Disruption Hits the Digital Health Sector

Retailers have been the big disruptors in the healthcare market in recent months, but not in digital health. CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) and Aetna‘s (NYSE: AET) merger, announced in December 2017, is still on track. Amazon‘s (NASDAQ: AMZN) deal for PillPack has many wondering what’s next in the online pharmaceutical space. Now there’s Best Buy […]

Amazon Scoops Up PillPack for $1 Billion

Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) finally took the plunge into the pharmaceutical market with its approximately $1 billion acquisition of five-year-old PillPack, an online pharmacy startup based in Manchester, New Hampshire. Financial terms weren’t disclosed in the deal’s announcement, but on June 28, the day of the announcement, The Wall Street Journal quoted sources on the price. In April […]

Managed Care Sector Had a Big Q4:17

The fourth quarter of 2017 will be remembered for some time to come, thanks to the game-changing deal announced between pharmacy/retailer CVS Health and Aetna, one of the largest managed care companies in the country. That was only one deal, of course, and there were actually 10 transactions announced in Q4:17. Fourth quarter deal volume […]

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money sack one hundred dollar bills

2017 Biggest Healthcare Deals by Sector

2017 was another big year for billion-dollar healthcare transactions. Among the deals that disclosed prices, 44 topped the billion-dollar mark, for a total of approximately $263.1 billion. Although that number seems high, there were 50 billion-dollar deals announced in 2015, although those totaled a slightly lower $240.1 billion. 2016 posted lower totals for both the […]

Q4:17 Redefined Healthcare M&A

Despite all the big deals announced in December, the fourth quarter of 2017 wasn’t one for the record books. Merger and acquisition activity was busy, but compared with the previous quarter and the same period in 2016, the pace wasn’t frenetic. Our preliminary data shows 357 transactions were announced in Q4:17, down a slight 4% […]

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Stat of the Week: Healthcare M&A Spending up 18% in 2017

The year hasn’t ended, and there are still two weeks to go in the fourth quarter of 2017. The holidays are already under way, with more on the horizon. Before we get too busy, here’s a quick look at where things stand in mid-December.

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Stat of the week graph

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 […]

CVS, Aetna Lead a Potential Big-Deal Parade

The fourth quarter, and the month of December in particular, are usually busy times for mergers and acquisitions, and often when big deals are announced. With one month to go in Q4:17, the pace may be picking up. Deal volume through December 1 stood at 231 transactions (-39% to last year’s 379), and $19.6 billion […]