DaVita Inc. 4th Quarter 2021 Results

DENVER, Feb. 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- DaVita Inc. (NYSE: DVA) announced financial and operating results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2021.

"COVID continues to evolve and have a direct impact on our world, especially on the healthcare system", said Javier Rodriguez, CEO of DaVita. "I am especially appreciative of our teammates across the DaVita Village – from our direct patient caregivers to our corporate teammates – who continue to provide high-quality care to our patients, respond quickly to the rapidly changing environment, and show incredible compassion and support for our patients throughout all the challenges of this pandemic. Despite these ongoing challenges, we delivered strong financial performance for full year 2021."

For the full year diluted earnings per share from continuing operations was $8.90, an increase of 39.3% from the prior year, and adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations was $9.13, an increase of 25.8% from the prior year. Fourth quarter diluted earnings per share from continuing operations was $1.79, an increase of 7.2% from the prior year, and adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations was $2.02, an increase of 21.0% from the prior year.

Financial and operating highlights for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2021:

  • Consolidated revenues of $2.944 billion and $11.619 billion for the three months and year ended December 31, 2021, respectively.
  • Operating income of $389 million and $1,797 million for the three months and year ended December 31, 2021, respectively.
  • Diluted earnings per share and adjusted diluted earnings per share, both from continuing operations of $1.79 and $2.02, respectively, for the three months ended December 31, 2021. Diluted earnings per share and adjusted diluted earnings per share, both from continuing operations of $8.90 and $9.13, respectively, for the year ended December 31, 2021.
  • Operating cash flow and free cash flow, both from continuing operations, of $530 million and $290 million, respectively, for the three months ended December 31, 2021. Operating cash flow and free cash flow, both from continuing operations, of $1,931 million and $1,133 million, respectively, for the year ended December 31, 2021.
  • Repurchased 6,127,556 shares of our common stock at an average cost of $105.52 per share in the three months ended December 31, 2021. Repurchased 13,877,193 shares of our common stock at an average cost of $111.41 per share in the year ended December 31, 2021.
 

Three months ended December 31,

 

Year ended December 31,

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

Net income attributable to DaVita Inc.:

(dollars in millions, except per share data)

Net income from continuing operations

$ 187

 

$ 193

 

$ 978

 

$ 783

Diluted per share

$ 1.79

 

$ 1.67

 

$ 8.90

 

$ 6.39

Adjusted net income from continuing operations(1)

$ 212

 

$ 193

 

$ 1,003

 

$ 890

Diluted per share adjusted(1)

$ 2.02

 

$ 1.67

 

$ 9.13

 

$ 7.26

Net income

$ 187

 

$ 174

 

$ 978

 

$ 774

Diluted per share

$ 1.79

 

$ 1.50

 

$ 8.90

 

$ 6.31

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(1)

For definitions of non-GAAP financial measures, see the note titled "Note on Non-GAAP Financial Measures" and related reconciliations beginning on page 16.

 

Three months ended December 31,

 

Year ended December 31,

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

 

Amount

 

Margin

 

Amount

 

Margin

 

Amount

 

Margin

 

Amount

 

Margin

Operating income:

(dollars in millions)

Operating income

$ 389

 

13.2 %

 

$ 382

 

13.1 %

 

$ 1,797

 

15.5 %

 

$ 1,695

 

14.7 %

Adjusted operating income(1)(2)

$ 389

 

13.2 %

 

$ 382

 

13.1 %

 

$ 1,797

 

15.5 %

 

$ 1,746

 

15.1 %

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(1)

For definitions of non-GAAP financial measures, see the note titled "Note on Non-GAAP Financial Measures" and related reconciliations beginning on page 16.

(2)

Adjusted operating income margin is adjusted operating income divided by consolidated revenues.

U.S. dialysis metrics:

Volume: Total U.S. dialysis treatments for the fourth quarter of 2021 were 7,455,560, or an average of 94,374 treatments per day, representing a per day change of (0.1)% and (1.6)% compared to the third quarter of 2021 and fourth quarter of 2020, respectively. Normalized non-acquired treatment growth in the fourth quarter of 2021 compared to the fourth quarter of 2020 was (1.8)%.

