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LifePoint Hospitals Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-Q)

October 26, 2012 | About:

LifePoint Hospitals Inc. (NASDAQ:LPNT) filed Quarterly Report for the period ended 2012-09-30.

Lifepoint Hospitals, Inc. has a market cap of $1.99 billion; its shares were traded at around $36.15 with a P/E ratio of 12.3 and P/S ratio of 0.6. Lifepoint Hospitals, Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 16.1% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Lifepoint Hospitals, Inc. the business predictability rank of 3.5-star.

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We recommend that you read this discussion together with our unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements and related notes included elsewhere in this report, as well as our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 (the 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K). Unless otherwise indicated, all relevant financial and statistical information included herein relates to our continuing operations. Additionally, unless the context indicates otherwise, LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. and its subsidiaries are referred to in this section as we, our, or us.

We make forward-looking statements in this report, other reports and in statements we file with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) and/or release to the public. In addition, our senior management makes forward-looking statements orally to analysts, investors, the media and others. Broadly speaking, forward-looking statements include: projections of our revenues, net income, earnings per share, capital expenditures, cash flows, debt repayments, interest rates, operating statistics and data or other financial items; descriptions of plans or objectives of our management for future operations, services or growth plans including acquisitions, divestitures, business strategies and initiatives; interpretations of Medicare and Medicaid laws and regulations and their effect on our business; and descriptions of assumptions underlying or relating to any of the foregoing.

In this report, for example, we make forward-looking statements, including statements discussing our expectations about: future financial performance and condition; future liquidity and capital resources; future cash flows; existing and future debt; our business strategy and operating philosophy; effects of competition in a hospitals market; costs of providing care to our patients; changes in interest rates; our compliance with new and existing laws and regulations as well as costs and benefits associated with compliance; the impact of national healthcare reform; other income from electronic health records (EHR); anticipated capital expenditures, including investments to add new technologies, modernize facilities and expand services available at our facilities; implementation of supply chain management and revenue cycle functions; impact of accounting methodologies; professional fees; industry and general economic trends; reimbursement changes, including changes resulting from state budgetary restrictions; patient volumes and related revenues; claims and legal actions relating to professional liabilities, governmental investigations; and physician recruiting and retention.

Forward-looking statements discuss matters that are not historical facts. Because they discuss future events or conditions, forward-looking statements often include words such as can, could, may, should, believe, will, would, expect, project, estimate, seek, anticipate, intend, target, continue or similar expressions. You should not unduly rely on forward-looking statements, which give our expectations about the future and are not guarantees. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. We operate in a continually changing business environment, and new risk factors emerge from time to time. We cannot predict such new risk factors nor can we assess the impact, if any, of such new risk factors on our business or the extent to which any factor or combination of factors may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by any forward-looking statement. We do not undertake any obligation to update our forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this document or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

There are several factors, some beyond our control that could cause results to differ significantly from our expectations. Some of these factors, as well as other factors such as market, operational, liquidity, interest rate and other risks, are described in Part I, Item 1A. Risk Factors and Part II, Item 7A.

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