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Aveanna Healthcare (AVAH)

Participants
Shannon Drake Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary
Tony Strange President & CEO
Jeff Shaner Chief Operating Officer
Dave Afshar CFO
Matt Borsch BMO Capital Markets
Joanna Gajuk Bank of America
Pito Chickering Deutsche Bank
Brian Tanquilut Jefferies
Sarah James Barclays
A.J. Rice Credit Suisse
Ben Hendrix RBC Capital Markets
John Ransom Raymond James
Call transcript
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Operator

Good morning and welcome to Aveanna Healthcare Holdings' First Quarter 2022 Earnings Conference Call. Today's call is being recorded and we've allocated one hour for prepared remarks and Q&A. At this time, I'd like to turn the conference over to Shannon Drake, Aveanna's Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary. Thank you.

You may begin.

Shannon Drake

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Tony Strange

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and of families we're their continue that and you to for put our the patients first However, needs grateful.

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disruption any we and As pre-Omicron rebound further is additional notwithstanding disruptions COVID of levels today, to due accordingly, revenues to variants. this back expect to down

caregivers around for shortage color plans at all-time distorted. mitigate be markets for labor provide a our just to the to in some constrained. continue high, these I'll Demand an services nursing to some capacity be specifically of is labor minute. However, while more for continues ongoing

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Our liquidity remains strong.

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sessions to increase effort access are value there added equation that are pending states addition, several an are care. to enhance is to home a resources additional expand The thesis that mid-legislative are legislation that overarching that in In capacity. in needed would in healthcare reimbursement and is care the further

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Jeff Shaner

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Dave Afshar

and Thanks, results. summary Jeff. ahead first the a provide I'll quarter of go

$XX million, the first quarter First quarter $XXX was XXXX revenue million from of of an increase ‘XX. or X%

of million $XX in segment first revenue from revenue our compared Home XX% the XXXX in and in revenue $XX.X QX revenue of of revenue Hospice acquisition acquisitions of was million Health Accredited April Our comparable Comfort the drove in and segment segment Medical segment of the the Doctor's growth first or over XXXX, quarter. the or comprised a XXXX Health revenue Home QX periods. PDS Choice overall and million quarter with increased XXXX and to the ‘XX segment quarter quarter year growth first first X% revenue flat or and combined Care ago $XX X% revenue. total Solutions of revenue QX was of XX% revenue. million total was and revenue the Hospice contributed drove our of in total PDS quarter $XXX in

variant PDS comparable recruitment negatively first retention workforce PDS Accredited the revenue QX and impacting PDS contributed segment slightly constraining down by was volumes. Medical patient clinical decreasing in and acquisition pressured quarters. the quarter, our of Omicron X% Solutions the incremental revenue the While over caregiver

turning Now to margin. gross

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you non-cash accounts of the net payable used of of quarter capital of of of in also XX-Q, an find relation by which resources to M&A between number the our section credit liabilities. facilities in usage ‘XX capital COVID can adjusted changes operating significant most our cash million adjusted be significant payments cash of income for operating relative interest, which the to net net EBITDA first which compared found compared The cash reconciliation our $X.X million first affect can XXXX. update quarter XXXX. income of first related in to a against our that in two a used provide our in and and related for titled due about includes first our quarter hedging. working and the of most operating to related activities ‘XX higher operating for which in adjusted net a items integration changes Cash also decrease in paid million ‘XX, of items, on was section Turning assets cash in was the the the drivers cash And liquidity, operating the costs, liabilities costs, flow. quarter variances first share-based to in comp. include reconciliation. related operating decrease flows decrease I'll outlined the liquidity MD&A, the in quarter flow of now for in use $XX costs you be accrued found and costs, EBITDA in $XX.X both from in in of EBITDA cash million of of a acquisition quarter was statement XXXX, of the and and can and $XX.X When items cash think Net in which XXXX, first of significant of

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Operator

much, Thank Borsch from session. you very go Please gentlemen, Our ahead. conducting Instructions] is first the question-and-answer Markets. be Capital sir. of [Operator Ladies and we now will question BMO Matt

Matt Borsch

just Private coming Health quarter of based and you've the guidance, that the revenue side Thank change just particularly Home on of mean you. Can expecting your in second of that in trends the versus you the growth and give us sense a are you now may made I where maybe and as seen composition seeing the on Duty. first the terms well, quarter into in Hospice

