Select Medical Holdings Corporation ( SEM ) unveiled its financial guidance for 2014. It expects earnings per share (EPS) in 2014 to lie between 84 cents and 93 cents whereas net operating revenue is expected to range within $3.05 billion-$3.15 billion. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2014 earnings is currently pegged at 93 cents a share which coincides with the upper end of the guidance issued by the company. Also, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2014 net operating revenue is $3.05 billion, which lies at the lower-end of the guidance range.
Select Medical also expects to deliver adjusted earnings before interest, tax depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) in the range of $465 million-$485 million in 2014.
Previously, along with its third-quarter 2013 earnings release, Select Medical had reiterated its previously provided 2013 revenue and earnings guidance. In fiscal 2013, revenue expected to range between $2.93 billion and $3.03 billion. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2013 of $2.97 billion lies within the company's guidance.
Select Medical expects its 2013 earnings per share to lie between 78 cents and 85 cents, which is well below the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 90 cents a share for 2013.
With respect to earnings performance, Select Medical delivered only one positive earnings surprise in its last three reported quarters. We wait to see how the company fares when it reports its fourth-quarter and full-year 2013 results.
Select Medical presently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
Among others in the Hospital industry, UnitedHealth Group Inc. ( UNH ) expects 2014 earnings in the range of $5.40-$5.60 per share, which stands below the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $5.66 per share.
U.S. health insurer Aetna Inc. ( AET ) expects its 2014 earnings per share to be at least $6.25, higher than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $6.21.
In Nov 2013, Humana Inc. ( HUM ) also declared its earnings guidance for 2014. In 2014, earnings per share is expected to be in the range of $7.25 to $7.75 owing to strong performance in the existing operations.