A hospital-private equity deal is always in the works in India. Entrepreneurs prefer to buy, not build. For obvious reasons. Borrowing is limited for acquisitions, owners need equity financing. Why not. A mid-to-large size hospital is a 15-20 year business, yet it’s being grown with funds on 5 to 8-year exit plans. It’s a necessary evil.

By these measures, if Manipal Group CEO Ranjan Pai has been looking at every hospital worth buying in India in recent years, it’s understandable. Why hasn’t he closed any deal is the million dollar question. For Fortis Healthcare, last year, he made three bids but eventually lost to IHH Healthcare Bhd of Malaysia.


Seema Singh

Seema has over two decades of experience in journalism. Before starting The Ken, Seema wrote “Myth Breaker: Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and the Story of Indian Biotech”, published by HarperCollins in May 2016. Prior to that, she was a senior editor and bureau chief for Bangalore with Forbes India, and before that she wrote for Mint. Seema has written for numerous international publications like IEEE-Spectrum, New Scientist, Cell and Newsweek. Seema is a Knight Science Journalism Fellow from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a MacArthur Foundation Research Grantee.

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