Ceylinco Life invests in a substantial stake in Kings Hospital

Ceylinco Life has entered into an exciting partnership with Kings Hospital (Private) Ltd, one of the newest and most modern private hospitals in Sri Lanka, through a major equity investment, thereby significantly enlarging the Company’s footprint in the healthcare sector and diversifying its investment portfolio.

The Company said this strategic investment has been made via a private placement with an option to further increase its holding in the 120-bed hospital.

Ceylinco Life will take up proportionate representation in the Kings Hospital Board which will catalyse its next growth phase. Synergies between Ceylinco Life and Kings will enhance value for all stakeholders, the Company said.

Ceylinco Life is the market leader in the country’s life insurance sector and is already a pioneer in the healthcare sector. The Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary Ceylinco Healthcare Services Limited (CHSL) set up the first private sector radiation therapy centre in Sri Lanka for the treatment of cancer, and installed the country’s first Linear Accelerator as well as the first TomoTherapy unit, which is to date the only facility of its kind in Sri Lanka. Ceylinco Life also manages the Golden Key Eye and ENT Hospital.

Commenting on this latest milestone in the Company’s evolution, Ceylinco Life Chairman Rajkumar Renganathan said: “Globally, life insurers and healthcare providers have established strategic partnerships with each other to reap the inherent and complementary synergies. This strategic investment capitalizes on synergies, thus creating additional value for all stakeholders including Ceylinco Life policyholders.”

“Ceylinco Life is already a leader in cancer treatment, with major investments in infrastructure and equipment and an impeccable record of success. We have established strong links, affiliations and collaborations with numerous healthcare institutions including Apollo Hospitals of India and now Kings Hospital, Colombo, to widen access to affordable treatment and diagnostics,” Renganathan added. “The acquisition of equity in Kings Hospital signals our serious intentions to increase Ceylinco Life’s presence in healthcare for the benefit of the people of Sri Lanka and as an investment strategy.”

Dr Palitha Abeykoon, Chairman of Kings Hospital said: “We are delighted to welcome Ceylinco Life as a key partner in our Hospital and look forward to working closely with the Company’s management team to execute the next phase of our development. Kings Hospital was established with a vision of bringing high quality, value- based patient, family and community centric health care to the country. Ceylinco Life too is deeply involved in community-centric healthcare initiatives and hence we believe there is an excellent strategic and synergistic fit between our two institutions.”

“We hope to benefit from the extensive experience and expertise of Ceylinco Life in the establishment, expansion and management of healthcare facilities and in the marketing of such facilities and building strong brands. Additionally, the Ceylinco insures more than a million lives, and this would enable us to provide them with the best possible health care that is available to enrich the quality of their lives.”


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