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RadNet Inc (NASDAQ:RDNT)
Q1 2020 Earnings Call
May 11, 2020, 10:30 a.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Good day everyone. Welcome to today's RadNet Incorporated First Quarter 2020 Financial Results Conference. Today's conference is being recorded. At this time, I'd like to turn things over to Mr. Mark Stolper, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of RadNet. Please go ahead.

Mark D. Stolper -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Thank you. Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, and thank you for joining Dr. Howard Berger and me, today, to discuss RadNet's first quarter 2020 financial results.

Before we begin today, we'd like to remind everyone of the Safe Harbor statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. This presentation contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Specifically, statements concerning anticipated future financial and operating performance and liquidity, our response to and the effect of the expected future impact of COVID-19, our ability to stabilize and continue to grow the business by generating patient referrals and contracts with radiology practices, recruiting and retaining radiologists and technologists, consummating acquisitions and joint ventures, receiving third-party reimbursement for diagnostic imaging services, successfully integrating acquired operations, generating revenue and adjusted EBITDA for the acquired operations as estimated among others are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Safe Harbor.

Forward-looking statements are based on management's current preliminary expectations and are subject to risks and uncertainties which may cause RadNet's actual results to differ materially from the statements contained herein. These risks and uncertainties include those risks set forth in RadNet's reports filed with the SEC from time to time, including RadNet's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 and our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2020. Undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements, especially guidance on future financial performance, which speaks only as of the date it is made. RadNet undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, events or circumstances after the date they were made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. And with that, I'd like to turn the call over to Dr. Berger.

Howard G. Berger -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Mark. Good morning everyone and thank you for joining us today. On today's call, Mark and I plan to provide you with highlights from our first quarter 2020 results to give you more insight into factors which affected this performance and discuss our future strategy. After our prepared remarks, we will open the call to your questions. I'd like to thank all of you for your interest in our company and for dedicating a portion of your day to participate in our conference call this morning.

Before we start, I just want to say on behalf of myself and the entire RadNet team, we hope that all of you are safe and your families are healthy and doing well. We know this has been a difficult and challenging time for everyone around the world and we are extremely grateful for all of our stakeholders, including our employees, business partners, lenders and shareholders. We are wishing you all the best.

Today's prepared remarks will be a bit of a departure from what we usually have during our financial results call. This morning, Mark and I will focus on giving you an understanding of what we have been facing under COVID-19, the actions that we have taken to reduce costs and conserve cash, our current and projected liquidity position, our thoughts on our anticipated recovery and some discussion around the post-COVID operating opportunity.

I'd like to start off by giving you a status update on where our business stands and how it has been impacted by COVID-19. After having strong operating results in January and February, months that performed ahead of our original internal operating plan, we are beginning to see our volumes drop dramatically beginning the third week of March. This is when we began to take swift and decisive actions to sustain our business through a potentially prolonged period of time during which we could face a material drop in procedural volume. We analyzed all aspects of our business and focused on ways to most effectively reduce our cash spend. We created a multi-pronged plan to impact major expenses and cash flow categories.

Specifically, we created a plan to reduce salaries and professional fees by 50% and lower our facilities' rental payments by close to 70%. We investigated every local market in which we operate to identify centers we could temporarily close and where we felt, with a high degree of confidence, we could direct patient volume to facilities that would remain open. We also evaluated our large categories of cash spend and identified vendors that would work with us to lower our costs or defer payments. Our goal was that by early April, we will have most of our cost savings and cash conservation measures instituted. I am pleased to report that we have been successful in achieving this goal.

First, we analyzed all of our 335 locations and identified sites, in our clustered approach, that could be temporarily closed and whose business could be consolidated into nearby facilities. By temporary closing facilities and redirecting their patient flow to our other RadNet sites, we were able to save on employee costs, utilities, repairs and maintenance and other center level operating costs, all while preserving the revenue we were going to recognize at the closed sites. Our clustering and geographically concentrated approach to market penetration has greatly helped us during this period. We have been able to close 97 of our locations, representing at least 30% of our facilities. Our central scheduling departments have been effective in directing all patient flow to facilities that remain open.

Temporarily closing these facilities has enabled us to furlough about 3600 employees of our roughly 8600 in our total workforce. The furloughed staff remains employed by RadNet and we continue to fund their benefit plans and healthcare expense. However, we have ceased paying their salaries and corresponding employee taxes and these employees are eligible to collect unemployment benefits from Federal and State-funded programs. We are in frequent communication with these furloughed employees and we are committed to bring them back to their work in a methodical way as soon as our volume allows us to gradually reopen our facilities.

