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Abano Healthcare Group announce HY18 guidance

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For the six months to 30 November 2017 Forecasting a lift in revenue and underlying earnings for HY18

Result driven by acquisition growth in the dental business, positive dental same store sales growth in New Zealand and a solid performance in radiology

Guidance reflects impact of larger dental practice acquisitions but settling later in the period than anticipated; challenging economic conditions in Australia affecting same store sales growth; and non-cash expenses relating to the relocation of Lumino’s largest practice to a new location in Auckland in early 2018

Listed dental and radiology investor, Abano Healthcare Group Limited (NZX:ABA), has today provided guidance for the six months to 30 November 2017, forecasting a lift in revenue and underlying earnings for the half year period.

Abano’s dental practice acquisition pipeline in Australia remains strong and the company is taking advantage of this to increase its acquisition rate above previous years. Several larger acquisitions, with a corresponding higher purchase price, have settled later in the first half than anticipated and several more are expected to settle in upcoming months. The acquisition costs of these practices will be incurred in the current financial year, however, their full year earnings contributions will not be realised until FY19.

Positive same store sales growth in New Zealand of approximately 1.2% YTD is being tempered by more inconsistent same store growth in Australia which continues to be affected by challenging and volatile economic conditions and is -2.2% YTD (an improvement on FY17 year end and the same period last year). Significant investment continues to be made into both long and short term initiatives to drive the performance of both dental businesses, including marketing, technology and branding, with early benefits now starting to be seen.

The guidance includes non-cash expenses including accelerated depreciation relating to the decision to relocate Lumino’s largest practice to a new location in Auckland in early 2018 and a $160,000 loss on sale on the associated divestment of its small non-core laboratory business, as well as an increase in the provision expense for deferred acquisition payments as recent dental practice acquisitions outperform expectations.

Abano’s radiology business continues to perform well, delivering both revenue and EBITDA growth.

For the half year, Abano expects gross revenue[i] of $155 million to $160 million, and revenue of $130 million to $135 million. Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortisation (EBITDA[ii]) are expected to be $17.1 million to $18.3 million, with Net Profit After Tax (NPAT) of $5.4 million to $6.2 million.

Abano also reports on underlying earnings[iii] which provides the basis of Abano’s dividend policy. The Company’s Underlying EBITDAii is expected to be between $17.5 million to $18.7 million, resulting in an Underlying NPAT between $6.3 million to $7.1 million.

Based on this guidance and Abano’s dividend policy, the company expects to pay a dividend consistent with last year’s interim dividend of 16 cents per share on all shares, including those issued under the recent 1 for 5 rights offer.

$millions / HY18 Guidance / HY17 Actual

Gross Revenue / 155 - 160 / 138.9

Revenue / 130 - 135 / 116.8

EBITDA / 17.1 - 18.3 / 16.5

Underlying EBITDA / 17.5 - 18.7 / 16.8

NPAT / 5.4 - 6.25 / .9

Underlying NPAT / 6.3 - 7.16 / .3

Key Dates:

End of half year: 30 November 2017

HY18 results announcement: 20 December 2017

Dividend Payment: January 2018

Release of HY18 Interim Report: By end-February 2018

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