 

Three months ended

 

Quarter

change

 

Year ended

 

Annual

change

 

December 31, 2021

 

September 30,
2021

   

December 31, 2021

 

December 31, 2020

 

Per treatment metrics:

                     

Revenue

$ 361.70

 

$ 360.54

 

$ 1.16

 

$ 359.24

 

$ 350.31

 

$ 8.93

Patient care costs

$ 248.12

 

$ 242.09

 

$ 6.03

 

$ 241.47

 

$ 238.24

 

$ 3.23

General and administrative

$ 32.53

 

$ 30.49

 

$ 2.04

 

$ 31.27

 

$ 31.62

 

$ (0.35)

Primary drivers of the changes in the table above were as follows:

Revenue: The quarter change was primarily due to favorable changes in government rate driven by administration of influenza vaccines and increased commercial mix. The annual change was primarily due to favorable changes in government mix due to shifts to Medicare Advantage plans, favorable changes in government rate related to increased Medicare base rates in 2021 and the temporary suspension of Medicare sequestration, as well as an increase in commercial mix and hospital inpatient dialysis services revenue per treatment.

Patient care costs: The quarter change was primarily due to an increase in compensation expenses driven by increased wage rates and health benefit expenses, as well as increases in other direct operating expenses associated with our dialysis centers, insurance expense and pharmaceutical costs driven by influenza vaccines. These increases were partially offset by decreases in utilities expense resulting from seasonality. The annual change was primarily due to increases in compensation expenses related to increased wages and health benefit expenses due to lower than normal claims volume in 2020 due to COVID-19, other direct operating expenses associated with our dialysis centers, medical supply expense and insurance expense. These increases were partially offset by decreases in pharmaceutical unit costs and intensity, COVID-19-related compensation expenses, utilities expense driven by our virtual power purchase arrangements and professional fees.

General and administrative: The quarter change was due to increases in compensation expense, office supplies and other purchased services, as well as increases in long-term incentive compensation, partially offset by a decrease in professional fees. The annual change was primarily due to decreases in advocacy costs and contributions to our charitable foundation, partially offset by increases in compensation expenses related to labor costs, health benefit expenses and payroll taxes, as well as increases in professional fees and long-term incentive compensation.

Certain items impacting the quarter:

Share repurchases: During the three months ended December 31, 2021, we repurchased 6,127,556 shares of our common stock for $647 million, at an average cost of $105.52 per share.

Subsequent to December 31, 2021 through February 9, 2022, we repurchased 1,437,107 shares of our common stock for $159 million, at an average cost of $110.73 per share.

Non-GAAP adjustments to net income:

Income tax impact related to prior legal settlement: During the three months ended December 31, 2021, we recognized additional tax expense of $25 million related to an uncertain tax position for a portion of a prior legal matter.

Financial and operating metrics:

 

Three months ended

December 31,

 

Year ended

December 31,

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

Cash flow:

(dollars in millions)

Operating cash flow

$ 530

 

$ 485

 

$ 1,931

 

$ 1,979

Operating cash flow from continuing operations

$ 530

 

$ 485

 

$ 1,931

 

$ 1,979

Free cash flow from continuing operations (1)

$ 290

 

$ 210

 

$ 1,133

 

$ 1,188

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(1)

For definitions of non-GAAP financial measures, see the note titled "Note on Non-GAAP Financial Measures" and related reconciliations beginning on page 16.

 

Three months ended
December 31, 2021

 

Year ended

December 31, 2021

Effective income tax rate on:

 

Income from continuing operations

20.8 %

 

20.2 %

Income from continuing operations attributable to DaVita Inc.(1)

25.8 %

 

23.8 %

Adjusted income from continuing operations attributable to DaVita Inc.(1)

16.0 %

 

21.9 %

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(1)

For definitions of non-GAAP financial measures, see the note titled "Note on Non-GAAP Financial Measures" and related reconciliations beginning on page 16.

Center activity: As of December 31, 2021, we provided dialysis services to a total of approximately 243,000 patients at 3,154 outpatient dialysis centers, of which 2,815 centers were located in the United States and 339 centers were located in ten countries outside of the United States. During the fourth quarter of 2021, we acquired 17 dialysis centers, opened a total of two new dialysis centers and closed 30 dialysis centers in the United States. We also acquired seven dialysis centers, opened two dialysis centers and closed three dialysis centers outside of the United States during the fourth quarter of 2021.

DaVita IKC: As of December 31, 2021, we have approximately 16,000 patients in risk-based integrated care arrangements representing approximately $1.8 billion in annualized medical spend. We have an additional 7,000 patients in other integrated care arrangements; we do not include the medical spend of these patients in this annualized medical spend estimate. See additional description of these metrics at Note 2.

