Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Thomson Medical eyes S'pore listing in near term

By Claire Huang
Sep 13, 2016

AWAY from the public eye, Thomson Medical Pte Ltd, controlled by Singapore billionaire Peter Lim, has been busy growing its services and is now looking to add more beds to its hospital in Novena as it works towards a local listing in the near future.

Roy Quek, who took over as chairman of Thomson Medical last November, told The Business Times in an interview that he had aimed for a Singapore listing within 12 to 18 months of helming the business.

"If we were to do a listing now, we'd probably have a market capitalisation of S$2-3 billion. I think we can do better. We're targeting S$5 billion for a start and trying to grow that."

Thomson Medical is owned by Mr Lim's Singapore-based holding company Sasteria Pte Ltd, which also controls Thomson affiliates in Malaysia and Indonesia.

As it prepares to list the holding company, Thomson Medical has been beefing up in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia through mergers and acquisitions (M&As), said Mr Quek, who is also executive director and group chief executive of Malaysia-listed TMC Life Sciences Bhd (TMCLS).

In Singapore, the private healthcare provider wants to ramp up its tertiary hospital with 300 more beds as the 190-bed Thomson Medical Centre (TMC) is at full capacity, even as birth rates here decline.

This is part of a wider vision of a Singapore healthcare "precinct" - much like a mini replica of Vantage Bay Healthcare City in Iskandar but without the education and research arm. Patients who live in this precinct can access not just the hospital, but also other facilities including rehabilitation and day care centres in one integrated location.

The company hopes to turn the Singapore precinct into its flagship in the next five years, while concurrently expanding its businesses in Malaysia and Indonesia.

"If you're somebody with young kids or elderly parents or parents- in-law and you're very concerned with what happens to them when you go to work, this (precinct) basically looks after everybody for you. If you need home care, it's there," said Mr Quek, who added that this model can be planned and executed seamlessly, making it more cost effective and efficient.

In time to come, primary care and specialist outpatient operations would be housed in centres located islandwide. Patients would then be able to head to these centres for their outpatient needs, top up health foods or go for a sports massage, among other things, he shared.

"The idea is to build a system that allows us not just to tap the top private sector doctors alone but find ways to have partnerships with the public sector," he said, adding that the company is also keen to work with the government to build hospitals.

In the near term, Mr Quek wants to integrate up- and downstream operations to provide what he described as "cradle to grave" coverage, where the healthcare provider caters not only to consumers' primary stages of life but also follows them through their adulthood and well into their silver years.

In line with this, Thomson Medical has branched into the lifestyle and wellness segments to help consumers "maintain their healthy parts as long as possible".

Also in the pipeline is its plan to go big on telehealth and electronic health services to cater to those who are in good health and mobile.

All these are signs that Thomson Medical has moved on from troubles of the past after the current management took over in late 2010, at about the same time when the then-listed TMC came under fire after its fertility centre botched an in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) procedure by impregnating a woman in January 2010 with another man's sperm instead of her husband's.

Following the management change, Thomson Medical has grown beyond its core business of women's and children's health within a span of five years into a multi-disciplinary healthcare provider that comprises 25 specialist outpatient clinics in FY2016, up from 11 in FY2011. These include services such as dermatology, aesthetics, women's cancer and dental care.

And the efforts to expand have yielded results. Between FY2010 and FY2016, revenues and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) have doubled.

Topline grew from the S$50 million-S$100 million range to the current range of S$150 million-S$200 million. The hospital continues to contribute the bulk of the revenue at 57.4 per cent for the financial year as at end-August 2016, followed by the fast-growing specialist segment at 38.9 per cent.

Across the Causeway, the company is awaiting official approval and hopes to start the development of Vantage Bay by year-end. The RM5 billion (S$1.67 billion) integrated healthcare hub would comprise specialist, community and teaching hospitals, long-term care facilities, a medical school, research and training institutions, purpose-built urban wellness resort, wellness retail services and other associated facilities.

Further down the road, Thomson Medical is looking to widen its reach to China, India and Australia - ambitions that the Singapore listing would help fund, said Mr Quek.

For now, his greatest concern is not about a potential listing at a time of economic slowdown and market volatility, although he acknowledged that these could be tricky. Still, he believes investors are receptive to healthcare businesses.

"My biggest challenge going forward is to ensure our clinical quality and assurance in my team - that's what keeps me up (at night). I certainly believe the doctors are good and we have the right system in place, but with size, you worry."

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Rowsley, Thomson Medical to develop healthcare mega-city

Marissa Lee
The Straits Times
Wednesday, Dec 09, 2015

Singapore billionaire Peter Lim's upcoming healthcare mega-city in Iskandar Johor is linking up with another of his firms - Thomson Medical.

The private healthcare provider inked a memorandum of understanding yesterday with Rowsley, the developer controlled by Mr Lim.

The deal involves the firms working together to conceptualise, develop and promote the RM5 billion (S$1.7 billion) healthcare city.

Thomson Medical will advise on the wellness and healthcare aspects of the project and evaluate opportunities to operate relevant components, either on its own or together with third parties, said Rowsley in a statement.

Rowsley announced in September that it was re-positioning Vantage Bay into a medical hub instead of a lifestyle township following the decline in the market for residential apartments in Iskandar over the last year.

Vantage Bay Healthcare City, a 9.23ha site a kilometre from the Johor Causeway, will comprise a specialist hospital, a community hospital, long-term care facilities, a teaching hospital, a medical school, research and training institutions and a wellness resort.

Rowsley said in its statement yesterday: "According to official statistics, the number of Malaysians and Singaporeans aged 65 years and older will double to six million by 2030 from today.

