Syncordia Technologies and Healthcare Solutions, Corp. Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2017 Results

TORONTO, Nov. 23, 2016 /CNW/ - Syncordia Technologies and Healthcare Solutions, Corp. (TSXV: SYN) ("Syncordia" or the "Company") today reported financial results for the three and six months ended September 30, 2016.

Reported results reflect six months of operations of Health Services Integration Inc. ("HSI"), which was acquired effective October 31, 2014, Paragon Billing LLC, ("Paragon") which was acquired April 24, 2015, and Billing Solutions LLC ("Billing Solutions"), which was acquired March 22, 2016. All results are reported in thousands of US dollars and are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS").

Management Commentary

Along with the Company's refinancing efforts, Syncordia continues to evaluate various strategic alternatives including, but not limited to, the divestiture of a portfolio company to reduce debt and put additional cash on the balance sheet, along with the idea of a business combination or merger of equals involving one of Syncordia's portfolio companies, and other M&A activity in exchange for a minority position/software licensure and management contract agreement(s) in the target. The Company believes these steps will unlock the value that exists in the enterprise and allow Syncordia to expand further in the RCM space.

Michael Franks, Chief Executive Officer, said "to ensure sufficient working capital to capitalize on new contract growth, Syncordia signed a waiver with its lending group to short pay the scheduled principal payment by $875 thousand, representing 39% of the scheduled amount. We view this as a positive event in our corporate timeline as the lending group realizes the true value of the enterprise and showed their willingness to be supportive of Syncordia's efforts, its mission and strategic plan.

We would like to thank the lenders for their ongoing support and will continue our refinancing efforts and operational initiatives to drive free cash flow for the benefit of lenders and shareholders. Our cost per ground claim continues to drop from an average of $25/claim last quarter to $21/claim in Q2 to around $18 now. Historically in another business we have managed cost per claim of approximately $10 for ground claims and this is the direction we are headed.  Air cost per claim was $114/claim in Q1 and has dropped to $84/claim in Q2. We are taking steps now to reduce this further.  We also continue to reduce headcounts and rationalize costs in our Corporate offices, and have streamlined Platform Syncordia."

Business Highlights

  • Obtained a waiver from senior lending consortium, resulting in reduced principal payment of $1.35 million in November 2016 instead of $2.22 million in order to maintain adequate flexibility and liquidity for working capital needs. The shortfall of $0.88 million will be added to the May 2017 principal repayment.

  • The Company is pursuing a number of alternatives with regard to refinancing our senior debt.

  • Management is exploring strategic alternatives, including but not limited to (i) the sale of portfolio RCM company or companies (ii) strategic alliances with HSI to improve overall results (iii) licensing or sale of certain intellectual property (iv) other cash-generating initiatives. Syncordia maintains three operating businesses that we anticipate could be sold at favorable multiples and would maximize value as Platform Syncordia and Corporate costs would not be required by the new owners in the event of a sale.

  • Billing Solutions entered into several new contracts for billing services subsequent to the first quarter, expected to represent approximately 50,000 annual treatment encounters.

  • Paragon is anticipated to sign a customer contract with expected volume of 50,000 annual encounters. This contract would represent an increase in Paragon's encounters by approximately 20%, and is expected to begin in January 2017.

  • Syncordia is introducing Claim Editor and additional staff in its Maryland billing center to further reduce cost per claim.

  • Announced NECTAR, a client analytics portal for our behavioural health customers, consisting of a business intelligence dashboard showing key medical practice performance indicators.

  • Announced Coordinet, a proprietary cloud-based application designed to assist hospital systems in the coordination of care for high risk patients with the goal of minimizing inappropriate readmissions and the resulting fines from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.

  • Announced TransferLink, a web based client portal for department managers and hospital administrators to track and manage patient transfer information, including real time operational dashboards with analytics depicting HIPAA compliant displays.

Second Quarter 2017 Compared to Second Quarter 2016

  • Revenue decreased $275 or 7%, $1,340 of which is attributable to REACH Air Medical Holdings and affiliated entities as we wind down the provision of billing services to this customer group as well as other payor mix changes at HSI, offset by $1,513 which was attributable to the acquisition of Billing Solutions.

  • Gross margin decreased from 72% to 58% of revenue primarily reflecting a lower portion of our revenue from higher margin air transports.

  • Adjusted EBITDA before Platform Syncordia and Corporate costs decreased $950 or 55% primarily reflecting lower revenues at HSI.

  • Platform Syncordia costs were relatively unchanged, reflecting our software development efforts as we continue to develop the Syncordia Billing Module.

