Inflow of nurses to top five European markets

This week, HBI looks at the annual inflow of nurses from abroad to the big five Western European markets - the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain - using public data from OECD. Those looking for an outlier need look no further than the UK.

Cinven looks to take Synlab private as Covid boost falters

Frankfurt-listed Synlab could be about to be taken private following a non-binding full takeover offer earlier this week. With its full year results released yesterday and facing questions about its plans, HBI asks market experts what they think of the move.

Affidea deal – underbidders and EBITDA

HBI hears that the surprise buyer of European imaging and cancer treatment provider Affidea, Groupe Bruxelles Lambert (GBL) may not have been the highest bidder, despite winning out. HBI considers who else was in the running, and the EBITDA figure that may have been used for the deal.

Affidea bought by Groupe Bruxelles Lambert

Groupe Bruxelles Lambert (“GBL”) has signed definitive agreements to acquire a majority stake in European imaging and cancer treatment provider Affidea from B-FLEXION, the private investment firm of the Switzerland-based billionaire Bertarelli family. GBL will invest up to €1bn of equity for the transaction which is its first substantive healthcare investment.

Will record results for Synlab precipitate Cinven sale?

Almost a year after its IPO, lab giant Synlab has posted strong FY21 results bolstered by Covid, but not, it says, dependant on it. Management say extra cash will be used as a springboard for growth. Could it also lead to private equity majority shareholder Cinven selling its remaining interest?

Sector reacts to invasion on Ukraine

How are for-profit health care groups being affected by and reacting to the Russian invasion of Ukraine? Some are providing free services to refugees, others are supporting Ukrainian armed forces. HBI speaks to Michał Rybak, CFO at Lux Med, leading Polish for-profit operator and Konstantin Lebediev, an expert on private healthcare in Ukraine and a former General Manager of the first private hospital in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).

Romanian outlook positive, as for-profits benefit from pandemic outsourcing

Regina Maria, the largest hospital group in Romania, is acquiring Bucharest-based fertility clinic Columna Medical Center. HBI talks to Fady Chreih, Regina Maria CEO, to find out more about the group's overall business strategy and Romanian market in general, while Matthew Strassberg, the CEO of owner Mid Europa, tells HBI that the business is not for sale.

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