impressive turnaround for the additional providers making up the PAI, all of which have faced an uphill climb in 2020 due to the challenges posed by COVID-19 for companies operating in the congregate senior living space. Addus, Pennant, Brookdale and Encompass Health all recorded gains last month.
Values for Brentwood, Tennessee-based Brookdale were up nearly 31% in November compared to October, while Birmingham, Alabama-based Encompass Health was also up by a large margin during that time — almost 24%. Encompass’ growth has been fueled by collaboration between its home health, hospice and in-patient rehabilitation service lines; still, the company recently announced it was exploring strategic alternatives for its home health and hospice segment, likely in an effort to develop untapped value for its shareholders.
Meanwhile, Pennant stock was up by almost 18% in November, and Addus recorded nearly a 2% gain.
“I’m glad to see these companies seem to have turned a corner,” Tinsley said. “As the COVID-19 vaccine rolls out, I think we’ll continue to see positive gains for these providers whose work has been in the spotlight all year.”
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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
(Home Health Index December 2020 | Stoneridge Partners)
Here are the results of the stock prices for the past two years:
||1 mos change
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)
|HH Index Total
Enterprise Value (EV), aka Selling Price, as Percent of Revenue
|HH Index Average*
Multiples of EV/EBITDA
Think of this as selling price as a multiple of EBITDA.
|HH Index Average*
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 December 2020 | Stoneridge Partners)
Recent Transactions From Around The Country
- Hospice provider The Care Team has acquired InTeliCare Home Health & Hospice in Michigan
- Texas-based Silverstone Hospice has acquired Comfort Care Hospice in the Dallas-Fort Worth region
Home Health Index December 2020 | Stoneridge Partners
From Rich Tinsley, Publisher of “Home Health Index.” Rich can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org 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