What a decade it’s been for health care! The Affordable Care Act, enacted in 2010, unleased a tidal wave of change on the U.S. healthcare landscape that continues today. Even on the services side, pharmaceuticals figured into several transactions, from acquiring pharmacy benefits managers and contract research organizations (the R&D angle) to wholesale and distribution. […]
Managed care deals have fallen off the radar recently. In all of 2018, we saw just 25 announcements, down 51% from the year before. The marketplace is certainly undergoing significant changes, as CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) moves ahead with its new subsidiary, Aetna, to create Health Hubs within its retail stores. That combination took Aetna […]
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 […]
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 […]
First, the easy news. Deal volume in the first quarter of 2018 was on par with the previous quarter’s total of 380 deals. Preliminary data show 378 transactions were announced in the first quarter, making for a decline of 1% that will likely be erased as more deal activity is uncovered. Compared with the first […]
Cigna (NYSE: CI) is buying Express Scripts Holdings (NYSE: ESRX) for $67 billion, including debt. Some company was going to buy it, we just weren’t sure who. The deal follows the announcement of the $77 billion CVS Health/Aetna (NYSE: CVS/AET) deal and the $4.9 billion Optum/DaVita Medical Group (NYSE: UNH/DVA) hook-up in December 2017. That’s when the […]
If you can’t beat ’em, buy ’em. Or be bought. That’s the path Aetna (NYSE: AET) is taking, perhaps, as the healthcare industry reacts to news that the health insurer is in talks with CVS Health Corp. (NYSE: CVS) to be acquired for $200 per share, approximately $66 billion.
Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC), the self-declared leader in government-sponsored healthcare in the U.S., has taken over another state. As larger rivals like Anthem (NYSE: ANTM) and UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) quit the individual health insurance exchanges around the country, Centene has marched in. In its first major deal since July 2015, Centene is now tops […]
Now that managed care giants are blocked from acquiring each other, they may look outside the sector for growth.
As the end of the year approaches, the Managed Care sector hasn’t changed its sluggish pace. Just 20 deals have been announced through mid-December, a 56% drop from 2015’s total of 45 transactions.