June 2018 Deal Volume Settles into Summer Mode

June was a gentle month for deal making. As the first month of summer, preliminary data shows a slight drop in deal volume for the month, compared with a busier May. Investors seem to be taking the adage “Buy in May and go away” seriously. With a preliminary total of 122 transactions made public in […]

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Talk of a Bubble in Healthcare Services Slows Some Deals

Yes, the B-word is being bandied about among deal makers these days. Talk of a bubble, particularly in healthcare services, is becoming more open. We heard it often at a recent breakfast meeting of healthcare investors, and again and again in conversations since. In May, some 130 transactions were made public, representing a 26% decline […]

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April 2018 Healthcare Deals Explode

Boom! That was April 2018’s M&A results breaking the sound barrier. With 167 transactions, the monthly deal total (almost) blew away the record for deals in a single month. The current record is now January 2017, with 178 transactions. With time, as more deals come to light, April 2018 may be the new champion. Deal […]

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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 […]

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For a Short Month, February Was Long on Deal Volume

Ever wonder why February is the shortest month of the year? It didn’t even exist on the old Roman calendar, when there were only 10 months in a year. Later, the calendar was revised to include 12 lunar cycles totaling 355 days and January and February were added, with February as the last month of […]

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Stat of the Week: November Deal Volume -30%

Perhaps it was the anticipation of the Thanksgiving holiday, or the holiday itself, that caused the sudden slump in deal volume. Too much turkey, too little focus on finishing up those transactions? Or we could blame the Republicans’ mad dash to pass their tax “reform” legislation before the end of the year. Both houses of […]

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Stat of the Week: October Deal Volume +9%

After a few months of slow going, healthcare deal volume revved up in October. Although it’s the start of the typically busy fourth quarter, we’ve learned not to expect past performance to indicate future results. Preliminary data shows 130 transactions were announced, up 9% compared with the 119 deals announced in both September 2017 and […]