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Metropolis IPO opens 3 April, Carlyle Group to sell half of its stake

Metropolis is controlled by the Shah family, including chairman Sushil Shah and his daughter and managing director of the company Ameera Shah.Premium
Metropolis is controlled by the Shah family, including chairman Sushil Shah and his daughter and managing director of the company Ameera Shah.

  • Shares in Metropolis Healthcare IPO will be issued in a price band of Rs877-880 apiece, the upper end of which will fetch 1,204 crore
  • Carlyle will fetch 652.3 crore for the shares it has put up for sale in the IPO, which values Metropolis Healthcare at 4,400 crore

Mumbai: American private equity (PE) firm The Carlyle Group will sell some of its stake in diagnostics chain Metropolis Healthcare Ltd in the latter's initial public offering (IPO) that opens on 3 April.

The Metropolis IPO is a pure offer for sale of 13.685 million shares, including a sale of up to 6.272 million shares by promoter Sushil Shah, besides another 7.412 million shares by CA Lotus Investments, an entity managed by Carlyle.

The price band for the diagnostics chain’s issue has been fixed at 877-880. At the upper end of the price band, the total share sale will be worth 1,204 crore.

Carlyle will fetch 652.3 crore for the shares it has put up for sale. The IPO values the company at about 4,400 crore. It will close on 5 April.

Carlyle, which holds a 31.2% stake in Metropolis, will sell close to half of its shareholding in the company, according to the share sale prospectus filed by the company with the regulator.

The American PE firm had acquired the stake in 2015 by purchasing shares from G.S.K. Velu, the former co-promoter of the diagnostic chain.

Metropolis is controlled by the Shah family, including chairman Sushil Shah and his daughter and managing director of the company Ameera Shah.

For the fiscal year ended 31 March 2018, Metropolis reported revenues of 651.5 crore, up from 567.6 crore in the previous year. Its profit stood at 109.7 crore in 2017-18, compared to 107.2 crore in the previous fiscal year.

As of 31 December 2018, Metropolis had a presence across 19 states, mostly in west and south India. During the nine-month period ended 31 December, the diagnostics chain conducted approximately 12.3 million tests of about 6.6 million patient visits, compared to 16 million tests from approximately 7.7 million patient visits, during fiscal year 2018.

The company operates through a "hub and spoke" model, covering 197 cities.

As of 31 December, it had 115 clinical laboratories, comprising a global reference laboratory in Mumbai, its main "hub", and 14 regional reference laboratories, which are equipped to conduct routine, semi-specialized and a few specialized tests; besides 56 satellite laboratories and 44 express laboratories.

The Metropolis IPO is being managed by investment banking units of JM Financial, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, HDFC Bank and Kotak Mahindra Capital.

In recent years, many diagnostics chains have floated their IPOs, including Dr Lal Pathlabs, which raised 632 crore from its share sale in 2015. Thyrocare Technologies Ltd had raised 480 crore through its initial share sale in 2016.

So far this year, two companies have raised 1,664.29 crore from their IPOs, according to primary market tracker Prime Database.

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