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Earnings Details
1st Quarter March 2017
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Community Health Systems Misses

Community Health Systems (CYH) reported 1st Quarter March 2017 earnings of $0.08 per share on revenue of $4.5 billion. The consensus earnings estimate was $0.06 per share on revenue of $4.3 billion. The Earnings Whisper number was $0.11 per share. Revenue fell 10.3% compared to the same quarter a year ago.

The company said it expects 2017 earnings of $0.25 to $0.90 per share. The company's previous guidance was earnings of $0.30 to $1.10 per share and the current consensus earnings estimate is $0.57 per share for the year ending December 31, 2017.

Community Health Systems Inc provides healthcare services through the hospitals that it owns and operates in non-urban and selected urban markets throughout the United States.

Results
Reported Earnings
$0.08
Earnings Whisper
$0.11
Consensus Estimate
$0.06
Reported Revenue
$4.49 Bil
Revenue Estimate
$4.34 Bil
Growth
Earnings Growth
Revenue Growth
Power Rating
Grade
Earnings Release

Community Health Systems, Inc. Announces First Quarter 2017 Results with Net Operating Revenues of $4.486 Billion

Community Health Systems, Inc. (CYH) (the "Company") today announced financial and operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2017.

The following highlights the financial and operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2017, that are further discussed below:

-- Net operating revenues totaled $4.486 billion.

Net loss attributable to Community Health Systems, Inc. common stockholders was $(199) million, or $(1.79) per share (diluted), compared with net income of $11 million, or $0.10 per share (diluted) for the same period in 2016.

-- Adjusted EBITDA was $527 million.

Loss from continuing operations attributable to Community Health Systems, Inc. common stockholders was $(1.78) per share (diluted).

Adjusted for certain items discussed below, income from continuing operations attributable to Community Health Systems, Inc. common stockholders was $0.08 per share (diluted).

Cash flow from operations was $242 million, compared with $294 million for the same period in 2016, representing a 17.7 percent decrease.

On a same-store basis, admissions decreased 1.5 percent and adjusted admissions decreased 1.4 percent, compared with the same period in 2016.

Financial and statistical data reported in this earnings release for 2016 include the following in operating results through the effective date of each respective transaction:

On April 29, 2016, the Company completed the spin-off of Quorum Health Corporation ("QHC"), comprised of 38 affiliated hospitals and related outpatient services in 16 states, together with Quorum Health Resources, LLC, a subsidiary providing management advisory and consulting services to non-affiliated hospitals. Same-store operating results and statistical data exclude information for the hospitals divested in the spin-off of QHC in the comparable period in 2016.

On April 29, 2016, the Company sold its unconsolidated minority equity interests in Valley Health System, LLC and Summerlin Hospital Medical Center, LLC, both joint ventures with Universal Health Systems, Inc. comprising a total of five hospitals in Las Vegas, Nevada.

On December 31, 2016, the Company sold an 80% majority ownership interest in its home care division to a subsidiary of Almost Family, Inc. Same-store operating results exclude the home care division in the comparable period in 2016.

Net operating revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2017, totaled $4.486 billion, a 10.3 percent decrease, compared with $4.999 billion for the same period in 2016. Loss from continuing operations attributable to Community Health Systems, Inc. common stockholders was $(198) million, or $(1.78) per share (diluted), for the three months ended March 31, 2017, compared with income from continuing operations of $12 million, or $0.11 per share (diluted), for the same period in 2016. During the three months ended March 31, 2017, the Company recorded a non-cash expense totaling $250 million related to impairment charges to reduce the value of long-lived assets, primarily allocated goodwill, at hospitals that the Company has identified for sale. The impairment charges do not have an impact on the calculation of the Company’s financial covenants under the Company’s Credit Facility.

The results for the three months ended March 31, 2017, included the loss of $(1.92) per share (diluted) related to impairment and (gain) loss on sale of businesses, loss of $(0.12) per share (diluted) from early extinguishment of debt, and loss of $(0.04) per share (diluted) related to expense from fair value adjustments on the CVR agreement liability accounted for at fair value related to the HMA legal proceedings, and related legal expenses. These expenses were partially offset by income of $0.23 per share (diluted) related to government and other legal settlements, net of related legal expenses, primarily as a result of the previously announced settlement of the shareholder derivative action in January 2017. Excluding these items, income from continuing operations was $0.08 per share (diluted).

Net loss attributable to Community Health Systems, Inc. common stockholders was $(199) million, or $(1.79) per share (diluted) for the three months ended March 31, 2017, compared with net income of $11 million, or $0.10 per share (diluted) for the same period in 2016. Discontinued operations for the three months ended March 31, 2017, consisted of $(0.01) per share (diluted) of losses from operations of entities sold or held for sale for an after-tax loss of approximately $(1) million. Weighted-average shares outstanding (diluted) were 111 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017, and 110 million for the three months ended March 31, 2016. Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2017, was $527 million compared with $633 million for the same period in 2016, representing a 16.7 percent decrease.

