Gulf Capital announced that it has successfully completed the sale of Metamed, the region’s largest diagnostic imaging network, to Ray Lab, owned by a consortium of international and regional investors.
The consortium of buyers includes Mediterrania Capital Partners, Cairo Scan for Radiology and Labs (S.A.E.) and a number of European Development Financial Institutions. (DFIs) including DEG, FMO, Proparco, and EBRD. The successful financial sale is one of the few secondary transactions among private equity firms in the MENA region in recent years.
During Gulf Capital’s ownership, Metamed grew its total number of centers three-fold, from 10 to 30 centers across Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Metamed’s services were also expanded to include adjacent healthcare offerings, such as clinical and anatomical pathology, nuclear medicine services and women healthcare. During this period, sales in Egypt grew by five times from the entry level and profitability by 4.3 times. In Saudi Arabia, sales doubled and profitability grew by 2.5 times.
Dr Ihsan Hamarneh, Chief Executive Officer of Metamed, said: “I would like to thank Gulf Capital for being an active, supportive and insightful partner during the journey we embarked on together. Gulf Capital’s industry expertise, operational skills and continued support throughout the journey have been invaluable, allowing us to scale rapidly, establish our market-leading position and deliver better healthcare services across the Middle East. I am looking forward to continuing this journey with Mediterrania Capital Partners and to bolster our leadership position in the diagnostic imaging sector in the Middle East and North Africa.”
Albert Alsina, Founder and CEO at Mediterrania Capital Partners, said: “We are pleased to welcome Metamed to our portfolio of companies and delighted to offer our financial, strategic and operational support to sustain the group’s expansion plans. Metamed is a highly successful company, well positioned to fulfil the increasing demand for private medical services in the MENA region. The combination of Metamed and Cairo Scan will create one of the largest diagnostics imaging platforms in emerging markets, and we are excited by the growth potential of this new combined organisation.”
Prof. Hatem El Gabaly, Ray Lab’s Chairman, concluded: “By bringing together these two companies, we are creating the largest diagnostic imaging platform in Africa and the Middle East. Our combined businesses will allow further expansion and better utilisation of the current and newly added resources to serve the patients in all countries of operation with state-of-the-art technology managed by highly qualified medical and paramedical staff. We look forward to working together with the respectful and qualified staff of both companies to streamline a smooth process of integration and expansion.”
Gulf Capital was advised by HC Securities & Investments, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and Matouk Bassiouny. Ray Lab, Mediterrania Capital Partners and Cairo Scan were advised by Zaki Hashem and Partners Law firm. Due diligence was provided by Deloitte (financial), Efeso (commercial), ERM (ESG), Zaki Hashem and Partners (legal Egypt), Zu’bi Advocates and legal consultants (legal Jordan), Covington (legal Saudi Arabia), Carey Olsen (legal Cayman), Zammit Pace and FJVA (legal Malta), Dentons (legal UK) and Cuatrecasas (tax global).