Friday 14th September 2018
|Text too small?|
Former Summerset Group chief executive Norah Barlow will return to the domestic aged care sector in November to head mid-market player Heritage Lifecare.
Heritage Lifecare wants Barlow to lead the company through its next stage of growth and offer her experience to a young management team. Barlow led Summerset for 12 years, including taking it public in 2011. At the time of the initial public offering, the retirement village operator was valued at $300 million and is now worth $1.73 billion. More recently, she stepped in as CEO of ASX-listed Estia Health when its founder, chief executive and chair left when the share price collapsed.
"Norah is a very, very proven operator in the sector with a very good track record in building a business," Heritage executive chairman David Renwick said. "What appealed very much to us was that she built Summerset from a small company to what it is today: a very successful public company."
Heritage Lifecare operates 30 rest homes around the country with 2,204 residents. When Australian private equity firm Adamantum Capital bought into the company earlier this year, it operated 977 care beds and 312 living units across 19 sites.
That compares to NZX-listed aged care operator Oceania Healthcare with about 3,500 residents across 51 sites.
Renwick said Adamantum won't necessarily fund future expansion, given existing and potentially new local investors are interested in participating. Heritage Lifecare has typically bought existing operations to grow and is tilted towards provincial areas.
No comments yet
October house sales jumped 15.5% on 2017 as house prices remained contained
Mainfreight reports strong lift in 1H net profit, upbeat about full year
Chorus boosts fast fibre connections, plans price cuts
Infratil extends Tilt takeover offer for last time
November 14th Morning Report
Regulation needed to support 'green' bonds
MARKET CLOSE: NZ stocks follow Wall Street lower; Spark, Port of Tauranga gain
NZ dollar holds its ground against greenback despite risk aversion
Port of Tauranga planning for further growth
RBNZ begins second phase of review into new mortgage bond standard