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[November 13, 2012]

BIRNER DENTAL MANAGEMENT SERVICES INC - 10-Q - MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

(Edgar Glimpses Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Forward-Looking Statements The statements contained in this report that are not historical in nature are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this report that address activities, events or developments that we expect, believe, intend or anticipate will or may occur in the future, are forward-looking statements.


When used in this document, the words "estimate," "believe," anticipate," "project" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which cannot be predicted with accuracy and some of which might not even be anticipated. These forward-looking statements include statements in this Item 2, "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations," regarding intent, belief or current expectations of the Company or its officers with respect to the development of de novo offices or acquisition of additional dental practices ("Offices") and the successful integration of such Offices into the Company's network, recruitment of additional dentists, funding of the Company's expansion, capital expenditures, payment or nonpayment of dividends and cash outlays for income taxes and other purposes.

Such forward-looking statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from anticipated results. These risks and uncertainties include regulatory constraints, changes in laws or regulations concerning the practice of dentistry or dental practice management companies, the availability of suitable new markets and suitable locations within such markets, changes in the Company's operating or expansion strategy, the general economy of the United States and the specific markets in which the Company's Offices are located, trends in the health care, dental care and managed care industries, as well as the risk factors set forth in Item 1A. "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, and other factors as may be identified from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission or in the Company's press releases.

General The following discussion relates to factors that have affected the results of operations and financial condition of the Company for the quarters and nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011. This information should be read in conjunction with the Company's condensed consolidated financial statements and related notes thereto included elsewhere in this report.

Overview The Company was formed in May 1995 and currently manages 65 Offices in Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona staffed by 79 general dentists and 37 specialists. The Company derives all of its revenue from its Management Agreements with professional corporations ("P.C.s"), which conduct the practice at each Office.

In addition, the Company assumes a number of responsibilities when it develops a de novo Office or acquires an existing dental practice. These responsibilities are set forth in a Management Agreement, as described below.

The Company was formed with the intention of becoming the leading provider of business services to dental practices in Colorado. The Company's growth and success in the Colorado market led to its expansion into the New Mexico and Arizona markets. The Company's growth strategy is to focus on greater utilization of existing physical capacity through recruiting more dentists and support staff and through development of de novo Offices and selected acquisitions.

Critical Accounting Policies The Company's critical accounting policies are set forth in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011. There have been no changes to these policies since the filing of that report.

Components of Revenue and Expenses Revenue represents the revenue of the Offices, reported at estimated realizable amounts, received from third-party payors and patients for dental services rendered at the Offices, net of contractual and other adjustments. Substantially all of the Company's patients are insured under third-party payor agreements. The Company's billing system generates contractual adjustments for each patient encounter based on fee schedules for the patient's insurance plan. The services provided are attached to the patient's fee schedule based on the insurance the patient has at the time the service is provided. Therefore, the revenue that is recorded by the billing system is based on insurance contractual amounts. Additionally, each patient at the time of service signs a form agreeing that the patient is ultimately responsible for the contracted fee if the insurance company does not pay the fee for any reason.

14-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Index Direct expenses consist of clinical salaries and benefits paid to dentists, dental hygienist and dental assistants and the expenses incurred by the Company in connection with managing the Offices, including salaries and benefits of other employees at the Offices, supplies, laboratory fees, occupancy costs, advertising and marketing, depreciation and amortization and general and administrative expenses (including office supplies, equipment leases, management information systems and other expenses related to dental practice operations).

The Company also incurs personnel and administrative expenses in connection with maintaining a corporate function that provides management, administrative, marketing, development and professional services to the Offices.

Under each of the Management Agreements, the Company provides business and marketing services at the Offices, including (i) providing capital, (ii) designing and implementing advertising and marketing programs, (iii) negotiating for the purchase of supplies, (iv) staffing, (v) recruiting, (vi) training of non-dental personnel, (vii) billing and collecting patient fees, (viii) arranging for certain legal and accounting services, and (ix) negotiating with managed care organizations. The P.C. is responsible for, among other things, (i) supervision of all dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants, (ii) complying with all laws, rules and regulations relating to dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants, and (iii) maintaining proper patient records.

