Proposed Investment of up to LKR 3,270 million from IFC in Sunshine Healthcare Lanka Limited

Sunshine Healthcare Lanka (SHL), the healthcare arm of the diversified conglomerate Sunshine Holdings PLC (CSE: SUN), has entered into an agreement for a proposed equity investment of up to LKR 3,270 million by the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Subject to satisfaction of conditions, IFC will own approximately 14.7% stake in SHL.   

IFC investment fortifies Sunshine’s commitment to meet the growing healthcare needs of Sri Lanka and will bolster SHL’s implementation of significant capital projects to expand and enhance healthcare delivery nationwide. As part of this, SHL will invest significantly to increase the annual production of Lina Manufacturing, the pharmaceutical manufacturing segment, from 750,000 Metered-Dose Inhalers (MDIs) to 3 million units and to expand DPI capsule manufacturing.

Additionally, investments will be made in the Medical Devices sector to boost diagnostic capabilities significantly, Pharmaceuticals Distribution for central logistics infrastructure development, and in Healthguard Pharmacy chain to expand its retail and online presence. These investments are further aimed at fulfilling the Group’s nation-building efforts and ensuring the resilience of Sri Lanka’s national healthcare systems.

“We are honored to partner with the International Finance Corporation. This investment underscores the confidence in Sunshine Holdings’ potential and strengthens our determination to enhance healthcare accessibility and innovation across Sri Lanka. With IFC’s support, we are poised to scale up SHL’s operations significantly, from expanding our manufacturing with Lina to enhancing our diagnostic capabilities, distribution network, and retail presence. Furthermore, this collaboration aligns with our vision of bringing good things to the lives of Sri Lankans,” commented Shyam Sathasivam, Group Chief Executive Officer of Sunshine Holdings PLC.

IFC Regional Vice President for Asia and the Pacific, Riccardo Puliti, said, “IFC’s investment in Sunshine Healthcare is geared towards localizing and creating sustainable supply chains across Sri Lanka. By investing in healthcare infrastructure and enhancing access to quality, innovative solutions, we can create a foundation for inclusive development.”

Sunshine Holdings PLC was advised by Asia Securities as financial advisor and DLF De Saram as legal advisor. The internal team was led by Hiran Samarasinghe, Head of Strategy, Aruna Deepthikumara, Group CFO and Roshani Kobbekaduwa, Group Legal consultant.

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Pic 01 – From left: Sunshine Medical Devices and Lina Chief Executive Officer Dr. T. Sayandhan, Sunshine Holdings Deputy Vice Chairman Vish Govindasamy, IFC Vice President for Asia Pacific Riccardo Puliti, Sunshine Holdings Group CEO Shyam Sathasivam and Sunshine Pharmaceuticals and Healthguard Distribution Chief Executive Officer Shantha Bandara at the agreement signing ceremony.

Pic 02 – From left: IFC Senior Country Officer Victor Antonypillai, IFC Regional Director for South Asia Imad Fakhoury, Sunshine Holdings Group CEO Shyam Sathasivam, IFC Vice President for Asia Pacific Riccardo Puliti, Sunshine Holdings Deputy Vice Chairman Vish Govindasamy, IFC Sri Lanka and Maldives Country Manager Alejandro Alvarez de la Campa, IFC Senior Investment Officer Priyanka Cooray

About Sunshine Healthcare

Sunshine Healthcare is Sri Lanka’s first fully integrated healthcare company, from R&D and pharmaceutical manufacturing up to retailing healthcare products, including last-mile distribution across the country for all healthcare products. The company’s segments are Sunshine Pharmaceuticals, Sunshine Medical Devices, Healthguard Pharmacy, Lina Manufacturing and Healthguard Distribution. Established in 1967, the company partners with international healthcare manufacturers to make their medicines available to all patients in Sri Lanka. The company’s pharma manufacturing focus is on the respiratory segment, and it is currently the primary supplier to the government of Sri Lanka for both MDIs and DPIs.

About IFC 

IFC—a member of the World Bank—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work in more than 100 countries, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in developing countries. In fiscal year 2023, IFC committed a record $43.7 billion to private companies and financial institutions in developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity as economies grapple with the impacts of global compounding crises. For more information, visit 

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