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 […]

BHC Sector Booms as Acadia Healthcare Explores a Sale

Mergers and acquisitions in the Behavioral Health Care sector are booming in 2018, with 68 transactions made public through mid-October, 21% higher than the total in 2017. Now comes the report that one of the sector’s largest publicly traded companies, Acadia Healthcare Company (NASDAQ: ACHC), is in talks with a few interested parties to sell […]

Behavioral Health Care Deal Trends in 2017

The Behavioral Health Care sector has enjoyed growing interest from private equity and other investors in recent years. Federal legislation regarding coverage of mental health conditions certainly boosted that interest, as has the growing public acceptance of the magnitude of need for services. Also, the fragmented nature of this sector has kept platform-building acquisitions rather low. […]

PE Firms Target Behavioral Health, Eating Disorder Programs

Behavioral health care has never been a particularly active sector, but deal volume has increased year-over-year between 2010 and 2016, growing 412% in that time. And there’s a good chance that 2017 will continue this trend. Through August 30, 32 behavioral health care deals have been announced, up 7% compared with the same period last […]

Acadia Healthcare Tidies Up Its UK Portfolio

With three announced acquisitions on the books in 2016, Acadia Healthcare Company (NASDAQ: ACHC) was forced to sell some of its portfolio, for a change. The Franklin, Tennessee-based behavioral health company has been quite active over in the United Kingdom since 2014, when it acquired Partnerships in Care (PiC) for $662 million.  

Four More Behavioral Health Deals in May

Mergers and acquisitions in the behavioral health care sector have picked up significantly in April and May. Although only eight deals were announced in the first quarter of 2016, nine more have come along in just the past six weeks. Four have been announced in the first 10 days of May, beginning with Acadia Healthcare Company (NASDAQ: […]

Behavioral Health Care M&A in 2015

Behavioral health is a growing national concern, finally, and investors are responding to the growing public attention. Mergers and acquisitions in this healthcare sector rose more than 46% last year, to more than 40 transactions. The two publicly traded, pure-play companies in this area, AAC Holdings (NYSE: AAC) and Acadia Healthcare Company (NASDAQ: ACHC), lead the […]

Behavioral Health Care M&A in 2015

It’s only mid-September, but the number of behavioral health care transactions is approaching last year’s total—and is likely to surpass it. Through September 11, we’ve recorded 21 deals in this sector, compared with 2014’s total of 22, which was the highest number of deals since 2006’s total of 24 transactions. American Addiction Centers (NYSE: AAC) […]

Universal Health Ups its UK Holdings

The United Kingdom is still luring behavioral health buyers from the United States. Last week Universal Health Services (NYSE: UHS) picked up Alpha Hospitals Holdings Ltd., a privately held company, for an undisclosed price. Alpha operates four behavioral health hospitals with a combined total of 305 beds. It will be added to Universal’s London-based Cygnet […]