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Shares in orthopaedic specialists Asian Healthcare Specialists (AHS) shot up 52% at the open on their Catalist debut today.
Private equity firm Permira’s A$690 million (US$536 million) five-year leveraged buyout loan to help it acquire EQT’s stake in I-MED Radiology Network, Australia’s largest radiology company, has been flexed down.
Joanne Hannah has resigned as chief executive of Total Face Group, the first medical aesthetics company to list on the ASX, effective 1 May.
Lianluo Smart, which develops medical devices and wearable sleep respiratory products, has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Meinian Onehealth Healthcare, the second largest healthcare provider in China.
After a choppy day of trading that saw shares in HKE Holdings, a Singapore-based contractor specialising in the medical and healthcare sectors, rise as much as 10%, they closed up 1.82% on their debut yesterday.
Summerset Group, New Zealand’s third-largest listed retirement village operator, has purchased land to build a retirement village in the suburb of Te Awa. The 9-ha property will be Summerset’s fourth in Hawke’s Bay. It already has villages in Havelock North, Hastings and Taradale.
Metlifecare, New Zealand’s second-largest listed retirement village operator, has said that its purchase of a 5.3 hectare waterfront site at Orion Point in Hobsonville, West Auckland, is now unconditional. The deal was announced at the end of October last year.
Hong Kong care home operator Pine Care Group has signed a management agreement with Zhejiang Yada Real Estate to operate and manage the Wuzhen Graceland Day Care Centre in Wuzhen, Zhejiang. Financial terms have not been disclosed.



Analysis

In Vietnam, population and GDP growth have encouraged the country to think beyond technology in providing more health for more people.
Focused initiatives drive down medical inflation by more than 50 percentage points, according to a new report from Aon Asia Healthcare.
The Japanese healthcare system is a shining example of strength and resilience. At an average lifespan of 84 years, the Japanese society is not only the healthiest but also the "oldest" in the world. However, the challenges presented by an ageing population pose serious threats to the sustainability of the Japanese health system.
Susann Roth, senior social development specialist, Asian Development Bank, explains how investing in energy makes people healthier.
CFO Luke Chen’s reticence on the Q3 earnings call on Friday now makes sense. Jack Ma’s Yunfeng Capital and Alibaba Investment will buy out iKang Healthcare Group, China’s largest private preventive healthcare services provider, for around US$1.4 billion.
Following news that Malaysian sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional will acquire Prince Court Medical Centre (PCMC) from Petronas, IHH Healthcare, Asia’s largest healthcare company, has signed an agreement with Khazanah to look after the day-to-day running of the medical centre.
Malaysian-based primary healthcare provider Qualitas Medical Group is due to push the button on its S$150 million (US$114 million) IPO in Singapore next week. It will be the first mainboard healthcare listing since IHH Healthcare floated in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore in July 2012.
Sumit Sharma, head of health & life sciences, Asia Pacific, at Oliver Wyman, and Matt Zafra, engagement manager, health & life sciences, Oliver Wyman, look at the four themes that are going to dominate healthcare this year.


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Markets in Asia were generally lower today as the rise in crude oil prices renewed fears of inflation and the US weighed up an emergency law to restrict Chinese investments in sensitive technologies. “With the slight risk-off tone prevailing overnight, Asian bourses and bond markets may see some consolidation pressure today,” said OCBC treasury research in a note to clients this morning. Regional losses were led by Taiwan which fell 1.5% after the tech sector warned of declining demand for smartphones, but the Shanghai Composite sagged 0.45% and the Nikkei slipped 0.18%. Expect investors to keep a close eye on US Treasuries next week. 10-year yields are back above 2.9% and there are some concerns that this could trigger a sell off in global stock markets.


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