Increases Reach of Nationwide Network
BEIJING, June 24, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- iKang Healthcare Group, Inc. ("iKang" or the "Company") (Nasdaq:KANG), China's largest private preventive healthcare services provider, has acquired 100% equity interest in Yantai Hongkang Tijian Co. Ltd. and Yantai Hongkang Jiankang Tijian Co. Ltd. Each of the above company wholly owns a medical center specializing in medical examination services in the city of Yantai. iKang thereby indirectly acquired two medical centers in Yantai.
This acquisition will mark iKang's first foray into Shandong Province, which has a population close to 100 million and built itself as one of the largest economies in China. Hongkang, founded in 2009 with a well-established customer base and excellent medical team, is the No.1 private medical examination service provider in Yantai, which is ranked as the No. 2 city in term of GDP in Shandong Province.
Mr. Lee Ligang Zhang, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of iKang, commented on the acquisition. "We are very pleased to welcome Hongkang into the iKang family. Not only will these acquisitions help to strengthen our presence in lucrative tier 3 cities such as Yantai, it will also enable us to expand our reach into nearby cities in Shandong Province and build a much greater presence in the whole province. Our dual expansion strategy, aligning acquisitions with a self-building model, ensures that our penetration into important new markets such as Shandong will bring effective rewards as this acquisition establishes us as the largest medical examination provider in Yantai. Our already sizeable presence in East China is steadily growing, and further cements our position as the largest player in the preventive healthcare services market in China."
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 June 24, 2015, iKang's nationwide network consisted of 72 self-owned medical centers covering 19 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 and Shenyang, 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.
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