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 »

Hospital Deals Rebound in May 2017

Hospital merger and acquisition activity was fairly quiet in the first four months of the year, totaling 24 deals that made to a definitive agreement or beyond. Then came May, with a combined total of 13 transactions announced in the first four weeks (through May 26). Deal volume in the hospital sector through May 26 now totals 37 transactions, targeting 79 hospitals with 13,854 beds. The nearly $2.3 billion combined spending includes the $1.4 billion just announced by Medical Properties Trust (NYSE: MPW), which acquired the real estate assets of 10 acute care hospitals and one behavioral health facility (approximately 2,400 beds) belonging to IASIS Healthcare, a TPG portfolio company.... Read More »

WellCare Health Adds Universal American for $800 Million

WellCare Health Plan (NYSE: WCG) breathed a little life into the lethargic Managed Care sector, which has experienced a lull in M&A this year. WellCare provides government-sponsored managed care services, and its target, Universal American Corp. (NYSE: UAM), provides health insurance and managed care products and services to Medicare and Medicaid customers in the United States. The purchase price is $800 million, or $10.00 per share, representing a 34% premium to Universal American’s 60-day volume-weighted average closing stock price as of November 16, 2016, and includes the retirement of Universal American’s preferred shares and its convertible debt. WellCare expects the... Read More »

What U.S. Hospitals Are Acquiring in 2016

Hospital acquisitions have surged since the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010. That year, 76 deals were announced, with a U.S. hospital or health system as a target. By 2012, 107 transactions were recorded for hospital targets, and that still stands as the highest number of deals per year. Only 2015 came close, with 102 hospital transactions. Through mid-November, there have been 79 deals announced with U.S. hospitals or health systems as the target. But what are U.S. hospitals acquiring for their own financial health? Other hospitals or health systems make up the majority of targets every year, of course.  So far this year, through mid November, 66 transactions for U.S. hospital... Read More »