United Arab Emirates


NMC CEO standing down

Michael B. Davis, the CEO of the UAE's largest private sector healthcare provider, NMC Healthcare, is standing down. His last day with the group will be December 20, and he leaves having steered the group through the most trying years in its history. Once seemingly facing financial ruin, NMC came out of administration at the end of last year.

VPS IPO stalls

Abu Dhabi-based multinational healthcare group VPS seems to have quietly canned its planned IPO.

Bid may undervalue Mediclinic

South African analysts say the 504p per share, £3.7bn proposed cash offer for Mediclinic International's equity, the South African, Swiss and Middle East hospital group may somewhat undervalue the business. The current offer equates to an enterprise value of £5.88bn. Analysts put the break up value on an enterprise value at between £5.5bn and £6.2bn. HBI reckons the equity alone could be worth £5.2bn.

HBI 2022: Balance of power in MENA is shifting

There is a risk, when looking at healthcare markets in MENA, of lumping all the countries together as one - but each market has very specific requirements, and very specific characteristics. A panel at HBI 2022 chaired by Hamid Yunis, partner at global law firm McDermott Will & Emery, investigated challenges and opportunities in the region - and how rapidly the markets are changing and why overseas players now need to work harder to impress.

Mediclinic rejects £3.4bn takeover bid from consortium led by largest shareholder

Multinational South African hospital group Mediclinic has rejected a proposal for a possible cash offer of £3.4bn for the company’s entire share capital. The proposal came from a consortium comprising Mediclinic’s current largest shareholder, South African investment holding firm Remgro, and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), the world’s second largest container shipping provider.

Mediclinic returns to growth in FY22

A strong performance at home saw South African hospital group Mediclinic's revenue grow 8% in the financial year ending March 31, 2022 and its EBITDA margin move up two percentage points to 16%.

Ramsay makes eye-watering bid for GHP

Ramsay Santé, the European branch of multinational hospital giant Ramsay Healthcare, has made a bid for listed Swedish specialty care provider GHP Specialty Care.

Amanat targets post-acute care

Amanat, the listed, Dubai-based healthcare and education investor, sees big opportunities in post acute care as it reveals strong 2021 results.

ADQ/Alpha Dhabi merger is ‘backdoor nationalisation’ of Abu Dhabi healthcare

A well-placed source tells us the merger between major UAE healthcare groups Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), the National Health Insurance Company (Daman) and Alpha Dhabi’s Pure Health, effectively amounts to a ‘backdoor nationalisation’ of the healthcare system in Abu Dhabi, and that it will now be difficult for any newcomers to enter the market. 

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