Third Quarter 2016 Shows Signs of Slowing

Eight months into the year is a good time to take stock of the state of the healthcare M&A market. On the whole, volume and value look to be stronger than last year. The first eight months of 2016 show a combined total of 1,019 transactions, compared with 1,005 in the same period in 2015, […]

Managed Care Mega-Deals Not Too Big to Fail

2015 is about to lose even more of its M&A luster, it seems. Some $91 billion is about to disappear from the record-setting spending on healthcare M&A, thanks to the potential unraveling of two managed care mega-mergers. Bloomberg is reporting that the U.S. Department of Justice plans to file lawsuits seeking to halt the mergers of Aetna (NYSE: AET) […]

Managed Care M&A in 2016

The Managed Care sector woke up in 2015 with a spate of mega deals announced in July, following the positive SCOTUS decision in King v. Burwell in late June. While Anthem (NYSE: ANTM) and Aetna (NYSE: AET) got the most press for their multi-billion bids for Cigna (NYSE: CI) and Humana (NYSE: HUM), respectively, others […]

Health Care M&A Exploded in July

The fireworks didn’t end on the Fourth of July, at least for the health care M&A market. Preliminary data shows deal volume rose 16% to 121 deals, compared with June’s 104 deals. Thanks to the mega-deals among health insurers and generic drug makers, deal value was approximately $166.6 billion, up 883% over June’s $16.9 billion. […]

Health Care Insurer Mergers: Who Got the Best Deal?

You’ve heard the prices, now here are the multiples. After hours of teasing about a definitive agreement, Anthem, Inc. (NYSE: ANTM) finally reached an agreement to acquire Cigna Corp. (NYSE: CI) for $54.2 billion. That works out to 1.5x price/revenue and 13.9x price/EBITDA. The deal followed Aetna’s (NYSE: AET) $37 billion acquisition of Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), which gives us a multiple […]

Centene Snares Health Net for $6.8 Billion

And so it begins. The managed care merry-go-round picked up speed last week as Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) announced it would pay approximately $6.8 billion (including $500 million of debt) to acquire a smaller rival, Health Net, Inc. (NYSE: HNT). A day later, Aetna (NYSE: AET) and Humana (NYSE: HUM) agreed to a deal priced […]

The Giant Health Insurers Are Circling

It began in May, with Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) publicly declaring it was exploring a sale. That announcement ignited the smoldering rumors that have been swirling around the healthcare industry since the beginning of 2015: Expect a lot of consolidation in the Managed Care sector this year. By mid June The Wall Street Journal reported […]