HCA Anticipates 3Q Profit of $360M, Special Cash Dividend

Nashville, Tenn.-based Hospital Corporation America released preliminary financial results for its third quarter, and although its profit estimates did not meet Wall Street expectations, the results are still larger than the third quarter of 2011.

HCA officials said they expect net income for the third quarter of 2012 to reach $360 million, a substantial increase from $61 million in profit recorded in 2011, which included pretax losses on the retirement of some debt, but still lower than analysts' predictions. Financial analysts expected earnings of 80 cents per share compared with HCA's estimates of 77 cents per share.

HCA also predicted an 11.7 percent jump in total third-quarter revenue, from $7.26 billion last year to $8.06 billion this year.

Because of the major gains, HCA will pay a special cash dividend of $2.50 per share to shareholders during the fourth quarter of this year. The dividend will be funded through $2 billion in new loans. The new senior notes will also pay off one of HCA's term loans that is due in November 2013.

HCA plans on posting its complete financial results for the third quarter on Nov. 1.

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