The consolidated operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2017, reflect an 11.5 percent decrease in total admissions, and a 12.5 percent decrease in total adjusted admissions, compared with the same period in 2016. On a same-store basis, admissions decreased 1.5 percent and adjusted admissions decreased 1.4 percent during the three months ended March 31, 2017, compared with the same period in 2016. On a same-store basis, net operating revenues increased 0.7 percent during the three months ended March 31, 2017, compared with the same period in 2016.

Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, is EBITDA adjusted to add back net income attributable to noncontrolling interests and to exclude the effect of discontinued operations, loss from early extinguishment of debt, impairment and (gain) loss on sale of businesses, gain on sale of investments in unconsolidated affiliates, expense incurred related to the spin-off of QHC, expense incurred related to the sale of a majority ownership interest in the Company’s home care division, (income) expense related to government and other legal settlements and related costs, and expense from fair value adjustments on the CVR agreement liability accounted for at fair value related to the HMA legal proceedings, and related legal expenses. For information regarding why the Company believes Adjusted EBITDA presents useful information to investors, and for a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income attributable to Community Health Systems, Inc. stockholders, see footnote (e) to the Financial Highlights, Financial Statements and Selected Operating Data below.

Commenting on the results, Wayne T. Smith, chairman and chief executive officer of Community Health Systems, Inc., said, "We continue to make good progress on our strategic and operational initiatives, and we are pleased to see these efforts reflected in our first quarter results. We are focused on performance improvements that we believe will yield additional efficiencies as we move through 2017. At the same time, we are making progress with our portfolio rationalization strategy as we work to create a stronger, more sustainable company for the future and further reduce our debt."

Included on pages 14, 15, 16 and 17 of this press release are tables setting forth the Company’s 2017 annual earnings guidance. The updated 2017 guidance is based on the Company’s historical operating performance, current trends and other assumptions that the Company believes are reasonable at this time, and reflects the impact of planned divestitures that the Company expects to occur in 2017.

Community Health Systems, Inc. is one of the largest publicly traded hospital companies in the United States and a leading operator of general acute care hospitals in communities across the country. The Company, through its subsidiaries, owns, leases or operates 146 affiliated hospitals in 21 states with an aggregate of approximately 24,000 licensed beds.

The Company’s headquarters are located in Franklin, Tennessee, a suburb south of Nashville. Shares in Community Health Systems, Inc. are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "CYH." More information about the Company can be found on its website at www.chs.net.

Community Health Systems, Inc. will hold a conference call on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. Central, 12:00 noon Eastern, to review financial and operating results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017. Investors will have the opportunity to listen to a live Internet broadcast of the conference call by clicking on the Investor Relations link of the Company’s website at www.chs.net. To listen to the live call, please go to the website at least fifteen minutes early to register, download and install any necessary audio software. For those who cannot listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available shortly after the call and will continue to be available through May 9, 2017. Copies of this press release and conference call slide show, as well as the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K (including this press release), will be available on the Company’s website at www.chs.net.

