Germany’s Munich Re raises stake in Apollo Munich Health Insurance to 49%

German reinsurer Munich Re said it would buy an additional 23.27 per cent stake in Apollo Munich Health Insurance Co from its joint venture partner Apollo Hospitals Group India for Rs 164 crore ($24.18 million).

The deal increases Munich Re’s holding in Apollo Munich to nearly 48.75 per cent, with 51.1 per cent held by Apollo Hospitals, and the rest by employees. The move is aimed at increasing the German firm’s business in India, which it said is “one of it key markets.”

Apollo Munich Health Insurance holds about 8 per cent of the retail health insurance market in India, but Munich Re said it was betting on a steep rise in spending on healthcare by Indians in the medium term as the country’s economy improves.

The company expects the deal to be completed by the second quarter of 2016.

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