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Fitch Publishes U.S. Healthcare Stats Report for 1Q'14

July 7, 2014



CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Link to Fitch Ratings' Report: U.S. Healthcare Stats Quarterly (First-Quarter 2014)

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=750777

Fitch Ratings has published its 'U.S. Healthcare Stats Quarterly' report for the first quarter of 2014.

The report provides a summary of the operating performance and credit metrics of over 50 companies in the healthcare sector over the past four years. It includes company-specific key credit strengths and concerns and a summary of the companies' liquidity positions, including debt maturities, as of the end of the first quarter of 2014. Aggregated credit trends and uses of cash are depicted in more than 50 charts, and a summary of Fitch's latest ratings changes are also included.

The report is available on the Fitch web site at 'www.fitchratings.com.'

Additional information is available at 'www.fitchratings.com'.

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

--'Hospitals Credit Diagnosis (Promising Early Experience Under Affordable Care Act)' (June 30, 2014);

--'Corporate Rating Methodology' (May 28, 2014);

--'U.S. Healthcare Recovery Models - First-Quarter 2014' (May 22, 2014);

--'Global Pharmaceutical R&D Pipeline - Evolving Trends in Diabetes and Cancer Treatments' (May 13, 2014);

--'High Yield Healthcare Checkup: Comprehensive Analysis of High-Yield U.S. Healthcare Companies' (April 4, 2014);

--'2014 Outlook: Global Branded Pharmaceuticals (Manageable Risk Profile)' (Dec. 10, 2013);

--'2014 Outlook: U.S. Healthcare - Secular Challenges Require a Compelling Value Proposition' (Nov. 25, 2013);

--'U.S. Leveraged Finance Spotlight Series - HCA Holdings, Inc.' (Nov. 7, 2013);

--'For-Profit Hospital Insights (Fitch's Annual Review of Bad Debt Accounting Policies and Practices)' (Oct. 24, 2013);

--'Trekking the Path to Biosimilars - The Destination' (Oct. 4, 2013);

--'Trekking the Path to Biosimilars - Forging Ahead' (Aug. 5, 2013)

--'U.S. Leveraged Finance Spotlight Series Community Health Systems, Inc.' (Oct. 1, 2012).

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Fitch Ratings

Megan Neuburger, +1 212-908-0501

Senior Director

Fitch Ratings, Inc.

One State Street Plaza

New York, NY 10004

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Caitlin Blalock, +1 312-368-3154

Analyst

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Media Relations:

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brian.bertsch@fitchratings.com

Source: Fitch Ratings


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