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Medibank sale takes to the road

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The roadshow for the planned $4 billion sale of Medibank Private is expected to begin this week when top officials brief institutional investors in Australia before heading offshore.

Chief executive George Savvides and Chief Financial Officer Paul Koppelman will meet potential investors in Melbourne and Sydney over the next few days before embarking on a three-week tour through Asia, Europe and North America aimed at drumming up interest in the sale, according to The Australian.

The sale of Medibank Private, one of the biggest public offerings in years, is a key plank in the Federal Government’s fiscal strategy and is expected to attract significant interest both at home and abroad.

But although demand may be strong, the sale process is expected to take some time.

The Federal Government expects any sale to be completed this financial year, but only if market conditions are favourable, and there are expected to be several roadshows in order to maximise investor interest and possible returns from the sale.

Joint lead managers of the sale, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and Macquarie, are likely to closely monitor how another the sale of another major health organisation, Ramsay Health Care-Healthscope, fares.

The prospectus for what could be a $2.6 billion sale was lodged last week.

Adrian Rollins