New York-based private equity firm General Atlantic aims to pare its stake in Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences Ltd (KIMS) through an initial public offering (IPO), said three people aware of the development on condition of anonymity.
The hospital chain aims to raise ₹700-800 crore through the IPO, which includes the stake sale by General Atlantic and a fresh issue of shares to raise growth capital, said one of the three people cited above. General Atlantic had invested $130 million in 2018 in KIMS.
“KIMS has recently shortlisted three investment banks to start work on the IPO. The draft red herring prospectus is likely to be filed next quarter,” said the second person cited above.
Emailed queries to KIMS did not elicit a response. General Atlantic chose not to comment.
The hospital chain operates in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana through a network of nine hospitals comprising more than 3,000 beds across Secunderabad, Kondapur, Nellore, Rajamundry, Srikakulam, Ongole, Visakhapatnam, Anantapur and Kurnool, according to the company’s website. The flagship hospital at Secunderabad is one of the largest private hospitals in India at a single location with a capacity of 1,000 beds.
As on 31 March, the promoter and promoter group held 44.59% of KIMS. General Atlantic Investments owned 42.6%, while other minority shareholders held a 12.8% stake in the company, according to a report by rating agency Icra.
“The operating income of the company grew at a compound annual growth rate of 22% during FY2015- FY2020 as the bed capacity was increased to 3,004 in FY2020 from 1,184 in FY2015 and the occupancy rate improved to 74% from 65% during the same period. The company reported a 32% year-on-year (y-o-y) growth in operating income to ₹1,122.6 crore in FY2020, backed by the increase in the occupancy level, a 25.7% growth in inpatient volumes, a 6.8% growth in average revenue per operating bed along with addition of a new hospital (KIMS Kurnool),” said Icra in its report dated 27 July.
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