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Commission grants clearance for HealthCare NZ to acquire Geneva Healthcare

1 September 2017

The Commerce Commission has granted clearance for HealthCare of New Zealand Holdings Limited (HealthCare NZ) to acquire 100% of the shares in Geneva Healthcare Limited and its related companies.

The merging parties predominantly provide home and community support services funded by the Accident Compensation Corporation, District Health Boards, and the Ministry of Health.

In making its decision, the Commission primarily considered the markets for the provision of these services. It also considered other markets where there was less overlap including residential disability support services, community nursing services, and bureau nursing services.

Commerce Commission Chairman Dr Mark Berry said the Commission is satisfied the acquisition is unlikely to substantially lessen competition in any of the affected markets.

“We do not believe the merged entity would have the ability to increase prices of any of the support services that they supply or reduce the quality of those services as the funders of the services have alternative options,” Dr Berry said.

“With the vast majority of the services publicly funded, there are strict price and quality controls in place to constrain the merged entity from exercising market power.”

A public version of the written reasons for the decision will be available on the Clearances Register shortly.

Background

HealthCare NZ

HealthCare NZ is the holding company of five operating companies that provide health services to clients in their homes and communities including nursing, mental health support, disability support, injury rehabilitation and support, and support for clients with challenging behaviour. 

Geneva Healthcare Limited

Geneva Healthcare Limited provides health services to clients in their homes and communities including nursing services, home help, personal and respite care, disability support, psychiatric services, and injury support and rehabilitation. Geneva’s related companies are Geneva Health Technology Limited, Geneva Care Limited, Geneva Clean Limited, and My Skill Limited from Geneva Group Holdings Limited.

Merger requirements

A fact sheet explaining how the Commission assesses a merger application is available on our website