CROs and CDMOs are Still Selling Fast

CROs and CDMOs are Still Selling Fast

This past week Permira, a global investment firm based in the United Kingdom, spent $2.4 billion for Cambrex Corporation (NYSE: CBM). Cambrex is a premier contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) in the small molecule space and provides drug substance, drug product and analytical services across the entire drug lifecycle. The $2.4 billion purchase price includes the company’s net debt, for 4.2x revenue and 16.3x EBITDA,  represents a 47.1% premium to Cambrex’s closing price of $40.78 on August 6. The target reported a number of its own acquisitions recently, making the CDMO a more attractive buy. Cambrex acquired Halo Pharma in 2018 and Avista Pharma Solutions... Read More »

CRO Deals Are Hot and About to Get Hotter

The need for outsourced research and development services has caused a huge increase in the number of deals for contract research organizations (CROs) and contract manufacturing organizations (CMOs).  In 2016, 36 acquisitions of CROs and CMOs were announced in 2016, a 157% increase from 2015’s total of 14 deals, according to data reported in the Health Care Services Acquisition Report, 2017. That pace is picking up. In the first six weeks of 2017, six CRO/CMO deals have been announced,with even more to come. Last week, Reuters reported that Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (NYSE: LH) is in talks to buy Pharmaceutical Product Development LLC (PPD), a portfolio company of Hellman &... Read More »

BioClinica Adds Compass Research

Private equity-backed Bioclinica Inc. expanded its clinical research offerings with the July 2016 acquisition of Compass Research, LLC, a Florida-based clinical research site network that has direct access to a number of specialized populations with neurodegenerative disorders and other diseases found in aging demographics. The acquisition solidifies Bioclinica’s position as a leading global research network, and the only one with investigator sites in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia. Compass Research’s state-of-the-art facilities in Orlando have supported more than 1,300 trials and contributed to the FDA approval of more than 80 biopharmaceutical products.... Read More »

March 2016’s Biggest Health Care Deals

Health care companies are still attracting buyers, and those in the services sectors seem to be the hottest. Last month saw healthy deal volume, at 134 transactions. For a year that started slowly for health care mergers and acquisitions, March 2016’s deal volume is only 3% lower than the same month a year ago. Industry sources have noted the dearth of deals across many industries going into March, even though some uncertainties that troubled markets earlier this year, such as China’s economic slow down, haven’t occupied center stage recently. Leverage is not an overwhelming concern, but credit has tightened over the past few months. And with the new, more onerous federal rules regarding... Read More »

Meridian Targets Magellan Biosciences

Lead poisoning has been a prominent news story this year, thanks to the tragic circumstances now playing out in Flint, Michigan. So it’s no surprise that Magellan Biosciences, Inc. and its subsidiary, Magellan Diagnostics, Inc., have been sold to Meridian Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIVO) for $66 million. Majority owner Ampersand Capital Partners, together with Tekla Capital Management and Boston Community Venture Fund, made their exit from the business. Magellan has built a national reputation for point-of-care testing kits that measure levels of lead in the bloodstream. Its LeadCare® II, LeadCare Ultra and Plus systems are used by more than 6,500 physician offices and clinics in the... Read More »