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iKang Healthcare Group, Inc. Extends Shareholder Rights Plan
BEIJING, Nov. 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- iKang Healthcare Group, Inc. (“iKang” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: KANG), announced today that its board of directors (the “Board of Directors”) has unanimously approved the extension of its Rights Agreement, presently scheduled to expire on December 2, 2018, for another year.
The Rights Agreement is designed to ensure that all shareholders of the Company receive fair and equal treatment in the event that an unsolicited attempt is made to acquire the Company outside of the process led by a special committee of independent directors of the Company (the “Special Committee”). The Board of Directors and the Special Committee have determined that it is advisable and in the best interests of the Company and its shareholders to extend the Rights Agreement for an additional year as the Special Committee and the Board of Directors are continuing to engage in discussions with IK Healthcare Investment Limited (“Parent”) and IK Healthcare Merger Limited (“Merger Sub”) in connection with the proposed merger (the “Merger”) pursuant to the agreement and plan of merger dated as of March 26, 2018, as amended pursuant to Amendment No. 1 thereto dated May 29, 2018 and Amendment No. 2 thereto dated as of September 25, 2018 (the “Merger Agreement”), by and among the Company, Parent and Merger Sub. As previously disclosed, the termination date under the Merger Agreement has passed. The Company cautions its shareholders and others considering trading its securities that there is no indication or assurance that Parent and Merger Sub will waive the closing condition related to dissenting shareholders in Section 7.02(e) of the Merger Agreement and proceed to consummate the Merger.
About iKang Healthcare Group, Inc.
iKang Healthcare Group, Inc. is one of the largest providers in China’s fast-growing private preventive healthcare space through its nationwide healthcare services network.
iKang’s nationwide integrated network of multi-brand self-owned medical centers and third-party facilities, provides comprehensive and high-quality preventive healthcare solutions across China, including medical examination, disease screening, outpatient service and other value-added services. iKang’s customer base primarily comprises corporate clients, who contract with iKang to deliver medical examination services to their employees and clients and receive these services at pre-agreed rates. iKang also directly markets its services to individual customers. In the fiscal first quarter ended June 30, 2018, iKang served a total of 1.68 million customer visits under both corporate and individual programs.
As of November 29, 2018, iKang has a nationwide network of 117 self-owned operating medical centers, covering 34 of China’s most affluent cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Tianjin, Nanjing, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Fuzhou, Jiangyin, Changzhou, Wuhan, Changsha, Yantai, Yinchuan, Weihai, Weifang, Shenyang, Xi’an, Wuhu, Guiyang, Ningbo, Foshan, Jinan, Bijie, Qingdao, Wuxi, Kaili, Mianyang, Zhenjiang and Guyuan, as well as Hong Kong. iKang has also extended its coverage to over 200 cities by contracting with over 400 third-party facilities, which include select independent medical examination centers and hospitals across all of China’s provinces, creating a nationwide network that allows iKang to serve its customers in markets where it does not operate its own medical centers.
This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements, including management quotes and business outlook, are made under the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “will,” “estimate,” “project,” “predict,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “potential,” “plan,” “goal” and similar statements. iKang may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in its annual report to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Such statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about: the Company’s goals and strategies; its future business development, financial condition and results of operations; its ability to retain and grow its customer base and network of medical centers; the growth of, and trends in, the markets for its services in China; the demand for and market acceptance of its brand and services; competition in its industry in China; relevant government policies and regulations relating to the corporate structure, business and industry; fluctuations in general economic and business conditions in China. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in iKang’s filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. iKang undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable law.
iKang Healthcare Group, Inc.
Director of Investor Relations
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