  • Corporate costs decreased $97 or 15% reflecting several cost reduction initiatives.

  • Adjusted EBITDA was negative $176, before accounting for non-controlling interests.

  • Cash and cash equivalents of $2,974.

Second Quarter 2017 Financial Highlights

  • Revenue was $3,624 and is segmented by RCM business as follows - $1,652 HSI, $459 Paragon and $1,513 Billing Solutions

  • Adjusted EBITDA was negative $307, reflecting our 80% interest in Billing Solutions.

  • Cash and cash equivalents of $2,974.

Key Performance Indicators
We report Encounters as a key performance indicator to assist readers in better evaluating our performance. We define an Encounter as a discrete business activity for which we would submit a claim. We believe this metric provides investors with a better proxy for measuring the level of business activity than revenue as encounters measure the number of distinct services provided in the period whereas revenue reflects the amount of services recognized for accounting purposes and is typically a lagging indicator of business activity.


Encounters

Sequential Quarterly Change




Quarter

Q1 FY2017

Q2 FY2017

YTD FY2017

#

%

Air/SCT

2,744

3,903

6,647

1,159

42%

Ground

7,202

12,231

19,433

5,029

70%

HSI

9,946

16,134

26,080

6,188

62%

Paragon

82,430

63,809

146,239

(18,621)

(23%)

Billing Solutions

46,697

48,052

94,749

1,355

3%

 

HSI encounters increased 62% reflecting the on-boarding of Mercy Health North LLC and LACP/St. Rita's Medical Center. Specialty Care Transport (SCT) encounters were 245 and 901 in the first and second quarter, respectively. Paragon encounters decreased 18,621 or 23% due to seasonality and customer churn. Billing Solutions encounters increased 3% primarily as a result of new customers.

Notice of Conference Call
Syncordia will hold a conference call on Thursday, November 24, 2016, at 8:00 a.m (ET) to discuss its financial results and other corporate developments. To access the conference call by telephone, dial 647-427-7450 or 1-888-231-8191. A live audio webcast will be available through www.syncordiahealth.com or http://event.on24.com/r.htm?e=1309987&s=1&k=924601BCAA1A9D2932324974BAA379A5 .An archived replay of the webcast will be available for 90 days. A presentation will accompany the conference call and will be available for download from the Investor Relations section of Syncordia's website at: http://www.syncordiahealth.com/company/investor-relations/events-presentations/.

Forward Looking Statements
Certain statements herein may be "forward looking" statements that involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Syncordia or the industry to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Forward looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties, should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of whether or not such results will be achieved. A number of factors could cause actual results to vary significantly from the results discussed in the forward looking statements. These forward looking statements reflect current assumptions and expectations regarding future events and operating performance and are made as of the date hereof and we assume no obligation, except as required by law, to update any forward looking statements to reflect new events or circumstances.

Cautionary Note Regarding Non-IFRS Measures
This press release contains references to "EBITDA," "Adjusted EBITDA," "Gross margin," and "Adjusted EBITDA before Platform Syncordia and Corporate costs."

Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization ("EBITDA") and Adjusted Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization ("Adjusted EBITDA") are non-IFRS measures used by management to provide additional insight into our performance and financial condition.  We believe that these non-IFRS measures are important as they provide an indication of the results generated by our RCM business prior to taking into consideration how those activities are financed as well as the other items listed in their respective definitions.  Accordingly, we are presenting EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA before Platform Syncordia and Corporate costs in this MD&A to enhance the usefulness of our MD&A. We have provided below a reconciliation of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA before Platform Syncordia Corporate costs to the most directly comparable IFRS figures, disclosure of the purpose of the non-IFRS measure, and how the non-IFRS measures is used in managing the business.

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA before Platform Syncordia and Corporate costs are not calculations based on IFRS and should not be considered an alternative to operating income or net income (loss) in measuring the our performance, nor should it be used as an exclusive measure of cash flow, because it does not consider the impact of working capital growth, capital expenditures, debt principal reductions and other sources and uses of cash which are disclosed in the consolidated statements of cash flows. Investors should carefully consider the specific items included in our computation of these measures.

Management defines EBITDA as Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization.

Management defines Adjusted EBITDA as Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, Amortization, Transaction Costs, Fair Value Gains/Losses, Foreign Exchange Gains/Losses, Stock Based Compensation and Cash based Share Compensation Arrangements. Transaction costs include professional fees associated with business transactions.

