August 11, 2009 16:05 ET

HearUSA Reports Second Quarter 2009 Results

WEST PALM BEACH, FL--(Marketwire - August 11, 2009) - HearUSA, Inc. (NYSE Amex: EAR), the recognized leader in hearing care for the nation's top managed care providers through 178 company-owned hearing care centers and a network of 1,900 affiliated providers, reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 27, 2009.

Second Quarter 2009 Highlights

  • Net income applicable to common stockholders increased to $1.1 million or $0.03 per diluted share from a loss of $520,000 or $(0.01) per diluted share in Q1 09
  • Income from continuing operations increased to $963,000 from a loss of $1.1 million in Q1 09
  • Divested Canadian operations for $23.1 million in cash
  • Reduced long-term debt by $10.0 million during the quarter

Second Quarter 2009 Financial Results

Net income applicable to common stockholders was $1.1 million or $0.03 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2009, as compared to a net loss of $520,000 or $(0.01) per diluted share in the previous quarter and a net income of $245,000 or $0.01 per diluted share in the same period a year ago. Net income applicable to common shareholders included income from discontinued operations of $336,000 or $0.01 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2009, $685,000 or $0.02 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2009 and $974,000 or $0.02 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2008. The improvement in the second quarter was primarily the result of the company's cost reduction initiatives that are expected to save the company more than $8 million on an annualized basis when fully implemented.

Income from continuing operations increased to $963,000 in the second quarter of 2009 from a $1.1 million loss in the previous quarter and a $338,000 loss in the same year-ago period. Income from continuing operations exclude the operating results of the company's Canadian operations for all periods and include AARP program related costs of $142,000 and $90,000 in the second and first quarters of 2009, respectively.

Net revenues from continuing operations totaled $22.7 million, which was unchanged from the previous quarter and decreased approximately 11% from $25.3 million in the same year ago period. Revenues from continuing operations exclude revenues from the company's Canadian unit, which were sold on April 27, 2009. The year-over-year decrease was due to a 15% decline in organic revenue, partially offset by 3.8% increase attributable to centers acquired over the last 12 months and approximately $182,000 in contracted transition services provided to the acquirer of the Canadian unit.

"Our primary goal last fall was to reduce our operating costs in order to be profitable at reduced sales volumes," said Stephen J. Hansbrough, HearUSA's chairman and CEO. "We have achieved this goal, and with the divestiture of our Canadian operations, I believe we are now ideally positioned to roll out our national hearing care program for AARP members."

Gino Chouinard, HearUSA's president and COO, commented: "Initiatives implemented in the early part of the year to address these challenging times are paying off. We have significantly increased the efficiency of our operating model which has allowed us to dramatically reduce costs while maintaining consistently high levels of patient care. We believe our new leaner operating model can be leveraged as volumes recover, putting us in an excellent position to maximize opportunities as the economy recovers."

Subsequent to the quarter's end, HearUSA introduced a major update to the company's Web site at that includes a fresh new look, and makes learning about hearing health care and scheduling an appointment for a free evaluation simple and easy. The new site also includes an updated investor relations section which has more useful tools and information for HearUSA shareholders and members of the financial community.

Conference Call

HearUSA will hold a conference call later today to discuss its second quarter 2009 financial results. The company's senior management will host the presentation, which will be followed by a question and answer period.

Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Time: 4:30 p.m. Eastern time (1:30 p.m. Pacific time)
Domestic callers: 1-800-862-9098
International callers: 1-785-424-1051
Conference ID#: 7HEARUSA
Internet simulcast and replay:

If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call or webcast, please contact the Liolios Group at 1-949-574-3860.

A replay of the call will be available later that evening and will be accessible until August 25, 2009:

Toll-free replay number: 1-800-283-8520
International replay number: 1-402-220-0870
(No passcode required)

About HearUSA

HearUSA, Inc. provides hearing care to patients primarily through 178 company-owned hearing care centers, which offer a complete range of quality hearing aids with an emphasis on the latest digital technology. HearUSA Centers are located in California, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Ohio, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. The company also derives revenues from its HearUSA Hearing Care Network, comprised of 1,900 affiliated audiologists in 49 states, as well as its website,, for online purchases of hearing related products. HearUSA is currently the nation's only hearing care network accredited by URAC, an independent, nonprofit health care accrediting organization dedicated to promoting health care quality through accreditation, certification and commendation. For more information about HearUSA, visit

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 including those relating to the steps taken in response to the economic downturn and the company's expectation of achieving a total cost savings of more than $8 million on an annualized basis. These statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include such factors as the company's ability to maintain cost controls and limit expenses; management's assumptions relating to its forecasted costs and savings; and other risks and uncertainties described in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the company's Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 27, 2008.

