|Type||Public (TASE: EMITF, NASDAQ: EMITF)|
Real Estate, Hotels
|Key people||Mordechay Zisser (Executive President),
Shimon Yitzhaki (Chairman)
|Revenue||US$ 1,049.19 million (2008)|
|Subsidiaries||Plaza Centers N.V., Insightec, Gamida Cell Ltd. , Elbit Trade and Retail Ltd.|
The company was originally founded as a spin-off from Elron Electronic Industries and Elbit, to develop and manufacture diagnostic systems and medical imaging devices; in 1999 Elbit Medical Imaging was sold to Europe-Israel Ltd., a company controlled by businessman Mordechay (Moty) Zisser, who turned it into a diversified holding company.
The origins of Elbit Medical Imaging can be traced to 1990, when Elbit's medical arm, at the time a subsidiary of Elron, acquired a majority share in Elscint. Elscint was a company founded in 1969, which developed medical imaging equipment such as MRI and CT scanners. In 1996, Elbit was spun off into three independent companies, and Elbit Medical Imaging was created as separate NASDAQ listed company (ticker symbol:EMITF).
In 1999 Elron Electronic Industries sold all its holdings in Elbit Medical Imaging to Europe Israel Ltd., formerly an Israeli company listed on the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange and controlled by real estate developer Mordechay (Moti) Zisser, for a sum of approximately $127.8 million.
Following the acquisition in May 1999, Zisser integrated his existing real estate activities into the company and restructured Elbit Medical Imaging as a holding company, focusing on: real estate and hotels development, shopping and entertainment malls, industrial manufacturing and supply of components for the medical imaging; and venture capital investments in high-technology and bio-technology companies.
In 2005 Elscint, which was the first Israeli company to be listed on NASDAQ in 1972, was delisted and became a wholly owned subsidiary of Elbit Medical Imaging. At that time, Elscint was no longer engaged in its original medical imaging equipment activities.
On November 1, 2006, Plaza Centers N.V., an indirect subsidiary of Elbit Imaging, was listed on the London Stock Exchange. The Company raised approximately £166 million of gross proceeds and its shares are traded under the ticker "PLAZ". On October 19, 2007 Plaza Centers N.V.s shares were also listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange under the ticker "PLZ".
In August 2007, Elbit Imaging sold its Arena Plaza Mall in Budapest, Hungary to Active Asset Investment Management (aAIM), a company chaired by Sir Alex Ferguson, for €400m. The mall was still under construction and was opened in November 2007 by Sir Alex.
In November 2007 the company's name was changed from Elbit Medical Imaging Ltd. to Elbit Imaging Ltd.
- Plaza Centers N.V. - a developer of shopping and entertainment centres in the Central and Eastern Europe region.
- The Company has 2,332 rooms in operating hotels, in the UK, Netherlands, Belgium and Romania.
Bio-Tech & Medical Devices
- Insightec Ltd.
- Gamida Cell Ltd.
- Olive Software Inc. (18.33% holding) - a leading provider of digital edition and digital archiving solutions for the publishing industry.
- Easyrun Ltd. (47.79% holding), a provider of call centers software solutions.
- Varcode Ltd. (31% holding) a provider of Smart-Barcode solutions for logistic food supply-chain.
- Elbit Trade and Retail Ltd. - holds the Gap (clothing retailer) and Mango (clothing) franchises in Israel
- "Elbit Medical Imaging Ltd. - EMI - Announces Closing of the Transaction for the Sale by Elron Electronics Industries Ltd. of its Holdings in EMI to Europe Israel Ltd", Business Wire, May 4, 1999
- Elron's story - Technology Investment With Vision, retrieved 2010-04-30
- Elbit Medical Imaging - Company History, retrieved 2010-04-30
- Plaza Centers - Group Overview, retrieved 2010-05-01
- Hodgson, Robert (12 November 2007), "Arena Plaza to open this week - City's biggest mall", The Budapest Times