Physician Medical Group Deals Stayed Strong in Q1:18

Physician Medical Group Deals Stayed Strong in Q1:18

Physician medical group M&A activity was strong in the first quarter of 2018, according to new acquisition data from HealthCareMandA.com. The number of physician medical group acquisitions increased to 36 in the first quarter, up 9% from the 33 publicly announced acquisitions in the fourth quarter of 2017. Compared with the year-earlier quarter, when a recent record of 59 deals were reported, deal activity was down 39%. None of the transactions disclosed a purchase price. The most prolific buyers were MEDNAX, Inc. (NYSE: MD) and Eye Health South with three acquisitions each, followed by Anne Arundel Dermatology, Gauge Capital, Platinum Dermatology and Team Health, with two deals each.... Read More »
Physician Medical Group Deals Stayed Strong in Q1:18

Dermatology Deals Keep PE Platforms Growing

The Physician Medical Group sector has been very busy in recent years, as hospitals and health systems acquire local practices that can produce referrals and private equity firms build platforms and make add-on deals. Dermatology practices aren’t coveted by hospitals, so it’s the private equity firms that are doing the collecting. In the first eight weeks of 2018, 17 deals for physician medical groups have been annouced, 10 in Janaury and seven in the first three weeks of February. The usual specialty practices were represented in that mix, with Mednax (NYSE: MD) adding a neonatology practice in California, Minnesota-based not-for-profit Fairview Health Services acquiring a... Read More »
New MainStream Adds On to Platform Companies

New MainStream Adds On to Platform Companies

The recent crop of healthcare services platforms owned by New MainStream Capital is moving to the add-on stage. Last week brought two acquisition announcements from Omni Eye Services and CORDENTAL Group. Both companies were acquired in 2017. New MainStream committed $25 million in equity capital to buy CORDENTAL in March 2017. The Cincinnati-based company is a dental support organization that provides business support services to affiliated dental practices in the Mid-Atlanta, Midwestern and Southeastern regions. Omni Eye Services, based in Iselin, New Jersey, is an optometric referral practice providing a full range of specialty services for the advanced treatment of eye diseases. No... Read More »

PE Firms Flock to Dermatology Deals

Dermatology practices remain high on the list of healthcare sectors for private equity investors. Through mid-March, 2017, 12 deals targeting these practices have been announced by eight acquirers. All those acquirers are either private equity firms, or portfolio companies. Thanks to the private nature of these transactions, no financial terms have been publicly disclosed. Of the 17 dermatology deals announced in 2016, six acquirers were private equity firms and five were portfolio companies. Some big deals (even without disclosing prices) announced last year include Harvest Partners’ acquisition of Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery from Audax Group, in May 2016. In October,... Read More »

What’s Next for Managed Care?

The managed care mega-deals of 2015 have blown up. Aetna (NYSE: AET) and Humana (NYSE: HUM) amicably terminated their $37 billion merger, following a federal judge’s order in January to block the deal on antitrust grounds. The $1 billion termination fee was in the works. A different federal judge blocked Anthem (NYSE: ANTM) and Cigna’s (NYSE: CI) $54.2 billion merger on similar grounds. Things turned ugly quickly, as Cigna declared the deal dead and sued Anthem for the $1.85 billion termination fee, and another $13 billion in damages on behalf of its shareholders. Anthem says it will go ahead with the merger. What do the Big Five health insurers do now that they’re... Read More »