Continues to Bolster Its Presence in Southwest China
BEIJING, March 23, 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 formed a joint venture (“Joint Venture”) with Guizhou Hearst Healthcare Management Co., Ltd. iKang now owns a 60% equity in the Joint Venture, which controls 100% ownership of Guizhou Wishstar Medical Center.
This acquisition marks iKang’s first in Guiyang and will effectively expand its presence in the Southwest China market. Guiyang has been dubbed a global capital of summer resorts due to its cool and pleasant weather, and has been recommended by the government to develop its healthcare industry.
Mr. Lee Ligang Zhang, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of iKang, commented on the investment. “We are delighted to welcome Wishstar and their committed team into our family. Guizhou is a key strategic market for iKang in 2016, and Wishstar’s healthcare vision aligns excellently with our own. Their already stellar reputation in Guiyang means that with this Joint Venture we can quickly enter into the local market and extend our presence throughout the province.”
He added, “As a pioneer in China's preventive healthcare services market, iKang will continue to optimize our network by accelerating market expansion in tier 2 and 3 cities, especially in new cities such as Guiyang, to enhance our competitiveness and offer a better nationwide service.”
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 March 23, 2016, iKang's nationwide network consisted of 86(1) self-owned medical centers covering 26 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, Xi’an, Wuhu, Guiyang and 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 86 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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