BEIJING, Aug. 20, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- iKang Healthcare Group, Inc. (“iKang” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: KANG), a major provider in China’s fast growing private preventive healthcare services market, today announced that, at an extraordinary general meeting (the “EGM”) held today, the Company’s shareholders voted in favor of the proposal to authorize and approve the previously announced agreement and plan of merger, dated as of March 26, 2018 and amended as of May 29, 2018 (the “Merger Agreement”), by and among the Company, IK Healthcare Investment Limited (“Parent”) and IK Healthcare Merger Limited (“Merger Sub”), pursuant to which, Merger Sub will be merged with and into the Company with the Company continuing as the surviving company and becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Parent (the “Merger”), the plan of merger (the “Plan of Merger”) required to be filed with the Registrar of Companies of the Cayman Islands, and the transactions contemplated thereby, including the Merger.
Approximately 62.91% of the Company’s total outstanding shares, representing approximately 71.92% of the voting rights of the Company’s shares, voted in person or by proxy at the EGM. Of the voting rights of these shares voted in person or by proxy at the EGM, approximately 99.17% were voted in favor of the proposal to authorize and approve the Merger Agreement, the Plan of Merger and the transactions contemplated thereby, including the Merger. The Merger Agreement, the Plan of Merger and the transactions contemplated thereby, including the Merger, were therefore duly authorized and approved by way of special resolutions as required by, and in compliance with, the Companies Law of the Cayman Islands.
If the Merger is completed, the Company will become a privately held company and its American Depositary Shares (“ADSs”), each representing 1/2 of a Class A common share, will no longer be listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market and the ADS program for the ADS will terminate.
The completion of the Merger is subject to the satisfaction or waiver of the conditions set forth in the Merger Agreement. Under Section 7.02(e) of the Merger Agreement, the obligations of Parent and Merger Sub to consummate the Merger and the other transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement are subject to the condition that the holders of no more than 15% of the total issued and outstanding shares of the Company have validly served notices of objection under Section 238(2) of the Cayman Islands Companies Law (“Objection Notices”) to object to the Merger. Prior to the EGM, the Company received Objection Notices from holders of the Company’s Class A common shares representing, collectively, approximately 30.49% of the total issued and outstanding shares of the Company. As a result, the closing condition under Section 7.02(e) of the Merger Agreement is not satisfied. The Company has formally requested that Parent and Merger Sub waive this closing condition. However, the Company cautions its shareholders and others considering trading its securities that, due to the non-satisfaction of the closing condition in Section 7.02(e) of the Merger Agreement, Parent and Merger Sub are not obligated to consummate the Merger or the other transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement and that there is no indication or assurance that Parent and Merger Sub will waive such closing condition.
About iKang Healthcare Group, Inc.
iKang Healthcare Group, Inc. is one of the largest providers in China’s fast-growing private preventive healthcare space through its nationwide healthcare services network.
iKang’s nationwide integrated network of multi-brand self-owned medical centers and third-party facilities, provides comprehensive and high-quality preventive healthcare solutions across China, including medical examination, disease screening, outpatient service and other value-added services. iKang’s customer base primarily comprises corporate clients, who contract with iKang to deliver medical examination services to their employees and clients and receive these services at pre-agreed rates. iKang also directly markets its services to individual customers. In the fiscal year 2017 ended March 31, 2018, iKang served a total of 6.59 million customer visits under both corporate and individual programs.
As of August 20, 2018, iKang has a nationwide network of 114 self-owned medical centers, covering 33 of China’s most affluent cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Tianjin, Nanjing, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Fuzhou, Jiangyin, Changzhou, Wuhan, Changsha, Yantai, Yinchuan, Weihai, Weifang, Shenyang, Xi’an, Wuhu, Guiyang, Ningbo, Foshan, Jinan, Bijie, Qingdao, Wuxi, Kaili, Mianyang and Zhenjiang, as well as Hong Kong. iKang has also extended its coverage to over 200 cities by contracting with over 400 third-party facilities, which include select 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 operate its own medical centers.
This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements, including management quotes and business outlook, are made under the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “will,” “estimate,” “project,” “predict,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “potential,” “plan,” “goal” and similar statements. iKang may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in its annual report to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Such statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about: the expected timing of the completion of the Merger; whether various closing conditions for the Merger will be satisfied or waived; the Company’s goals and strategies; its future business development, financial condition and results of operations; its ability to retain and grow its customer base and network of medical centers; the growth of, and trends in, the markets for its services in China; the demand for and market acceptance of its brand and services; competition in its industry in China; relevant government policies and regulations relating to the corporate structure, business and industry; fluctuations in general economic and business conditions in China. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in iKang’s filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. iKang undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable law.
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