Tony Strange

Matt, So, a good question. that's

of the I'll we Omicron. really don't as we couple it's the the constraints said, when think as provide think a of guidance. and impact first most let -- caregivers quarterly our comments. the segment to of about half we've guidance, One, constraint make don't with -- think defensive about guidance. we that me But I I really And this of two, labor year Duty driven by more is the with the the well softness primarily that in Private attributable talked provide

some is of immune the that business talking labor think constraints we from the while with less some I about, issues they're believe there that we've I that labor not out the Home of have our nurses. Health impacted been by

labor probably a perspective, I on weighted the of So impact your businesses, Duty across constraints labor Duty, toward but more was with Omicron the the from -- question of more Health Omicron think and would Private of all Private constraint heavily Duty side. Home answer our Private I both

when we think Omicron color impact I -- with in the residual think to most laid and we be would it relates I it around of We bit QX variant that said of on As little March XX, our out. a QX. guidance

will and constraint contemplating away went out. that going continue the far made in discussions that labor rate different so very MCOs go XXXX, -- And and about what releases timing read comes are volumes when actually the the say to into see foreseeable be we was during well seven of Pennsylvania XX% rate in the and environment the rate then services itself when that rest all or quarter. we've to those with that Omicron. we're believe rate that we of Jeff rate one ongoing reinvested through, down remarks, Omicron will we issue these rate the environment the improve, to things and of think will a hold as flow for rate with go XX% comment my and about payers volume we the talk rate and can believe But dollars we rate when, and for still I January through one of we a as that remarks, information, I increase, happen, if wasn't wages. dollars was increases as saw that as of into However, the increases happening positive to world a thing seeing in of immediately we matter you that able -- we of I when away, play the effective and with own think fact, we XXXX quarter, and Jeff every even State there press their increase increases of sessions wages, invest in see that I'm was as with the will about their positive the meaningful those rate going take while changes And put be is a what remainder can't and know public changes that those a then while a the each future legislative seen and

to able continue that based and will in what we gives your rate do Hopefully, volume volume as be remainder question, that, this rate that of improve follow we will Matt. increases. So I in us of XXXX know through the all that's push answered on, we confidence to

Matt Borsch

you I'll analyst. go let you next the detail. that Thank did. certainly you Well, for all to

Tony Strange

Thanks, Matt.

Operator

Thank you, sir.

question next from Please Bank America. go ahead. of Gajuk is Joanna Our of

Joanna Gajuk

for taking question. Thanks morning. Good the

press release, the March. you million I funding received Act, Plan this signed under you I was, guess I'm early in first, $X.X in quarter, guess, mentioned sorry, the So Rescue American there

question the that through? Yeah. this coming was is, funding contemplated the in you So included guidance

Jeff Shaner

funds with, XXXX. Hey, federal and mega think is government, we funds the ARPA we related I'll state consider Jeff, I received start that programs throughout from Joanna. This

caregiver. rate receive permanent in I'll to we we correct, through the received in in year. ARPA expect We temporary to just numerous the do amounts increases, ways. QX, like Pennsylvania in But pass we Joanna, QX temporary and to that funds contemplated receive right them rate tell received, It in as receive are we ARPA QX, different and how the you, think lumpsum about we we funds increases, You're funds in intended is talked about ARPA QX. as one Tony meant well receive

in are and and being a as and all of of as I what that's think beyond. one in whether I is Carolina or in think certainly QX of Medicaid states, the it's our one-time by and all North said -- in rates it's or a amount rate well saw and realignment driven it's think which permanent pass-through we it the we'll things federal support it's supported I the QX to Tony caregivers to of support to that see temporary intended that's and you programs in think continue -- wages a whether a So rate think of I Pennsylvania that,

Tony Strange

this. would with Jeff, agree you So,

in increase of reminded another funds, I XXXX are increase" permanent "temporary rate increase agree are in in Jeff rate rate that more Pennsylvania, late about, -- well. the rate, Joanna, rate talked increase was ARPA about Pennsylvania is XXXX, derived in rate change, was that a so we just a of think the rate way funds funds. additional North we State ARPA form than now think are those likely I'm with also we of a had just those just it So the just coming as through the like, through when is Carolina laid that out, They increase or it I

rate our permit it positive it built ARPA all is have movement relates both to in as rate at all least So into it temporary we -- increases, is in guidance, rate mind, the time, funds increases, through it's change. our rate

Joanna Gajuk

[Multiple Speakers] sir. Go ahead,

Jeff Shaner

is just to caregivers and we may realign and the fashion that help to in done have that caregivers or Tony's rate add to do. to form No, continue point passed and intention is the through what of some be that

Joanna Gajuk

probably makes sense. that's No,

we been the at talking you've guess of I when so rates and the been the that's end throughout contemplating okay, last March. about better I So year, funding for have expectation you guess spoke time

coming be it think the to but like the so segment that kind so through the the rate, when that grow point starting to in like is should QX I rate PDS our additional I the rate Thank that of focus shale $X and hour. as as something average use about way I'm sounds it the think, million, thinking we from the a anyway, guess I is follow-up to so there funding starting We have quarter quarters when then you. exclude guess going per So that okay, about is question, there. following in $XX.XX

Tony Strange

It's a Joanna. great question,

lesser would acquisition. we I type or Accredited Accredited the answer being think point that yes, is will I think now think that volume is we've reimbursement was the mix a more so rest in business as continue increase does it the rate see of to impact mix, And Accredited primarily part $XX.XX of or business one is skill the I we have the story. thing XXXX. business the out primarily throughout on But that quarter not our unskilled the of driven the that said

to wage range increases is, that in that But expect throughout think that rate yes, the we We as thinking of the that about $XX.XX we spread I for sorry to $XX.XX, see move and also of expect -- our hour per correct. net quarters. the remain of for PDS rest the all $XX segment you're XXXX rest of the

Joanna Gajuk

you. Thank

Operator

The Please ahead. Thank next Bank. Deutsche you is very question Pito of from Chickering go much.

