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LHC Group Completes Acquisition of Halcyon Hospice

LAFAYETTE, La., Oct. 2, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LHC Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:LHCG), a national provider of comprehensive post-acute healthcare services, announced today that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Halcyon Hospice LLC for $58.5 million in cash or, net of tax benefit, for $51.5 million. The transaction is expected to be accretive to LHC Group's 2016 earnings by between $0.15 and $0.20 per diluted share, while earnings for the fourth quarter of 2015 are expected to reflect transaction and integration costs totaling $0.06 per diluted share.

Based in Cumming, Georgia, Halcyon is one of the largest independent providers of hospice services in the southeastern United States. It operates 16 hospice locations across three states, including two inpatient hospice facilities, and has approximately 400 employees. Halcyon's service area covers 183 counties across Georgia, Mississippi and South Carolina, including 59 counties in which LHC is licensed for home health. Annual revenue for Halcyon is approximately $41 million. This acquisition will increase LHC's hospice service line to 53 locations in 12 states with over $110 million in annual revenue.

Certain matters discussed in this press release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, such as statements about the Company's future financial performance and the strength of the Company's operations. Such forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as "continue," "expect," and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including changes in reimbursement, changes in government regulations, changes in LHC Group's relationships with referral sources, increased competition for LHC Group's services, increased competition for joint venture and acquisition candidates, changes in the interpretation of government regulations and other risks set forth in Item 1A. Risk Factors in LHC Group's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. LHC Group undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About LHC Group, Inc.

LHC Group, Inc. is a national provider of post-acute healthcare services, providing quality, cost-effective healthcare to patients primarily within the comfort and privacy of their home or place of residence. LHC Group provides a comprehensive array of healthcare services through home health, hospice and community-based services agencies and long-term acute care hospitals.

CONTACT: Eric Elliott Investor Relations (337) 233-1307 eric.elliott@lhcgroup.com

Source:LHC Group