In addition to the furloughs, we cut the salaries of the vast majority of non-center level employees who remain working. These cuts were led by our executive management team and salaried physicians who are taking 50% reductions in their salaries. A lot of the executive management level salary reductions range from 5% to 25%. As a result of these actions, we have met our goal of a 50% decrease of our salaries and professional fee expenses and associated cash burn. Our landlords have also greatly contributed to our cash conservation measures. Most of our landlords have agreed to three to six month full or partial deferrals of rent payments and most are providing a six to 12 months to repay these deferrals. As a result, our cash expenditures for rent payments in the second quarter has been reduced by almost 70%.

Additionally, all of our lessors with whom we have operating leases on equipment, including OEMs and third-party finance companies have agreed to restructure rental payments to allow us starting with the payment we would have made in April to defer six payments and add these amounts to the back-end buyout of the leased equipment. Additionally, we have suspended all new capital projects. The vast majority of capital expenditures we will make during the remainder of the year are either for capital equipment already delivered to the company or construction that was substantially completed prior to April for which we currently owe money.

In addition to the traditional fixed cost and cash outflows which I've discussed, rent, employees, etc, our variable expenses have also decreased with the lower procedural volumes. The most significant of these variable outflows are payments we made to our third-party contracted radiology groups, which generally are a function of revenue and procedural volumes. We typically pay our third-party radiology groups in the neighborhood of 15% to 20% of our cash collections to interpret our exams. As a result of lower payments from RadNet, our contracted groups have taken actions to manage their staffing levels and control their own costs. We have remained in close dialog with all our contracted radiology groups and are confident that they, like RadNet, are all taking the appropriate measures to ensure their health and survival through the COVID-19 environment. Each contracted group has a plan to reach throughout our facilities as appropriate when revenues and volumes begin to return to normal levels.

Other variable expenses that have adjusted with the revenues and procedural volumes include medical and pharmacy supplies, utilities, equipment repair and maintenance and certain employee-related expenses such as travel, meals and other employee expense reimbursement items. All these expenses and cash outflows has now adjusted more than proportionate to our lower procedural volume levels.

Contributing to our strong liquidity position are the payments we received subsequent to the end of the first quarter under the CARES Act and for Medicare. Specifically, we received almost $15 million under the first $30 billion appropriation of Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic security Act or CARES Act. This allocation to RadNet was calculated based upon our share of overall Medicare billings relative to all Medicare providers during 2019. Subject to our compliance with future reporting requirements, we do not anticipate being required to repay this money. A second $20 billion appropriated under the CARES Act was announced two weeks ago. We were asked by CMS to submit tax returns evidencing our overall collections during 2018 and we believe there may be additional allocation to us from this $20 billion appropriation that could be based on our proportion of the overall annual U.S. healthcare spend, currently estimated at about $2.6 trillion. At this time, it is too early and speculative to estimate the amounts we may receive. We should have more information about this appropriation in the coming weeks.

In addition to the grant we are already received under CARES Act, we received almost $40 million in accelerated Medicare advance payments. This money is to be repaid to CMS beginning 120 days after -- from its receipt and shall be repaid through the adjudication of future Medicare services we provide over a three-month period. We anticipate this money to be substantially repaid during the third and fourth quarters of this year.

So how bad did our volumes get and where are our procedural volumes today? As I mentioned earlier, volumes began to dramatically decline by the third week of March. They continue to decline as more States and local municipalities adopted stay-at-home orders and related policies. Our volumes hit a trough during mid-April, whereby we were down almost 85% on the East Coast and 65% on the West Coast, relative to our original operating budget. The New York Tri-State area was impacted the hardest, while California's impact was and has been less. I'm very happy to say that our volumes have materially improved over the past several weeks, whereby our procedural volumes are down on a blended East and West Coast basis about 40% as of today. We expect this to improve as stay-at-home orders are lifted. Already governors in several States in which we operate, are allowing for non-emergency medical procedures to be performed.

One thing I should mention with regards to the impact on procedural volumes and revenues from COVID-19 is that our capitation business has really been a bright spot because under our capitated arrangements, we get paid a fixed amount following royalty managed by the medical groups within the capitate, our capitation revenue and the associated cash flow has remained constant during the COVID-19 period despite being required to perform fewer services for these patient populations during this period. Enrollment for these HMO patients with our contracted medical groups has remained intact as patients and their employees, even for those who have been furloughed, has continued to pay healthcare premiums. The predictability of this capitated revenue and cash flow has benefited us more than ever before during this period.

