BEIJING, Feb. 02, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- iKang Healthcare Group, Inc. (“iKang” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq:KANG), China’s largest private preventive healthcare services provider, today announced that it has completed a strategic investment in New China Life Insurance Health Investment Management Co., Ltd. (“NCI Health”). After the investment, New China Life Insurance Co., Ltd. (“NCI”), iKang and another investor hold 45%, 45% and 10% equity interest in NCI Health, respectively.
NCI Health was established by New China Life Insurance Co., Ltd. on December 13, 2012. It has invested in and operates a total of 16 medical centers in 16 cities, namely, Xi’an, Wuhan, Qingdao, Baoji, Chengdu, Chongqing, Hefei, Changsha, Yantai, Zhengzhou, Jinan, Huhehaote, Changde, Nanjing, Tangshan, and Hangzhou. These medical centers mainly provide medical examination services to corporate and individual customers.
Mr. Lee Ligang Zhang, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of iKang, commented on the investment, “We are delighted to make this strategic investment in NCI Health and form a strategic partnership with NCI. With the combined network built by NCI Health and iKang, we believe that both companies will be able to provide consistently high quality medical services to their respective corporate and individual customers, with expanded geographic coverage.”
Mr. Zhang added, “As the largest player in China’s preventative healthcare services market, iKang will continue to build on its dual expansion strategy that aligns acquisitions and investments with a self-built model. With this strategy we intend to capture even greater opportunities in the current covered regions and beyond to provide an enhanced nationwide service.”
The Hina Group Holdings has served as the exclusive financial advisor to iKang in this transaction.
About iKang Healthcare Group, Inc.
iKang Healthcare Group, Inc. is the largest provider in China's fast growing private preventive healthcare services market, accounting for approximately 13.6% of market share in terms of revenue in calendar year 2014.
Through iKang's integrated service platform and established nationwide network of medical centers and third-party service provider facilities, the Company provides comprehensive and high quality preventive healthcare solutions, including a wide range of medical examinations services and value-added services including disease screening and other services. iKang's customers are primarily corporate customers who contract the Company to provide medical examination services to their employees and clients, and pay for these services at pre-negotiated prices. iKang also directly markets its services to individual customers. In the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, the Company served a total of 3.6 million customer visits under both corporate and individual programs.
As of February 2, 2016, iKang's nationwide network consisted of 84(1) self-owned medical centers covering 24 of the most affluent cities in China, namely Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Tianjin, Nanjing, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Fuzhou, Changchun, Jiangyin, Changzhou, Wuhan, Changsha, Yantai, Yinchuan, Weihai, Weifang, Shenyang and Xi’an, Foshan, as well as Hong Kong. The Company has also supplemented its self-owned medical center network by contracting with approximately 400 third-party service provider facilities in over 150 cities, which include selected independent medical examination centers and hospitals across all of China's provinces, creating a nationwide network that allows iKang to serve its customers in markets where it does not have self-owned medical centers.
(1) Among the 84 self-owned medical centers, two medical centers are currently operated primarily by the minority shareholders of these medical centers or their parent company.
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