Healthcare Deal Volume Got a Jump Start in January

January was a fairly busy month for healthcare M&A. Preliminary data shows 133 deals reported, nearly equal to December’s 136. The momentum coming out of the fourth quarter spilled into the new year and even without a big boost in deal announcements from the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, consolidation in the industry seems to be […]

How Moved My Turkey? November Deals Drop 26%

Calm down. So deal volume plummetted 26%, to a mere 136 deals compared with October’s 183 (that’s a monthly record, by the way). November is typically a slower month for deal making, what with a four-day Thanksgiving holiday diverting attention away from healthcare transactions. This November’s deal volume bested last year’s results by 24% (110 […]

October 2018 Healthcare Deal Spending Breaks Even

Spending on healthcare deals in the month of October didn’t match the surge in deal volume (see separate post). At $9.4 billion, October 2018 posted a slight 4% gain over September, but was 25% lower than the $12.6 billion spent in October 2017. Of course, we can only go by disclosed prices, and several transactions […]

Fourth Quarter 2018 Blasts Off with Heavy Deal Volume

Healthcare transactions kicked into high gear in October, with preliminary data showing a monthly total of 176 deals, the highest monthly tally reported this year. It bests September’s 144 deals by 22%, and the year-ago volume of 151 deals by 17%. Eight of the 13 sectors saw solid gains compared with October 2017 results. The […]

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 […]