Fortis Healthcare withdraws amalgamation scheme with SRL, Fortis Malar

Fortis Healthcare has become the target of a bidding war. Photo: Mint

Fortis Healthcare has become the target of a bidding war. Photo: Mint

Bengaluru: Fortis Healthcare Ltd on Wednesday withdrew the scheme of arrangement and amalgamation with its units Fortis Malar Hospitals Ltd and SRL Ltd, citing a delay in its completion.

The scheme could not be completed even after 19 months due to reasons beyond the company’s control, Fortis Healthcare said in a statement late on Wednesday.

Fortis Malar runs a superspeciality hospital in Chennai while SRL operates a chain of pathology clinics.

Given the headwinds in the sector and less-than-optimum performance of the diagnostics business during the period of delay, the scheme may not result in optimum value for shareholders, Fortis added.

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The cash-strapped hospitals operator, which has become the target of a bidding war, earlier this month said it would look at a new round of bids from four local and international parties and fixed June 14 as the last day for the submission.

At 10.03am, Fortis Healthcare shares fell 0.58% to Rs137.40 on BSE.

First Published: Thu, Jun 14 2018. 10 05 AM IST

Source: Livemint