Primary Health Care Primed For Gains

primary health carePrimary Health Care (PRY) is one of Australia’s leading listed healthcare companies, operating as a service company to medical and allied health professionals.

PRY also boasts a network of medial and pathology centres across Australia, and is a leading provider of healthcare technology solutions to medical practitioners, medical practices and hospitals.

The group’s revenue is divided into four main segments:

> Medical Centres
> Pathology
> Imaging
> Health Technology

1H13 Results

PRY’s 1H13 results were a solid improvement when compared to the same period in FY12. The group’s revenue came in at $720 million, a 5% increase on the prior corresponding half.

EBITDA for the 1H was $186.1 million, an 11.6% increase on 1H12. PRY was impressively able to increase its EBITDA margin by 150 basis points (bps) as a result of revenue gains, economies of scale and operating efficiencies.

The group was also able to increase its interim dividend by 30% to 6.5 cents per share.

Breaking it down

A closer look at the recent results revealed all of the major divisions making positive contributions to 1H13 earnings. The Medical Centres division increased its EBITDA by 9% to 84.0 million, with the business expanding its margin by 80 bps to 55.4%.

Pathology EBITDA grew by 13% to $69.5 million, with the margin up 100 bps to 17.0%. The Imaging division EBITDA was up 30% to $35.0 million, with the margin up a staggering 500 bps to 22.6%.

Overall it was good to see that all divisions recorded not only EBITDA growth, but also growth in margins, indicating a business with a focus on cost controls.

Looking ahead

All PRY’s divisions performed well in first half, and we see this continuing in the second half. The group showed it was able grow its business organically, with better economies of scale and operating efficiencies driving expanding margins.

With Australia’s ageing population, PRY should be able to grow its earnings at an organic level. The group has also lowered its borrowing costs from $56 million, to $40 million in the 1H13, which should also have flow on effects in the 2H.

With think these factors, combined with growth from its Medical Centres division, will result in a solid full year result and further share price appreciation.

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