HELIOS continues expansion in German hospital market, acquires Damp Group
Damp operates seven acute care hospitals and four post acute care hospitals with a total of 4,112 beds (thereof 2,649 in acute care) and is among the ten largest private hospital operators in Germany. In addition, Damp operates eight outpatient medical care centers, two nursing care facilities with a total of 606 beds and a wellness resort. The company has 5,971 full-time employees.
The acquisition of Damp is an excellent geographic fit with the HELIOS hospital network in the north and northeast of Germany. The Damp hospitals enjoy a strong local market position and offer considerable growth potential. Both Damp and HELIOS were co-founders of the leading German medical quality initiative "Initiative Qualitätsmedizin".
In 2010, Damp achieved sales of €487 million and operating profit (EBIT) of €21 million. Acute care contributed 73% to total sales, post acute care 20%. The parties agreed not to disclose the purchase price.
Ulf Mark Schneider, CEO of Fresenius, commented: "We take advantage of this excellent opportunity to acquire a well-positioned and profitable company to strengthen HELIOS' presence in the German hospital market. As demonstrated with the acquisition of the privately-owned hospital operator Humaine in 2006, we will integrate Damp into the HELIOS network and achieve margin improvements in line with our established financial targets. Our focus on acquiring public-sector hospitals remains unchanged as we see a rebound in the German hospital privatization market."
The acquisition is still subject to the approval of local and antitrust authorities. Due to the geographic proximity of the HELIOS hospital Schwerin, HELIOS has to divest the Damp hospital Wismar (505 beds, sales of approximately €60 million) to secure regulatory clearance of the transaction.
HELIOS anticipates to close the transaction in the first half of 2012. The acquisition is expected to be accretive to Fresenius Group's earnings per share in 2013.
The acquisition will be financed from cash flow and debt. For 2012, the Damp acquisition and Fresenius Medical Care's recently announced acquisitions are not expected to lead to Group leverage above the target range of 2.5 to 3.0 net debt/EBITDA.
HELIOS Kliniken Group has 64 clinics, of which 44 are acute hospitals and 20 are post acute care clinics. With five maximum care hospitals in Berlin-Buch, Erfurt, Krefeld, Schwerin and Wuppertal, HELIOS maintains a leading market position in the privatization of hospitals of this size in Germany. In addition, HELIOS has 30 medical care centers. HELIOS is one of the largest providers of inpatient and outpatient care in Germany and treats more than 2 million patients per year, thereof approximately 650,000 are inpatients. HELIOS has about 19,000 beds and 34,000 employees. Sales in 2010 were €2.5 billion.
For more information visit the Company's website at www.helios-kliniken.de.
Fresenius AG (SE)
Fresenius is a health care group with international operations, providing products and services for dialysis, hospital and outpatient medical care. In 2010, Group sales were approximately €16.0 billion. On June 30, 2011 the Fresenius Group had 142,933 employees worldwide.
For more information visit the Company's website at www.fresenius.com.