By Emmie Abadilla
Global investment firm KKR is infusing P35.5 billion in Metro Pacific Hospital Holdings, Inc. (Metro Pacific Hospitals), operator of the largest private hospitals and healthcare network in the Philippines in terms of authorized bed capacity and revenue, with interests in 14 hospitals and 3,200 beds across the country.
Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC), KKR, and Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, GIC, Tuesday (October 15, 2019) announced they have signed definitive agreements under which KKR and an affiliate of GIC will invest in Metro Pacific Hospitals through a series of investments in common shares in the latter and in mandatorily exchangeable bonds issued by MPIC.
GIC will restructure its current investment in Metro Pacific Hospitals and will re-invest alongside KKR.
Under the terms of the agreement, the KKR-led consortium will subscribe to P5.2 billion ($100 million) worth of 41,366,178 new common shares in Metro Pacific Hospitals equivalent to 6.25 percent of its aggregate par value.
Proceeds from the sale of shares will be used to support Metro Pacific Hospitals’ potential investments in additional hospitals and new healthcare businesses. The capital will also be used to grow its existing subsidiaries, associates, and joint ventures.
As part of MPIC’s wider financing arrangements, the KKR-led consortium will also invest in a P30.1 billion ($580.0 million) mandatorily exchangeable bond issued by MPIC.
The exchangeable bond shall grant the KKR-led consortium the right to exchange the bond for 239,932,962 common shares in Metro Pacific Hospitals on the sooner of 10 years or an initial public offering, which may be considered after further development of the business.
MPIC plans to use the proceeds of this issuance to reduce its bank borrowings.
“This new partnership in the healthcare sector is an extension of our successful relationship with KKR with its investment in Voyager Innovations, a digital technology company of MPIC’s sister company PLDT,” remarked Manuel V. Pangilinan, Chairman of MPIC and Metro Pacific Hospitals.
“KKR’s record of assisting transformational businesses is well known and our plans for the future of Metro Pacific Hospitals are ambitious,” he added.
“KKR’s cash infusion into Metro Pacific Hospitals will enable us to further grow our network, on our way to our new target of 5,000 beds and 30 hospitals before 2030,” according to Augusto P. Palisoc Jr., President & CEO of Metro Pacific Hospitals.
“We also look forward to accessing KKR’s various healthcare companies in its global portfolio, to bring over new technologies and processes to improve healthcare services in our country.”
MPIC has also decided to postpone the initial public offering for Metro Pacific Hospitals, revealed Jose Ma. K. Lim, President and CEO of MPIC.
“After much consideration, we believe we have found the best way forward for Metro Pacific Hospitals and MPIC with this new partnership,” said Lim.
KKR has a long track record of supporting companies in the global healthcare sector. Beyond delivering financial capital, KKR helps companies grow by providing access to the firm’s operational expertise, global infrastructure, deep network, and resources from its more than 100 current portfolio companies worldwide.
In addition to Metro Pacific Hospitals, KKR has invested in leading technology company Voyager Innovations in the Philippines.
“This is not only about bringing operational value and capital support to this business — it’s about supporting the impressive doctors, nurses and healthcare practitioners at Metro Pacific Hospitals who help millions of patients across the Philippines,” remarked Ashish Shastry, KKR’sCo-Head of Asia Pacific Private Equity and Head of Southeast Asia.
Conditions precedent to completion of the transaction include obtaining the necessary corporate approvals (including customary corporate and internal approvals) and regulatory and third-party consents, approvals and confirmations.
The transactions are expected to complete by the end of 2019. KKR will make this investment from its Asian Fund III.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch and UBS are acting as financial advisors to MPIC and GIC. Milbank LLP and Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos are acting as legal counsels to MPIC and GIC. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and Sycip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan are acting as legal counsels of KKR.