Before I turn the call over to Mark to discuss the financials, I'd just like to take this moment to recognize our workforce. The real heroes for RadNet has been our center-level employees and their managers who continue to come to work each day to service our medical communities and patients in need. To keep our patients and employees safe, we instituted new operating protocols. These include adding virtual waiting room capabilities, which allow patients to be called or texted for their exam while they sit safely in their cars. We have also provided personal protective equipment for all employees and patients and have created as sterile environment as possible. I am sincerely grateful that these employees and RadNet as a company can play an important role in an unprecedented time. I look forward to bringing back our furloughed workforce and reopening our closed facilities as increasing patient volume dictates. At this time, I'd like to turn the call back over to Mark to discuss some of the highlights of our first quarter 2020 performance. When he's finished, I will make some closing remarks.

Mark D. Stolper -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Thank you, Howard. I'm now going to briefly review our first quarter 2020 performance and attempt to highlight what I believe to be some material items. I will also give some further explanation of certain items in our financial statements, as well as provide some insights into some of the metrics that drove our first quarter 2020 performance. In my discussion, I will use the term adjusted EBITDA, which is a non-GAAP financial measure. The company defines adjusted EBITDA as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization and excludes losses or gains on the disposal of equipment, other income or loss, loss on debt extinguishments and non-cash equity compensation. Adjusted EBITDA includes equity earnings in unconsolidated operations and subtracts allocations of earnings to non-controlling interest in subsidiaries and is adjusted for non-cash or extraordinary and one-time events taking place during the period. A full quantitative reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to net income or loss attributable to RadNet, Inc common shareholders is included in our earnings release and our current report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC. With that said, I'd now like to review our first quarter results.

For the first quarter of 2020, RadNet reported revenue of $281.6 million and adjusted EBITDA of $20.4 million. Revenue increased $10 million or 3.7% as a result of the contributions from Kern Radiology and Zilkha Radiology, a slight business shift in favor of advanced modalities and increases in reimbursement from capitated and fee-for-service payors. The increase in aggregate revenue was net of a 3.3% decline in same-center volumes and a 0.6% decrease in aggregate volumes. Adjusted EBITDA decreased $12.7 million or 38.5%. This was primarily due to the impact of COVID-19, particularly on our same-center performance. We estimated that our revenue was reduced by COVID-19 by an estimated $25 million during the quarter and EBITDA was reduced by approximately $14 million.

For the first quarter of 2020, as compared to the prior year's first quarter, MRI volume increased 1.2%, CT volume increased 3.4% and PET/CT volume increased 4%. Overall volume, taking into account routine imaging exams, inclusive of X-ray, ultrasound, mammography and all other exams decreased 0.6% from the prior year's first quarter. In the first quarter of 2020, we performed 1,862,498 total imaging procedures. The procedures were consistent with our multi-modality approach, whereby 76.5% of all the work we did by volume was from routine imaging.

Our procedures in the first quarter of 2020 were as follows. Note that the CT volumes for last year have been restated to account for a change we made as of January 1 of this year and how we account for one of our CT CPT codes. The comparative numbers that follow are on an apples-to-apples basis: 263,055 MRI's as compared with 259,912 MRI's in the first quarter of 2019;163,082 CT's as compared with 157,679 CT's in the first quarter of 2019; 10,683 PET/CT's as compared with 10,273 PET/CT's in the first quarter of 2019; and 1,425,678 routine imaging exams inclusive of X-ray, ultrasound and mammography and all other exams as compared with 1,444, 425 of all these exams in the first quarter of 2019.

Net loss for the first quarter of 2020 was $16.4 million or negative $0.33 per share compared to a net loss of $3.7 million or negative $0.08 per share reported for the three-month period ended March 31, 2019. This is based upon a weighted average number of shares outstanding in the first quarters of 50.3 million shares in 2020 and 49.6 million shares in 2019. Affecting net loss in the first quarter of 2020 were certain non-cash expenses, and non-recurring items, including the following: $6.6 million of non-cash employee stock compensation expense resulting from the vesting of certain options and restricted stock; $218,000 of severance paid in connection with headcount reductions related to cost savings initiatives; and $1.1 million of non-cash amortization of deferred financing costs and loan discounts related to financing fees paid as part of our existing credit facilities.

Overall, GAAP interest expense for the first quarter of 2020 was $11.6 million. This compares with GAAP interest expense in the first quarter of 2019 of $12.3 million. The lower interest expense results mostly from a lower LIBOR rate relative to last year's first quarter. Cash paid for interest during the period, which excludes non-cash deferred financing expense and accrued interest was $9.9 million as compared with $10.3 million in the first quarter of last year.

With regards to our balance sheet, as of March 31, 2020, unadjusted for bond and term loan discounts, we had $686.6 million of net debt, which is our total debt at par value less our cash balance. This compares with $679.2 million of net debt as of March 31, 2019. Note that this debt balance includes New Jersey Imaging Network's debt of approximately $57.6 million for which RadNet is neither a borrower nor a guarantor. As of March 31, 2020, we were drawn $80 million on our $137.5 million revolving line of credit and had a cash balance of $94.3 million. Since quarter-end, we have repaid our revolver in full and as of April 30, had a cash balance of approximately $50 million.

