Life Healthcare to hike stake in India chain

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Life Healthcare Supplied. One of Life Healthcare's hospitals in Parktown in Johannesburg. Photo supplied.

Mumbai - South African hospital operator Life Healthcare will invest up to 7.9 billion rupees ($132 million) to raise its stake in an Indian hospital chain, the venture's India partner Max India said on Tuesday.

After the deal, Life Healthcare and Max India will have an equal stake in Max Healthcare, in which the South African company now owns a 26 percent stake.

IFC, an arm of the World Bank, owns 7.5 percent of Max Healthcare and has an option to either retain that or dilute it to 5.4 percent, Max India said.

Life Healthcare's actual investment would depend on IFC's decision on its stake, it said.

Life Healthcare will invest up to 3.97 billion rupees in Max Healthcare by subscribing to new shares.

It will also buy up to 13.30 percent stake in Max Healthcare from Max India, according to a filing by Max India. - Reuters

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