TPG Capital weighing IPO for Asian pathology business; Singapore among venue options

Deliberations are ongoing and there is no certainty that TPG will proceed with a listing. ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG

KUALA LUMPUR (BLOOMBERG) - Private equity company TPG Capital Asia is considering a plan for an initial public offering of its pathology business in the region, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

The buyout firm has asked banks to submit proposals for the potential listing of Pathology Asia Holdings, said the people, who asked not to be named as the process is private. TPG is still weighing a listing venue for the business, while Singapore is among the options, the people said.

TPG has expanded the business since it initially bought 39 pathology laboratories from Healthscope in 2018 for A$279 million (S$287.6 million), one of the people said. The operations are worth about US$2 billion (S$2.67 NILLION), the person said.

Deliberations are ongoing and there is no certainty that TPG will proceed with a listing, said the people. A TPG representative declined to comment.

TPG Capital Asia currently manages approximately US$9.3 billion in assets, according to its website. The arm of global buyout firm TPG has offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Mumbai and Singapore.

Pathology Asia Holdings, originally formed out of the Healthscope purchase, includes the Quest Laboratories brand in Singapore and Vietnam, and Gribbles Pathology in Malaysia. It announced the acquisition of Singapore's Innovative Diagnostics in 2018, and bought a minority stake in Australian drug testing company Safe Work Laboratories the following year.


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