Why Kindred Healthcare, Inc. Crashed 29.7% Today


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What happened

AfterKindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND)issued third-quarter results that included a lower forecast, shares of the company tumbled 29.7% today.

So what

The third quarter marked the first full quarter that reimbursement for Kindred Health's long-term acute care (LTAC) business has transitioned entirely to a new payment criteria. Despite preparation, the company's sales suffered. The company's results were also held back by rising costs in its skilled-nursing business, prompting management to announce a plan to exit that business.

LTAC revenue fell0.7% year over year, to $575.3 million, and rehab revenue declined2%, to $361.5 million. The home health/hospice/community-care segment revenue improved5.5% year over year, to$638.5 million. Overall, consolidated revenue was $1.8 billion, up 1.6% from last year.

TheLTAC transition and the skilled-nursing business headwinds forced management to ratchet down its guidance for the full year. Management now expects annual revenue of approximately $7.2 billion, down from a forecast of between $7.2 billion to $7.3 billion, and core diluted earnings per share of $0.70 to $0.80, down from $0.80 to $1.00 previously.

According to CEO Benjamin Breier:

Now what

After Breier walks away from the skilled-nursing business, the home-health business will generate about half of the company's earnings before interest and income taxes, or EBIT. Its home health/hospice/community-care and long-term acute-care businesses will each generate roughly one-quarter of EBIT.

Management'sattempt to get lean is a positive for investors, but Kindred Health will still rely heavily on government reimbursement -- and that means there's still uncertainty. Therefore, while demand for Kindred Health's services should increase because of aging baby boomers, and the company's 5.8% dividend yield is intriguing, most investors are likely best off hunting for other investment ideas.

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