CRO Deals Pile Up, and So Do the Multiples

After 34 announced transactions in 2017, the news that one contract research organization (CRO) bought another CRO is downright yawn-inducting. This space is undergoing rapid consolidation, no question. Before this week, those 34 deals had a combined total of approximately $20.9 billion. Add another deal, and another $950 million, and the market just got a […]


Deal(s) of the Week: Teva, Take Two

Debt has been a key deal driver this year, particularly in the hospital sector, where Community Health Systems (NYSE: CYH), Quorum Health Corporation (NYSE: QHC) and Tenet Healthcare (NYSE: THC) are shedding less desirable assets. Joining them now is generic drug maker Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. (NYSE: TEVA), which is shouldering $35 billion of debt […]



AAC Adds Addiction Treatment in New England

AAC Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAC), operator of American Addiction Centers, announced its first acquisition of 2017. The company is ramping up again after a hot streak in 2015, when it acquired seven companies for a combined $143 million. Since then, the once-serial acquirer has been quiet on the M&A front as it integrated all its […]

Teva Begins to Pare Its Portfolio

Last week, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE: TVA) divested more than $1.1 billion of assets in response to increasing financial pressure. Just this August, Credit Suisse lowered its rating on Teva’s stock from neutral to underperform, citing industry-wide pricing pressure for generic drugs. Credit Suisse’s announcement follows Teva’s acquisition of Allergan’s (NYSE: AGN) generic division, […]

Deal of the Week: Centene/Fidelis Care

Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC), the self-declared leader in government-sponsored healthcare in the U.S., has taken over another state. As larger rivals like Anthem (NYSE: ANTM) and UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) quit the individual health insurance exchanges around the country, Centene has marched in. In its first major deal since July 2015, Centene is now tops […]

Stat of the Week: Behavioral Health Care, +12%

Mergers and acquisitions in the Behavioral Health Care sector have been on a tear in recent years, relatively speaking. The caveat is that many deals are done locally, between private or not-for-profit organizations, and most are not publicly announced. Private equity firms have been piling into this space, and they aren’t known for a lot […]