Shares of HCA Healthcare (HCA 12.51%) had soared by 14.4% as of 10:56 a.m. ET on Friday. The large leap got here after the massive hospital operator introduced its second-quarter outcomes earlier than the market opened.
HCA reported Q2 income of $14.8 billion, up from $14.4 billion within the prior-year interval. The corporate posted internet earnings of almost $1.2 billion, or $3.90 per diluted share. That was down from earnings of $1.45 billion, or $4.36 per diluted share, within the second quarter of 2021.
Nevertheless, HCA beat Wall Road’s expectations on each the highest and backside traces. The common analyst estimate was for income of $14.7 billion and earnings of $3.70 per share.
The healthcare inventory’s leap underscores simply how a lot investing is an expectations recreation. HCA’s income elevated solely barely yr over yr whereas its earnings fell.
Unsurprisingly, HCA confronted some key challenges within the second quarter. The labor market remained tight. Rising inflation pushed the corporate’s prices larger. HCA additionally had some one-time bills that weighed on its backside line, together with losses of $32 million on the gross sales of amenities and $78 million on the retirement of debt.
Identical-facility admissions slipped 1.2% yr over yr in Q2. Identical-facility surgical procedures additionally declined — 2.3% for inpatient surgical procedures and 1.4% for outpatient surgical procedures. There was some excellent news, although. HCA’s same-facility emergency room visits jumped 7.3%. Its same-facility income per equal admission rose 3.5%.
COVID-19 might nonetheless be an important issue for HCA’s efficiency within the subsequent few quarters. If the corporate’s hospitals are inundated with COVID-19 sufferers, these establishments might be compelled to postpone elective surgical procedures.