B.S. Ajaikumar, Chairman and CEO of HealthCare Global Enterprises, in a chat with with CNBC-TV18, shed light on the company’s business outlook and its plans to consolidate the Nagpur cancer hospital into a state-of-the-art centre of excellence.
Healthcare Global Enterprises is making significant strides in its expansion efforts in Nagpur. The company has recently announced its plans to consolidate its operations in the city, demonstrating its commitment to providing quality healthcare services to the residents of Nagpur and its surrounding areas.
B.S. Ajaikumar, Chairman and CEO of HealthCare Global Enterprises, discussed this development and shed light on the company’s business outlook in an interview with CNBC-TV18.
Below are excerpts from the interview:
Q: Can you give us some more details on this? You had indicated this before but now you are executing it. Can you tell us what the timeline of the completion of this deal would be, what are the reasons for this acquisition?
Q: What’s the bed capacity and occupancy in the hospital? I think the revenues were approximately Rs 50-51 crore. How do you see the scaling up in the time to come?
A: There are about 120 beds. We have built a very big centre in Nagpur. It is a state-of-the-art centre. And we think with this, the expansion possibilities are there. We are bringing new technology, (including) state-of-the-art radiation equipment. Robotic surgery is also in the works. So, with the help of Dr Ajay Mehta, we want to make this one of the centres of excellence.
Nagpur is at the centre of the country. So, it is very premier for us. (We will) expand locally and create a hub and spoke model around Nagpur. That is how we expect to grow in this region.
Q: Any other inorganic plans that you have and any kind of war chest, any amount that you have laid out for these acquisitions over the next 12-18 months?
A: We have declared in the last meeting that we are in the process of some acquisitions, M&A activity, but today I will not go into details. We are also in the silent period, but we hope to make some announcement in the next few months around some significant M&A activity.
Q: Can you tell us a bit about this centre itself? What is it doing in terms of occupancy levels? How much do you think the growth rate could be for the business over the next one year?
A: Just to take some parameters — our footfall has increased over 20-25 percent. Our occupancy rate is around 60 percent and we expect this to increase to about 70-80 percent as we grow.
The most important thing is our outpatient has increased significantly. In fact, our linear accelerator is running to full capacity and we are also looking at installing the second linear accelerator in the near future.
Nagpur has done very well if you look at the history in the last few years. And now with this consolidation, as we have announced, we will be adding additional EBITDA of nearly Rs 7.5 crore to our system — which will be significant financial upside.
Q: Rs 7.5 crore by when?
A: Once the consolidation is announced, once we get the necessary approval, it will add to that… we are hoping in this quarter.
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(Edited by : Shoma Bhattacharjee)