As Dr. Berger mentioned in his prepared remarks, we believe we have little to no cash burn through the end of the second quarter and we believe that the cost savings and cash conservation measures we have put in place, may result in our being undrawn on our revolver at year-end and with a meaningful positive cash balance. Although, we do not believe we need to raise any additional capital at this time, we will continue to evaluate government funding options such as the main street expanded loan facility, should we determine, it would be in the best interests of our stakeholders to substantially increase our cash reserves.

At March 31, 2020, our accounts receivable balance was $144.2 million, a decrease of $10.5 million from year-end 2019. The decrease in accounts receivable is mainly the results of the dramatic decline in our procedural volumes and revenues in the second half of March, partially mitigated by the longer collection cycle we experienced in the first quarter from the resetting of patient deductibles as of January 1.

Our days sales outstanding or DSO was 43.9 days at March 31, 2020, lower by approximately 0.8 days as of year-end 2019. Through March 31, 2020, we had total capital expenditures, net of asset dispositions and sale of imaging center assets and joint venture interests of $50.8 million. Note that each year, we front-load the majority of our capital decisions into the first quarter. So capex was disproportionately higher in the first half of the year. Most of what we paid for during the first quarter was for equipment delivered to the company or construction projects that were substantially completed before April 1. As Dr. Berger mentioned in his remarks, we have suspended all new capital projects for the remainder of the year.

With respect to Medicare reimbursement for 2020, there is nothing to report at this time. As is typical each year, we are expecting CMS to release the preliminary rate schedule sometime in June or July, at which time, we will annualize CMS' proposal and our industry's lobbying group, the Association for Quality Imaging will provide CMS our industry's feedback. At the time of our second quarter financial results call, we will be in a position to comment on CMS' proposal and its impact, if any, upon RadNet's future results. I'd now like to turn the call back to Dr. Berger, who will make some closing remarks.

Howard G. Berger -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Mark. From adversity, often comes opportunity. While COVID-19 has impacted us and everybody else in a very different way, it can also be the catalyst for opportunity. I strongly feel this has been and will continue to be the case for RadNet. First, COVID-19 has caused us to analyze everything we do as a company and evaluate how we deliver our services, on what we spend money -- how we spend our money and how we can improve what we do. Through this process of identifying ways to lower expenses and conserve cash, I believe we have learned things that will change the way we deliver our services and how we manage our business in the future.

Without getting too specific, I believe that in a post-COVID environment, we can reduce what we have historically been spending on employee travel and other employee reimbursed expenses. I believe that we will be able to staff our centers and supporting general and administrative functions more efficiently. I believe that we will be able to procure medical supplies, equipment service and perform general and administrative functions at a lower cost. I also believe our entire executive management team will benefit from the experience of managing through this very trying period. In addition to improvements in the way we can manage RadNet in the future, I also believe that the post-COVID environment will provide us opportunities to accelerate our growth. As difficult as this period has been for the RadNet, small operators have had an even more challenging time. Most of our competitors are small radiologist-owned operators, who lack the scale, capital and human resources to emerge from the COVID-19 period with the same financial and operating strength than -- that we will. As a result, we think that there will be more M&A opportunity for us in the post-COVID period at multiples that were more aligned with the prices we have paid in the past.

Furthermore, for the couple of months, hospitals have focused on COVID-19 and other very acute patients. This will continue for some time. The vast majority of outpatient business that historically has been found within the hospitals prior to COVID-19, has shifted to the ambulatory providers, such as RadNet. This means that patients and the referring physicians will become accustomed to using outpatient providers and we don't believe this business will be recaptured by hospitals for some period of time. Ambulatory patients will likely feel more comfortable and safer being directed into freestanding alternatives to hospitals. This could have a material impact on our volumes in the future and could accelerate the existing trend, mostly because of the differential in cost of hospitals losing outpatient business to ambulatory freestanding providers. The acceleration of this trend could also drive more hospitals toward joint ventures and partnerships, which now represents over 25% of all RadNet facilities.

Additionally, during this COVID-19 period, telehealth and telemedicine has flourished. I believe this will continue in the post-COVID era. More patients will be availing themselves of telemedical services in the future and I believe this will be beneficial for RadNet. Because telemedicine does not allow for the traditional physical exam, I believe physicians will order more diagnostic tests and rely on their results for diagnostics in treating their patients at a distance. In particular, I believe this will drive increased utilization of routine imaging, specifically ultrasound and X-ray as tools that will be utilized earlier in the patient diagnosis staging.

