Orthopaedic group plans to raise S$10m in Catalist IPO


THE Orthopaedic Centre, a group of four orthopaedic specialists with four clinics across Singapore, is planning an initial public offering (IPO) on the Singapore Exchange that could raise more than S$10 million.

The group lodged a draft prospectus for a listing on the Catalist board on Wednesday, under a new name, Asian Healthcare Specialists (AHS).

The size of the IPO has not been announced but market sources said that AHS plans to raise more than S$10 million and is eyeing a market cap of around S$65 million.

AHS will be issuing new shares through a placement exercise so there is no public tranche.

In the 12 months ended Sept 30, 2017, AHS made a net profit of S$438,000, on revenue of S$11 million. If the service fees paid to the group's specialists had been replaced with employment agreements during this period, net profit would have been S$4.46 million, AHS said. The specialists have since entered employment agreements with AHS.

IPO proceeds will be used to expand the business organically as well as through mergers and acquisitions. Some proceeds will also go towards working capital.

RHT Capital is the issue manager and sponsor for the listing. UOB Kay Hian is the placement agent.