                            HearUSA, INC.
        For the Three Months Ended June 27, 2009 and June 28, 2008

                                                     June 27,    June 28,
                                                       2009        2008
                                                    ----------  ----------
                                                    (Dollars in thousands,
                                                       except per share

Net revenues
Hearing aids and other products                     $   20,653  $   23,605
Services                                                 2,014       1,735
                                                    ----------  ----------
Total net revenues                                      22,667      25,340
                                                    ----------  ----------
Operating costs and expenses
Hearing aids and other products                          5,072       6,627
Services                                                   388         551
                                                    ----------  ----------
Total cost of products sold and services excluding
 depreciation and amortization                           5,460       7,178

Center operating expenses                               10,908      12,933
General and administrative expenses                      3,661       3,617
Depreciation and amortization                              588         518
                                                    ----------  ----------
Total operating costs and expenses                      20,617      24,246
                                                    ----------  ----------
Income from operations                                   2,050       1,094
Non-operating income (expenses)
Gain on foreign exchange                                   375           -
Interest income                                              -           6
Interest expense                                        (1,252)     (1,232)
                                                    ----------  ----------
Income (loss) from continuing operations before
 income tax expense and discontinued operations          1,173        (132)
Income tax expense                                        (210)       (206)
                                                    ----------  ----------
Income (loss) from continuing operations                   963        (338)
Discontinued operations
Gain on sale from discontinued operations                1,632           -
Income tax expense on gain on sale of discontinued
 operations                                             (1,546)          -
Income from discontinued operations, net of income
 tax expense (benefit) of $(270) and $113                  250         974
                                                    ----------  ----------
Income from discontinued operations                        336         974
                                                    ----------  ----------
Net income                                               1,299         636
Net income attributable to non-controlling interest       (131)       (356)
                                                    ----------  ----------
Net income attributable to controlling interest          1,168         280
Dividends on preferred stock                               (35)        (35)
                                                    ----------  ----------
Net income attributable to common stockholders      $    1,133  $      245
                                                    ==========  ==========

Income (loss) from continuing operations
 attributable to common stockholders per common
 share - basic                                      $     0.02  $    (0.02)
                                                    ==========  ==========
Income (loss) from continuing operations
 attributable to common stockholders per common
 share - diluted                                    $     0.02  $    (0.02)
                                                    ==========  ==========
Net income attributable to common stockholders per
 common share - basic                               $     0.03  $     0.01
                                                    ==========  ==========
Net income attributable to common stockholders per
 common share - diluted                             $     0.03  $     0.01
                                                    ==========  ==========

Weighted average number of shares of common stock
 outstanding - basic                                    44,837      38,562
                                                    ==========  ==========
Weighted average number of shares of common stock
 outstanding -diluted                                   45,340      38,562
                                                    ==========  ==========

                          HearUSA, INC.

                                                    June 27,  December 27,
ASSETS                                                2009        2008
                                                   ----------  ----------
                                                   (Dollars in thousands,
                                                   except for par values)

Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents                          $    7,567  $    3,553
Short-term marketable securities                        9,402
Accounts and notes receivable, less allowance for
 doubtful accounts of $601 and $506                     5,243       7,371
Inventories                                             1,546       1,682
Prepaid expenses and other                                699         502
                                                   ----------  ----------
Total current assets                                   24,457      13,108
Property and equipment, net                             4,125       4,876
Goodwill                                               51,309      65,953
Intangible assets, net                                 13,173      15,630
Deposits and other                                        790         810
Restricted cash and cash equivalents                      224         224
                                                   ----------  ----------
Total Assets                                       $   94,078  $  100,601
                                                   ==========  ==========

Current liabilities
Accounts payable                                   $    6,710  $    5,011
Accrued expenses                                        4,102       3,208
Accrued salaries and other compensation                 3,387       3,713
Current maturities of long-term debt                    6,890       6,915
Taxes Payable                                           1,682           -
Dividends payable                                          35          34
                                                   ----------  ----------
Total current liabilities                              22,806      18,881
                                                   ----------  ----------
Long-term debt                                         38,809      49,099
Deferred income taxes                                   6,875       7,284
                                                   ----------  ----------
Total long-term liabilities                            45,684      56,383
                                                   ----------  ----------
Commitments and contingencies                               -           -
                                                   ----------  ----------

Stockholders' equity
Preferred stock (aggregate liquidation preference
 $2,330, $1 par, 7,500,000 shares authorized)
Series H Junior Participating (none outstanding)            -           -
Series J (233 shares outstanding)                           -           -
                                                   ----------  ----------
Total preferred stock                                       -           -

Common stock: $.10 par; 75,000,000 shares
 authorized 44,861,290 and 44,828,384 shares
 issued, respectively                                   4,486       4,483
Additional paid-in capital                            137,333     136,924
Accumulated deficit                                  (115,519)   (116,360)
Accumulated other comprehensive income                      -       1,249
Treasury stock, at cost: 523,662 common shares         (2,485)     (2,485)
Noncontrolling interest                                 1,773       1,526
                                                   ----------  ----------
Total Stockholders' equity                             25,588      25,337
                                                   ----------  ----------
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity         $   94,078  $  100,601
                                                   ==========  ==========

Contact Information

  • Company Contact:

    Stephen J. Hansbrough
    Chairman & CEO
    HearUSA, Inc.

    Investor Relations
    Scott Liolios or Ron Both
    Liolios Group, Inc.
    Email Contact