COMMUNITY HEALTH SYSTEMS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Financial Highlights (a)(b)(c)(d)
(In millions, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended
March 31,
2017
2016
Net operating revenues
$ 4,486
$
4,999
(Loss) income from continuing operations (f), (i)
(176 )
37
Net (loss) income attributable to Community Health Systems, Inc.
(199 )
11
stockholders
Adjusted EBITDA (e)
527
633
Net cash provided by operating activities
242
294
Basic (loss) earnings per share attributable to Community
Health Systems, Inc. common stockholders:
Continuing operations (f), (i)
$ (1.78 )
$
0.11
Discontinued operations
(0.01 )
(0.01 )
Net (loss) income
$ (1.79 )
$
0.10
Diluted (loss) earnings per share attributable to Community
Health Systems, Inc. common stockholders:
Continuing operations (f), (h), (i)
$ (1.78 )
$
0.11
Discontinued operations
(0.01 )
(0.01 )
Net (loss) income (h)
$ (1.79 )
$
0.10
Weighted-average number of shares outstanding (g):
Basic
111
110
Diluted
111
110
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For footnotes, see pages 10, 11, 12 and 13.
COMMUNITY HEALTH SYSTEMS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Loss (Income) (a)(b)(c)(d)
(In millions, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended March 31,
2017
2016
Amount
% of Net
Amount
% of Net
Operating
Operating
Revenues
Revenues
Operating revenues (net of contractual allowances and discounts)
$ 5,168
$ 5,754
Provision for bad debts
682
755
Net operating revenues
4,486
100.0 %
4,999
100.0 %
Operating costs and expenses:
Salaries and benefits
2,061
45.9 %
2,317
46.3 %
Supplies
749
16.7 %
799
16.0 %
Other operating expenses
1,057
23.5 %
1,173
23.5 %
Government and other legal settlements and related costs (j)
(41 )
(0.9 )%
-
- %
Electronic health records incentive reimbursement
(6 )
(0.1 )%
(18 )
(0.4 )%
Rent
109
2.4 %
119
2.4 %
Depreciation and amortization
236
5.3 %
298
6.0 %
Impairment and (gain) loss on sale of businesses, net (i)
250
5.6 %
17
0.3 %
Total operating costs and expenses
4,415
98.4 %
4,705
94.1 %
Income from operations (f), (i)
71
1.6 %
294
5.9 %
Interest expense, net
229
5.1 %
251
5.0 %
Loss from early extinguishment of debt
21
0.5 %
-
- %
Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates
(3 )
(0.1 )%
(20 )
(0.4 )%
(Loss) income from continuing operations before income taxes
(176 )
(3.9 )%
63
1.3 %
Provision for income taxes
-
- %
26
0.6 %
(Loss) income from continuing operations (f), (i)
(176 )
(3.9 )%
37
0.7 %
Discontinued operations, net of taxes:
Loss from operations of entities sold or held for sale
(1 )
- %
-
- %
Impairment of hospitals sold or held for sale
-
- %
(1 )
- %
Loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes
(1 )
- %
(1 )
- %
Net (loss) income
(177 )
(3.9 )%
36
0.7 %
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests
22
0.5 %
25
0.5 %
Net (loss) income attributable to Community Health Systems, Inc.
$
(199 )
(4.4 )%
$
11
0.2 %
stockholders
Basic (loss) income per share attributable to Community Health
Systems, Inc. common stockholders:
Continuing operations (f), (i)
$ (1.78 )
$
0.11
Discontinued operations
(0.01 )
(0.01 )
Net (loss) income
$ (1.79 )
$
0.10
Diluted (loss) income per share attributable to Community
Health Systems, Inc. common stockholders:
Continuing operations (f), (h), (i)
$ (1.78 )
$
0.11
Discontinued operations
(0.01 )
(0.01 )
Net (loss) income (h)
$ (1.79 )
$
0.10
Weighted-average number of shares outstanding (g):
Basic
111
110
Diluted
111
110
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For footnotes, see pages 10, 11, 12 and 13.
COMMUNITY HEALTH SYSTEMS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Loss
(In millions)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended
March 31,
2017
2016
Net (loss) income
$ (177 )
$
36
Other comprehensive income (loss), net of income taxes:
Net change in fair value of interest rate swaps, net of tax
5
(19 )
Net change in fair value of available-for-sale securities, net of tax
3
2
-
1
Amortization and recognition of unrecognized pension cost
components, net of tax
Other comprehensive income (loss)
8
(16 )
Comprehensive (loss) income
(169 )
20
Less: Comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interests
22
25
Comprehensive loss attributable to Community Health Systems, Inc.
$ (191 )
$
(5 )
stockholders
________________
For footnotes, see pages 10, 11, 12 and 13.
COMMUNITY HEALTH SYSTEMS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Selected Operating Data (a)(c)
(Dollars in millions)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended March 31,
Consolidated
Same-Store
2017
2016
% Change
2017
2016
% Change
Number of hospitals (at end of period)
155
194
154
154
Licensed beds (at end of period)
26,009
29,936
25,989
26,261
Beds in service (at end of period)
23,336
26,285
23,316
23,300
Admissions
212,242
239,700
-11.5 %
211,090
214,289
-1.5 %
Adjusted admissions
449,012
513,192
-12.5 %
446,053
452,436
-1.4 %
Patient days
972,885
1,076,226
969,056
973,873
Average length of stay (days)
4.6
4.5
4.6
4.5
Occupancy rate (average beds in service)
46.5 %
45.1 %
46.5 %
46.1 %
Net operating revenues
$
4,486
$
4,999
-10.3 %
$
4,424
$
4,392
0.7 %
Net inpatient revenues as a % of net patient revenues before
