Malaysia has been picking up the slack from Singapore’s structural slowdown in medical tourism due to a more competitive pricing.
Outlook remains positive. The upgrading and expansion plans for Mahkota Medical Centre and Regency Specialist Hospitals are on track to meet the increasing medical demand in the region. Both hospitals will add 34 operational beds each (or +15.7%), leading to a total bed capacity of 500 by FY18.
Meanwhile, the new hospital extension block at Regency will transform it from a 218-bed tertiary hospital to a 380-bed hospital, and eventually to a 500-bed hospital. Construction is expected to commence in FY18 after obtaining necessary approvals and is slated to commission in FY21.
With the additional capacity, Mahkota is well positioned to capture growth opportunities for medical tourism. More flights and the proposed upgrading of the Malacca International Airport will provide a leg up for medical tourism in Melaka. The positive upside in near term would be from Air Asia’s recent introduction of direct flights to Guangzhou, Vietnam and Jakarta from Melaka airport in Oct-17.
Maintain BUY with unchanged DCF-derived TP of S$0.83
We maintain our view that HMI will benefit from the socioeconomic tailwinds arising from (i) public and private initiatives to improve infrastructure and regional connectivity; (ii) increasing domestic insurance take-up rate; (iii) ageing population; and (iv) cost competitive pricing compared to regional peers.
The Group targets to reach 840 aggregate bed capacity – Mahkota (shifting its back office to another location will free up space for another 40 bed; eventual capacity of 340 beds) and Regency (eventual capacity of 500 beds).
Heliconia Capital Management’s investment of S$11.0mn or 2.0% stake in HMI is a strategic partnership to allow HMI to gain access to Heliconia’s network and resources to facilitate the Group’s regional expansion.