Affinity Equity mulls selling Island Hospital


  • Corporate News
  • Saturday, 18 Jan 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Affinity Equity Partners Ltd is considering selling Island Hospital Bhd, a medical hospital in Malaysia, according to sources.

The buyout firm is working with an adviser on the potential sale of the facility in Penang state, north of Kuala Lumpur, said the sources.A deal could fetch US$500mil to US$1bil, said the sources.

In any sale, Island Hospital will be joining other hospital operators in South-East Asia in having new owners. Last year,

Columbia Pacific Management Inc announced the sale of its stake in its hospitals in the region to Hong Leong Group and TPG Capital for US$1.2bil, while Metro Pacific Investment Corp divested some shares in its hospital in the Philippines to KKR &Co and Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC Pte.

Affinity bought Island Hospital in 2015 for an undisclosed sum, according to its website.

Sale considerations are at a nearly stage and the private equity firm might not proceed with a transaction, the sources said

Deliberations of the sale are at a preliminary stage and may not result in a transaction, the sources said.

A representative for Affinity didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Island Hospital, founded in 1996, has 300 beds with over 50 full-time specialists who treat more than 300,000 patients a year, according to its website.

The hospital offers a wide range of treatment services including mamography, liver diagnosis, anti-gravity treadmill and a pathology centre.

The hospital embarked on a nearly RM2bil expansion plan that involves the construction of a new 600-bed hospital, Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said in an interview with The Sun Daily in 2018.

Phase one of the project is expected to be completed by the start of 2021, he told the newspaper at that time. — Bloomberg


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