British International Investment

Chemistry Holdings Limited

South AsiaConsumer - Health

STS operates a 425-bed multi-disciplinary hospital in Dhaka with healthcare providers across 20+ specialties and is currently developing a new, 350-bed facility in Chittagong. STS aims to improve the lives of the community it serves by treating communicable and non-communicable diseases through its secondary and tertiary care facilities.

This investment was made when British International Investment was named CDC Group.

We have now exited this investment. This is what we achieved.

Achieved impact

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Expected impact

Evercare and CDC Group have acquired a controlling interest in STS Holdings Ltd (STS). STS joins the Evercare network of hospitals that operate across South Asia and Africa and will provide immediate additional scale to the Evercare platform, significantly increasing the number of patients served.

Impact information

Applies to investments made from 2019 onwards. The tabs in this section define what we expect to achieve through the investment, assessing the potential impact of the investment against six dimensions of impact. You can find more details on our methodology of assessing impact here.

What?

Impact

Support provision of healthcare (SDG 3).

How?

How?

CDC's investment will support completion of a new hospital and enable growth of the business. CDC's investment will support STS to create new jobs and grow the nursing college.

Who?

Stakeholder Geography Characteristics
Patients

Bangladesh

  • Middle-income (inpatient care).
  • Low-income (outpatient care) with c. 45 per cent of the patients from outside Dhaka.
Employees

Bangladesh

85 per cent are local talent and majority of workforce are women.

How much?

Scale Depth/Duration

Patients: Supporting an increase of c.380,000 patients annually by 2025.

The healthcare provided will help lower mortality rates of those treated, this is particularly important in Bangladesh where there is currently limited provision of quality tertiary care. Jobs offer an emphasis on deepening training opportunities.

Contribution/additionality

Contribution/additionality
  • Financial additionality: Capital not offered in sufficient quantity and not offered on the same terms

Grid score

Grid Score

To help us direct our investments, we previously used a tool called the Development Impact Grid. It scored investments out of four, based on two factors: the difficulty of investing in a country and the propensity of the sector to generate employment. This tool was used for investments until the end of 2021. Since 2022 it has been replaced by the Impact Score.

3

Risk

Execution Risk
  • the impact relies on the Chittagong hospital being brought online and treatments scaled up.

Reporting and Complaints Mechanism

The Reporting and Complaints Mechanism allows anyone outside BII to report alleged breaches of the business integrity or environmental and social provisions of BII’s Policy on Responsible Investing. This includes breaches made by BII, a BII investee, or a portfolio company of a fund in which BII has invested. The Reporting and Complaints Mechanism Rules are available here. Reports and complaints can be submitted by email to [email protected] or by mail. See more details on our Reporting and Complaints Mechanism here.

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  • Key facts

    Last updated

    When the last quarterly update of the website database occurred.

    :
    June 2024
    Project number

    An identifier number shared by investments in the same project.

    :
    D3909
    Status

    The current status of the investment (green flag for active and red flag for exited).

    :
    Exited
    Region

    The geographical region where the country is located. We currently invest in Africa, South Asia, South East Asia and the Caribbean. In 2023, BII’s investment mandate was extended allowing it to invest in regional funds linked to Ukraine, with the majority of activity expected to begin post-war. Investments outside these regions were made prior to 2012 under previous investment mandates.

    :
    South Asia
    Country

    The countries where the investment delivers impact. Where impact is delivered in multiple countries, this is indicated.

    :
    Bangladesh
    Sector

    We prioritise those sectors that facilitate development and need our capital the most. Our priority sectors contribute towards many of the Sustainable Development Goals. They range from investing in the power infrastructure that will provide people with better access to electricity, to investing in financial institutions that direct capital to the individuals and businesses that need it the most.

    :
    Consumer - Health

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    The currency in which the investment was made.

    Investment type :
    Equity
    Start date :
    December 2019
    End date :
    February 2024
    Amount :
    $45.18m
    Currency of investment :
    USD
    Domicile

    The company or investment fund’s place of incorporation.

    :
    Bangladesh

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