Outlook:

The following forward-looking measures and the underlying assumptions involve significant known and unknown risks and uncertainties, including those described below, and actual results may vary materially from these forward-looking measures. For example, the widespread impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to generate significant risk and uncertainty, and as a result, our future results could vary materially from the guidance provided below. We do not provide guidance for operating income or diluted net income from continuing operations per share attributable to DaVita Inc. on a basis consistent with United States generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) nor a reconciliation of forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures on a forward-looking basis because we are unable to predict certain items contained in the GAAP measures without unreasonable efforts. These non-GAAP financial measures do not include certain items, including foreign currency fluctuations, which may be significant. The guidance for our effective income tax rate on adjusted income from continuing operations attributable to DaVita Inc. also excludes the amount of third party owners' income and related taxes attributable to non-tax paying entities.

 

2022 guidance

 

Low

 

High

 

(dollars in millions, except per share data)

Adjusted operating income

$ 1,525

 

$ 1,675

Adjusted diluted net income from continuing

operations per share attributable to DaVita Inc.

$ 7.50

 

$ 8.50

Free cash flow from continuing operations

$ 850

 

$ 1,100

We will be holding a conference call to discuss our results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2021, on February 10, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. To join the conference call, please dial (877) 918-6630 from the U.S. or (517) 308-9042 from outside the U.S., and provide the operator the password 'Earnings'. A replay of the conference call will be available on our website at investors.davita.com for the following 30 days.

Forward looking statements

DaVita Inc. and its representatives may from time to time make written and oral forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (PSLRA), including statements in this release, filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), reports to stockholders and in meetings with investors and analysts. All statements in this release, during the related presentation or other meetings, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements and as such are intended to be covered by the safe harbor for "forward-looking statements" provided by the PSLRA. These forward-looking statements could include, among other things, DaVita's response to and the expected future impacts of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), including statements about our balance sheet and liquidity, our expenses and expense offsets, revenues, billings and collections, potential need, ability or willingness to use any funds under government relief programs, availability or cost of supplies, treatment volumes, mix expectation, such as the percentage or number of patients under commercial insurance, the availability, acceptance, impact, administration and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, treatments and therapies, the continuing impact on the U.S. and global economies, unemployment and labor market conditions, and overall impact on our patients and teammates, as well as other statements regarding our future operations, financial condition and prospects, expenses, strategic initiatives, government and commercial payment rates, expectations related to value-based care, integrated kidney care, and Medicare Advantage plan enrollment and our ongoing stock repurchase program, and statements related to our guidance and expectations for future periods and the assumptions underlying any such projections. All statements in this release, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. Without limiting the foregoing, statements including the words "expect," "intend," "will," "could," "plan," "anticipate," "believe," "forecast," "guidance," "outlook," "goals," and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on DaVita's current expectations and are based solely on information available as of the date of this release. DaVita undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of changed circumstances, new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by law. Actual future events and results could differ materially from any forward-looking statements due to numerous factors that involve substantial known and unknown risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, among other things:

