HCA Holdings Earnings: Here’s Why Investors are Ambivalent Now

HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA) delivered a profit and beat Wall Street’s expectations, AND beat the revenue expectation. The revenue beat is a positive sign to shareholders seeking high growth out of the company.

HCA Holdings Inc Earnings Cheat Sheet

Results: Adjusted Earnings Per Share increased 7.06% to $0.91 in the quarter versus EPS of $0.85 in the year-earlier quarter.

Revenue: Rose 16.78% to $9.47 billion from the year-earlier quarter.

Actual vs. Wall St. Expectations: HCA Holdings Inc reported adjusted EPS income of $0.91 per share. By that measure, the company beat the mean analyst estimate of $0.83. It beat the average revenue estimate of $8.44 billion.

Quoting Management: “We are pleased with the second quarter results, produced through volume growth, increasing acuity and favorable expense management by our operating teams,” stated Richard M. Bracken, HCA Chairman and CEO. “Our operating teams are doing an excellent job providing cost efficient and quality care,” concluded Bracken.

Key Stats (on next page)…

Revenue increased 12.24% from $8.44 billion in the previous quarter. EPS increased 15.19% from $0.79 in the previous quarter.

Looking Forward: Analysts have a neutral outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings is a profit of $0.72 and has not changed. For the current year, the average estimate has moved up from a profit of $3.11 to a profit of $3.15 over the last ninety days.

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(Company fundamentals provided by Xignite Financials. Email any earnings discrepancies to earnings [at] wallstcheatsheet.com)

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