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Manipal Health in talks to purchase India operations of Columbia Asia for Rs 1,600 crore – Home Health Choices

Bengaluru: Manipal Health Enterprises is in superior talks to amass the Indian operations of the Columbia Asia hospital chain from its US-based house owners for about Rs 1,600 crore, folks near the matter advised ET.

Columbia Pacific Management, which owns Columbia Asia, is an entire exit from its India healthcare enterprise, they stated. The two sides are more likely to make a proper announcement quickly, the folks stated.

If the deal goes by, Columbia Asia can be rebranded Manipal Hospitals, which can seemingly change into the second largest hospital chain in India with 26 hospitals and practically 7,000 beds, behind Apollo Hospitals.

Manipal Hospitals chairman H Sudarshan Ballal declined to remark when ET contacted him. Columbia Pacific managing director Nathan McLemore, in an emailed response to ET’s questions, stated his firm was unable to supply any remark at the moment.

“We will certainly notify you if and when we have something we can announce,” he stated. The folks ET spoke to stated Manipal Education & Medical Group, which owns Manipal Health, was aiming to launch the chain beneath its personal model by April subsequent yr, offered it accomplished the deal by then.

Though the talks have been ongoing for a while, Manipal group executives have been tight-lipped about it, as two comparable makes an attempt up to now — for Fortis and Medanta — had not materialised after the discussions had proven promise.

Manipal Health and the Indian operations of Columbia Asia are based mostly in Bengaluru. Billionaire Ranjan Pai-led Manipal Health runs 15 multispecialty hospitals — in Bengaluru, Delhi, Jaipur, Goa, Salem, Vijayawada and Mangaluru, and in Malaysia.

Private fairness agency TPG Capital and Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund Temasek Holdings personal about 25% and 18%, respectively, in Manipal Health.

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