  • the continuing impact of the dynamic and evolving COVID-19 pandemic, including, without limitation, on our patients, teammates, physician partners, suppliers, business, operations, reputation, financial condition and results of operations; the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including, among other things, federal, state and local vaccine mandates or surveillance testing requirements and the extent to which they may ultimately be applicable to us; the pandemic's continuing impact on the U.S. and global economies, unemployment, labor market conditions, inflation and evolving monetary policies; the availability, acceptance, impact and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, treatments and therapies; further spread or resurgence of the virus, including as a result of the emergence of new strains of the virus, such as the Delta and Omicron variants; the continuing impact of the pandemic on our revenue and non-acquired growth due to lower treatment volumes; COVID-19's impact on the chronic kidney disease (CKD) population and our patient population including on the mortality of these patients; any potential negative impact on our commercial mix or the number of our patients covered by commercial insurance plans; continued increased COVID-19-related costs; supply chain challenges and disruptions, including with respect to our clinical supplies; and higher salary and wage expense driven in part by labor market conditions and a high demand for our clinical personnel, any of which may also have the effect of heightening many of the other risks and uncertainties discussed below, and in many cases, lead to impacts that persist even after the pandemic subsides;
  • the extent to which the ongoing implementation of healthcare reform, or changes in or new legislation, regulations or guidance, enforcement thereof or related litigation result in a reduction in coverage or reimbursement rates for our services, a reduction in the number of patients enrolled in higher-paying commercial plans or that are enrolled in or select Medicare Advantage plans or other material impacts to our business or operations; or our making incorrect assumptions about how our patients will respond to any such developments;
  • risks arising from potential changes in laws, regulations or requirements applicable to us, such as potential and proposed federal and/or state legislation, regulation, ballot, executive action or other initiatives, including without limitation those related to healthcare and/or labor matters, such as AB 290 in California;
  • the impact of the political environment and related developments on the current healthcare marketplace and on our business, including with respect to the Affordable Care Act, the exchanges and many other core aspects of the current healthcare marketplace, as well as the composition of the U.S. Supreme Court and the current presidential administration and congressional majority;
  • legal and compliance risks, such as our continued compliance with complex, and at times, evolving government regulations and requirements;
  • noncompliance by us or our business associates with any privacy or security laws or any security breach by us or a third party involving the misappropriation, loss or other unauthorized use or disclosure of confidential information;
  • the concentration of profits generated by higher-paying commercial payor plans for which there is continued downward pressure on average realized payment rates, and a reduction in the number or percentage of our patients under such plans, including, without limitation, as a result of restrictive plan designs, restrictions or prohibitions on the use and/or availability of charitable premium assistance, which may result in the loss of revenues or patients, or our making incorrect assumptions about how our patients will respond to any change in financial assistance from charitable organizations;
  • our ability to successfully implement our strategies with respect to integrated kidney care and value-based care initiatives and home based dialysis in the desired time frame and in a complex, dynamic and highly regulated environment, including, among other things, maintaining our existing business; meeting growth expectations; recovering our investments; entering into agreements with payors, third party vendors and others on terms that are competitive and, as appropriate, prove actuarially sound; structuring operations, agreements and arrangements to comply with evolving rules and regulations; finding, training and retaining appropriate staff; and further developing our integrated care and other capabilities to provide competitive programs at scale;
  • a reduction in government payment rates under the Medicare End Stage Renal Disease program, state Medicaid or other government-based programs and the impact of the Medicare Advantage benchmark structure;
  • changes in pharmaceutical practice patterns, reimbursement and payment policies and processes, or pharmaceutical pricing, including with respect to hypoxia inducible factors, among other things;
  • our ability to develop and maintain relationships with physicians and hospitals, changing affiliation models for physicians, and the emergence of new models of care or other initiatives introduced by the government or private sector that, among other things, may erode our patient base and impact reimbursement rates;
  • our ability to complete acquisitions, mergers, dispositions, joint ventures or other strategic transactions that we might announce or be considering, on terms favorable to us or at all, or to integrate and successfully operate any business we may acquire or have acquired, or to successfully expand our operations and services in markets outside the United States, or to businesses outside of dialysis;
  • our ability to attract, retain and motivate teammates and our ability to manage operating cost increases or productivity decreases whether due to union organizing activities, legislative or other changes, demand for labor, volatility and uncertainty in the labor market, the current challenging labor market conditions, or other reasons;
  • our aspirations, goals and disclosures related to environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters, including evolving regulatory requirements affecting ESG standards, measurements and reporting requirements; the availability of suppliers that can meet our sustainability standards; and our ability to recruit, develop and retain diverse talent in our labor markets;
  • continued increased competition from dialysis providers and others, and other potential marketplace changes, including increased investment in and availability of funding to new entrants in the dialysis and pre-dialysis marketplace;
  • the variability of our cash flows, including without limitation any extended billing or collections cycles; the risk that we may not be able to generate or access sufficient cash in the future to service our indebtedness or to fund our other liquidity needs; and the risk that we may not be able to refinance our indebtedness as it becomes due, on terms favorable to us or at all;
  • factors that may impact our ability to repurchase stock under our stock repurchase program and the timing of any such stock repurchases, as well as our use of a considerable amount of available funds to repurchase stock;
  • risks arising from the use of accounting estimates, judgments and interpretations in our financial statements;
  • impairment of our goodwill, investments or other assets; and
  • the other risk factors, trends and uncertainties set forth in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, June 30 and September 30,2021, and the risks and uncertainties discussed in any subsequent reports that we file or furnish with the SEC from time to time.

The financial information presented in this release is unaudited and is subject to change as a result of subsequent events or adjustments, if any, arising prior to the filing of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021.

 

Contact:

Jim Gustafson

 

Investor Relations

 

DaVita Inc.

 

(310) 536-2585

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