AmSurg completes Sheridan buy

Company revamps credit line as part of $2.3B deal
Jul 17, 2014 7:04 AM

Owner selling Symbion for $792M

Local company’s CEO, COO have signed noncompetes with buyer based in Chicago, Tampa
Jun 13, 2014 1:57 PM

AmSurg EVP cashes in on stock's record high

The fact that AmSurg shares (Ticker: AMSG) are trading at all-time highs hasn't escaped the attention of Executive Vice President David Manning. A trading plan set up last fall by the veteran development exec on Monday exercised about 12,000 stock options that would have expired in 2017 and then sold the resulting shares. His profit on the transactions tops $345,000.

Jun 10, 2014 1:58 PM

Moody's raises warning flag on AmSurg's Sheridan deal

Equity investors last week lapped up the news that AmSurg plans to acquire physician services company Sheridan for more than $2 billion, but debt ratings agency Moody's isn't nearly as ebullient. Analysts Ron NeySmith and Peter Abdill say they are putting AmSurg's Ba3 rating under review for a downgrade because the Sheridan deal will push the company's debt levels to about six times its EBITDA. CFO Claire Gulmi last week said the AmSurg team expects to quickly work that ratio back down into the 4s, but the Moody's analysts say they see the Sheridan transaction marking a shift to "a much more aggressive acquisition strategy."

Jun 2, 2014 12:20 PM

AmSurg, LifePoint snag upgrades

Color John Ransom enthusiastic about AmSurg's game-changing play for Sheridan Healthcare. The veteran Raymond James analyst has upgraded shares of the ambulatory surgery company all the way to 'strong buy' from 'market perform' and sees the stock (Ticker: AMSG) rising to $60 from the $45.74 where it closed Thursday. Ransom also has raised his 2015 EPS estimate for AmSurg to $3.15 from $2.77.

Shares of LifePoint Hospitals hit an all-time high of $63.07 Friday morning thanks in part to an upgrade from Ann Hynes at Mizuho. Hynes now rates the hospital operator a 'buy' instead of a 'neutral' and has raised her target to $72 from $58. LifePoint shares (Ticker: LPNT) are up almost 2 percent to $61.99 in late-morning trading.

May 30, 2014 11:08 AM

'Transformative' deal to take AmSurg into physician services

Surgery center company to double in size via $2.3B acquisition of Florida company
May 29, 2014 7:28 AM

Earnings wrap: Sitel, Symbion, Community First

Call center operator to raise $75M in stock sale, discontinued operations hurt surgery center chain, Treasury auctions TARP stake in Columbia bank
May 12, 2014 7:30 AM

AmSurg misses by 2 cents on winter weather

Ambulatory surgery company missed out on 8,000+ procedures
Apr 23, 2014 6:34 AM

Analyst action: AmSurg, Healthways

Veteran analyst Joe France at Cantor Fitzgerald helped give AmSurg shares a pop Wednesday by raising his rating to 'buy' from 'hold.' France sees the second half of this year delivering some positive surprises and has lifted his price target from $42 all the way to $55. AmSurg shares (Ticker: AMSG) were up 3 percent to almost $49 in mid-day action.

Jefferies has begun formally covering shares of Healthways with a 'hold' rating. Analyst David Styblo values the stock at $17, which is 2 percent above where they opened trading (Ticker: HWAY) this morning.

Apr 9, 2014 1:06 PM

Earnings wrap: Emdeon, Symbion

Revenue cycle manager takes charge on project cancellation; surgery center owner ends year with solid case growth
Mar 18, 2014 7:23 AM