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Hanger Orthopedic Group Beats Quarter Estimates
 Hanger Orthopedic Group Inc, which is relocating its headquarters from Bethesda, Maryland to Austin, announced net sales of $205.8 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2010, an increase of $12.3 million, or 6.4%, from $193.5 million in the prior year. Hanger Orthopedic Group, Inc. is a provider of orthotic and prosthetic patient care services.

Hanger is the market leader in the United States, owning and operating 681 patient care centers in 45 states and the District of Columbia, with over 3,700 employees, including 1,128 practitioners, as of June 30, 2010.

Pro forma diluted earnings per share, which excludes cost of relocating the company's corporate headquarters, were $0.37 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2010, a 19.4% increase compared to $0.31 per diluted share for the same period in 2009.  Reported diluted earnings per share were $0.30 for the second quarter of 2010.

The $12.3 million, or 6.4%, sales increase for the quarter ended June 30, 2010 was primarily the result of a $6.8 million, or 4.0%, increase in same-center sales in the patient care segment, a $2.3 million, or 10.4%, increase in sales from the Company's distribution segment and a $3.2 million increase principally related to sales from acquired entities. Income from operations for the quarter ended June 30, 2010 was $23.1 million compared to $24.2 million in the prior year.  Excluding the $4.2 million of costs related to the relocation of the corporate headquarters, income from operations increased 13.2% to $27.3 million due to the growth in sales and continued expense management efforts. Pro forma income from operations as a percentage of sales improved 80 basis points to 13.3% in 2010 compared to 12.5% in 2009. 

Net sales for the six months ended June 30, 2010 increased by $21.5 million, or 5.9%, to $384.1 million from $362.6 million last year.  The sales increase was principally the result of a $12.4 million, or 3.9% increase in same-center sales in the patient care centers, a $3.2 million, or 7.4%, increase in sales of the company's distribution segment and a $5.9 million increase principally related to sales from acquired entities. 

Income from operations for the six months ended June 30, 2010 was $37.4 million compared to $39.3 million in the prior year.  Excluding the $6.2 million of costs related to the relocation of the corporate headquarters, income from operations increased 11.0% to $43.6 million.  As was the case for the second quarter, the pro forma income from operations increased due to the growth in sales and continued expense management efforts. Pro forma diluted earnings per share for the six month period, which excludes the $6.2 million of cost related to the relocation of the corporate headquarters, increased 15.2% to $0.53 from $0.46 in the prior year. Reported diluted earnings per share for the six months ended June 30, 2010 were $0.42.

The company generated $19.6 million in cash in the second quarter of 2010 compared to $24.5 million in the prior year.  The decrease is principally due to funding of relocation related expenses.  The company had total liquidity of $135.6 million, comprised of $72.1 million of cash and $63.5 million available under its revolving credit facility at June 30, 2010. 

“The second quarter was our eighteenth consecutive quarter of meeting or beating consensus earnings estimates.  We are proud of that accomplishment," said Thomas F. Kirk, president of the Hanger Orthopedic Group in a prepared statement. “Year to date our patient care and distribution segments have delivered solid revenue growth, which combined with continued focus on expense management resulted in a 60 basis point expansion in our pro forma operating margin and 15.2% growth in pro forma diluted earnings per share.”

For 2010, the company expects full year revenues to be between $815 million and $825 million and diluted EPS, excluding cost related to the corporate relocation, in the range of $1.27 to $1.29.  As announced in February 2010, the company is in the process of relocating its corporate headquarters from Bethesda, Maryland to Austin, Texas and anticipates the move will be substantially completed by the end of the third quarter of 2010.  The cost of the move is reported as a separate component of income from operations.  In connection with the move the company incurred severance and relocation cost of $4.2 million and $6.2 for the three and six months ended June 30, 2010, respectively.  The company anticipates incurring approximately $4.0 million to $6.0 million of additional severance and relocation cost through the third quarter of 2010, as well as lease exit cost of approximately $3.0 million to $5.0 million.  Once complete, the company anticipates that the move will result in a reduction of operating expenses of approximately $2.5 million to $3.5 million annually.

Hanger Orthopedic Group, Inc. is a provider of orthotic and prosthetic patient care services. Hanger is the market leader in the United States, owning and operating 681 patient care centers in 45 states and the District of Columbia, with over 3,700 employees, including 1,128 practitioners, as of June 30, 2010.  Hanger is organized into four units. The two key operating units are patient care, which consists of nationwide orthotic and prosthetic practice centers, and distribution, which consists of distribution centers managing the supply chain of orthotic and prosthetic componentry to Hanger and third party patient care centers. The third is Linkia, which is the first and only provider network management company for the orthotics and prosthetics industry. The fourth unit, Innovative Neurotronics, introduces emerging neuromuscular technologies developed through independent research in a collaborative effort with industry suppliers worldwide.