43.9 %
43.9 %
43.9 %
44.2 %
provision for bad debts
Net outpatient revenues as a % of net patient revenues before
56.1 %
56.1 %
56.1 %
55.8 %
provision for bad debts
Income from operations (f), (i)
$
71
$
294
-75.9 %
Income from operations as a % of net operating revenues
1.6 %
5.9 %
Depreciation and amortization
$
236
$
298
Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates
$
(3 )
$
(20 )
Net (loss) income attributable to Community Health Systems, Inc.
$
(199 )
$
11
-1909.1 %
stockholders
Net (loss) income attributable to Community Health Systems, Inc.
-4.4 %
0.2 %
stockholders as a % of net operating revenues
Adjusted EBITDA (e)
$
527
$
633
-16.7 %
Adjusted EBITDA as a % of net operating revenues
11.7 %
12.7 %
Net cash provided by operating activities
$
242
$
294
-17.7 %
________________
For footnotes, see pages 10, 11, 12 and 13.
COMMUNITY HEALTH SYSTEMS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (b)
(In millions, except share data)
(Unaudited)
March 31, 2017
December 31, 2016
ASSETS
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents
$
247
$
238
3,164
3,176
Patient accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful
accounts of $3,729 and $3,773 at March 31, 2017 and December 31,
2016, respectively
Supplies
458
480
Prepaid income taxes
17
17
Prepaid expenses and taxes
218
187
Other current assets
671
568
Total current assets
4,775
4,666
Property and equipment, gross
11,824
12,422
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization
(4,185 )
(4,273 )
Property and equipment, net
7,639
8,149
Goodwill
6,327
6,521
Other assets, net
2,919
2,608
Total assets
$ 21,660
$ 21,944
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current liabilities
Current maturities of long-term debt
$
558
$
455
Accounts payable
988
995
Accrued interest
145
207
Accrued liabilities
1,305
1,230
Total current liabilities
2,996
2,887
Long-term debt
14,687
14,789
Deferred income taxes
415
411
Other long-term liabilities
1,469
1,575
Total liabilities
19,567
19,662
Redeemable noncontrolling interests in equity of consolidated
552
554
subsidiaries
EQUITY
Community Health Systems, Inc. stockholders’ equity:
Preferred stock, $.01 par value per share, 100,000,000 shares
-
-
authorized; none issued
1
1
Common stock, $.01 par value per share, 300,000,000 shares
authorized; 114,690,205 shares issued and outstanding at March 31,
2017, and 113,876,580 shares issued and outstanding at December
31, 2016
Additional paid-in capital
1,980
1,975
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
(54 )
(62 )
Accumulated deficit
(498 )
(299 )
Total Community Health Systems, Inc. stockholders’ equity
1,429
1,615
Noncontrolling interests in equity of consolidated subsidiaries
112
113
Total equity
1,541
1,728
Total liabilities and equity
$ 21,660
$ 21,944
________________
For footnotes, see pages 10, 11, 12 and 13.
COMMUNITY HEALTH SYSTEMS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (b)
(In millions)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended March 31,
2017
2016
Cash flows from operating activities
Net (loss) income
$
(177 )
$
36
Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to net cash provided by
operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization
236
298
Government and other legal settlements and related costs (j)
(1 )
-
Stock-based compensation expense
9
14
Impairment of hospitals sold or held for sale
-
1
Impairment and (gain) loss on sale of businesses, net (i)
250
17
Loss from early extinguishment of debt
21
-
Other non-cash expenses, net
8
14
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effects of
acquisitions and divestitures:
Patient accounts receivable
11
(109 )
Supplies, prepaid expenses and other current assets
(67 )
(14 )
Accounts payable, accrued liabilities and income taxes
(14 )
64
Other
(34 )
(27 )
Net cash provided by operating activities
242
294
Cash flows from investing activities
Acquisitions of facilities and other related equipment
(2 )
(99 )
Purchases of property and equipment
(146 )
(224 )
Proceeds from disposition of hospitals and other ancillary operations
-
12
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment
-
4
Purchases of available-for-sale securities
(12 )
(37 )
Proceeds from sales of available-for-sale securities
26
40
Increase in other investments
(37 )
(67 )
Net cash used in investing activities
(171 )
(371 )
Cash flows from financing activities
Repurchase of restricted stock shares for payroll tax withholding
(5 )
(7 )
requirements
Deferred financing costs and other debt-related costs
(40 )
-
Proceeds from noncontrolling investors in joint ventures
5
-
Redemption of noncontrolling investments in joint ventures
(4 )
(16 )
Distributions to noncontrolling investors in joint ventures
(28 )
(18 )
Borrowings under credit agreements
610
1,564
Issuance of long-term debt
2,200
-
Proceeds from receivables facility
26
31
Repayments of long-term indebtedness
(2,826 )
(1,480 )
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities
(62 )
74
Net change in cash and cash equivalents
9
(3 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period
238
184
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period
$
247
$
181
________________
For footnotes, see pages 10, 11, 12 and 13.

