Wednesday, february 23, 2022 tagFinancial results

Half-year results at end of December 2021

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The period significantly impacted by COVID waves during which Ramsay Santé have continued to play a key role, in both France and the Nordics, to take care of patients.

Ramsay Santé

Financial results improving on a solid performance in the Nordics

  • Continued commitment in the last 6 months for taking care of COVID patients in Europe, with more than 4,000 COVID patients treated in France, whereof 1,500 in critical care, and more than 500 in Sweden. As an example, in France, in Paris area, nearly 20% of all COVID patients in critical care are taken in charge in Ramsay Santé’s hospitals. The Group has also continued to contribute through both COVID testing (20% of COVID tests in Norway are performed in Ramsay Santé facilities) and vaccination efforts to support the governments to get the pandemic under control.
  • Strong activity growth overall, largely driven by out of hospital segments, contributing to enhance care accessibility for all the population (development of primary care in Denmark, specialized care consultations, home care, imaging): more than 5 million of patients visits during the period, up 13% from the same period last year, whereof 64% are out of hospital activities.
  • Total capital expenditure during HI 2022 amounted €126m, in order relentlessly to be state-of-the-art for medical excellence. Thus, in cancerology, in France, we acquired 2 additional robots, a first step to structure comprehensive cancer pathways; as well, we partnered with Resilience, a start-up to support cancer patient care with a personalized approach. Besides, we keep on investing in Seine-St-Denis, a disadvantaged area, where we are the largest healthcare operator. Innovation for patients remains a key priority, with extended digital services in France or a fully automatized process of vaccination centers in Sweden.
  • Half-year turnover amounted to €2,037.7 million, up 6.6% on a reported basis. Adjusted for changes in the consolidation scope and at constant currency exchange rates, turnover for the half-year ended 31 December 2021 was up with a solid 7.0% organic sales growth. The organic sales growth was mainly driven by the Nordics, as the organic sales growth in France was positively impacted by the compensation for the national Segur initiatives.
  • Increase in the reported EBIT by 17.3%, to €149.1 million (last year €127.1m), thus a margin of 7,3% (last year 6,7%). EBIT and margin development were mainly driven by the solid organic sales growth in the Nordics with France overall stable compared to last year. The increase in results was also supported by the recent acquisitions done in the Nordics. The revenue guarantee scheme put in place by the French government resulted in additional revenue of €62.3 million (last year €76 million) in the half-year ended 31 December 2021;
  • Net profit for the Group share was €59.6 million, 2.9% of turnover (last year €47.3 million and 2.5% of turnover), benefiting from the higher business activity and improved results;
  • Net financial debt at the end of 31 December 2021 amounted to €3,462.1 million, including €2,091.7 million of IFRS 16 liabilities. In December 2021, the Ramsay Santé Group successfully completed the issuance of a Euro private placement bond with a total financing value of €100 million divided into two tranches which matures in 2027 and 2028 respectively.
During HI 2022, Ramsay Santé in Europe has relentlessly played a key role to take care of COVID patients and set up vaccination centers. And, in parallel, kept on investing for improving patients’ pathway and medical excellence. Our financial results are solid, with a good organic growth driven mainly by the Nordic countries, and a slight improvement of the EBIT margin (7,3% vs 6,7% last year). All things considered, these results demonstrate the relevance of our strategy in Europe to orchestrate patients’ pathways, as the number of patients visits has increased by 13%, over 5 million in H1 2022, with 64% of those visits being out-of-hospitals.

Pascal Roché, Chief Executive Officer of Ramsay Santé
The Board of Directors that met on 23 February 2022 approved the consolidated financial statements for the six-month period ended 31 December 2021. The consolidated financial statements have been subject to a limited review by the statutory auditors. 
 

Synthetic results

In €M

From 1 July 2021 to 31 December 2021

Variation

from 1 July 2020 to
31 December 2020

Turnover

2 037.7

+6.6%

1 911.1

EBITDA (IFRS 16)

335.4

+7.4%

312.4

Current Operating Result

149.1

+17.3%

127.1

As a % of Turnover

+7.3%

+0.6 point

6.7%

Operating Result

151.4

+7.5%

140.8

Net income, Group share

59.6

 

47.3

Earnings per share (in €)

0.54

 

0.43

 

Breakdown of revenue by operating segment

In €M

from 1 July 2021 to
31 December 2021

from 1 July 2020 to
31 December 2020

Variation

Île-de-France

497.3

472.5

+5.2%

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

275.2

254.5

+8.1%

Hauts de France

190.0

180.5

+5.3%

Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur

80.4

76.3

+5.4%

Bourgogne Franche Comté

64.6

65.9

-2.0%

Other regions

321.4

304.4

+5.6%

«Nordics»

608.8

557.0

+9.3%

Published Turnover

2,037.7

1,911.1

+6.6%

 

 

 

 

Including:
- Revenue on a like-for-like basis and at constant exchange rates


1,996.5


1,865.9


+7.0%

- Changes in scope of consolidation and exchange rates

41.2

45.2

 

Note: the table above details the contributions of the various operating segments to the Group's consolidated revenue.

