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Columbia Asia receives $101 million from investment giant, Mitsui & Co., Ltd. – MIMS Malaysia
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Mitsui & Co., Ltd., has invested $101 million into Columbia Asia, one of the largest and fastest-growing healthcare companies in Asia.

Columbia Asia is part of Seattle-based Columbia Pacific Management, and has 27 hospitals and one clinic across India, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia. It prides itself on an innovative business model focused on serving Asia’s rapidly growing middle class with modern and efficient multispecialty hospitals located close to where patients live and work.

Mitsui & Co., Ltd., based in Tokyo, is already a major healthcare investor in Asia and said it saw tremendous growth potential in the Columbia Asia platform as it is the only healthcare provider in Asia to operate hospitals in so many countries under a single brand. It is also one of the few large, multinational providers in Asia to build the vast majority of its hospitals itself.

“Columbia Asia has proven over more than 20 years that it can enter new markets across various countries and develop international, high-quality hospitals that meet the needs of the emerging middle class,” said Mr. Koji Nagatomi, Managing Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Healthcare & Service Business Unit, Mitsui & Co., Ltd. “The company has also established a firm presence in countries where healthcare spending and insurance coverage are going up at a very rapid pace, which positions the firm well in coming decades.”
How the investment will be utilised

Columbia Asia reports that it will use the proceeds from the Mitsui investment to continue to expand its network of hospitals across Asia, including several current development projects. In addition, the company will open its first facility in Africa next month, a multispecialty clinic in Nairobi, Kenya under a new brand, Columbia Africa.

Since opening its first hospital in Malaysia in 1996, Columbia Asia has focused on providing high-quality, affordable, standardized care in hospitals built on a single design.

The company currently has 10,000 employees serving more than 2.5 million patients a year, with 2,200 beds across 27 hospitals and one clinic.

As part of its investment, Mitsui has been granted two seats on the Columbia Asia Board of Directors and play a role in company operations.

Mitsui is also using the investment to expand its hospitals business as the core of its healthcare strategy and will look to form partnerships between Columbia Asia and some of the other healthcare companies in which Mitsui is an investor.

These include IHH Healthcare Berhad, the largest healthcare company in Asia; MIMS Group, which provides drug information to about 2 million healthcare professionals in Asia-Oceania; and DaVita Care Pte. Ltd., the Asian operating company for the largest dialysis operator in the U.S.

“We are thrilled to partner with Mitsui and share in its expertise in not just healthcare operations across Asia but its vast business operations in 65 countries on multiple continents,” said Nate McLemore, Managing Director of Columbia Asia’s parent company, Columbia Pacific Management. “Mitsui is one of the most sophisticated and respected investors in the world, and we are proud that the company is part of Columbia Asia going forward.”
About Columbia Pacific Management

Columbia Pacific Management (CPM), based in Seattle, oversees an international healthcare business that develops and operates hospitals, clinics and senior housing in Asia. The company’s affiliates include Columbia Asia, operating hospitals in India and Southeast Asia; Columbia China, which is building a network of hospitals and clinics in China; Cascade China, which operates senior care facilities in China; and Remote Medical International, which provides medical services and supplies to challenging locations around the globe.
About Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

Mitsui & Co., Ltd. is one of the most diversified and comprehensive trading, investment and service enterprises in the world, with 138 offices in 65 countries, as well as about 420 subsidiaries and associated companies worldwide. Utilizing their global operating locations, network and information resources, they are multilaterally pursuing business that ranges from product sales, worldwide logistics and financing, through to the development of major international infrastructure and other projects in multiple fields including Healthcare & Service, Energy, Food and many others. Mitsui is actively taking on challenges for global business innovation around the world. MIMS

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