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Dubai: Abu Dhabi headquartered NMC Health is not going into “liquidation”, according to its newly appointed administrators.
In a message sent to its 15,000 plus staff, the administrators emphasised that “Liquidation usually means shutting down of a business and the sale of its assets for the greatest possible amount, to enable the people to whom it owes money to be paid back.
“That is not what is happening in this case,” it said in the statement to staff.
“Administration is not the same as liquidation. Administration is a means by which the management of a company that is in financial difficulty passes to a licensed professional.”
“The Administrators are three senior professionals from a leading global financial advisory firm, and their job is to try to stabilise the business and keep it functioning. In the case of NMC, given its importance to the UAE’s healthcare system, keeping the business going is a vital social priority.
It was on Thursday that a UK court appointed administrators from Alvarez & Marsal, the corporate turnaround specialist. This followed a submission in the UK court earlier this week by Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, which had the highest loan exposure to NMC Health of Dh3.6 billion.
The statement to the NMC staff was signed by Richard Fleming, one of the tree administrators, and Managing Director of Alvarez & Marsal.
“The most important point I would like to make at this stage, is that all hospitals, medical centres, care facilities and distribution services will be unaffected by the appointment… so their current activities will not change.
“We recognise fully that this has been an extremely difficult period. You have faced uncertainty about the future of your business, while working tirelessly as the world responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We, your current CEO, Michael Davis, and the management teams across the group, will be working to stabilise the business for you, your colleagues, patients, customers and other stakeholders.”
Business as usual
On the operational side, there will not be any changes – it was the core message Fleming was putting out.
“We intend to keep everything going exactly as currently,” the statement said. “The problems with the business that you have read about are not related to the day-to-day operations, or with the hospitals and clinics.
“We know how important it is for the UAE’s healthcare system to be as strong as possible. NMC Health is central to that objective.”
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