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Timeline: NMC Health’s expansion and ailments

(Reuters) – NMC Health (NMC.L) said on Monday its founder BR Shetty had resigned as joint non-executive chairman, months after the UAE healthcare group was thrown into turmoil by doubts over its finances.

NMC is the largest private healthcare company in the United Arab Emirates and operates a network of clinics and hospitals, specialized maternity and fertility clinics, and long-term care homes and hospitals across 19 countries.

A bruising short-selling attack by Muddy Waters launched two months ago has seen the company’s market value fall to 1.6 billion pounds ($2.1 billion), a far cry from its peak value of about 8.4 billion pounds in August 2018.

Here is a timeline of events leading up to Monday’s announcement:

1975

Bavaguthu Raghuram (BR) Shetty establishes New Medical Centre (NMC), the first private healthcare facility in UAE.

2012

NMC becomes the first company from Abu Dhabi to join here the London Stock Exchange.

2015

NMC bids for regional rival Al Noor Hospitals Group, sparking a race with South Africa’s Mediclinic (MDCM.L), before eventually pulling out over valuation concerns.

2017

NMC is promoted to the blue chip FTSE 100 index .FTSE.

2018

NMC raises $2 billion for general corporate purposes and for the refinancing of existing debt, sources say here

2019

October

NMC guides for double-digit revenue and core earnings growth in 2020.

Dec. 17

U.S. short-selling firm Muddy Waters, founded by American Carson Block, acquires a short position in NMC, criticizing the healthcare group’s financial statements and wiping a third off the value of the company’s share price.

Dec. 18

NMC stands by its forecasts for 2019 and 2020 and announces a share buyback.

Dec. 19

NMC calls the Muddy Waters report criticizing the healthcare group’s financial statements “false and misleading”.

Dec. 23

NMC calls for an independent review of its finances.

2020

Jan. 8

Two major shareholders launch a discounted share sale in NMC worth 375 million pounds.

Jan. 17

Independent review committee hires FBI ex-boss Louis Freeh.

Feb. 4

NMC says 2019 trading is in line with expectations.

Feb. 10

NMC discloses preliminary buyout approaches from private equity firms KKR (KKR.N) and GK Investment, and says co-chair and founder Shetty had stepped back from its board after informing the group of potentially inaccurate reporting of his holdings.

Feb. 11

KKR says it does not intend to make an offer for NMC, but Italian-backed GKSD Investment Holding confirms it could bid.

Feb. 12

S&P places NMC on creditwatch negative due to governance deficiencies.

Feb. 13

Moody’s places ratings under review for downgrade.

Feb. 14

NMC says its vice chairman is stepping down from the board as it tries to unravel details of the holdings of its top investors.

Feb. 17

BR Shetty resigns, leaving UK businessman HJ Mark Tompkins as sole chairman.

Source: Company website, reports, Refinitiv data

Reporting by Noor Zainab Hussain and Pushkala Aripaka in Bengaluru; Editing by Jan Harvey and Susan Fenton

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