"With ageing population and rising healthcare costs, Rowsley believes that Vantage Bay Healthcare City is well-placed to address these trends."

Vantage Bay is next to the Thomson Medical Hub, also being developed by a firm linked to Mr Lim. That project will be managed by Thomson Medical when it is ready in 2018.

Thomson Medical group president Chan Boon Kheng said the firm will play a "pivotal role in the seamless management and coordination" of the Vantage Bay Healthcare City and the Thomson Iskandar projects.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Valencia CF to receive €100 million injection from Lim

By Adelene Wong
adelenewong@mediacorp.com.sg  .

Published: 7:37 AM, October 1, 2015

SINGAPORE — Singaporean billionaire Peter Lim will inject €100 million (S$159.1 million) into Valencia CF via his private investment company, Meriton Holdings, said the Spanish La Liga football club’s executive president, Chan Lay Hoon this morning (Singapore time).

At the press conference held at the Mestalla Stadium, Chan said the board has just approved this at a board meeting held earlier in the day.

“We have just finished our board meeting, and the board has just approved, and Meriton has agreed to capitalise on the shareholder loan of €100 million,” she said.

“With the capitalisation of the €100 million loan, the equity of the club will be strengthened from the current €50 million to €150 million.”

An extra €80-million loan facility will be granted to Valencia CF, said Chan. The cash injections will enable the club to achieve a number of objectives, she added.

“The strengthening of the club’s balance sheet and financial health will allow us to: One, continue to invest in first team and academy to compete at the highest level of European competitions,” she said.
“Two, (it will allow us) to strengthen our balance sheets to protect our assets, and to build a brighter future for the club.

“And thirdly - which is I think is a very important point where the club has been suffering in the past - that is, to allow the club to be in a very strong position to manage a credible relationship with regulators, business partners, bankers, and creditors.

“So that, when we talk to them, we look at them in the eyes.”

Singaporean Lim was given a hero’s welcome by Valencia CF fans after buying 70.4 per cent of the near-bankrupt club last May in a €420 million deal.

He had also promised to turn the club’s fortunes around by ridding the club of their debts and financing the construction of a new stadium.

Valencia CF finished fourth last season to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 2012. However, a slow start to their campaign this season resulted in some unhappiness among a section of fans, who have been whistling and jeering under-fire coach Nuno Espiritio Santo during matches.

Last week, former club vice-president Miguel Zorio also filed a legal complaint targeted at Lim, football agent Jorge Mendes, and former club president Amadeo Salvo. In the complaint, Zorio questioned the club’s purchase of a number of player who are represented by Mendes.

Addressing the fans’ unhappiness with the results on the field, Chan said she felt that they were coming down a bit too hard on the team.

“In the recent games, when the team was not in their best form, (there was) the whistling and the criticism that we get from the fans. We are always self-critical, but personally, I still feel a bit bad for our team. I feel that our fans were a bit harsh on our team,” she said.

“So we know that we have to work very hard to win our fans back... My message to our fans is, let’s stick together as family.”

On Zorio’s allegations, she said: “I don’t know this person, but I heard a lot of stories about this person.

“The club has issued an official statement a few days ago. He (Zorio) has never approached me or asked me for any clarification before he makes the allegations... Only this morning, he has sent a letter to the club, and this is after he had already made very damaging allegations. So, I think that shows you how responsible this person is. I don’t think I need to say anymore.”

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Peter Lim buys rights to images of Ronaldo

By Shanjayan Muniappan

Published: 4:17 AM, June 30, 2015

SINGAPORE — The image rights of Cristiano Ronaldo (picture), the world’s highest-paid footballer, are now being managed by a company owned by Singaporean businessman Peter Lim.

In a press release yesterday, it was announced that Mint Media, a Hong Kong-based company owned by Mr Lim, had secured a six-year deal with the Portuguese star, who is the reigning FIFA Ballon d’Or winner, the award handed out to the best football player in the world.

Mint Media will own and oversee all of the 30-year-old’s image rights, except those relating to Real Madrid, the Spanish football club for which he plays.

Due to confidentiality reasons, contractual details, such as how much the deal is worth, were not revealed. But in response to queries from TODAY, a spokesperson for Mint Media revealed that Asian companies were very interested in working with Ronaldo.

“We are seeing a lot of interest from Asian companies, including those from Singapore looking to expand their markets into North and South Americas as well as Europe, where Ronaldo has a huge following,” said the spokesperson.

“We believe they would be keen to have Ronaldo, who is one of the most accomplished and popular sportsmen in the world, endorse their products. And we hope the collaborations will see Ronaldo making more appearances to Asia in general and Singapore in particular.”

Ronaldo, who previously played for record-20-time English league champions Manchester United before joining Real in 2009, is the third-highest-paid athlete in the world, behind boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao, according to Forbes.

Among the brands Ronaldo endorses are sportswear giant Nike, nutrition and weight management firm Herbalife, Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer, and fashion and lifestyle brand Sacoor Brothers. A Forbes report this year stated that he draws US$27 million (S$36.4 million) from endorsements alone.

Ronaldo will be Mint Media’s first client as it looks to venture into sports marketing, and Mr Lim — who last year became owner of Spanish club Valencia — expressed confidence that the football star’s brand “will continue to grow”.

“Peter has a valuable and extensive business network, and I have always admired his entrepreneurial savvy and ability to grow businesses,” said Ronaldo in a statement.

When the six-year deal ends, Ronaldo will be 36, which traditionally is the twilight of the careers of many professional footballers. But the spokesperson said: “We believe Ronaldo’s popularity will transcend his football career, as he also has a strong following among non-football fans because of his good looks and charisma.”