Breakeven On The Horizon For Surgery Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ:SGRY)

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Simply Wall St
Published
September 13, 2021
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We feel now is a pretty good time to analyse Surgery Partners, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:SGRY) business as it appears the company may be on the cusp of a considerable accomplishment. Surgery Partners, Inc., through its subsidiaries, owns and operates a network of surgical facilities and ancillary services in the United States. The US$3.9b market-cap company’s loss lessened since it announced a US$156m loss in the full financial year, compared to the latest trailing-twelve-month loss of US$135m, as it approaches breakeven. Many investors are wondering about the rate at which Surgery Partners will turn a profit, with the big question being “when will the company breakeven?” We've put together a brief outline of industry analyst expectations for the company, its year of breakeven and its implied growth rate.

Check out our latest analysis for Surgery Partners

Consensus from 7 of the American Healthcare analysts is that Surgery Partners is on the verge of breakeven. They anticipate the company to incur a final loss in 2021, before generating positive profits of US$44m in 2022. So, the company is predicted to breakeven just over a year from today. In order to meet this breakeven date, we calculated the rate at which the company must grow year-on-year. It turns out an average annual growth rate of 106% is expected, which is rather optimistic! If this rate turns out to be too aggressive, the company may become profitable much later than analysts predict.

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NasdaqGS:SGRY Earnings Per Share Growth September 13th 2021

Given this is a high-level overview, we won’t go into details of Surgery Partners' upcoming projects, but, keep in mind that by and large a high forecast growth rate is not unusual for a company that is currently undergoing an investment period.

Before we wrap up, there’s one issue worth mentioning. Surgery Partners currently has a debt-to-equity ratio of 144%. Generally, the rule of thumb is debt shouldn’t exceed 40% of your equity, which in this case, the company has significantly overshot. A higher level of debt requires more stringent capital management which increases the risk around investing in the loss-making company.

Next Steps:

This article is not intended to be a comprehensive analysis on Surgery Partners, so if you are interested in understanding the company at a deeper level, take a look at Surgery Partners' company page on Simply Wall St. We've also put together a list of essential factors you should further research:

  1. Historical Track Record: What has Surgery Partners' performance been like over the past? Go into more detail in the past track record analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of our analysis for more clarity.
  2. Management Team: An experienced management team on the helm increases our confidence in the business – take a look at who sits on Surgery Partners' board and the CEO’s background.
  3. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.

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