NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ (August 4, 2015) _ AmSurg Corp. (NASDAQ: AMSG) today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2015.  The Company’s results for the quarter included:Net revenues of $642.0 million, an increase of 131% from the second quarter of 2014;Net earnings from continuing operations attributable to AmSurg common shareholders of $31.4 million. Adjusted net earnings of $49.9 million increased 131% from the second quarter of 2014;Net earnings per diluted share from continuing operations attributable to AmSurg common shareholders of $0.65 and adjusted net earnings per diluted share of $0.97, up 45% on 59% higher diluted shares outstanding; andAdjusted EBITDA of $128.0 million, a 148% increase from the second quarter of 2014. See page 6 for a reconciliation of all GAAP and non-GAAP financial results. “AmSurg produced strong growth for the second quarter, which significantly exceeded our expectations,” said Christopher A. Holden, President and Chief Executive Officer of AmSurg. “Our performance was driven by successful execution of our organic growth and acquisition strategies in both our Ambulatory and Physicians Services businesses. The combination of AmSurg and Sheridan continues to be catalytic for both operating divisions. “For the second quarter of 2015, Ambulatory Services produced same-center revenue growth of 5.1%, driven by improved reimbursement, case mix and increased volumes.  Physician Services produced same-contract revenue growth of 14.3%. Volumes continued to strengthen over prior-year trends, contributing 3.8% to this revenue growth and led primarily by neonatology and radiology encounters. Revenue per encounter increased 10.5% for the quarter, reflecting the continued growth in Florida exchange revenues, increased acuity, annual increases in contracted rates and higher reimbursement trends at several prior-year platform acquisitions. Our organic growth drove improved margins for the quarter and supports the increase in our financial guidance for the full year. “During the second quarter, we purchased two ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and an anesthesia practice. Subsequent to the quarter end, we acquired a multi-specialty ASC and the previously announced acquisition of Coastal Anesthesiology Consultants. In addition, we are pleased to announce the acquisition of Bay Area Anesthesia, LLC, which delivers both inpatient and outpatient anesthesia services at seven healthcare facilities in the Tampa market, including three locations affiliated with BayCare Health System and two ASCs that are owned jointly by AmSurg and BayCare Health System. With these transactions, we have exceeded our 2015 capital expenditure target of $200 million for acquisitions. We remain well positioned to act on additional acquisition opportunities across both operating divisions in 2015, and as indicated by our recent transactions, we have a robust pipeline of potential opportunities.”   Ambulatory Services Net revenues for Ambulatory Services grew 12% to $311.0 million for the second quarter of 2015 from $278.2 million for the second quarter of 2014. Same-center revenue rose 5.1% for second quarter of 2015 compared with the second quarter of 2014, comprised of a 1.3% increase in procedures and a 3.8% increase in net revenue per procedure. Adjusted EBITDA was $60.3 million for the second quarter of 2015, a 17% increase from $51.6 million for the second quarter of 2014, while adjusted EBITDA margin increased 80 basis points to 19.4% from 18.6%. Ambulatory Services acquired two ASCs during the second quarter and ended the quarter with 250 centers.  Ambulatory Services had six centers under letter of intent at the end of the second quarter, one of which has already been acquired in the third quarter. There were also two centers under development at the end of the second quarter, one of which is expected to open in late 2015.   Physician Services For the second quarter of 2015, net revenues for Physician Services were $331.0 million. Adjusted EBITDA was $67.7 million for the quarter, and adjusted EBITDA margin was 20.4%. Comparable-quarter revenue growth for Physician Services was 24.3%, of which 10.9% was from same-contract revenues, 1.6% from net new contract revenues and 11.8% from acquisition revenues. Same-contract growth in net revenues totaled 14.3% for the second quarter of 2015, comprised of a 3.8% increase in patient encounters and a 10.5% increase in net revenue per patient encounter. Physician Services completed the acquisition of one anesthesiology practice during the second quarter and has acquired two additional anesthesiology practices since the end of the quarter.   Liquidity AmSurg had cash and cash equivalents of $126.3 million at the end of the second quarter and availability of $300 million under its revolving credit facility.  Net cash flows from operations, less distributions to noncontrolling interests, were $98.7 million for the second quarter.  The Company’s ratio of total debt at the end of the second quarter of 2015 to trailing 12 months EBITDA as calculated under the Company’s credit agreement was 4.7.   Guidance AmSurg today has raised its financial and operating guidance for 2015 and established its financial guidance for the third quarter of the year.  The Company’s guidance for adjusted net earnings per diluted share from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders (“Adjusted EPS”) excludes transaction and severance costs related to acquisitions, acquisition-related amortization expense, gains and losses on deconsolidations, share-based compensation expense and changes in contingent purchase price consideration.  The Company’s guidance is as follows:Revenues in a range of $2.50 billion to $2.52 billion, up from a range of $2.46 billion to $2.49 billion;Same-center revenue increase of 3% to 4% for Ambulatory Services, compared with the prior range of 2% to 3%; same-contract revenue growth of 8% to 10% in Physician Services, up from a range of 6% to 8%;Adjusted EBITDA of $474 million to $480 million, up from a range of $454 million to $460 million;Adjusted EPS in a range of $3.52 to $3.59, up from a range of $3.31 to $3.39; andFor the third quarter of 2015, adjusted EPS in a range of $0.92 to $0.95. The information contained in the preceding paragraphs, including information regarding the Company’s financial results for future periods, is forward-looking information.  