The Company has made, and intends to make in the future, loans to P.C.s to fund their acquisition of dental assets from third parties in order to comply with state dental practice laws. Because the Company's financial statements are consolidated with the financial statements of the P.C.s, these loans are eliminated in consolidation.

Under the typical Management Agreement, the P.C. pays the Company a management fee equal to the Adjusted Gross Center Revenue of the P.C. less compensation paid to the dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants employed at the Office of the P.C. Adjusted Gross Center Revenue is comprised of all fees and charges booked each month by or on behalf of the P.C. as a result of dental services provided to patients at the Office, less any adjustments for uncollectible accounts, professional courtesies and other activities that do not generate a collectible fee. The Company's costs include all direct and indirect costs, overhead and expenses relating to the Company's provision of management services to the Office under the Management Agreement, including (i) salaries, benefits and other direct costs of Company employees who work at the Office, (ii) direct costs of all Company employees or consultants who provide services to or in connection with the Office, (iii) utilities, janitorial, laboratory, supplies, advertising and other expenses incurred by the Company in carrying out its obligations under the Management Agreement, (iv) depreciation expense associated with the P.C.'s assets and the assets of the Company used at the Office, and the amortization of intangible asset value relating to the Office, (v) interest expense on indebtedness incurred by the Company to finance any of its obligations under the Management Agreement, (vi) general and malpractice insurance expenses, lease expenses and dentist recruitment expenses, (vii) personal property and other taxes assessed against the Company's or the P.C.'s assets used in connection with the operation of the Office, (viii) out-of-pocket expenses of the Company's personnel related to mergers or acquisitions involving the P.C., (ix) corporate overhead charges or any other expenses of the Company including the P.C.'s pro rata share of the expenses of the accounting and computer services provided by the Company, and (x) a collection reserve in the amount of 5.0% of Adjusted Gross Center Revenue. As a result, substantially all costs associated with the provision of dental services at the Office are borne by the Company, except for the compensation of the dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants who work at the Office. This enables the Company to manage the profitability of the Offices. Each Management Agreement is for a term of 40 years. Each Management Agreement generally may be terminated by the P.C. only for cause, which includes a material default by or bankruptcy of the Company.

Upon expiration or termination of a Management Agreement by either party, the P.C. must satisfy all obligations it has to the Company.

Revenue is derived principally from fee-for-service revenue and revenue from capitated managed dental care plans. Fee-for-service revenue consists of P.C.

revenue received from indemnity dental plans, preferred provider plans and direct payments by patients not covered by any third-party payment arrangement.

Managed dental care revenue consists of P.C. revenue received from capitated managed dental care plans, including capitation payments and patient co-payments. Capitated managed dental care contracts are between dental benefits organizations and the P.C.s. Under the Management Agreements, the Company negotiates and administers these contracts on behalf of the P.C.s. Under a capitated managed dental care contract, the dental group practice provides dental services to the members of the dental benefits organization and receives a fixed monthly capitation payment for each plan member covered for a specific schedule of services regardless of the quantity or cost of services to the participating dental group practice obligated to provide them. This arrangement shifts the risk of utilization of these services to the dental group practice providing the dental services. Because the Company assumes responsibility under the Management Agreements for all aspects of the operation of the dental practices (other than the practice of dentistry) and thus bears all costs of the P.C.s associated with the provision of dental services at the Office (other than compensation of dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants), the risk of over-utilization of dental services at the Office under capitated managed dental care plans is effectively shifted to the Company. In addition, dental group practices participating in a capitated managed dental care plan often receive supplemental payments for more complicated or elective procedures. In contrast, under traditional indemnity insurance arrangements, the insurance company pays whatever reasonable charges are billed by the dental group practice for the dental services provided.

15-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Index The Company seeks to increase its revenue by increasing the patient volume at existing Offices through effective advertising and marketing programs and by adding additional specialty services. The Company also seeks to increase revenue by opening de novo Offices and by making selected acquisitions of dental practices. The Company seeks to supplement fee-for-service revenue with revenue from contracts with capitated managed dental care plans. Although the Company's fee-for-service business generally provides a greater margin than its capitated managed dental care business, capitated managed dental care business increases facility utilization and dentist productivity. The relative percentage of the Company's revenue derived from fee-for-service business and capitated managed dental care contracts varies from market to market depending on the availability of capitated managed dental care contracts in any particular market and the Company's ability to negotiate favorable contractual terms. In addition, the profitability of capitated managed dental care revenue varies from market to market depending on the level of capitation payments and co-payments in proportion to the level of benefits required to be provided.

