MPIC investing P193M to get 51% stake in medical center
Infrastructure holding firm Metro Pacific Investments Inc. is taking over a majority stake in the company that owns and operates De Los Santos Medical Center (DLSMC), the seventh in its growing chain of premium hospitals.
MPIC, which is led by businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan, disclosed to the Philippine Stock Exchange on Monday the signing of a deal with the shareholders of DLSMC to participate in a P250-million capital-raising that would give it 51-percent equity ownership in the expanded De Los Santos General Hospital Inc., the corporate owner and operator of DLSMC.
Out of the hospital operator’s P250-million recapitalization, MPIC will infuse P193 million to take a majority stake.
DLSMC is a tertiary teaching and training hospital along E. Rodriguez Boulevard in Quezon City. It has a capacity of 150 beds, bringing MPIC’s total bed capacity to about 2,000 beds once the deal has been completed.
The hospital was founded in 1973 by the late Dr. Jose V. De Los Santos Sr., considered the father of Philippine orthopaedics. DLSGHI also has an affiliate, De Los Santos–STI Megaclinic Inc. (Megaclinic), a 2,000-square meter ambulatory and diagnostic center located in SM Megamall, considered to be the biggest in the country in this category.
MPIC’s investment is intended to facilitate the redevelopment of DLSMC. Underway are plans for the renovation and expansion of the hospital facilities that will increase and improve patient rooms, doctors’ clinics and parking slots, upgrade operating rooms and purchase new medical equipment.
“As our different family members pursue other varied activities, we are happy to bring in as partners the largest private hospital chain in the country, as we know this can only be good for De Los Santos Medical Center and its patients,” said Jose de los Santos Jr., president and chief executive of DLSGHI.
Monico Jacob, president of investor Systems Technology Institute Inc. (STI), added: “We believe that MPIC, with its experience in running hospitals, will be a good partner in DLSGHI. This will provide DLSMC with further hospital expertise, while we, at STI, will be able to focus on De Los Santos–STI College and our other educational institutions.”
MPIC started its nationwide hospital network with an investment in Makati Medical Center, followed by Davao Doctors Hospital, Cardinal Santos Medical Center, Riverside Medical Center, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital and most recently the Asian Hospital and Medical Center.
Augie Palisoc Jr., MPIC executive director and president of the MPIC Hospital Group, said there were still a number of conditions that needed to be fulfilled, “but assuming these are done, we hope to start making the investments by the first quarter of 2013.”
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