-- Effective Tax Rate: The effective tax rate was 39.8% and 38.9% for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2008, respectively. We are still projecting our 2008 annual effective tax rate to be in the range of 38.5%- 39.5%, and are still projecting our 2009 effective tax rate to return to around 40.0%.
-- Share Repurchases: During the first nine months of 2008, we repurchased a total of 3,461,353 shares of our common stock for $169.7 million, or an average price of $49.02 per share, pursuant to previously announced Board authorizations. We did not repurchase any shares of our common stock during the third quarter of 2008. However, during October 2008, we repurchased 1,027,502 shares of our common stock for $50 million, or an average price of $48.66 per share.
-- Center Activity: As of September 30, 2008, we operated or provided administrative services at 1,425 outpatient dialysis centers serving approximately 111,000 patients, of which 1,402 centers are consolidated in our financial statements. During the third quarter of 2008, we acquired 6 centers, opened 22 new centers, merged 2 centers, closed 1 center, and divested 1 center.
We expect our operating income results for 2008 to be near the middle of the range of our previously provided guidance of $800-$840 million. We still expect to generate approximately $480 million to $530 million of operating cash flow in 2008. Our operating income guidance for 2009 remains unchanged at a range of $820-$880 million. These projections and the underlying assumptions involve significant risks and uncertainties, including those described below and actual results may vary significantly from these current projections.
|SOURCE DaVita Inc.|
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