Management defines Adjusted EBITDA before Platform Syncordia and Corporate costs as Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, Amortization, Transaction Costs, Fair Value Gains/Losses, Foreign Exchange Gains/Losses, Stock Based Compensation, Cash based Share Compensation Arrangements and costs of our Platform Syncordia and Corporate segment. This metric is used to assess the performance of RCM and Platform Syncordia segments.

Gross margin is a non-IFRS measure defined by management to reflect revenue less direct cost of sale, excluding amortization of intellectual property, customer lists, other amortizations and fair value gains/losses.

Platform Syncordia and Corporate costs include sales and marketing, general and administrative and research and development, less amortization and depreciation, foreign exchange gains and losses, and stock-based compensation expense indexed to our share price.

About Syncordia Technologies and Healthcare Solutions, Corp.
We are a technology enhanced revenue cycle management ("RCM") company focused on underserved niche segments of the healthcare industry. We are building a diversified software and services business by consolidating healthcare billing providers. Our growth strategy is to acquire RCM businesses with and without software and, improve their profitability by increasing revenues and operating efficiencies using our software, and in time, commercializing Platform Syncordia, our cloud-based software offering, to provide customer demanded turn-key solutions from a single provider and to address compelling RCM market opportunities. 

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

The following is a reconciliation of EBITDA with net loss and comprehensive loss:
(in thousands of US Dollars)






Three Months ended

Three Months ended

Six Months ended


Sep 30

2016

Sep 30

2015

Sep 30

2016

Jun 30

2016

Sep 30

2016

Sep 30

2015








Net loss and comprehensive loss

(1,594)

(138)

(1,594)

(1,576)

(3,170)

(1328)

Amortization of operating and other assets

939

772

939

930

1,869

1,501

Income tax expense (recovery)

(60)

-

(60)

(28)

(88)

-

Interest expense

530

476

530

523

1,053

920

EBITDA

(185)

1,110

(185)

(151)

(336)

1,093

 

The following is a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA before Platform Syncordia and Corporate costs with Net loss and comprehensive loss:
(in thousands of US Dollars)






Three Months ended

Three Months ended

Six Months ended


Sep 30

2016

Sep 30

2015

Sep 30

2016

Jun 30

2016

Sep 30

2016

Sep 30

2015








Net loss and comprehensive loss

(1,594)

(138)

(1,594)

(1,576)

(3,170)

(1,328)

Amortization of operating and other assets

939

772

939

930

1,869

1,501

Income tax expense (recovery)

(60)

-

(60)

(28)

(88)

-

Interest expense

530

476

530

523

1,053

920

Transaction costs

-

47

-

1

1

1,769

Foreign exchange (gains) and losses

-

106

-

3

3

134

Unrealized (gains) and losses on derivative
financial liability

-

(608)

-

-

-

(608)

Realized gain on contingent consideration

-

-

-

-

-

(1,111)

Stock based compensation

9

21

9

11

20

50

Adjusted EBITDA (i)

(176)

676

(176)

(136)

(312)

1,327

Platform Syncordia costs (i)

393

394

393

487

880

694

Corporate costs (i)

546

643

546

485

1,031

1,254

Adjusted EBITDA before Platform Syncordia
and Corporate costs (i)

763

1,713

763

836

1,599

3,275



Notes:

(i) 

Non-IFRS measure, Platform Syncordia and Corporate costs exclude stock based compensation, transaction costs, foreign exchange gains and loss, fair value adjustments, and amortization.

 

Syncordia Technologies and Healthcare Solutions, Corp.

Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Financial Position

As at September 30, 2016 and March 31, 2016







September 30

2016

March 31

2016





Assets








Current assets





Cash and cash equivalents


2,974,012

4,436,844


Accounts receivable


2,342,462

2,226,715


Other assets


236,414

377,185







5,552,888

7,040,744





Property and equipment


349,218

338,622





Intangible assets


21,046,342

22,694,613





Goodwill


10,758,996

10,781,769







37,707,444

40,855,748





Liabilities








Current liabilities





Accounts payable and accrued liabilities


1,426,338

1,584,735


Holdback payable


-

250,000


Current portion of notes payable


4,444,129

2,222,065







5,870,467

4,056,800





Notes payable


10,596,957

12,350,631





Deferred tax liabilities


1,806,143

1,932,097





Other non-current liabilities


225,747

133,076







18,499,314

18,472,604





Shareholders' Equity








Share capital


25,529,338

25,517,330





Contributed surplus


1,986,203

1,963,529





Deficit


(9,317,730)

(6,010,506)


Equity attributable to shareholders of Syncordia


18,197,811

21,470,353


Non-controlling interests


1,010,319

912,791



19,208,130

22,383,144







37,707,444

40,855,748

 


Syncordia Technologies and Healthcare Solutions, Corp.

Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Loss and Comprehensive Loss

For the three and six months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015





Three months ended

September 30

Six months ended

September 30


2016

2015

2016

2015






Revenue

3,624,604

3,898,903

7,734,186

7,291,698






Gain on settlement of contingent consideration

-

-

-

1,111,342


3,624,604

3,898,903

7,734,186

8,403,040






Cost of sales

1,518,859

1,079,434

3,200,079

2,092,166






Amortization of operating assets

855,731

704,652

1,700,641

1,368,983


1,250,014

2,114,817

2,833,466

4,941,891






Operating expenses

2,290,820

2,270,264

4,869,759

4,056,187






Transaction costs

-

47,378

916

1,769,428






Other amortization

82,979

66,986

168,136

132,286

Loss before financing and tax expenses

(1,123,785)

(269,811)

(2,205,345)

(1,016,010)






Change in fair value of derivative financial liability

-

(607,961)

-

(607,961)






Interest expense

530,131

475,757

1,052,799

919,643






Net loss before tax

(1,653,916)

(137,607)

(3,258,144)

(1,327,692)






Income tax expense (recovery)

(60,024)

-

(88,448)

-






Net loss and comprehensive loss for the period

(1,593,892)

(137,607)

(3,169,696)

(1,327,692)






Net loss and comprehensive loss attributable to:






Shareholders of Syncordia

(1,705,585)

(137,607)

(3,307,224)

(1,327,692)


Non-controlling interests

111,693

-

137,528

-






Net loss per share






Basic and diluted earnings per share

(0.09)

(0.01)

(0.17)

(0.08)






Weighted average number of shares outstanding






Basic

19,650,564

19,643,635

16,647,119

17,610,993


Diluted

19,650,564

19,799,804

16,647,119

17,767,162

 

Syncordia Technologies and Healthcare Solutions, Corp.

Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

For the three and six month periods ended September 30, 2016 and 2015





Three months ended

September 30

Six months ended

September 30


2016

2015

2016

2015






Cash provided by (used in)










Operating activities





Net loss for the period

(1,593,892)

(137,607)

(3,169,696)

(1,327,692)

Items not affecting cash






Gain on settlement of contingent consideration

-

-

-

(1,111,342)


Reverse Takeover transaction costs

-

-

-

1,068,920


Income tax expense (recovery)

(60,023)

-

(125,954)

-


(Gain)/loss on derivative liability

-

(607,961)

-

(607,961)


Amortization

938,710

771,638

1,868,777

1,501,269


Non-cash interest on notes payable

218,054

171,129

433,218

328,888


Share-based compensation and awards

9,603

20,294

20,136

50,008

Changes in non-cash working capital items






Accounts receivable

(92,020)

224,954

(115,746)

83,564


Other assets

21,887

12,343

140,770

(72,062)


Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

(52,704)

(434,854)

(145,285)

(64,021)


Other non-current liabilities

1,031

43,590

2,242

83,839


(609,354)

64,156

(1,091,538)

(66,590)






Investing activities










Purchase of property, equipment and intangible assets

(82,783)

(54,856)

(104,067)

(123,530)

Working capital settlement for acquisition of Billing Solutions

22,773

-

22,773

-

Acquisition of Paragon (net of cash acquired)

-

-

-

(3,479,929

Settlement of Paragon holdback

-

(250,000)

(250,000)

(250,000)

Settlement of contingent consideration

-

-

-

(1,208,658)


(60,010)

(304,856)

(331,294)

(5,062,117)






Financing activities





Issuance of Class B Series 2 preferred shares

-

-

-

3,405,000

Issuance of private placement

-

-

-

8,052,460

Cash consideration from issuance of Reverse Takeover shares

-

-

-

402,605

Share issuance costs

-

(920)

-

(831,560)

Proceeds from long-term notes

-

-

-

1,332,388

Deferred financing costs

-

-

-

(29,960)

Distributions to non-controlling interest

(20,000)

-

(40,000)

-


(20,000)

(920)

(40,000)

12,330,933






Increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents during the period

(689,364)

(241,620)

(1,462,832)

7,202,226






Cash and cash equivalents - Beginning of period

3,663,376

10,286,259

4,436,844

2,842,413

Cash and cash equivalents - End of period

2,974,012

10,044,639

2,974,012

10,044,639






Cash interest paid

312,259

306,073

619,590

592,200






 

SOURCE Syncordia Technologies and Healthcare Solutions, Corp.

For further information: Michael Franks, Chief Executive Officer, (647) 949-2663, mike.franks@syncordiahealth.com

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