PARIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Regulatory News:
Korian Group (Paris:KORI), European leader in care and support services
for the elderly, announces the acquisition of Stepping Stones, a
high-quality and innovative Dutch private operator specialized in
Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive disorders.
A renowned player with strong growth perspectives in the Netherlands
Since its inception in 2006 by Christiaan Sap, Founder and CEO, Stepping
Stones has developed a unique concept based on small-sized residential
care villas adapted to patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or
cognitive disorders. Each resident has his own apartment; common areas
(living room, dining room, open kitchen as well as a garden) are
accessible to everyone.
Personalised care, well-suited to Korian’s Positive Care approach, is
based on specific needs and wishes of people who are mostly highly
dependent. Residents are supported until the end of their life, thanks
to an expertise in palliative care. Staff is specifically trained to
provide complex care, as required by the Dutch regional care offices
The company currently operates a portfolio of 12 care villas of high
quality standard (3 of which are in a ramp-up phase), representing 260
apartments, mainly located in the centre and east of the Netherlands.
Revenue in 2018 amounted to €13m. The company intends to more than
double its portfolio in the next 4 years based on the existing pipeline.
The Dutch care market expected to grow strongly
The Dutch highly fragmented care market is expected to grow strongly in
line with the increase of the elderly population: the number of people
over 65 is expected to grow by 50%, from 3.2 million in 2017 up to 4.8
million by 2040, while the number of people over 80 years will double to
1.6 million in the same period.
According to market experts, more than 30,000 beds will be needed in the
next 10 years to cope with the demographic pressure. Therefore, the
regulatory environment fosters the development of a premium quality
Christiaan Sap, Founder and CEO of Stepping Stones commented:
am delighted to join the Korian Group with whom I share common values
and expertise. Having such a support will contribute to accelerate the
development of Stepping Stones’ concept across the entire country.
Providing personalized and continuous care to people suffering from
Alzheimer’s disease through a dedicated offer in a friendly environment
is a major challenge for me.”
Sophie Boissard, CEO of Korian Group added:
“We are happy to
welcome with Stepping Stones an experienced and recognized team. The
strong care concept that has been tested and rolled-out for years, is a
key competitive edge in a growing and innovative Dutch market. Korian is
strongly committed to support the growth plan of Stepping Stones
throughout the Netherlands while cross-fertilizing this genuine concept
all over the European network. After Ages&Vie in France, Korian
reinforces its foothold in the small-sized senior living communities
business segment and thus enlarges its care service offer to better
adapt to client needs.”
The Korian Group will acquire 100% of the share capital of Stepping
Stones. This deal is still subject to authorization by the Dutch health
authorities (NZa), which is expected in due course.
Next event: 18 April 2019 after the close of trading
Korian, an expert in care and support services for the elderly,
manages Europe’s leading network of long-term care nursing homes,
specialised clinics, assisted living facilities, and homecare and
For more information, please visit the website: www.korian.com
Korian has been listed on Euronext Paris (Compartment A) since
November 2006 and is included in the following indices: SBF 120, CAC
Health Care, CAC Mid 60, CAC Mid & Small and MSCI Global Small Cap
Euronext Ticker: KORI – ISIN: FR0010386334 – Reuters: KORI.PA –
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