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The Providence Service Corp. Reports Operating Results (10-K)
Posted by: gurufocus (IP Logged)
Date: March 15, 2012 04:08PM

The Providence Service Corp. (PRSC) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2011-12-31. Providence Svc has a market cap of $204 million; its shares were traded at around $15.55 with a P/E ratio of 12.2 and P/S ratio of 0.2.



Highlight of Business Operations:

We provide, or manage the provision of, government sponsored social services and non-emergency transportation services to individuals and families who are eligible for government assistance pursuant to federal mandate with respect to government sponsored social services and members of the disability community, or senior citizens with respect to non-emergency transportation services under various contracts with state and local governmental entities. We generate a significant amount of our revenues from a few payers under a small number of contracts. For example, in 2010 and 2011 we generated approximately 48.8% and 48.6%, respectively, of our total revenue from ten payers. Additionally, our top five payers related to our NET Services operating segment represent, in the aggregate, approximately 47%, 49% and 49%, respectively, of our NET Services operating segment revenue for the years ended December 31, 2009, 2010 and 2011. The top five payers related to our Social Services operating segment represent, in the aggregate, approximately 36%, 36% and 38%, respectively, of our Social Services operating segment revenue for the years ended December 31, 2009, 2010 and 2011. The loss of, reduction in amounts generated by, or changes in methods or regulations governing payments for our services under these contracts could materially reduce our revenue.

Purchased services. We subcontract with a network of providers for a portion of the workforce development services we provide throughout British Columbia. In addition, we incur a variety of other support service expenses in the normal course of business including foster parent payments, pharmacy payments and out-of-home placements. Included in 2011 were decreased costs related to other support services, out of home placements and foster parent payments, consistent with the decrease in foster care services revenue, aggregating approximately $2.4 million. These decreases were partially offset by increased workforce development and pharmacy expenses of approximately $1.4 million as compared to 2010. Purchased services, as a percentage of revenue, excluding NET Services revenue, decreased from 9.9% for 2010 to 9.1% for 2011 due to the impact of nominal additional purchased services expense incurred by ReDCo relative to the revenue contributed by this acquired business.

Other operating expenses. Included in 2010 was a reserve for receivables that remained uncollected beyond 365 days at that time resulting in a $1.3 million decrease in bad debt expense from 2010 to 2011, as a similar level of reserve was not required for 2011. Additionally, for 2011, expense related to our wholly-owned captive insurance subsidiary for workers compensation and general and professional liability estimated claims incurred but not yet reported as determined by actuarial analysis decreased approximately $1.1 million as compared to 2010. These decreases in expense were partially offset by the acquisition of ReDCo that added approximately $3.4 million to other operating expenses for 2011 as compared to 2010. This resulted in a decline in other operating expenses, as a percentage of revenue, excluding NET Services revenue, from 13.9% for 2010 to 13.4% for 2011.

Purchased services. We subcontract with a network of providers for a portion of the workforce development services we provide throughout British Columbia. In addition, we incur a variety of other support service expenses in the normal course of business. The decrease in purchased services for 2010 as compared to 2009 was attributable to a decrease of approximately $1.4 million related to our workforce development services in British Columbia due to our decreased use of reimbursed third-party services as well as a decrease in foster parent payments of approximately $173,000. Offsetting these decreases was an increase in expenses for behavioral health services of approximately $567,000 attributable to an increase in client volume during 2010. As a percentage of revenue, excluding NET Services revenue, purchased services decreased from 10.2% for 2009 to 9.9% for 2010.

Other operating expenses. For 2010, other operating expenses such as client related expenses, professional services and the procurement of technology equipment increased as compared to 2009 due to the growth in the average number of clients served in existing markets. There was also an increase in other operating expenses of approximately $2.0 million that resulted from the reclassification of expenses related to the activities of one of our captive insurance subsidiaries from general and administrative expense to client service expense for 2010. These increases were partially offset by a decrease in temporary labor of approximately $1.4 million primarily related to a workforce development contract for which we no longer incur temporary labor costs. As a percentage of revenue, excluding NET Services revenue, other operating expenses increased to 13.9% for 2010 from 12.8% for 2009.

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