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After catching COVID-19, the South African Private Healthcare Sector has one foot in the recovery room

Summary

15 March 2021 – GCR Ratings (“GCR”) has published Industry Research on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the South African Private Healthcare Sector, and GCR’s expectations of the sector’s performance over the short to medium term.

The report is available for download at: http://gcrresearch.com/reports/house/industry-reports/.

Key highlights of the research are:

  • The underperformance of the South African (SA) private healthcare sector during 2020 was a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has exacerbated the lack of growth in private medical aid memberships.
  • With the timing and efficacy of the vaccine rollout to the general population still uncertain, combined with predictions of a third wave of the virus, the short to medium term prospects of the sector remain somewhat uncertain.
  • Notwithstanding this, GCR expects an improved financial performance in FY2021, more stable debt levels, as well as some improvement in credit protection metrics.
  • In addition, GCR has not downgraded the healthcare sector GCR Risk Score due to our belief that the inherent and fundamental stability of the sector remains unchanged.

GCR will periodically provide insights on key sectors/industries across different territories in which various rated entities are domiciled, encompassing changes in the operating environment, performance trends and its view of the impact of an evolution in market dynamics on the credit risk profiles of rated entities in selected industries.

Analytical Contacts

Analyst Lara Krug Senior Analyst: Corporate & Public Sector
Johannesburg, ZA Larak@GCRratings.com +27 11 784 1771
Analyst Eyal Shevel Sector Head: Corporate Ratings
Johannesburg, ZA Shevel@GCRratings.com +27 11 784 1771

Related Criteria and Research

GCR Country Risk Scores, November 2020
GCR Corporate Sector Risk Scores, updated July 2020
Criteria for Rating Corporate Entities, May 2019
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