East Africa: IFC Leads Buyout of AAR Healthcare

Feb 2020
East Africa, February, 05 2020 - A consortium led by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) is set to acquire a 54.23 percent stake in AAR Healthcare Holdings, the operator of hospitals and clinics in Kenya and other East Africa countries.

The Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK) approved the proposed transaction which will cost the consortium, Hospital Holding Limited, more than Sh1.5 billion.

The regulator says the buyout will not have a negative impact on competition in the local healthcare sector, noting that the consortium intends to make additional investments in AAR besides retaining its current workforce.

“Premised on the above the, Authority approved the proposed acquisition of 54.23 percent of issued shares from AAR Health Care Holdings Limited by Hospital Holding Limited unconditionally,” CAK said in a notice.

Besides IFC, Hospital Holding’s other investors include Sweden’s State-owned investment company Swedfund and other private entities.

The deal follows IFC’s November 2019 announcement that it had partnered with private investors to raise a total of Sh11.5 billion to buy significant stakes in health facilities in Kenya and Tanzania.

IFC in 2013 made an individual Sh400 million ($4 million) equity investment in AAR Healthcare when it operated 28 clinics across the three markets.

AAR is an operational holding company which owns and operates 40 primary care clinics in East Africa and a hospital in Uganda.

In Kenya, AAR runs 21 primary outpatient healthcare clinics which provide consultation, laboratory, pharmacy and basic radiology services.

AAR currently operates 40 primary care clinics in East Africa and a hospital in Uganda.

In Kenya, it runs 21 primary outpatient healthcare clinics providing consultation, laboratory, pharmacy and basic radiology services, giving it a 0.6 percent market share in Kenya.

IFC says its investment in AAR is motivated by the growing trend towards private health care in Africa.

“World Bank Group studies show that 50 percent of health expenditure in sub-Saharan Africa is financed by out-of-pocket payments from individuals,” IFC said.

Source : Business Daily

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