Bupa to Buy Additional 23% Stake in Max Bupa for Rs 191 crore

Max Bupa Health Insurance (Max Bupa), a standalone health insurer, has announced that its foreign parent Bupa has executed agreements to acquire an additional 23 per cent stake in the health insurer.

Max Bupa is a 74:26 joint venture (JV)  between Max India and Bupa.

“Bupa will pay around Rs 191 crore to Max India in an all-cash transaction, to increase its stake in Max Bupa from 26% to 49%,” Max Bupa Health Insurance said in a statement.

Bupa, it said, has executed agreements to acquire an additional 23% stake in Max Bupa, one of India’s leading

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The UK health care group was the first foreign insurer to announce its intent to increase its stake to 49% in its Indian health insurance subsidiary after the government relaxed Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) participation rules for insurance companies.

“Since that announcement in January 2015, Bupa and Max India have been working to align their joint venture (JV) agreements with the Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill 2015 for Indian-owned and controlled businesses,” the statement said.

The new agreements will come into force after the requisite regulatory clearances have been secured from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) and the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI).

Launched in 2010, Max Bupa is the seventh largest private health insurer in India. It has more than two million customers across India.

Its local parent Max India is one of India’s leading multi-business corporates and currently owns 74% of Max Bupa. Its foreign parent Bupa is a UK-headquartered global healthcare group, which holds 26% stake in the company.

After the deal, Max India’s stake in the venture will come down to 51%.

Rahul Khosla, Managing Director, Max India Ltd said, “Bupa’s stake increase is a clear affirmation of the huge growth opportunity for health insurance in India.The cash received from the transaction will support growth aspirations of the Max Group as well as for Max Bupa. ”

Speaking at the occasion, David Fletcher, Managing Director of International Development Markets at Bupa said, “We see enormous opportunity in India to build on the great foundations of the last few years and use our global expertise to take the business to the next level. We are committed to growing an insurance business that not only provides the best quality healthcare funding but that is at the forefront of helping Indian people to live healthier lives.”

Max India also has partnerships with Japan’s Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co for its Life Insurance business and South Africa- based Life Healthcare for its healthcare business.

David Fletcher, Managing Director of International Development Markets at Bupa said: “We see enormous opportunity in India to build on the great foundations of the last few years and use our global expertise to take the business to the next level.

We are committed to growing an insurance business that not only provides the best quality healthcare funding but that is at the forefront of helping Indian people to live healthier lives.”

Launched in 2010, Max Bupa is already the 7th largest private health insurer in India. This company has a base of more than two million customers across India.

About Max Bupa Health Insurance

Max Bupa is a, 74:26, joint venture between Max India Limited, a multi-business corporate with expertise in life insurance and health care and Bupa, a leading international healthcare provider with 65 years of healthcare knowledge. Max Bupa brings together a combination of Bupa’s health insurance and customer service expertise with Max India’s understanding and experience of the Indian health and insurance sectors. Max Bupa offers quality health insurance services through a dedicated team of over 1400 people and its network of 26 offices across 16 cities – Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Pune, Ludhiana, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Surat, Kochi, Kolkata, Patna, Goa, Jodhpur and Ludhiana. Max Bupa offers individual and family oriented health insurance policies for Indians across all age groups.

Max Bupa has a direct working relationship with a network of over 3500 top quality hospitals and healthcare providers, with plans to extend its network of hospitals to other parts of the country. Max Bupa services customers directly without third party involvement. For more details about the company and a list of all our network hospitals please visit www.maxbupa.com.

About Bupa

As a leading global health and care company, Bupa offers health insurance, medical subscription and other health and care funding products. Bupa runs care homes, retirement and care villages, primary care, diagnostic and wellness centres, hospitals and dental clinics. Bupa also provides workplace health services, home healthcare, health assessments and long-term condition management services.

Bupa has 29 million customers in more than 190 countries. With no shareholders, it invests its profits to provide more and better healthcare and fulfil its purpose: longer, healthier, happier lives.

Bupa employs almost 80,000 people, principally in the UK, Australia, Spain, Poland, New Zealand and Chile, as well as Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, India, Thailand and the USA.

For more information, please visit: www.bupa.com

About Max India Group

Max India Group is a leading Indian multi-business corporate with a commanding presence in the Life Insurance, Healthcare and Health Insurance sectors. In the financial year 2015, the Group recorded a consolidated turnover of Rs. 14,877 Cr. It has a total customer base of over 7.5 million, nearly 300 offices spread across India and people strength of around 17,000 as on 31st March 2015. Max India Limited is a widely held company, listed on the BSE and the NSE. Its founder sponsor Analjit Singh holds 40.5% stake in the company. Other shareholders include some of the world’s best Institutional Investors such as Goldman Sachs, Temasek, IFC (Washington), Fidelity and New York Life.

This article was published on November 24, 2015 at http://www.dnaindia.com/money/report-uk-s-bupa-to-pay-around-rs-191-crore-for-buying-additional-23-stake-in-max-bupa-2148392

 

Harjot Singh Narula

Harjot Narula is founder and CEO of ComparePolicy.com, an IRDAI approved insurance web aggregator focussed on selling online insurance for companies. Harjot has more than a decade of experience in software development and has also spent 5 years in US working for the mortgage and risk management industry.

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