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Home Health & Hospice Deals Up 50% in Q1:18

After three straight quarters of relatively low home health and hospice merger and acquisition activity, the first quarter of 2018 saw 21 publicly announced transactions. This was a 50% increase from the fourth quarter of 2017 (14 transactions), but just a 5% increase from the year-ago quarter (20 transactions), according to new data from […]

Physician Medical Group Deals Stayed Strong in Q1:18

Physician medical group M&A activity was strong in the first quarter of 2018, according to new acquisition data from The number of physician medical group acquisitions increased to 36 in the first quarter, up 9% from the 33 publicly announced acquisitions in the fourth quarter of 2017. Compared with the year-earlier quarter, when a […]

Test tubes filled with money
Test tubes filled with money

Takeda Takes Aim at Shire

Big Pharma deals are making a comeback. Or so it seems from the speculation around Shire plc (NASDAQ: SHPG). Japanese drug maker Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. (OTCQB: TKPYY) has been buzzing around the UK-based Shire for nearly a month, making bid after bid. It seemed to begin on April 16, when Shire sold its oncology business to […]

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Stat of the week graph

Q1:18 Health Care M&A Stays Strong

Health care merger and acquisition activity in the first quarter of 2018 kept pace with the previous quarter in 2017. Compared with the fourth quarter of 2017, deal volume increased 1%, to 386 transactions. However, deal volume was down 12% compared with the same quarter the year before. Combined spending in the first quarter reached […]

Sleep Disorders Make for Steady Business

For all the companies and remedies devoted to sleep disorders, it’s a wonder they haven’t been cured by now. The latest deal targeting a company focused on sleep apnea and other conditions was announced last week, on April 11. SleepScore Labs, a medical device company based in Carlsbad, California, acquired the Dutch technology company […]

Humana Adds Physicians in Florida

Humana (NYSE: HUM) hasn’t made a lot of waves in the Physician Medical Group sector. Its larger managed care rival, UnitedHealth Group’s Optum (NYSE: UNH), spent approximately $8.2 billion on two large physician practice acquisitions in 2017 alone. There’s also the distraction of acquisition talks with one of the world’s largest retailers, Walmart (NYSE: WMT), which […]

CooperSurgical Adds to Its IVF Business

CooperSurgical (NYSE: COO), a subsidiary of The Cooper Companies, Inc., has added another medical device maker focused on women’s health. This is CooperSurgical’s first acquisition in 2018, and it didn’t go far from its Trumbull, Connecticut offices to find The LifeGlobal Group in Guilford, Connecticut. LifeGlobal is a leading provider of in vitro fertilization (IVF) […]

PE Firms Join to Form Home Health Care Giant

Consolidation isn’t a novel concept in the healthcare market, although it has been slow to arrive for some. The Home Health & Hospice sector has experienced a few jolts in the past six months, as three publicly traded giants merged or were split up. Now the private equity side has sent a shock wave through […]

Imaging Deals Light Up

In the first week of April 2018, five transactions for physician medical practices were announced. That’s a good start to the second quarter, following Q1:18’s deal volume of 35 transactions targeting physicians and their practices. Two of the April deals were for radiology centers. One was announced by RadNet, Inc. (NASDAQ: RDNT), the largest provider […]

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money sack one hundred dollar bills

March Added One Mega-Deal, and Saw Another One Halted

After a busy M&A month in February, with 125 deals reported, March didn’t disappoint. Preliminary results show deal volume equaled the previous month’s total. The figures look good, in the face of the recent stock market swings, the Trump administration’s talk of trade wars and cancelling trade deals. But a look back to March 2017 […]