Centene Acquires WellCare Health Plans

The sleepy Managed Care sector woke up to a big deal last week. Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) announced it will acquired WellCare Health Plans (NYSE: WCG) for approximately $17.4 billion. M&A among managed care companies has been dormant since 2015. That’s when, in June,  the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the tax subsidies provided as part […]

Cambia Health Combines (Not Merges) with BCBS of North Carolina

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 […]

Other Services Diversify, but CRO and Outpatient Care still lead

In 2017, our annual Health Care Services Acquisition Report, the Other Services sector featured six particularly active subsectors. Last year we had 13. Other Services includes areas such as specialty pharmacy, urgent care and ambulatory surgery centers and medical staffing companies. All are experiencing significant changes. In 2017 we reported 153 deals in Other Services, compared with […]

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Healthcare Services Roundup through April 2018

It’s been quite a year for healthcare deals in general, with nearly 600 announced transactions in the first four months. That’s 7% more than there were announced in the first four months of 2017. Dollar volume has soared, too. In 2018, $141.8 billion has already been committed to fund the 588 transactions. Thanks to some […]

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April 2018 Healthcare Deals Explode

Boom! That was April 2018’s M&A results breaking the sound barrier. With 167 transactions, the monthly deal total (almost) blew away the record for deals in a single month. The current record is now January 2017, with 178 transactions. With time, as more deals come to light, April 2018 may be the new champion. Deal […]

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Q1:18 Health Care M&A Stays Strong

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 […]

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March Added One Mega-Deal, and Saw Another One Halted

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 […]

Q1:18 Results: Healthcare Goes Retail

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 Bids $67 Billion to Stay in the Race

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 […]