Year-end report 2018: GHP’s best quarter so far

  • The results for the quarter are GHP’s best so far
  • Good sales growth in all segments gives organic growth of 14.6 percent
  • High level of activity in International gives positive development of results and creates new business opportunities
  • EBITDA of SEK 84 million for the full year is GHP’s highest level so far
  • Board proposes a dividend of SEK 0.30 per share

Fourth quarter 2018

  • Sales revenues increased to SEK 336.0 million (288.5)
  • Organic growth increased to 14.6 percent (10.4)
  • EBITDA increased to SEK 35.6 million (31.0)
  • EBITDA margin amounted to 10.6 percent (10.7)
  • Result after tax (EAT) increased to SEK 20.0 million (17.7)
  • Result per share increased to SEK 0.27 (0.22)

Full year 2018

  • Sales revenues increased to SEK 1,120.4 million (990.8)
  • Organic growth increased to 13.9 percent (6.0)
  • EBITDA increased to SEK 84.2 million (previous year SEK 58.8 m adjusted for capital loss)
  • EBITDA margin increased to 7.5 percent (5.9)
  • Result after tax (EAT) increased to SEK 43.1 million (9.2)
  • Result per share increased to SEK 0.55 (0.08)

CEO' comments
2018 was an eventful year for GHP where we amongst other things continued the work of strengthening our financial results. When we summarise the year, we can note that we have passed the dip in 2017. We are delighted to have achieved this at the same time as we continued to invest resources in starting new businesses and developing new offerings.

We ended the year with GHP’s best quarterly results so far. There was high demand for our business in the Nordic region and our business in International can look back on an intense quarter. Our Vårdsamverkan segment successfully managed strong growth by continuing to develop business models and digital tools that attract insurance companies.

Our Nordic region segment displayed strong growth throughout the year. Most of this growth comes from improved capacity utilisation in our existing clinics. In order to be able to meet the high demand from patients and purchasers, it is important that we constantly focus on using our existing resources in an optimal manner. Furthermore, we are expanding our clinics and starting new businesses, thus further strengthening our position as the leading specialty care provider in the Nordic region. We are also pleased to see that most of the clinics in the Nordic region experienced a positive development of results in the quarter. When there is increased demand for our clinics, the importance of good employees and responsible leadership also increases. It is crucial for us that we are successful in these areas and we will continue to invest in developing our employees and managers.

In International, where our remuneration is largely based on how well we manage to develop quality and care in the hospitals in the United Arab Emirates, we have taken several steps forward in 2018. I feel great respect for and pride in this work. Operating in this part of the world means challenges and decisions that are very different from what we meet in the Nordic region. At the same time the opportunities for achieving improvements are also greater and the positive results are more evident. For example, we have been able to introduce modern gynaecology and obstetric care where women suffering from genital disorders can now receive help. These women usually suffered in silence before. In the fourth quarter GHP carried out an unusually high number of activities related to the hospitals, which is also positively reflected in revenues for the quarter. We are convinced that GHP’s experience and focus on quality can do a lot of good in the region. During the fourth quarter we therefore continued to invest in business development. We have good dialogues regarding potential collaboration with purchasers from several countries and in some cases more concrete discussions regarding management contracts. As usual it is difficult to assess the time horizon and the likelihood of these types of processes bearing fruit, but we have naturally set our sights on securing new deals in International in 2019.

Another area where we see very exciting development is in our Vårdsamverkan segment. During the quarter we launched our proprietary app for health improvement, digital guidance and integration with our physiotherapy app. We have also started our first major investment in digi-physical care by establishing GHP Medicinskt Centrum in central Stockholm, which is for patients with health care insurance. Even though these types of new venture often entail certain costs, we are convinced that they will be an important component in health care services of the future and that they strengthen our offering to insurance companies. In the fourth quarter Vårdsamverkan bought health care from both GHP’s Nordic clinics and from external care providers. As we gain a deeper, unique understanding of patients’ health care needs, we will be able to further optimise the care chain and thus also reduce health care costs in Vårdsamverkan and create profitability. Vårdsamverkan already creates profitability in the Group through all the care that is purchased from the Nordic region segment.

To summarise, GHP as a whole, as well as each segment, is in a positive phase, but at the same time we still have a lot left to develop. We will continue on the journey that we have begun, with well-considered growth and with the focus on giving patients high-quality care every day.

20 February 2019
Gothenburg
GHP Specialty Care AB (publ)

The Board

Queries should be addressed to:
Daniel Öhman, CEO, Tel: +46 708 55 37 07
Philip Delborn, CFO, Tel: +46 702 12 52 64

GHP is an internationally active health care provider that operates specialist clinics in a select number of diagnostic areas through the application of a business model that is unique in the health care industry, where leading doctors and medical staff become partners and shareholders. Each clinic specialises in a particular patient group, and this leads to increased efficiency and higher quality. This is the cornerstone of GHP’s business philosophy – “Quality through specialisation”. GHP shares are traded on the Small Cap list of Nasdaq Stockholm under the ticker symbol “GHP”.

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GHP Specialty Care AB (publ) is required to publish the information herein pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. This information was published, through the agency of the contact persons set out above, on 20 February 2019 at 08:00 a.m. CET.

This report has not been the subject of review by the company’s auditor.

This is a translation of the Swedish version of the press release. When in doubt, the Swedish wording prevails.

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