Significant events of the half-year period

Pandemic-related health crisis COVID

The six-month period ending 31 December 2021 continued to be significantly impacted by the continuing health crisis linked to the global COVID pandemic in all countries where the Group operates.

France

In France, private hospitals and clinics have throughout the six-month period maintained their action plans to fight the COVID epidemic and their investment, in conjunction with and in support of public hospitals.

Ramsay Santé has continued to participate in the effort of taking care of COVID patients with more than 4,000 patients treated in France, including 1,500 in critical care. In France, Ramsay Santé has taken care of c.50% of the COVID patients treated in the private sector.

As other hospital providers, Ramsay Santé has continued to be supported by the measures put in place by the government. Key measures during the six-month period being:

  • Revenue guarantee
  • Subsidies for additional COVID costs

 The revenue guarantee program has covered the full six-month period and relate to the following parts of the business:

  • Medicine Surgery and Obstetrics (MSO);
  • Follow-up and rehabilitation care (FCR);
  • Mental Health

During the six-month period a total amount of €62.3 million (last year €76 million) has been recognized in the consolidated financial statements of the group as “Other operating income”.

In parallel with the revenue guarantee scheme, the government has throughout the pandemic also adapted the funding of health institutions to compensate the additional costs related to the COVID crisis that would not otherwise be covered. For the six-month period a total amount of €32.1 million (last year €14.5 million) has been recognized in the financial statements of the group as “Other operating income”. As there is a timing delay between when the costs are incurred in the business and when the regional health agencies notify our facilities, a large part of the subsidies accounted for in the six-month period relates to the period prior to the current financial year, same situation as in the comparable six-month period last year. Out of the total amount recognized in the current six-month period €27.5 million (last year €14.5 million) relate to the preceding financial year.

Nordic:

The Group's facilities in the Nordic region actively took part in patient care and screening, in support of public institutions and in close collaboration with the supervisory authorities. Business activities have been impacted by the COVID situation throughout the period, especially inpatient care in Sweden. However, production and results have been solid as the business has been strong in the periods during which business has been normal.

In Sweden, Sankt Göran and our geriatric hospitals, operated by the Group in Stockholm, plays a key role in managing the epidemic, with more than 100 beds dedicated to COVID patients. Sankt Göran in combination with the geriatric hospitals in Stockholm has throughout the pandemic treated close to 20% of all COVID inpatients in the Stockholm region. During the period the Group has significantly contributed to the vaccination effort in Sweden.

While in Norway and Denmark no accompanying measures have been implemented, our facilities in Sweden have received subsidies covering additional operating costs. Total amount received in Sweden for the period amounted to €15.4 million (last year €24.5 million).

Scope of consolidation

During the first six months of the current financial year Ramsay Santé has completed 3 bolt-on acquisitions in the Nordics. These acquisitions are complementary to the current business as well expands the scope of services as well as geographical footprint. In total these acquisitions added goodwill and other acquisition surplus values to the total amount of €74.2 million. 
 

Comments on the annual accounts

Activity and turnover:

In the six-month period July 1st 2021 to December 31st 2021, Ramsay Santé Group reported a consolidated turnover of €2,037.7 million, compared with €1,911.1 million for the period from 1 July 2020 to 31 December 2020, up 6.6%. For information, the financing guarantee scheme in (for France) the Group's financial statements have no impact on published revenue as it has been recognised in the income statement under "Other operating income".

On a like-for-like basis and at constant exchange rates, the Group's sales increased by 7.0% with unchanged number of working days compared to the same period last year.

Changes in the scope of consolidation is due to the divestment of the German business (done end of October 2020) as well as the sale of Cliniques St Vincent and St Pierre (end of September 2020) combined with acquisitions made over the last 12 months

For the six-month period ending 31 December 2021, the total activity of Ramsay Santé's French entities was impacted by the consequences of the COVID crisis. Main effects were related to the cancellation of certain scheduled medical and surgical activities both during wave four and five but also from limiting the number of patients per room. In total the number of patient admissions increased to last year by 3.4%. The increase was mainly a consequence of a lower base in 2020, with the COVID pandemic impact on the willingness of patients to seek care recovering in our sub-acute care activities. The breakdown by business line is as follows:

  • ·-0.8% in Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics
  • +32.6% in Follow-up Care and Rehabilitation
  • +21.7% in Mental Health

As part of its public service missions, the Group recorded a 19.1% increase in the number of emergencies over the past year, with around 385,000 visits to the emergency services in our facilities in France.