Forward-looking information involves known and unknown risks and uncertainties as described below.  There can be no assurance that AmSurg will attain the financial targets set forth in this press release.  The Company’s actual results and performance could differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking information contained in this press release. Non-GAAP adjusted earnings per share guidance for the second quarter and full year of 2015 exclude acquisition-related transaction costs, acquisition-related amortization expense, gains and losses on future deconsolidation transactions and share-based compensation expense, net of the tax impact thereon, the exact amount of which are not currently determinable but may be significant and may vary significantly from period to period (see page 6 for a reconciliation of all GAAP and non-GAAP financial results).   Conference Call AmSurg Corp. will hold a conference call to discuss this release Tuesday, August 4, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time.  Investors will have the opportunity to listen to the conference call over the Internet by going to and clicking “Investors” at least 15 minutes early to register, download, and install any necessary audio software.  For those who cannot listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available at these sites shortly after the call and continue for 30 days.   Safe Harbor This press release contains forward-looking statements.  These statements, which have been included in reliance on the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, involve risks and uncertainties.  Investors are hereby cautioned that these statements may be affected by important factors, including, but not limited to, the following risks: we may face challenges managing our Physician Services Division as a new business and may not realize anticipated benefits; we may become subject to investigations by federal and state entities and unpredictable impacts of the Health Reform Law; we may not be able to successfully maintain effective internal controls over financial reporting; we may not be able to implement our business strategy, manage the growth in our business, and integrate acquired businesses; our substantial indebtedness and restrictions in our debt instruments could adversely affect our business or our ability to implement our growth strategy, or limit our ability to react to changes in the economy or our industry; we may not generate sufficient cash to service our indebtedness; regulatory changes may obligate us to buy out interests of physicians who are minority owners of our surgery centers; we may not be able to successfully maintain our information systems and processes, implement new systems and processes, and maintain the security of those systems and processes; we may be subject to litigation and investigations and liability claims for damages and other expenses not covered by insurance; we may be required to write-off a portion of our intangible assets; payments from third-party payors, including government healthcare programs, may decrease or not increase as our costs increase; there may be adverse developments affecting the medical practices of our physician partners; we may not be able to maintain favorable relations with our physician partners; we may not be able to grow our ambulatory services revenue by increasing procedure volume while maintaining operating margins and profitability at our existing surgery centers; we may not be able to compete for physician partners, managed care contracts, patients and strategic relationships; adverse weather and other factors beyond our control may affect our business; we may be adversely impacted by changes in patient volume and patient mix; several client relationships generate a significant portion of our physician services revenues; our physician services contracts may be cancelled or not renewed or we may not be able to enter into additional contracts under terms acceptable to us; reimbursement rates, revenue and profit margin under our fee-for-service physician services payor contracts may decrease; we may not be able to timely or accurately bill for services; we may not be able to enroll our physician services providers in the Medicare and Medicaid programs on a timely basis; our strategic partnerships with healthcare providers may not be successful; we may not be able to successfully recruit and retain physicians, nurses and other clinical providers; we may not be able to accurately assess the costs we will incur under new contracts; our margins may be negatively impacted by cross-selling to existing clients or selling bundled services to new clients; we may not be able to enforce non-compete agreements with our physicians and other clinical employees in some jurisdictions; there may be unfavorable changes in regulatory, economic and other conditions in the states where we operate; legislative or regulatory action may make our captive insurance company arrangement less feasible or otherwise reduce our profitability; our reserves with respect to our losses covered under our insurance programs may not be sufficient; and the other risk factors are described in AmSurg’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014, as updated by other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Consequently, actual results, performance or developments may differ materially from the forward-looking statements included above.  AmSurg disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.   About AmSurg AmSurg’s Ambulatory Services Division acquires, develops and operates ambulatory surgery centers in partnership with physicians throughout the U.S. AmSurg’s Physician Services Division, Sheridan, provides outsourced physician services in multiple specialties to hospitals, ASCs and other healthcare facilities throughout the U.S., primarily in the areas of anesthesiology, children’s services, emergency medicine and radiology. Through these businesses as of June 30, 2015, AmSurg owned and operated 250 ASCs in 34 states and provided physician services to more than 350 healthcare facilities in 27 states.  AmSurg has partnerships with, or employs, over 5,000 physicians in 38 states and the District of Columbia.