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Healthscope hurdles a symptom of pressures on healthcare stocks

Healthscope hurdles a symptom of pressures on healthcare stocks

You’d think owning a private ­hospital would be a licence to print money. There are certainly a number of favourable underlying drivers for private hospital operators in Australia — not least the ageing population — resulting in increasing service volumes per person. 


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Roger is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Montgomery Investment Management. Roger brings more than two decades of investment and financial market experience, knowledge and relationships to bear in his role as Chief Investment Officer. Prior to establishing Montgomery, Roger held positions at Ord Minnett Jardine Fleming, BT (Australia) Limited and Merrill Lynch.

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  1. Hi Roger,
    Are you now in a position to provide feedback on your analysis of the HSO annual result and more broadly, growth prospects for Healthscope post divestment of the medical centre business unit?
    With the recent decline in share price, is Montgomery contemplating the purchase of additional units to increase weighting of this business in your broader investment portfolio?

  2. Hi Roger,

    I have been following your commentaries on the Healthscope for a while now. The market didn’t like their result today and I wondering what is your current take on Healthscope future? Do you still own the shares on your managed fund. I’m holder of your managed funds. Would you buy more shares on current dip ? if yes why?

    • We’re working through the numbers and our assumptions with a particular focus on the fixed asset turnover over the next few years. Looks like the demographic trends remain positive but FY18 could continue to disappoint thanks to development Capri and a deeper than anticipated slowing in admissions. It’s a circa 3% position currently.

  3. Kyle McGeechan

    It does not suprize me even one bit that doctors are being asked to meet a certain quota. My father was working in the public healthcare system and when he’d raise issues about similar issues on the ethical nature of how a scheme like that is right he was told by managers “it’s not about patient care”. I won’t mention the state “Queensland”.

  4. andrew ronan

    Hi Roger, do you see a greater risk going forward due to the aging population and their political power which may sway government policies with regards to healthcare and therefore profits from the sector, as government intervention in all areas seems to be a growing trend as seen recently in the Australian gas market where government is forcing companies to sell gas locally at a reduced price to what they could otherwise receive, even though it was their own over regulation that led to the situation in the first place. It would seem healthcare is a sitting duck for this kind of heavy handed government intervention, specially as the population ages and their political clout grows.

  5. Phil Nicholson

    Thanks Roger. On longer term demand for aged healthcare just have a chat to David Sinclair about NMN.

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