Georgia Healthcare Group (“GHG”) has signed a binding Memorandum of Understanding, subject to relevant regulatory approvals, to acquire 50.0% equity interest in GNCo (the “Company”), with effective management and operational control over the Company. GNCo is a holding company that owns 100% of High Technology Medical Center University Clinic (“HTMC”), a 450-bed major and well-established referral hospital in Tbilisi, which provides a wide range of in-patient and out-patient services, including the largest department of oncology radiotherapy in Georgia. HTMC is the single largest hospital in Georgia.
The acquisition of this new hospital is consistent with the company’s announced strategy to grow its healthcare services business through targeted hospital acquisitions focusing on Tbilisi. Upon completion of the acquisition, GHG’s portfolio will include 41 healthcare facilities and 2,670 beds across Georgia, further increasing the gap with the nearest competitor and offering increasing number of patients an access to quality healthcare.
“I would like to congratulate our healthcare team on the completion of this substantial transaction, which solidifies our franchise in the capital city. With this acquisition, our healthcare business is very well positioned for its planned international stock market listing in the second half of 2015. Furthermore, our healthcare team will shift its focus from acquisition to integration and organic development mode following this transaction,” Irakli Gilauri, Chief Executive Officer of Bank of Georgia Holdings, a 100% shareholder of GHG.
“With this acquisition, we have reached another major milestone on the way to realising our strategy of doubling 2015 revenues by 2018. We expect our share by hospital beds to reach 27.4% nationwide and 24.3% in Tbilisi, where average spending and utilisation is substantially higher than in other parts of Georgia. This acquisition will enable us to tap a new segment of patients and we also expect to deliver significant cost synergies over the next few months as we integrate the new hospital. Following this transaction, we will operate 2,670 beds nationwide, with capacity to develop at least an additional 400 beds in Tbilisi as a result of recent acquisitions,” commented Nikoloz Gamkrelidze, Chief Executive Officer, Georgia Healthcare Group.