Pito Chickering

my Good Hey. for taking questions. guys. morning, Thanks

labor Can both in an terms you of Home markets recruitment update terms the April and active what seeing, PDS in of give question. you're to Health in back nurses us and May? Just in in

Jeff Shaner

Yeah, Pito.

nurses current the well. the states retain focused think on -- leading remain has said the as in that to reimbursement I'm rate we really of we the Tony We're found kind for the segment fallen for and Pennsylvania Services hire think May, where to, going where Duty Xst pretty think Private reimbursement rate is where it new able -- going legislatures. July has to efforts that rates market to we be as I move competitive, example both use we state the nurses behind the are news I the those necessary on think we expect. can rate continue are increases on a to date were of at nurses June, April, states reengage additional and in is reengage up really that we most talk that level very and positive we or have reporting in August, we'll that in big

states industry have as caregivers. to behind, to demonstrate think collectively been an able for that the efforts, lobbying wage that environment I our been both kind may move of we've current individually has fallen able and

is us able As and the so the and at payers, Tony found one to it's engage caregivers, driving we to this engage receptive absolute rate legislatures is I is to prepared that mentioned, continue to culture the we've wage engagement to great, I think number level decision be and great, necessary said got decision, is in my for the audience have as to remarks, the get but be wage continually conversation. wage to

Tony Strange

this just And going be my more comments Pito, So opinion. to and are my color is around that.

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Pito Chickering

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Jeff Shaner

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Tony Strange

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Pito Chickering

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Operator

go you. Thank Jefferies. ahead. Brian is of Tanquilut question Please The from next

Brian Tanquilut

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Tony Strange

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Brian Tanquilut

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can business side Health maybe and just you how or bring anything in expenses with on you forward. down regional can terms of much of on a what going you share So Home can bring any thoughts just if dollar happened basis us the in the

Jeff Shaner

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Brian Tanquilut

Got it. Thank you.

Jeff Shaner

Thanks, Brian.

Operator

is from Sarah go of ahead. question Barclays. you. Thank Please next James The

Sarah James

you. Thank

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Tony Strange

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Sarah James

a rate event? side, more the or of in being slower ore they is this on And are implemented coming your always was that slower XQ expectation

Tony Strange

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Jeff Shaner

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Sarah James

going? update day last how just question, us work you And on the Great. is could rollout

Tony Strange

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Sarah James

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Tony Strange

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Operator

Please go next Thank from from ahead. Rice Suisse. question you. A.J. The is Credit

A.J. Rice

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Tony Strange

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A.J. Rice

competitive be to going follow-up was my ask landscape. you And to question about Okay. the

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Tony Strange

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A.J. Rice

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Tony Strange

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A.J. Rice

Right.

Okay. Thanks a lot.

Tony Strange

Thanks, A.J.

Operator

Ben next Markets. The ahead. Hendrix from Please you. of Thank RBC question is Capital go

Ben Hendrix

Thanks guys.

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Tony Strange

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Ben Hendrix

guys. Thanks Great.

Tony Strange

Ben. Thanks,

Operator

you. Thank

of question is Please last ahead. from Our John James. go Ransom Raymond

John Ransom

Hey.

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in of the you second So get sort to have the you of of a do expect update just first year percentage terms. in range question, half

Tony Strange

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John Ransom

said on in all expectations, have think goes going What do I think today you let's baseline a is, just $XXX how increase state, pricing your kind as to we X% to it rate about you're say, of to seven all your $XXX, sit card, details. have you the I'm is mean for you by that average updates, pay so the your we trying don't realizing pricing, to

Tony Strange

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Jeff Shaner

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Tony Strange

kind of example. Pennsylvania this rates, of shows would at Pennsylvania we're a about. data that so that's a so you year, great the point and great be talking raised Well, magnitude beginning just the XX%

John Ransom

All right.

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Tony Strange

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Jeff Shaner

efficient say, will and I And rate. faster going John, it's

John Ransom

do profit A that. the XX% increase I'll like in dollars, something math, gross but

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Tony Strange

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John Ransom

Yeah.

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Tony Strange

G&A. growth And and growth. get We

John Ransom

up we or to next what step Yeah. wanted, the any would All right. My have other you question is in flag? all do have year debt that covenant been obviously the care numbers we two

Tony Strange

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John Ransom

Thank for me. you. it That's Okay.

Tony Strange

Thanks, John.

Operator

Strange comments. and Thank for at time some much. very There to Tony floor you Mr. to would questions further like closing back the are this no I turn

Tony Strange

all operator interest and in you, appreciate of your appreciate Thank your morning this we time really do and Aveanna.

ourselves look a glad to forward always, available extent do to As you make we anybody we'll With QX we'd the that, that you updating needs to be you. have after to additional some and great time follow-up, spend day. with individually. Thank

Operator

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