PENTA investment group will extend its network of regional hospitals after purchasing facilities in Rimavská Sobota, Banská Štiavnica and Žiar nad Hronom (all in Banská Bystrica Region) from private Nemocnice and Polikliniky company. The acquisition is still pending approval from the Anti-Monopoly Office (PMÚ), the SITA newswire reported on December 2.

Penta currently controls altogether eight regional hospitals in eastern Slovakia through its Svet Zdravia company.

“Our aim is to build the network of regional hospitals which will bring available and better quality health care,” said partner of Penta Eduard Maták, as quoted by SITA. “The three new hospitals will also allow us to start fulfilling this intention in the central-Slovak region.”

The three hospitals provide health care to more than 160,000 people living in the area, and employ 1,106 people. Their revenues in 2012 stood at €25.5 million, and they finished the year in black numbers.

Though Penta has not published the cost of the transaction, the Sme daily wrote that it might be €20 million.

Source: SITA, Sme

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports

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