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 »
Dermatology Practice Deals Up 46% in 2017

Dermatology Practice Deals Up 46% in 2017

Acquisitions of dermatology practices are surging in 2017. Through mid-November, we’ve counted 37 transactions for these physician practices, up nearly 46% compared with all of 2016 (26 announced transactions), according to our Deal Search Online database. As we’ve noted before, private equity play a significant role in the increased deal count. Epiphany Dermatology, a portfolio company of CI Capital Partners, has been the busiest acquirer this year, with eight transactions concentrated in Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. All had three or fewer physicians, and none of the deals disclosed prices. Two privately held companies have announced five transactions apiece in... 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 »