The Company's policy is to collect any patient co-payments at the time the service is provided. If the patient owes additional amounts that are not covered by insurance, Offices collect by sending monthly invoices, placing phone calls and sending collection letters. Interest at 18% per annum is charged on all account balances greater than 60 days old. Patient accounts receivable in excess of $50 that are over 120 days past due and that appear are not collectible are written off as bad debt and sent to an outside collections agency.

Results of Operations For the quarter ended September 30, 2012, revenue increased $217,000, or 1.4%, to $15.7 million compared to $15.5 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2011. For the quarter ended September 30, 2012, net income increased $9,000, or 2.4% to $383,000, or $0.21 per share, compared to $374,000, or $0.20 per share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2011.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, revenue decreased $1.3 million, or 2.7%, to $47.7 million compared to $49.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2011. For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, net income decreased $291,000, or 25.9% to $834,000, or $0.45 per share, compared to $1.1 million, or $0.59 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2011. In addition to the impact of lower revenue, net income was negatively affected by a period to period increase of $234,000 in stock-based compensation expense pursuant to ASC Topic 718.

For the three months ended September 30, 2012, the revenue increase was largely due to patients accepting more expensive treatment plans. For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, revenue was negatively impacted, in the first and second quarters, by the general economic weakness in the Company's markets which resulted in patients accepting less expensive treatment plans relative to the same period of 2011.

During the first nine months of 2012, the Company generated $3.5 million of cash from operations. During this period, the Company had capital expenditures of approximately $3.1 million, paid dividends of approximately $1.2 million and repurchased outstanding Common Stock for $622,000 pursuant to the Company's stock repurchase program. Between December 31, 2011 and September 30, 2012, bank debt increased by approximately $984,000. The Company's outstanding bank debt has increased because of the Company's commitment to upgrading its existing Offices through extensive remodels and/or Office relocations and its continued commitment to converting its Offices to digital radiography. During the nine month period ended September 30, 2012, the Company completed remodels and/or relocations on four of its Offices, and converted four additional Offices to digital radiography.

16-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Index The Company's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and non-cash expense associated with stock-based compensation ("Adjusted EBITDA") remained constant at $4.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011. Although Adjusted EBITDA is not a GAAP measure of performance or liquidity, the Company believes that it may be useful to an investor in evaluating the Company's ability to meet future debt service, capital expenditures and working capital requirements. However, investors should not consider this measure in isolation or as a substitute for operating income, cash flows from operating activities or any other measure for determining the Company's operating performance or liquidity that is calculated in accordance with GAAP. In addition, because Adjusted EBITDA is not calculated in accordance with GAAP, it may not necessarily be comparable to similarly titled measures employed by other companies. A reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income is made by adding depreciation and amortization expense - Offices, depreciation and amortization expense - corporate, stock-based compensation expense, interest expense, net and income tax expense to net income as in the following table: Quarters Nine Months Ended September 30, Ended September 30, 2011 2012 2011 2012 RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED EBITDA: Net income $ 374,045 $ 383,147 $ 1,125,593 $ 834,105 Add back: Depreciation and amortization - Offices 633,200 725,719 1,860,980 2,060,675 Depreciation and amortization - Corporate 35,575 41,308 86,578 118,467 Stock-based compensation expense (58,069 ) 127,621 238,414 472,585 Interest expense, net 19,883 28,018 66,178 76,796 Income tax expense 239,141 244,963 719,641 533,281 Adjusted EBITDA $ 1,243,775 $ 1,550,776 $ 4,097,384 $ 4,095,909 17-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Index The following table sets forth the percentages of revenue represented by certain items reflected in the Company's condensed consolidated statements of income.

The information contained in the following table represents the historical results of the Company. The information that follows should be read in conjunction with the Company's condensed consolidated financial statements and related notes thereto contained elsewhere in this report.

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