Life Healthcare to invest Rs. 764cr in Max Healthcare

LHC will invest up to Rs. 397 Cr directly in MHC by subscribing to fresh equity at Rs. 67.50 per share

July 23, 2014 9:26 IST | India Infoline News Service
Life Healthcare (LHC), a $2bn South African healthcare major, is set to invest up to an additional Rs. 794 Cr in Max Healthcare (MHC), a private healthcare provider. LHC will pay Rs. 67.50 per share to equalize its stake with Max India in MHC, in an all cash transaction which puts the enterprise value of MHC at Rs 3,650/- Cr and its Equity value at Rs. 2,884 Cr.
In January 2012, Life Healthcare had invested Rs 50.24 per share, translating to Rs 516.5 Cr, to acquire a 26% stake in Max Healthcare. The current transaction will lead to equalization of stake of both joint venture partners as envisaged in their original JV agreement.
Post transaction, both JV partners will have equal representation on the MHC Board. The brand name of Max Healthcare will remain unchanged.
Rahul Khosla, Managing Director, Max India and Chairman, Max Healthcare, said, “Max India and Life Healthcare’s joint venture has evolved into a mutually beneficial partnership with a clear meeting of minds on critical decisions such as business development, growth strategies, talent management and driving performance to achieve the highest standards of medical and service excellence. As MHC prepares itself for its third wave of growth it will stand to benefit immensely from LHC’s considerable experience in managing a large and widespread network of hospitals. Both the joint venture partners are committed to expand and grow the company rapidly.”
Andre Meyer, CEO, Life Healthcare, said, “India is a very important market for us. Our relationship with Max had been very constructive. Both Max and LHC were very keen on growing our partnership and the stake equalization is an important step in this direction.”
LHC will invest up to Rs. 397 Cr directly in MHC by subscribing to fresh equity at Rs. 67.50 per share. It will also acquire upto 13.3% of existing stake in the Company from Max India at Rs. 67.50 per share for upto Rs. 383 Cr, to achieve an equal shareholding as that of its JV partner Max India.
IFC, Washington currently holds 7.5% stake in MHC and has the option of either maintaining its 7.5% stake, by converting a portion of its preference shares to equity, or exercising a proportionate tag along right with Max India so as to dilute its shareholding to 5.4 %. The actual amount invested by Life Healthcare (and thus the amount received by Max Healthcare and Max India) will vary depending on IFC, Washington’s decision.
Max Healthcare operates 12 hospitals in North India, with a focus on high end tertiary and quaternary care. It undertook an exponential phase of organic expansion a year ago, by launching four new hospitals in Delhi-NCR and North India to nearly double its capacity to almost 2000 beds. The company’s revenue in FY 14 was Rs. 1,407 crore, a growth of 22% YoY. Its EBITDA in the same period grew by 59% YoY, to Rs. 113 crore.
The Boards of Max India, Life Healthcare and Max Healthcare approved the transaction earlier today. The transaction is subject to execution of definitive agreements and receipt of requisite statutory approvals.
Life Healthcare is the second largest private hospital operators in South Africa. It currently owns and operates 63 facilities with 8322 beds in a comprehensive geographic spread over seven South African provinces and Botswana.

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