Organic sales growth in the Group's Nordic activities for the first six-month of the financial year was +9.6% compared with last year. Organic sales growth in the Nordics was positively impacted by both greenfields/new care contracts, additional work in relation to COVID testing/vaccination and a continued positive organic sales growth in the underlying business.  Nordic activities have benefited as well from the impact of the latest acquisitions that have represented 29M€ of additional sales during the last 6-month period.

Results:

EBITDA reached €335.4 million (last year €312.4 million) for the six-month period that  ended 31 December 2021, up 7.3% on a reported basis. Group EBITDA for the six-month period that ended 31 December 2021 includes €62.3 million (last year €76 million) related to the revenue guarantee scheme described in the paragraph "Significant events of the financial year" above. EBITDA further also include cost compensations related extra incurred by the businesses in both France and Sweden. EBITDA development was also positively impacted by the underlying business growth, especially in the Nordic region. On a like-for-like basis, at constant consolidation scope and exchange rates, EBITDA increased by 6.4% during the six-month period.  

The EBITDA margin as a percentage of sales was 16.5%, up from 16.3% for the same period last year on a reported basis. On a constant scope and considering exchange rate changes, the EBITDA margin was overall stable to last year.   

Current operating result amounted to €149.1million (last year € 127.1 million) for the first six-month period representing a current operating margin of 7.3% (last year 6.7%), up 17.3% over the previous period demonstrating solid leverage on the improved sales and EBITDA growth.

Other non-current income and expenses represent a net profit of €2.3 million (last year M€13.7) for the six-month period that ended 31 December 2021, consisting mainly of net capital gains on divestment of idle properties and acquisition/divestment related costs.

The cost of net financial debt amounted to €59.9 million (last year 63.0 million) for the six-month period that ended 31 December 2021. It comprises interest on the Senior debt and, in accordance with IFRS 16, the Group recorded an additional financial interest expense of €34.8 million related to the lease debt.

Group’s share of net profit reached €59.6 million (last year €47.3 million) for the six-month period that ended 31 December 2021.

Financing:

Net financial debt as of 31 December 2021 increased to €3,462.1 million compared with €3,230.5 million at 30 June 2021. Net debt includes €1,766 million in non-current borrowings and €35,8 million in current borrowings, offset by €408.1 million in a positive cash position. During the period the net debt has been impacted by the Group going from a net cash advance position to a net receivable in France related to the revenue guarantee/cash advance program. As of 30 June 2021, the net cash advance position amounted to €121 million and as of 31 December the situation instead was a net receivable of €75 million.

IFRS 16 to leases contributed to net financial debt at 30 June with €2,091.7 million including €1,892,3 million in non-current lease debt and €199.4 million in current lease debt.

In December 2021, the Ramsay Santé Group successfully completed the issuance of a Euro private placement bond with a total financing value of €100 million divided into two tranches which matures in 2027 and 2028 respectively.

The Group complies with all commitments relating to the financial documentation in place. The application of IFRS 16 has no effect on the methods used to calculate the financial aggregates referred to in these debt agreements.

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About Ramsay Santé

After the acquisition of the Capio Group in 2018, Ramsay Santé has become the leading European provider of comprehensive healthcare services. The group now has 36,000 employees and works with nearly 8,600 private practitioners.

Present in 5 countries, France, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Italy, the group treats more than 7 million patients per year in its 350 facilities.

In hospitalization, Ramsay Santé offers almost all medical and surgical treatments in three business lines: Medicine-Surgery-Obstetrics (MCO), Follow-up and Rehabilitation Care (SSR) and Mental Health. Wherever it is present, the group participates in public health service missions and in the health network of the country, as in Sweden where the group has more than a hundred local health centres.

The quality and safety of care is the group's priority in all the countries where it operates. This is why the group is today one of the references in modern medicine, especially in ambulatory surgery and enhanced recovery after surgery (ARS).

The group also invests more than €200 million every year in its establishments, whether in new surgical and imaging technologies, or in the construction and modernisation of establishments. It also innovates at the service of patients with new digital tools and by developing its organisations to improve the efficiency of care.

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