AAC Holdings: Reports IIQ Results, Addresses Debt Defaults

We have written about AAC Holdings (aka American Addiction Centers) 5 times already since April 2019. That’s for two reasons. First, this is a public company (ticker:AAC), which means there’s plenty of information available to relay. Second, the $66mn of BDC exposure – mostly carried at a small discount or even at a premium to cost by 4 funds – means the stakes are high.

Anyway, on September 1, 2019 AAC Holdings held its IIQ 2019 Conference Call; summarizing its latest results and (sort of ) addressing some of its problems with its lenders. Here’s what’s happening with EBITDA:

“On a sequential basis, adjusted EBITDA went from a loss of $12 million in the fourth quarter of 2018 to a loss of $6.5 million in the first quarter of 2019 to positive adjusted EBITDA of $3 million in the second quarter of 2019. This represents a $15 million or 125% improvement in quarterly adjusted EBITDA since the fourth quarter of 2018. Overall, as Michael mentioned earlier on the call, while we still have a lot of work to do, I’m pleased with the sequential momentum so far in 2019.

Turning to our 2019 guidance, our full year guidance has revenue in the range of $255 million to $275 million and adjusted EBITDA in the range of $16 million to $21 million. Taking into account actual results through the first half of 2019, this implies revenue of $137 million to $157 million and adjusted EBITDA of $20 million to $25 million in the second half of 2019″.

As to the company’s relationship with its lenders:

We remain committed to our strategic initiatives to improve the balance sheet and enhance value to all stakeholders by the end of the year. Our goal is to utilize our existing assets to reduce our senior debt by at least $100 million by the end of the year in order to reduce the cost [of] capital.

Finally, we remain engaged in active discussions with our lenders on our credit agreement and are making progress on reaching an agreement that will resolve our covenant obligations in the near term.

I’m confident that we will reach an agreement that is favorable to all stakeholders”.

Later in the CC this was said in response to a question: “I mean I think our banks have been extremely supportive. They see the trajectory that we’re making. I think we see the trajectory we’re making, there’s both sides of it. Part of it hinges on us unlocking some of the value of the real estate, which we’ve been actively working on. We’re looking at all proposals, and so we certainly want to get this resolved as soon as possible“.

The BDC Credit Reporter continues to be more conservative/skeptical than either AAC’s management or lenders about the ultimate outcome, which is only appropriate. We have a CCR 4 rating on our 1-5 scale. Much of the turnaround required remains to come, especially the sale of real estate to pay down debt. How that turns out will be critical, both to AAC and its stake holders and as a validation or otherwise of the lenders – which include Capital Southwest (CSWC), New Mountain Finance (NMFC) and Main Street (MAIN) – credit underwriting. Expect to see many more updates before this file gets closed.