Furthermore, I believe in the post-COVID environment, artificial intelligence will have an even more important role in healthcare and population health. Artificial intelligence will be used for identifying high-risk patients for certain chronic diseases, including cancer, diabetes or ailments that could make them more susceptible to, or at risk from future viruses like COVID-19. In the post-COVID-19 era, there will likely be more of an emphasis on screening tools and wellness. Diagnostic imaging will play a critical role in these initiatives.

So even in this challenging time, we have cause to be very optimistic about the future of RadNet. RadNet will weather the storm similar to our experience with the credit crisis and recession beginning in 2008. And we expect to emerge as a stronger and better-positioned company in our industry and healthcare in general. Operator, we are now ready for the question-and-answer portion of the call.

Questions and Answers:

Operator

Thank you, gentlemen. [Operator Instructions] We'll hear first today from Brian Tanquilut with Jefferies.

Brian Tanquilut -- Jefferies & Company -- Analyst

Hey, good morning, guys. I hope you are well. Howard, I guess my first question is for you and you kind of alluded to it, but as you think about 2021, once you get past COVID and it seems like we're starting to see a restart, sort of a reignition of hospital volumes and physician visits, so as I think about getting past this and assuming that we don't see a second wave, how are you thinking about 2021 in terms of, say, earnings power or volume trends versus where you were, let's just say, early March?

Howard G. Berger -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Good morning, Brian. Hope you're well and safe, sounds like you are. Thank you for the question. As I mentioned in my closing remarks, I think we'll all be facing a new definition of normal and because as the -- in the post-COVID period which could easily, in some respects, last into 2021, particularly, the concern about the development of vaccine, I believe a lot of the mitigation measures and safety procedures will have to be continued. In that regard, I think more and more patients will look to ambulatory outpatient providers, as opposed to going to hospitals for those services. So in that respect, the initiatives often spoken about by the healthcare insurers trying to do it with patients away from hospitals, primarily because of differential in reimbursement will now be heightened because of perceived and probably realistic additional safety measures.

I think that the other thing that this crisis has really indicated is the need for better population health and management. The crisis has certainly focused on areas of the healthcare delivery system, which were inadequately prepared for the patients that very swiftly needed to be hospitalized and had shortages of PPE including ventilators and other measures along with sufficient ICU guys and isolation capabilities. But going forward, I think the ability to assess the population health and manage wellness will help reduce the burden on hospitals and make the ability to respond to crisis even easier. Where I think, interestingly enough, the outpatient imaging industry fits into this, is in the recovery process and reopening toward looking at 2021. As patients begin to get their toes back into the water, reopening the economy will better afford our patients and the population to feel comfortable than going to outpatient healthcare providers that both know how to manage the safety and mitigation risks that they will see in their office -- in their offices, as well as the need to take advantage of what was delayed healthcare that can only lead to more costs and more morbidity and mortality in the future.

It's interesting that just today, an article in a prestigious journal Cancer identified, in particular, that the risks of mortality for breast cancer in a study that was overseen by Russell Debarr [Phonetic] in Sweden, one of the most respective mammographer in the world, that they saw a 41% decrease in mortality from breast cancer as a result of screening mammography. The fact that we have had a lot of delayed elective mammograms being put off will only mean that the longer that goes, the more likely that there will be increased healthcare costs and morbidity from this. And that's not just in breast cancer, all forms of the diseases in cancers. So I believe this heightened awareness will help us and will, I think, cause a refocus by everybody, whether it's healthcare insurers, physicians and public health officials to look at outpatient ambulatory services, in particular imaging, as a critical role in managing the healthcare of our population.

Brian Tanquilut -- Jefferies & Company -- Analyst

Now, that makes a lot of sense. Howard, one of the things that you mentioned in your prepared remarks, and kind of piggybacking off of these commentaries made a few seconds ago, [Indecipherable] accelerate technology, clearly, there is a shift there that's happening and that will probably stick for physicians offices and telemedicines in some cases, right, so whether, there's a Teladoc or just doc practice using either their own platform or just using Zoom and Teletime, how are you or how do you have to change your marketing strategy or do you have to partner with someone like a Teladoc or Amwell to make sure you capture the volumes here and also not to lose the share that you have with your existing doctors who are leaving their offices to go virtual?

Howard G. Berger -- President and Chief Executive Officer

I think that the new role of imaging will be heightened in this period, because as doctors do more telehealth, the move to perhaps get some of these diagnostic exams sooner since they will be unable to do typical physical examination, use their stethoscopes and other tools maybe best to go ahead and send these patients to the outpatient imaging providers rather than have the patient make another visit into their offices only then to require the diagnostic imaging test. That along with the fact that radiology has been a very early adopter of telehealth by using its tech systems to be able to use the imaging in a remote way will be enhanced by things like artificial intelligence and other technologies that are evolving inside of imaging to provide more targeted and specific diagnostic capability.

