RHÖN-KLINIKUM AG | 05/24/2009

- ad hoc - Planned capital increase in the second half of the year utilising the authorised capital pursuant to Section 4 (2) of the Company’s Articles of Association

RHÖN-KLINIKUM AG hereby informs that the Board of Management and the Supervisory Board of RHÖN-KLINIKUM AG have adopted today, Sunday, 24 May 2009, the following resolution:

The Board of Management is preparing a capital increase to meet the impending privatisation wave from 2010 onwards. The capital increase will be carried out in the second half of the year utilising the authorised capital pursuant to Section 4 (2) of the Company’s Articles of Association. By raising a substantial amount, of approximately € 500 million, the basis will be created for further growth. The precise terms will be decided shortly before the commencement of the subscription period, and will reflect the strength of our business model. For this purpose, the Board of Management and the Supervisory Board will then adopt a second resolution.


The Management and the Supervisory Board are convinced of being able to create secure delivery of high-quality medical care provision with its long-proven and future-oriented care and business model. They are responding to the expected rationing in medical care services by guaranteeing high-quality medical services through rationalisation. This is how the Company intends to stay at the forefront of the movement and to invite shareholders to participate in this development.

Rationalisation expertise and innovative strength are the foundation of the Company’s growth. The network of hospitals secures and strengthens the high quality of medical care through the modernisation of distressed hospitals and the efficient integration of outpatient and inpatient care. Its big advantage is the capability of continuously investing in the performance and quality of modern medical care delivery and of optimally integrating core medical processes in the outpatient and inpatient areas.

Rationalisation instead of rationing – that is the guiding principle of RHÖN KLINIKUM AG in medical care. This guiding principle has convinced our shareholders for 20 years and our patients for over 30 years. The Company operates hospitals and medical care centres (MVZs) in which 1.6 million people put their trust in 2008. Since the IPO in 1989, it has enjoyed uninterrupted growth and in 2008 reached new heights, generating revenues of € 2.1 billion, net profit of € 122.6 million, and employing over 33,000 persons.

Starting from its existing 37 sites, the company in the medium term is seeking to provide general-coverage high-quality medical care that everyone can afford: any patient is to be able to reach a healthcare facility of the hospital network within 1.5 to two hours or less. This is to lay the foundation for covering 8 per cent of total medical care provision.

In the face of a recession with a decline in gross domestic product of roughly 6 per cent, municipalities and federal states will no longer be able to meet their medical care provision mandate to a sufficient extent. That is why an anticyclical corporate strategy in the healthcare sector will become all the more important for securing this care provision mandate. It was for this reason that during the last recession in 2002/2003 the state transferred to us nearly 20 hospitals so that investment, employment and healthcare provision could be ensured and a rationing of medical care averted. This was the starting point for the strong revenue and earnings performance seen over the past years.

With the capital increase we are offering our shareholders the possibility of participating in the continuation of this development and of acquiring a stake in the Company’s growth concept.