IHH, which held over 10 per cent stake in Apollo Hospitals, exited from the firm by selling 6 per cent stake in 2016 and the rest in May, 2017, as it had firmed up its plans to expand its presence by acquiring stake in various hospital firms.
also see opportunity to expand its presence in Bengaluru, Kolkata
and Mumbai, even though in the near future it has potential to operationalise the new beds, which it has constructed in a major capex plan a couple of years ago. The opportunity in these cities could also lead to some bolt-on acquisitions that may be required in three years or beyond. The company expects to see the benefit from these acquisitions by FY24 or beyond, said Krishnan Akhileswaran, chief financial officer, Apollo Hospitals.
Such acquisitions are expected to enable the company garner market share.
The company is expecting a capex of Rs 250-300 crore for the next financial year, while any plans related to the acquisition of shares in Kolkata JV may be out of this plan. The company wants to be a dominant player in certain markets and it will be able to do that with free cashflow it generates. Apollo Hospitals has plans to operationalise more beds in Chennai, Hyderabad, Vizag and Kakinada, among other cities, Reddy said.
It is also looking at cost optimisation by improving productivity and a team is working with a focus to reduce cost.
Apollo Hospitals is also working on savings energy cost, consumables and utilisation. It is expecting to save Rs 80-100 crore in the next 12 months.