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Aster DM Healthcare to See Shift as Private Equity Firm Olympus Offloads Stake

Private equity firm Olympus is selling nearly 10% of its stake in Aster DM Healthcare, a leading healthcare provider in India and the GCC region. This move comes amidst the company's separation of its Indian and GCC businesses and plans for expansion in North India.

Aster DM Healthcare to See Shift as Private Equity Firm Olympus Offloads Stake

Aster DM Healthcare Reorganizes with Stake Sale and Expansion Plans

 

Aster DM Healthcare, a prominent healthcare provider operating in India and the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) region, is undergoing a significant shift. Private equity firm Olympus Capital, a major stakeholder in the company, is planning to sell a portion of its holding. This development coincides with Aster DM's ongoing business separation plan and its strategic focus on the Indian market.

 

Olympus Capital Trims Stake Through Block Deal

According to a Reuters report, Olympus Capital intends to offload approximately 9.8% of its existing stake in Aster DM Healthcare via a block deal. This transaction is estimated to generate Rs 19.53 billion (nearly $234.5 million). The offering price is set within a range of Rs 400-437.20 per share, translating to a total deal value of Rs 1,952.8 crore. Notably, the lower end of the price range represents an 8.5% discount compared to Aster DM's closing stock price on Tuesday.

 

Business Separation Nearing Completion

Just last week, Aster DM Healthcare announced the nearing completion of its business separation plan, dividing its operations into distinct entities for the Indian and GCC markets. This move involves a significant development: a Fajr Capital-led consortium acquiring a 65% stake in Aster DM's GCC business. The separation plan received shareholder approval in January 2024, and the company secured the necessary corporate approvals in November 2023.

 

Focus on the Booming Indian Healthcare Market

Aster DM Healthcare's strategic shift is further highlighted by its renewed focus on the Indian market. Business Today reports that the company intends to double down on its presence in India and expand its reach into the northern region. Currently, Aster DM's healthcare centers are primarily concentrated in South India, particularly Kerala, where six out of its nineteen Indian hospitals are situated.

 

Solid Financial Performance

Aster DM Healthcare's recent financial results indicate a period of growth. The company's net profit for Q3 FY2024 witnessed a significant 28.6% year-on-year jump, reaching Rs 179.2 crore. Revenue from operations also rose by 16.2%, reaching Rs 3,710.6 crore compared to Rs 3,192.1 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous fiscal year.

 

The company's operational performance reflects similar positive trends. EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization) witnessed a 25.7% increase to Rs 564 crore in Q3 FY2024, compared to Rs 448.6 crore in Q3 FY2023. The EBITDA margin also improved, reaching 15.2% in the reporting quarter against 14.1% a year ago.

 

Looking Ahead: A Transformed Aster DM Healthcare

The upcoming stake sale by Olympus Capital, coupled with Aster DM Healthcare's business separation and focus on the Indian market, signals a period of transformation for the company. With a renewed strategic direction and promising financial performance, Aster DM seems poised to capitalize on the growing Indian healthcare sector while maintaining its presence in the GCC region.


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