The other, along with, I think the emergence of some of the pharmacies, that will be looking to do some of their early patient management and visits in their pharmacies, we believe will also align us with some of these groups to help provide that kind of screening capability at a mass level that has not necessarily been part of the pattern in the past. So I think all of these changes, some of which will occur as a result of technology and some of them, which will occur simply because of change in patterns of delivery will be of enormous benefit to RadNet in the future.

Mark D. Stolper -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Brian, to expand a little bit more on what Dr, Berger was saying, a lot of the telehealth that we're seeing today is from local physicians who have physical practices who are trying to service their patient base by -- been doing appointments via technology and so those are physicians that we already have a relationship with in our local markets, who are familiar with our centers, are referrers -- have been referrers of ours in the past and will continue to be in the future. And those are -- from a marketing perspective, those are targets, our marketing representatives.

But to your point, to the extent that medicine is going to be delivered by more centralized Teladoc's, that may not be actually physically located in our markets, then we're going to need to establish some of those relationships with those larger companies like a couple of them, the two that you mentioned, so that they're aware of the services that we provide and our quality and our access in the markets where their patients may reside which are -- which could be very different from where the doctor is located. So it will ultimately require us to have relationships with some of these larger centralized physician practices.

Brian Tanquilut -- Jefferies & Company -- Analyst

No, that makes sense. And then the last question. The remark that you paid down your revolver after the quarter, obviously, I know you were -- you didn't get off to preparing the company for the worst scenario thinking that you had enough cash, even if volumes were down, the April levels for the year. So what was the mindset that defined paying it down as soon as you did, given what could be viewed as ongoing uncertainty related to COVID?

Mark D. Stolper -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Sure, sure. Well, some of the benefit of living through the credit crisis back in 2008, 2009, 2010 timeframe was that there was a liquidity crunch at the time and company's were extremely concerned with their bank's abilities to fund committed revolvers. And if you remember at that time, there were a number of banks that were unable to fund or unwilling to fund revolvers that were committed at the time and that created serious liquidity problems for companies during that period of time. When this -- when the COVID period started, we were concerned with the stability of the banking system. We were unaware, at that time, of how effective the Federal program was going to be with providing liquidity in the banking institutions and backing up the banks that they needed further liquidity.

And so we pulled down and you can see at quarter end, we were $80 million drawn on our revolver, not because we needed the money, but because we were concerned with our ability to access that capital if something were to happen in the banking system. As the Federal government has provided tremendous liquidity into the marketplace, our concerns about our ability to access our revolver went away and so we decided to pay back the remaining balance on our revolving line of credit, partially because we didn't want to pay the negative carry on the interest expense and we had confidence that we would be able to attack that liquidity, should we need it in the future, which by the way, I don't think we will.

Brian Tanquilut -- Jefferies & Company -- Analyst

Got it. All right. That's it.

Howard G. Berger -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Brian.

Operator

[Operator Instructions] We'll hear next from Mitra Ramgopal with Sidoti.

Mitra Ramgopal -- Sidoti & Company -- Analyst

Yes. hi, good morning. Thanks for taking the questions. I just wanted to follow up on liquidity. Clearly, the cash conservation was a primary focus as a result of COVID-19 and given the things are stabilized, I know, Howard, you have said -- indicated you're seeing some M&A opportunities that might not have existed before. I Just wanted to get a sense in terms of the thinking behind the cash conservation versus maybe pursuing some M&A opportunities.

Howard G. Berger -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Well, I think, cash conservation and keeping our liquidity is of the foremost concern and based on our projections through the end of the year, we're quite comfortable that to have liquidity will be quite substantial and perhaps the best in the company's history. Part of that, we'll be watching the return of our volumes and making certain that we balance our costs such as salaries and other spending commensurate with the increase in volume and not just due to expression too far over the tips of our skis where we get concerned again about liquidity. So over the next -- the balance of this quarter and going into the third quarter, to the extent that our liquidity maintains the levels that we projected through the end of the year, we will then be judicious in looking at acquisitions that may, in fact, help us further enhance our strategy in the markets that we're in, perhaps expand joint ventures with our hospital partners, and maybe even if they're properly acquired, do further deleveraging for that -- for us.

I also want to add one other comment to Mark's discussion about liquidity. We are also going to be benefiting and we have started immediately from the lower cost of borrowing our big get for our credit facility is a LIBOR-based borrowing with a 1% floor prior to the -- subsequent to the first quarter, that borrowing was well above the 1% floor which caused us a much higher interest payment that we made in early April. Since then, we have elected LIBOR borrowing, which we believe, through the balance of this year, will be well below the 1% and probably would be a cash flow savings to the company of perhaps $5 million for the balance of this year. So all of those will get factored into our overall cash management, as it always does, with more of an eye on making certain that the volumes which we expect and are already seeing beginning to return are used to measure our liquidity and costs conservation.