Footnotes to Financial Highlights, Financial Statements and Selected Operating Data

(a) Continuing operating results exclude discontinued operations for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016. Both financial and statistical results exclude entities in discontinued operations for all periods presented. Same-store operating results and statistical data exclude information for the hospitals divested in the spin-off of QHC in the comparable period in 2016.

(b) The contingent value right ("CVR") entitles the holder to receive a cash payment up to $1.00 per CVR (subject to downward adjustment but not below zero), subject to the final resolution of certain legal matters pertaining to HMA, as defined in the CVR agreement. If the aggregate amount of applicable losses under the CVR agreement exceeds a deductible of $18 million, then the amount payable in respect of each CVR shall be reduced (but not below zero) by an amount equal to the quotient obtained by dividing: (a) the product of (i) all losses in excess of the deductible and (ii) 90%; by (b) the number of CVRs outstanding on the date on which final resolution of the existing litigation occurs. Since the HMA acquisition date of January 27, 2014, approximately $33 million in costs have been incurred and approximately $30 million of settlements have been paid related to certain HMA legal matters, which collectively exceed the deductible of $18 million under the CVR agreement. The Company previously recorded an estimated fair value of the remaining underlying claims that will be covered by the CVR of $284 million as part of the acquisition accounting for HMA, which, after consideration of amounts paid and current estimates of valuation inputs, has been adjusted to its estimated fair value of $258 million at March 31, 2017. In addition, although future legal fees (which are expensed as incurred) associated with the HMA legal matters have not been accrued or included in the table below, such legal fees are taken into account in determining the total amount of reductions applied to the amounts owed to CVR holders. For the CVR valuation at March 31, 2017, the change in fair value from the previous quarter was primarily the result of a decrease in the discount rate applied to the estimated settlement amount.

The following table presents the impact of the recorded amounts as described above as applied to the CVR and the $18 million deductible and 10% co-insurance amounts (in millions):

As of
March 31,
2017
Legal and other related costs incurred to date
$
33
Settlements
30
Estimated liability for probable contingencies
-
Estimated liability for unresolved contingencies at fair value
258
Costs incurred plus certain estimated liabilities for CVR-related
321
matters
Allocated to:
CHS deductible of $18 million
(18 )
CHS co-insurance at 10%
(29 )
Recorded amounts that reduce CVR value after giving effect to
$
274
deductible and co-insurance
CVRs outstanding
265

(c) Included in discontinued operations for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016, are three smaller hospitals that are being actively marketed for sale. The after-tax loss for the sold or held for sale hospitals, including an impairment charge in 2016 on certain long-lived assets sold or held for sale, was approximately $1 million for both of the three-month periods ended March 31, 2017 and 2016.

(d) The following table provides information needed to calculate (loss) income per share, which is adjusted for income attributable to noncontrolling interests (in millions):

Three Months Ended
March 31,
2017
2016
(Loss) income from continuing operations attributable to Community
Health Systems, Inc. common stockholders:
(Loss) income from continuing operations, net of taxes
$ (176 )
$ 37
22
25
Less: Income from continuing operations attributable to
noncontrolling interests, net of taxes
$ (198 )
$ 12
(Loss) income from continuing operations attributable to Community
Health Systems, Inc. common stockholders -- basic and diluted

Footnotes to Financial Highlights, Financial Statements and Selected Operating Data (Continued)

Three Months Ended
March 31,
2017
2016
Loss from discontinued operations attributable to Community Health
Systems, Inc. common stockholders:
Loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes
$ (1 )
$ (1 )
-
-
Less: Loss from discontinued operations attributable to
noncontrolling interests, net of taxes
$ (1 )
$ (1 )
Loss from discontinued operations attributable to Community Health
Systems, Inc. common stockholders -- basic and diluted

(e) EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure which consists of net (loss) income attributable to Community Health Systems, Inc. before interest, income taxes, and depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA, also a non-GAAP financial measure, is EBITDA adjusted to add back net income attributable to noncontrolling interests and to exclude the effect of discontinued operations, loss from early extinguishment of debt, impairment and (gain) loss on sale of businesses, gain on sale of investments in unconsolidated affiliates, expense incurred related to the spin-off of QHC, expense incurred related to the sale of a majority ownership interest in the Company’s home care division, (income) expense related to government and other legal settlements and related costs, and expense from fair value adjustments on the CVR agreement liability accounted for at fair value related to the HMA legal proceedings, and related legal expenses. The Company has from time to time sold noncontrolling interests in certain of its subsidiaries or acquired subsidiaries with existing noncontrolling interest ownership positions. The Company believes that it is useful to present Adjusted EBITDA because it adds back the portion of EBITDA attributable to these third-party interests and clarifies for investors the Company’s portion of EBITDA generated by continuing operations. The Company reports Adjusted EBITDA as a measure of financial performance. Adjusted EBITDA is a key measure used by management to assess the operating performance of the Company’s hospital operations and to make decisions on the allocation of resources. Adjusted EBITDA is also used to evaluate the performance of the Company’s executive management team and is one of the primary targets used to determine short-term cash incentive compensation. In addition, management utilizes Adjusted EBITDA in assessing the Company’s consolidated results of operations and operational performance and in comparing the Company’s results of operations between periods. The Company believes it is useful to provide investors and other users of the Company’s financial statements this performance measure to align with how management assesses the Company’s results of operations. Adjusted EBITDA also is comparable to a similar metric called Consolidated EBITDA, as defined in the Company’s senior secured credit facility, which is a key component in the determination of the Company’s compliance with some of the covenants under the Company’s senior secured credit facility (including the Company’s ability to service debt and incur capital expenditures), and is used to determine the interest rate and commitment fee payable under the senior secured credit facility (although Adjusted EBITDA does not include all of the adjustments described in the senior secured credit facility).

