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Mediclinic Buys La Colline Hospital to Strengthen Swiss Unit

June 25 (Bloomberg) -- Mediclinic International Ltd., South Africa’s largest private-hospital owner, bought Clinique La Colline in Switzerland, using some of the 3.18 billion rand ($300 million) it raised earlier this month.

The 130 million-Swiss franc ($145 million) deal will be earnings-per-share accretive immediately, Stellenbosch-based Mediclinic said in a statement today. Geneva-based Clinique has 95 beds and six operating theaters and will become part Mediclinic’s Swiss Hirslanden business.

The purchase “significantly strengthens Hirslanden’s position in western Switzerland, through providing a footprint in Geneva, and is in line with the company’s strategy to increase capacity in attractive markets with strong fundamentals,” Mediclinic said.

Mediclinic said on June 12 it sold 41 million shares to institutional investors at 77.50 rand apiece as it raised money for acquisitions in Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates and Africa.

To contact the reporter on this story: Janice Kew in Johannesburg at jkew4@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Celeste Perri at cperri@bloomberg.net John Bowker, Thomas Mulier

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