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US Oncology Reports First Quarter 2008 Results
Date:5/7/2008

e required to estimate a value that would be allocated to goodwill in a hypothetical purchase transaction using an estimate of the segment's fair value as the purchase price. This estimation process also requires the identification and valuation of intangible assets that have either increased in value or have been created through Company initiatives and investments. Any value assigned to identified intangible assets reduces the amount attributable to goodwill.

In addition to the goodwill impairment charge, we recognized restructuring and other charges which relate primarily to employee severance costs amounting to $1.3 million in the first quarter of 2008. These amounts are excluded from Adjusted EBITDA.

During the first quarter of 2008 and fourth quarter of 2007 we also recognized an unrealized loss of $16.0 million and $11.6 million, respectively, related to the Company's interest rate swap, due to decreasing LIBOR rates. Because the interest rate swap is not accounted for as a cash flow hedge, changes in the fair value of the instrument are reported currently in earnings. Although cash flow hedge accounting is no longer applied to the interest rate swap, the Company believes the swap, economically, remains a hedge against the variability of interest payments on a portion of its outstanding floating rate debt. The non-cash charge on the interest rate swap is excluded from Adjusted EBITDA.

Cash Flow

During the first quarter of 2008, operating cash flow was $50.9 million, compared to $23.7 million in the first quarter of 2007. The increase is primarily due to improved receivable collections and the election to pay interest due March 15, 2008 on the Holdings notes, in kind. Operating cash flow decreased $23.3 million from $74.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2007 due to payments made to physicians, earned in 2007 under programs that encourage their efficient use of capital and services in our pharmaceutical services segment, as well as s
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