This small-cap ASX healthcare share just hit a 52-week high

It’s been a great week for the healthcare company’s shares…

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The Healthia Ltd (ASX: HLA) share price is trading at an all-time high today after a stellar week on the market.

Shares in the healthcare company are currently swapping hands at $2.41, up 3% on the day and 10% in the past week. The Healthia share price is also up 96.5% in the past year.

Let’s take a look at what might be impacting investor confidence in the company lately.

What is the company up to?

Healthia operates podiatry, physiotherapy, and optometry businesses all over the nation.

The Healthia share price has been surging in the final week of December on the back of several major acquisitions.

On Christmas Eve, the company informed investors it is taking over two businesses in Queensland and one company in Victoria. This includes two physiotherapy businesses and an optometry company.

These acquisitions will improve revenue by $9.52 million and increase earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation (EBITDA) by $1.9 million.

The company also revealed it had completed settlement on five PhysioWorks physiotherapy clinics in Southeast Queensland. These were first announced to the market on November 15.

In a further possible boost to the Healthia share price, the company advised on December 23 it has completed settlement for 63 Back in Motion physiotherapy clinics. Collectively, the clinics generated an underlying revenue of $62.3 million and EBITDA of $12.2 million in the 2021 financial year.

Overall, Healthia is expecting all the acquisitions in the final six months of the year will increase underlying revenue by $82.9 million and EBITDA by $15.9 million.

The company has had a significant year despite its clinics being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In October, Healthia advised the market 798 staff had received JobKeeper payments, totalling $10.8 million, in the last financial year.

Healthia share price recap

The Healthia share price has skyrocketed more than 93% in the year to date and has risen nearly 15% in the past month.

In contrast, the benchmark S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) has returned more than 12% in the past year.

The company has a market capitalisation of more than $306 million based on the current share price.

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The Motley Fool Australia's parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. owns and has recommended HEALTHIA FPO. The Motley Fool Australia has recommended HEALTHIA FPO. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Bruce Jackson.

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