NMC Health expands into Saudi and raises 2017 EBITDA forecast

 30 Aug 2016 - 0:00

NMC Health expands into Saudi and raises 2017 EBITDA forecast

 

ABU DHABI: NMC Health said yesterday it had expanded into Saudi Arabia through an investment and an acquisition, the first foray into the wider Gulf for the United Arab Emirates-based healthcare provider.
This enabled it to raise its guidance for 2017 group EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation) to $300m from the previously-disclosed $290m, NMC said in a statement.
NMC, along with other companies, is tapping into substantial growth in the sector as the Gulf’s increasingly wealthy population becomes more susceptible to lifestyle diseases such as diabetes.
It has taken a majority stake in a new 120-bed hospital in Jeddah by putting $4m of equity into the operating company.
NMC will also provide a $9m two-year loan to its subsidiary Provita, which will manage the business.
It has also acquired a 70 percent stake in As Salama Hospital in the kingdom’s Eastern Province for $28m, adding 140 beds to its total count.
“This represents another major advance towards our objective of developing a regional leader in the field of specialist long-term care,” said B R Shetty (pictured), chief executive of NMC.
As well as plans to revamp the existing facilities at Khobar-based As Salama, NMC said its strategy includes possible investment and expansion in the central region of Saudi, which includes the capital, Riyadh.
The London-listed firm now has 1,135 operational beds across its network, which is primarily in the UAE but also includes Spanish fertility firm Clinica Eugin.
It generated EBITDA of $115.9m in the first half of 2016, up 68.2 percent over same period of last year.

Reuters