BEIJING, Nov. 01, 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 made the following announcement regarding the proposed merger (the “Merger”) pursuant to the agreement and plan of merger dated as of March 26, 2018, as amended pursuant to Amendment No. 1 thereto dated as of May 29, 2018 and Amendment No. 2 thereto dated as of September 25, 2018 (the “Merger Agreement”), by and among the Company, IK Healthcare Investment Limited (“Parent”) and IK Healthcare Merger Limited (“Merger Sub”).
As previously disclosed, under the Merger Agreement, either the Company or Parent have the right to terminate the Merger Agreement if the Merger has not been completed by October 31, 2018 (the “Termination Date”). Accordingly, as the Termination Date has passed and the Merger has not been completed, either the Company or Parent may terminate the Merger Agreement at any time going forward.
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 to object to the Merger. As previously disclosed, such closing condition under Section 7.02(e) of the Merger Agreement is not satisfied, and thus, Parent and Merger Sub are not obligated to consummate the Merger or the other transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement.
The Company has continued to request that Parent and Merger Sub waive the closing condition under Section 7.02(e). However, Parent and Merger Sub have not agreed to waive the closing condition. The Special Committee of the Board of Directors is continuing to engage in discussions with Parent and Merger Sub, and the Board of Directors of the Company is evaluating the Company’s alternatives. The Company cautions its shareholders and others considering trading its securities that there is no indication or assurance that Parent and Merger Sub will waive the closing condition and proceed to consummate the Merger.
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 first quarter ended June 30, 2018, iKang served a total of 1.68 million customer visits under both corporate and individual programs.
As of November 1, 2018, iKang has a nationwide network of 116 self-owned operating medical centers, covering 34 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, Zhenjiang and Guyuan, 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: whether the Merger Agreement will be terminated; whether closing conditions for the Merger will be satisfied or waived; whether the Merger will be consummated; 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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