Business Models and Strategy


Cofinimmo expands in Normandy

Cofinimmo has acquired five new healthcare sites in Normandy for approximately €44m further extending its French portfolio. The Belgian-based real estate company's new assets comprise four nursing and care homes, one of which is currently under construction, and one assisted-living facility.

Atrys CFO on recent M&A and pan-European radiotherapy plans

Spain-listed diagnostics and radiotherapy group Atrys Health's CFO talks HBI through the strategic rationale of its spate of recent acquisitions including a €550m merger with another listed group, after we questioned the diversity of deal-making it is pursuing. He says it is looking at acquiring radiotherapy centres in Europe outside Iberia. 

UHCG faces tough call in Brazil

Amy Shaw, the incoming CEO of UnitedHealthcare Global (UHCG), the world's largest owner of for-profit hospitals in emerging markets, faces tough choices. UHCG, the international arm of US insurer UnitedHealth, has a colossal headache in Brazil, by far its largest market. For instance, reports suggest UHCG may have to pay R$1bn to shift its personal policy portfolio in a deal which has already been sweetened by the addition of several hospitals. There is speculation that, like Cigna in the 1990s, which wrote off some US$500m on medical plan Golden Cross, that UnitedHealth may decide to exit Brazil completely. A full pull-out looks unlikely, but the full year 2020 results to be announced on Wednesday, January 20 may well see big write-offs. 

Korian enters long-term real estate partnership

France-based pan-European Care group Korian has entered into a 15-year-partnership with BNP Paribas Cardif and EDF Invest, creating a real estate vehicle with Korian at the helm.

HBI 2020: The future of domiciliary homecare – meeting an insatiable demand

In many markets there is a growing, perhaps even an insatiable demand for unskilled homecare. Is it a sector where it is possible to make money, and how? Is reimbursement sufficient? How do you attract and retain staff? And what effect is COVID having on the market? An expert panel at HBI 2020 considered all this, together with the biggest risks, and best opportunities, as we all dare to look forward to a more normal life in 2021.

HBI 2020: Investor interest in hospitals increases while outpatient valuations drop

Investors from varied backgrounds - infrastructure, private equity, and REIT, are all bullish about the prospects for healthcare investment in 2021, according to a panel of experts speaking at the HBI 2020 European Investment Panel discussion. But the pandemic may have 'readjusted the relative value discussion across sectors' according to one private equity investor.

Interview: Dr Peter Byloos, Optegra

As HBI reported last week, UK, Czechia and Poland-based ophthalmology platform Optegra Eye Health Care is being acquired by H2 Equity Partners. HBI caught up with Optegra CEO Dr Peter Byloos to hear his views on the market (and inevitably these days, the impact of COVID), and to find out about Optegra’s plans under new ownership. 

Operators in Russia and ex-CIS hit hard by COVID

State financing has seen little growth in expenditure in Russia over the last couple of years, while former CIS countries are struggling to fund robust healthcare systems. Despite this, panellists at HBI's Russia and Former CIS - State of the Regions discussion last week found some reasons to be positive.

Interview: Javier Román, CEO, Clece

Clece is one of Spain's largest homecare providers and is also present in the UK, with total domiciliary care sales of over €400m in 2019. HBI gets a snapshot of the business and its views on sector challenges from CEO Javier Román.

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