Adjusted EBITDA is not a measurement of financial performance under U.S. GAAP. It should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income, operating income, or any other performance measure calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The items excluded from Adjusted EBITDA are significant components in understanding and evaluating financial performance. The Company believes such adjustments are appropriate as the magnitude and frequency of such items can vary significantly and are not related to the assessment of normal operating performance. Additionally, this calculation of Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

Footnotes to Financial Highlights, Financial Statements and Selected Operating Data (Continued)

The following table reflects the reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA, as defined, to net (loss) income attributable to Community Health Systems, Inc. stockholders as derived directly from the condensed consolidated financial statements (in millions):

Three Months Ended
March 31,
2017
2016
Net (loss) income attributable to Community Health Systems, Inc.
$ (199 )
$
11
stockholders
Adjustments:
Provision for income taxes
-
26
Depreciation and amortization
236
298
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests
22
25
Loss from discontinued operations
1
1
Interest expense, net
229
251
Loss from early extinguishment of debt
21
-
Impairment and (gain) loss on sale of businesses, net
250
17
(41 )
-
(Income) expense from government and other legal settlements and
related costs
7
-
Expense from fair value adjustments and legal expenses related to
cases covered by the CVR
Expenses related to the sale of a majority interest in home care
1
-
division
Expenses related to the spin-off of QHC
-
4
Adjusted EBITDA
$
527
$ 633

(f) Included in non-same-store income from operations and (loss) income from continuing operations are pre-tax charges related to acquisition costs of less than $1 million and $2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively.

(g) The following table sets forth components reconciling the basic weighted-average number of shares to the diluted weighted-average number of shares (in millions):

Three Months Ended
March 31,
2017
2016
Weighted-average number of shares outstanding - basic
111
110
Add effect of dilutive securities:
Stock awards and options
-
-
Weighted-average number of shares outstanding - diluted
111
110

The Company generated a loss from continuing operations attributable to Community Health Systems, Inc. common stockholders for the three months ended March 31, 2017, so the effect of dilutive securities is not considered because their effect would be antidilutive. If the Company had generated income from continuing operations during the three months ended March 31, 2017, the effect of restricted stock awards on the diluted shares calculation would have been an increase of 78,773 shares.

Footnotes to Financial Highlights, Financial Statements and Selected Operating Data (Continued)

(h) The following supplemental tables reconcile (loss) income from continuing operations and net (loss) income attributable to Community Health Systems, Inc. common stockholders, as reported, on a per share (diluted) basis, with the adjustments described herein (total per share amounts may not add due to rounding):

Three Months Ended
March 31,
2017
2016
(Loss) income from continuing operations, as reported
$ (1.78 )
$
0.11
Adjustments:
Loss from early extinguishment of debt
0.12
-
Impairment and (gain) loss on sale of businesses, net
1.92
0.13
(0.23 )
-
(Income) expense from government and other legal settlements and
related costs
0.04
-
Expense from fair value adjustments and legal expenses related to
cases covered by the CVR
Expense related to the spin-off of QHC
-
0.02
Income from continuing operations, excluding adjustments
$
0.08
$
0.27
Three Months Ended
March 31,
2017
2016
Net (loss) income, as reported
$ (1.79 )
$
0.10
Adjustments:
Loss from early extinguishment of debt
0.12
-
Impairment and (gain) loss on sale of businesses, net
1.92
0.13
(0.23 )
-
(Income) expense from government and other legal settlements and
related costs
0.04
-
Expense from fair value adjustments and legal expenses related to
cases covered by the CVR
Expense related to the spin-off of QHC
-
0.02
Net income, excluding adjustments
$
0.07
$
0.25

(i) Both income from operations and loss from continuing operations for the three months ended March 31, 2017, included non-cash expense of approximately $250 million related to impairment charges to reduce the value of long-lived assets, primarily allocated goodwill, at hospitals that the Company has identified for sale. Included in income from operations and loss from continuing operations for the three months ended March 31, 2016, was an impairment charge of approximately $17 million incurred during the three months ended March 31, 2016, related to the write-down of a portion of the goodwill allocated to the divestitures of Lehigh Regional Medical Center and Bartow Regional Medical Center, as well as the impairment of certain long-lived assets at one of the Company’s smaller hospitals where the decision was made during the quarter ended March 31, 2016, to permanently close the hospital. These impairment charges do not have an impact on the calculation of the Company’s financial covenants under the Company’s Credit Facility.

(j) The $0.23 per share (diluted) of income for "Government and other legal settlements and related costs" for the three months ended March 31, 2017, is primarily the impact of the shareholder derivative action settled during the three months ended March 31, 2017, net of related legal expenses. The $0.04 per share (diluted) of expense for "Government and other legal settlements and related costs" for the three months ended March 31, 2016, is the net impact of several qui tam lawsuits settled in principle during the three months ended March 31, 2016, and related legal expenses.

