asterDubai-headquartered Aster DM Healthcare will focus on medical tourism and it will add hospitals south and west India as part of its expansion plan in India, a statement said.

The group runs 14 hospitals across Gulf states and India soon file for an initial public offering. According to media reports, the group is valued at Rs 12,000 crore and is expected to offer 10 per cent stake worth Rs 1,200 crore in its offering.

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“We have an expansion plan for India and will focus on South and West India. In the last few months we have invested about Rs 550 crore in an advanced hospital in Kochi and we will invest Rs 230 crore in our hospital in Bengaluru,” said group chairperson Dr Azad Moopen. Recently the group also acquired 57 per cent stake in a hospital in Riyadh in $253 million deal.

Moopen and other promoters own 52 per cent while private equity firms own 35 per cent in the hospital chain. In the last fiscal the group posted a consolidated revenue of $650 million (about Rs 4,200 crore).

” About ten per cent of the patients in our hospital in Kochi are from Gulf states especially Oman and they contributed about 17 per cent of the hospital’s revenue,” added Alisha Moopen, the group’s director (corporate affairs).

Aster DM Healthcare has a mix of both owned and leased hospitals offering totally 1,845 beds. This includes eight hospitals in India and six in Gulf. It will add 1,380 beds over next few months. In the Gulf it also runs pharmacies and clinics under different brands.

The group is also focusing on medical tourism to increase bed occupancy and revenue of its hospitals in India. Patients from abroad opt for higher priced rooms and thus aid in revenue growth.

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