So that being said, we're always looking, and are always approached about acquisitions and new joint ventures and we will use basically our cash liquidity as the benchmark as to the wisdom of doing some of these new acquisitions and joint ventures.

Mitra Ramgopal -- Sidoti & Company -- Analyst

Okay, that's great. Thanks for the color. Also, just on the -- I think you had mentioned your about 70 locations that were temporarily closed. I just want to get a sense as to when you think you might be able to reopen all of those facilities or locations. Or do you anticipate maybe some may not be reopened?

Howard G. Berger -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Actually, the number of facilities, Mitra, is closer to 100, its 97 that are closed as we speak right here. We will continue -- we don't anticipate at this time closing permanently any of those facilities. All those facilities were necessary before COVID-19 based on access and based on the volumes that we produce. Since we expect those volumes will eventually return and access in our markets are extremely important for the payors and our physician refers, we expect to keep virtually all of those centers open and bring back all of our furloughed employees in a very measured way over the next 90 to 180 days.

Mark D. Stolper -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

We're monitoring volumes by center and to the extent that any center or any market starts having backlogs, because the demand starts coming back for these types of diagnostic services, we'll start opening methodically, centers, one by one to try to fill that demand up to the point where there's a full recovery. So we're going to do it on a center by center basis if it's based upon the volumes that we're seeing in our imaging centers.

Mitra Ramgopal -- Sidoti & Company -- Analyst

Okay. No, that's great. And I believe, you mentioned you'd -- on the capitation and fee-for-service, you did see some price increasing in the first quarter. Just wondering if you can give us a sense of how meaningful that was for you?

Howard G. Berger -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Most of these increases were already contractually provided for. We had a series of renegotiations of our capitation arrangements in 2019 and throughout this year, we will be seeing increases as the anniversary dates of those contracts occur. And, going into this year, the overall increases that we've experienced so far will probably in the 5% to 6% range and through the remainder of this year, we expect another perhaps 2% or 3% increase in our capitation rates spread out through the remainder of this year.

Mitra Ramgopal -- Sidoti & Company -- Analyst

Okay, thanks. And then finally, just back on the expansion plans, can you give us an update on the -- where we are on the DeepHealth acquisition and also on the TULSA PRO installations? I assume TULSA PRO fees on deposit quota might be delayed given the environment.

Howard G. Berger -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yes, I think the TULSA projects are delayed, not so much because we want to delay them but simply because until they are not an emergent work that increases, particularly as it results to prostate cancer and the urologists and other specialists that see these patients begin to ramp up. Clearly, we will have a delay in that, but we're very enthusiastic about the TULSA project and prostate cancer in general which we believe in the upcoming, perhaps 12 to 18 months may evolve into, similar to mammography, more of a screening procedure that we believe can be performed on a mass population basis rather than just waiting for individuals they have signs indicative of they might have prostate cancer. So a lot of our focus both in terms of artificial intelligence, as well as conversations with the payors to revisit prostate and perhaps transition into a screening tool along with other areas like colon cancer and lung cancer will be a major focus for us going into the latter part of this year.

Mitra Ramgopal -- Sidoti & Company -- Analyst

Okay. Thanks for taking the questions.

Howard G. Berger -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Mitra, and stay safe.

Operator

And from Raymond James, we'll hear next from John Ransom.

John W. Ransom -- Raymond James & Associates -- Analyst

Hey, good morning. What are you doing, if anything, on your intake? it seems like people probably don't want to be hanging around or waiting to get sent. Can you do anything to do more real-time patient sequencing so that we're not having people sit in waiting rooms? So is that something [Indecipherable] you look for paid visits?

Mark D. Stolper -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Sure. One of the things that we've instituted which is something that we are contemplating continuing into the future, potentially, permanently, are virtual waiting rooms, so that patients are able to check in, fill out the intake forms digitally, either on their phone or we can give them an iPad and then go back to their cars and sit in their cars in isolation. And then we're able to text them or call them at the time of their appointments, so that they're not waiting in the crowded waiting room with other patients and are not associated with any risk because of that. So that's been the biggest operational change that we've had in our waiting rooms and it's been met with high success and has been applauded by our patients.