Regulation FD Disclosure

Set forth below is selected information concerning the Company’s projected consolidated operating results for the year ending December 31, 2017. These projections update selected guidance issued on February 20, 2017, and are based on the Company’s historical operating performance, current trends and other assumptions that the Company believes are reasonable at this time. The 2017 guidance should be considered in conjunction with the assumptions included herein. See pages 16 and 17 for a list of factors that could affect the future results of the Company or the healthcare industry generally.

The following is provided as guidance to analysts and investors:

2017 Projection Range
Net operating revenues less provision for bad debts (in millions)
$ 15,800
to
$ 16,200
Adjusted EBITDA (in millions)
$
2,000
to
$
2,175
Income from continuing operations per share - diluted
$
0.25
to
$
0.90
Same-store hospital annual adjusted admissions growth
0.0 %
to
1.5 %
Weighted-average diluted shares, in millions
112.0
to
113.0

The following assumptions were used in developing the 2017 guidance provided above:

The divestiture of 30 hospitals, in respect of which the Company has divested or entered into a definitive agreement or non-binding letters of intent, consisting of ten separate contemplated transactions. These hospitals generated approximately $3.4 billion of net revenue in 2016 with mid-single digit Adjusted EBITDA margins. The Company assumes these divestitures will generate approximately $2.0 billion in proceeds. The Company assumes all of these divestitures will close at various dates during the first nine months of 2017.

The Company’s projections also exclude the following: -- Gains associated with the settlement of the shareholder derivative action in January 2017;

Payments related to the CVRs issued in connection with the HMA acquisition, and changes in the valuation of liabilities underlying the CVR;

-- Losses from the early extinguishment of debt;

-- Impairment of goodwill and long-lived assets;

-- Restructuring costs;

Resolution of government investigations or other significant legal settlements;

-- Costs incurred in connection with the planned divestitures; and

Other significant gains or losses that neither relate to the ordinary course of business nor reflect the Company’s underlying business performance.

The Company has three small hospitals which remain held for sale for which the operating results have been classified in discontinued operations and have been excluded from the Company’s guidance.

Other assumptions used in the above guidance:

Health Information Technology (HITECH) electronic health records incentive reimbursement of approximately $15 million to $20 million for the year ending December 31, 2017.

Same-store hospital annual adjusted admissions growth of 0.0% to 1.5% for 2017, which does not take into account service closures and weather-related or other unusual events.

Expressed as a percentage of net operating revenues, depreciation and amortization of approximately 6.0% to 6.1% for 2017. Additionally, this is a fixed cost and the percentages may change as revenue varies. Such amounts exclude the possible impact of any future hospital fixed asset impairments and acceleration of amortization of software to be abandoned.

Interest expense, expressed as a percentage of net operating revenues, of approximately 5.6% to 5.7%; however, interest expense may vary as revenue varies. Interest expense has been adjusted to reflect the Company’s refinancing transactions in March 2017 and the repayment of debt with proceeds from the anticipated divestitures, based on the expected timing of those divestitures. Projected interest expense does not consider any future refinancing transactions. Total fixed rate debt, including swaps, is expected to average approximately 75% to 85% of total debt during 2017.

Expressed as a percentage of net operating revenues, net income attributable to noncontrolling interests of approximately 0.6% to 0.7% for 2017.

Expressed as a percentage of income from continuing operations before income taxes, provision for income taxes of approximately 30.0% to 31.0% for 2017, which includes the impact of adopting ASU 2016-09 on the tax provision for the vesting of equity-based compensation.

A reconciliation of the Company’s projected 2017 Adjusted EBITDA, a forward-looking non-GAAP financial measure, to the Company’s projected net income attributable to Community Health Systems, Inc. stockholders, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, is shown below:

Year Ending
December 31, 2017
Low
High
Net income attributable to Community Health Systems, Inc.
$
28
$
101
stockholders (1)
Adjustments:
Depreciation and amortization
945
970
Interest expense, net
890
910
Provision for income taxes
50
89
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests
87
105
Adjusted EBITDA (1)
$ 2,000
$
2,175

(1) The Company does not include in this reconciliation the impact of certain items that would be included in a reconciliation of historical net income attributable to Community Health Systems, Inc. stockholders to Adjusted EBITDA such as, but not limited to, losses from early extinguishment of debt, impairment and (gain) loss on sale of businesses, and expense (income) related to government and other legal settlements and related costs, in light of the fact that such items are not determinable and/or the inherent difficulty in quantifying such projected amounts, and are therefore not included in the Company’s forecast shown above.

-- Capital expenditures are projected as follows (in millions):

2017
Guidance
Total
$625
to
$775

Net cash provided by operating activities, excluding cash flows related to the CVR and settlement of legal contingencies, is projected as follows (in millions):

2017
Guidance
Total
$1,050
to
$1,225

Weighted-average shares outstanding are projected to be between approximately 112 million to 113 million for 2017.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve risk and uncertainties. All statements in this press release other than statements of historical fact, including statements regarding projections, expected operating results, and other events that depend upon or refer to future events or conditions or that include words such as "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates," "thinks," and similar expressions, are forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes that these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, these assumptions are inherently subject to significant economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies, which are difficult or impossible to predict accurately and may be beyond the control of the Company. Accordingly, the Company cannot give any assurance that its expectations will in fact occur and cautions that actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. A number of factors could affect the future results of the Company or the healthcare industry generally and could cause the Company’s expected results to differ materially from those expressed in this press release.

