Bupa to Pay Rs 191 Crore to Max India to Raise Stake in Max Bupa by 23 Percent

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November 24, 2015 8:38 AM

Max Bupa Health Insurance (Max Bupa) today announced that its foreign parent Bupa has executed agreements to acquire an additional 23% stake in Max Bupa...

Max Bupa Health Insurance (Max Bupa) today announced that its foreign parent Bupa has executed agreements to acquire an additional 23% stake in Max Bupa, one of India’s leading standalone health insurers. Bupa will pay around Rs. 191 cr. to Max India in an all cash transaction, to increase its stake in Max Bupa from 26% to 49%. Bupa 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 FDI participation rules for insurance companies.

Since that announcement in January 2015, Bupa and Max India have been working to align their JV agreements with the Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill 2015 for Indian-owned and controlled businesses. 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 already the 7th largest private health insurer in India. With a base of more than two million customers across India, it continues to be amongst the fastest growing stand-alone health insurers. Max Bupa has focused on building a retail customer and product portfolio via multiple sales channels including agency, bancassurance, telesales and online.

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.

Rahul Khosla, Managing Director, Max India Limited, welcomed the development. “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. I am confident that this renewed vote of confidence by Bupa, coupled with the recent strategic reorientation of the company will strengthen its position as an innovative leader in its field while setting new benchmarks in customer experience.”

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 has successfully managed several joint venture partnerships in its diverse businesses. Apart from Bupa, it also has partnerships with Japan’s Mitsui Sumitomo for its Life Insurance business and South Africa-based Life Healthcare for its healthcare business.

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.

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