Howard G. Berger -- President and Chief Executive Officer

In addition to that, John, other measures that we're taking once patients are in our facilities, of course, all of our employees will be masked and gowned, have gloves, we are putting in shields that are from best plastic shields to further separate the patients from our employees. In addition to the virtual waiting rooms, we're very much pursuant on remote scheduling and registration so that patients have to spend less time in our offices and I want to applaud our IT division, eRAD. This is another one of those cases where owning our own IT infrastructure allows us to make these kind of adaptations to the way we want to run our business on a real time basis, rather than having to wait for some vendor to come up with it.

In addition to that, we're also going to be scheduling our patients differently so that there is more time in between patients for us to clean the rooms and make certain that there is less and less interaction between other patients. So I think all of the measures that we uniquely can do and that healthcare providers in particular should be doing, may allow outpatient imaging to be a very good barometer of the comfort level of reopening some of our communities for patients coming out and feel comfortable that it's time to get back to more normal functioning.

John W. Ransom -- Raymond James & Associates -- Analyst

Great. My other question, kind of shifting gears a little bit is, at what point -- I know you're not going to run out to do a big deal tomorrow, but at what point do you think you'll be able to model 2021? If you look at what systems may come to you, though you have budget centers, when do you think you'd be comfortable saying, I would think we have a handle on '21 numbers and we know what would pay for this asset?

Howard G. Berger -- President and Chief Executive Officer

I think we're going to be able to look at 2021 when we get deeper into the third quarter. Our projections for the balance of this quarter and the third quarter shows some relatively conservative ramping up of patient volumes and revenues and that by the fourth quarter, we hope to not be all the way back, but certainly well on the way to approaching more expected volumes. So I would think that if we either meet or exceed the projections that we have for the balance of the second quarter and then getting deeper into the third quarter, realized, it will help us in early preparation for our 2021 budget. So I think from the standpoint of monitoring the company, looking at our second quarter results will be extremely important as well as obviously when we can issue our third quarter results.

John W. Ransom -- Raymond James & Associates -- Analyst

And then thinking about capital, you are heavily concentrated in a couple of States, California, New York that are probably going to be on the conservative end of opening up. Is that like -- is the political risk something, if you think about it, is that a consideration when you're looking at maybe when you look at a couple of States that don't have that type of governance or not really?

Howard G. Berger -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Well, actually, California is leading the way, I think both on a national scale and certainly by our own numbers, in not having seen the same level of decrease in volumes and proceeding more rapidly in the recovery than the East Coast. So I think the California experience is one that has been particularly gratifying and it's also the one where we have the most -- the majority, 90-plus percent of our capitation revenues. All of the medical groups that we capitate with are starting to reopen their offices, actually this month. So we expect those volumes to go up. And when we talk about capitation, I want to remind everybody that all of our medical groups see fee-for-service patients in addition to the HMO capitated lives and are very much a harbinger of where our overall volumes would be. So at least in California we expect to have a much more rapid recovery and I think the effectiveness of both the Governor of California and the Mayor have been successful in reducing the spread of the virus and certainly, the number of fatalities.

New York is a little bit more -- New York and Northern New Jersey are a little bit more of a wildcard, simply because of the density of the population, the requirements for public transportation but Governor Cuomo and Governor Murphy, I think, it is in New Jersey, if I'm correct, has done an excellent job of bringing that down and I'm very happy to see that our volumes, which had dipped down to almost 90% reduction in New York had begun a nice steady recovery over the last 10 to 12 days. And I suspect that as the shelter-at-home and [Indecipherable] Phase 1 get introduced here probably at the end of this week, we will expect those businesses -- that business in those regions to increase. As far as our two other major markets, Delaware and Maryland, I'm happy to report that last week the Governor of Maryland opened up the non-emergent procedures, particularly mammography to be reinstituted. So we expect to see a fairly aggressive increase in screening mammography which only got further emphasized in terms of its importance with the article that came out in the journal Cancer Today, which was very -- for RadNet that has over 20% of its volume in mammography, it's particularly gratifying.

John W. Ransom -- Raymond James & Associates -- Analyst

Great, that's it from me. Thank you.

Howard G. Berger -- President and Chief Executive Officer

All right, John. Take care and stay well.

Operator

And gentlemen, with no other questions, I'd like to turn things back to you all for any closing remarks.

Howard G. Berger -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Again, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our shareholders and stakeholders for their continued support and the employees of RadNet for their dedication and hard work. Management will continue its endeavor to be a market leader that provides great services with an appropriate return on investment for all of our stakeholders. Thank you for your time today. I look forward to our next call. Stay well and be safe.

Operator

[Operator Closing Remarks]

Duration: 65 minutes

Call participants:

Mark D. Stolper -- Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Howard G. Berger -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Brian Tanquilut -- Jefferies & Company -- Analyst

Mitra Ramgopal -- Sidoti & Company -- Analyst

John W. Ransom -- Raymond James & Associates -- Analyst

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