Fortis Healthcare shares dive 11% on hospital biz demerger

Shares of Fortis Healthcare tumbled nearly 11 per cent today after the company said its board had approved demerger of its hospitals business.

The stock, after making a weak opening, cracked 9.96 per cent to Rs 128.25.

On NSE, shares of the company plunged 10.57 per cent to Rs 127.20.

Fortis Healthcare Ltd. (FHL) said its board had approved demerger of its hospitals business, which will be acquired by Manipal Hospitals and TPG Capital, along with the sale of 20 per cent stake in diagnostics chain SRL Ltd, in a Rs 3,900-crore deal.

In a late night announcement yesterday, the healthcare chain said its board has given nod for the demerger of its hospital business into Manipal Hospital Enterprises Pvt Ltd.

"The board has also approved sale of its 20 per cent stake in SRL Ltd to Manipal Hospitals. The resultant entity Manipal Hospitals will be a publicly traded company listed on NSE and BSE. The remaining FHL will be an investment holding company with 36.6 per cent stake in SRL," the company said in a statement.