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In an interview to CNBC-TV18, Akhileshwaran Krishnan speaks about the hospital group's plans of expansion. The group is opening new hospitals in cities like Chennai and Nellore.
In an interview to CNBC-TV18, Akhileshwaran Krishnan, chief financial officer, Apollo Hospitals speaks about the hospital group's plans of expansion and EBITDA expectations for the next year. The group is expecting the present EBIDTA traction to continue.
On estimation of H2 numbers, Krishnan says, "If you look at our H1 numbers, our revenue was Rs 1,850 crore. So, if you annualise that, we are almost at Rs 3,700 crore and we are expecting our H2 numbers to be better than H1 numbers."
Below is the edited transcript of Krishnan's interview with CNBC-TV18.
Q: Can you break up your expansion plans for us in terms of how many beds Apollo Hospital plans to add by the end of 2013? How much of an incremental bump-up do you think it could give to your margins by the end of 2014 that currently stand at around 17 percent?
A: If you look at our expansion plans now, the immediate focus is in Chennai. We have started a hospital. We have done a soft launch of a hospital in a Chennai suburb called Ayanambakkam and that will be fully commissioned by Q4 of this year. That is a 250 bed hospital. We are planning to start another hospital in Trichy as well. The hospital will have 200 beds. In Q1 of next fiscal, we will be opening an orthopedic and spine specialty center in Bangalore
These are our near-term expansion plans. We are adding a hospital in Nellore next year and there are other hospital plans too.
If you look at the total hospitals over the next three years, we are looking at an addition of almost around 3,000 beds and Rs 1,800 crore is our investment plan. That is a phased expansion plan. We have Mumbai expansion coming up in FY15. So, we are looking at an addition of almost around 500-600 beds in the next six-eight months.
Importantly, if you look at the Chennai cluster, we are also evaluating as to how we can further focus on our hub hosptial in Chennai, which is the main hospital. We are trying to see whether we can add more beds by relocating the outpatient services etc.
Those are at preliminary stages but that would further augment the revenues in the Chennai cluster. You will hear from us about that hopefully over the next quarter or so.
Apollo Hospital stock price
On February 24, 2014, Apollo Hospitals Enterprises closed at Rs 908.95, up Rs 6.90, or 0.76 percent. The 52-week high of the share was Rs 1096.15 and the 52-week low was Rs 782.95.
The company's trailing 12-month (TTM) EPS was at Rs 23.35 per share as per the quarter ended December 2013. The stock's price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio was 38.93. The latest book value of the company is Rs 196.05 per share. At current value, the price-to-book value of the company is 4.64.
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