Dermatology Deals Keep PE Platforms Growing

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 »

The MACRA Effect Keeps Building

Last year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services asked for comments and then rolled out the final rules on the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). Many industry observers predicted the rules would drive the majority of independent physician practices “right into the arms” of a local hospital, health system or other entity. Those predictions appear to be true. As of mid-March 2017, 46 acquisitions of physician practices have been announced, a 105% increase from the same period a year ago. Only one of the deals disclosed a price,  Optum’s (NYSE: UNH) $3.3 billion acquisition of Surgical Care Affiliates Inc. (NASDAQ: SCAI).... 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 »

January Deal Volume Beats December 2016 and January 2016

The year got off to a good start, as far as mergers and acquisitions are concerned. Deal volume reached 156 transactions in January, up 19% compared with December 2016, and up 50% over January 2016. It’s easy to point to the annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, held in January, as the cause of the sudden boost, particularly in the Biotechnology and eHealth sectors. But the conference didn’t have the same effect last January, when just 104 deals were reported, and those two sectors didn’t see comparable deal volume. If anything, deal volume might have been expected to decline, considering all the “repeal and replace” talk from the incoming Republican administration. That obviously... Read More »

Outpatient Surgery Centers Take the Spotlight

After a record-setting year in 2016, the Physician Medical Group sector got off to a swift start in  2017, with a deal that is telling of changing healthcare paradigms, especially the shift from inpatient to outpatient care. Only two weeks into the new year, and seven transactions have been announced for physician practices and management companies. Envision Healthcare Corp. (NYSE: EVHC), the entity that officially combined Envision Healthcare Holdings and AmSurg Corp. (NASDAQ: AMSG) on December 1, 2016, announced three practice acquisitions in the first week alone. Privately held Dermatology Associates, Family Care Partners and Platinum Dermatology Partners announced one deal each. Then... Read More »