These factors include, among other things:

general economic and business conditions, both nationally and in the regions in which we operate;

the impact of the 2016 federal elections, which may lead to the repeal of or significant changes to the Affordable Care Act, its implementation or its interpretation, as well as changes in other federal, state or local laws or regulations affecting our business;

the extent to which states support increases, decreases or changes in Medicaid programs, implement health insurance exchanges or alter the provision of healthcare to state residents through regulation or otherwise;

the future and long-term viability of health insurance exchanges, which may be affected by whether a sufficient number of payors participate as well as the impact of the 2016 federal elections on the Affordable Care Act;

risks associated with our substantial indebtedness, leverage and debt service obligations, including our ability to refinance such indebtedness on acceptable terms or to incur additional indebtedness;

-- demographic changes;

-- changes in, or the failure to comply with, governmental regulations;

potential adverse impact of known and unknown government investigations, audits, and federal and state false claims act litigation and other legal proceedings;

our ability, where appropriate, to enter into and maintain provider arrangements with payors and the terms of these arrangements, which may be further affected by the increasing consolidation of health insurers and managed care companies;

changes in, or the failure to comply with, contract terms with payors and changes in reimbursement rates paid by federal or state healthcare programs or commercial payors;

any potential additional impairments in the carrying value of goodwill, other intangible assets, or other long-lived assets, or changes in the useful lives of other intangible assets;

changes in inpatient or outpatient Medicare and Medicaid payment levels;

the effects related to the continued implementation of the sequestration spending reductions and the potential for future deficit reduction legislation;

increases in the amount and risk of collectability of patient accounts receivable, including decreases in collectability which may result from, among other things, self-pay growth in states that have not expanded Medicaid and difficulties in recovering payments for which patients are responsible, including co-pays and deductibles;

the efforts of insurers, healthcare providers and others to contain healthcare costs, including the trend toward value-based purchasing;

our ongoing ability to demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health record technology and recognize income for the related Medicare or Medicaid incentive payments to the extent such payments have not expired;

increases in wages as a result of inflation or competition for highly technical positions and rising supply and drug costs due to market pressure from pharmaceutical companies and new product releases;

liabilities and other claims asserted against us, including self-insured malpractice claims;

-- competition;

our ability to attract and retain, at reasonable employment costs, qualified personnel, key management, physicians, nurses and other healthcare workers;

trends toward treatment of patients in less acute or specialty healthcare settings, including ambulatory surgery centers or specialty hospitals;

-- changes in medical or other technology;

-- changes in U.S. generally accepted accounting principles;

the availability and terms of capital to fund any additional acquisitions or replacement facilities or other capital expenditures;

our ability to successfully make acquisitions or complete divestitures, including the disposition of hospitals and non-hospital businesses pursuant to our portfolio rationalization and deleveraging strategy, our ability to complete any such acquisitions or divestitures on desired terms or at all (including to realize the anticipated amount of proceeds from contemplated dispositions), the timing of the completion of any such acquisitions or divestitures, and our ability to realize the intended benefits from any such acquisitions or divestitures;

the impact that changes in our relationships with joint venture or syndication partners could have on effectively operating our hospitals or ancillary services or in advancing strategic opportunities;

our ability to successfully integrate any acquired hospitals, including those of HMA, or to recognize expected synergies from acquisitions;

-- the impact of seasonal severe weather conditions;

our ability to obtain adequate levels of general and professional liability insurance;

timeliness of reimbursement payments received under government programs;

-- effects related to outbreaks of infectious diseases;

the impact of the external, criminal cyber-attack suffered by us in the second quarter of 2014, including potential reputational damage, the outcome of our investigation and any potential governmental inquiries, the outcome of litigation filed against us in connection with this cyber-attack, the extent of remediation costs and additional operating or other expenses that we may continue to incur, and the impact of potential future cyber-attacks or security breaches;

any failure to comply with the terms of the Corporate Integrity Agreement;

-- the concentration of our revenue in a small number of states;

our ability to realize anticipated cost savings and other benefits from our current strategic and operational cost savings initiatives;

any effects related to our previously announced exploration of strategic alternatives; and

the other risk factors set forth in our other public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The consolidated operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2017, are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be experienced for any future periods. The Company cautions that the projections for calendar year 2017 set forth in this press release are given as of the date hereof based on currently available information. The Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements, or to make any other forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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Community Health Systems, Inc.
W. Larry Cash, 615-465-7000
President of Financial Services and Chief Financial Officer