October 2018 Healthcare Deal Spending Breaks Even

October 2018 Healthcare Deal Spending Breaks Even

Spending on healthcare deals in the month of October didn’t match the surge in deal volume (see separate post). At $9.4 billion, October 2018 posted a slight 4% gain over September, but was 25% lower than the $12.6 billion spent in October 2017. Of course, we can only go by disclosed prices, and several transactions that did not disclose financial terms would probably boost the month’s total by at least a few billion dollars. H.I.G. Capital’s acquisition of Correct Care Solutions, is a case in point. Co-owners Audax, GTCR and Frazier Healthcare sold Correct Care, which provides medical and behavioral health services for nearly 250,000 patients in 38 U.S. states and in Australia. Only... Read More »
Disruption Hits the Digital Health Sector

Disruption Hits the Digital Health Sector

Retailers have been the big disruptors in the healthcare market in recent months, but not in digital health. CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) and Aetna’s (NYSE: AET) merger, announced in December 2017, is still on track. Amazon’s (NASDAQ: AMZN) deal for PillPack has many wondering what’s next in the online pharmaceutical space. Now there’s Best Buy (NYSE: BBY), the consumer electronics retailer, entering the healthcare arena. The company announced on August 15 it was throwing down $800 million in cash to acquire GreatCall, Inc., an aging-in-place player, from GTCR. The private equity firm bought GreatCall about a year ago, in June 2017, for an undisclosed price.... Read More »
Sperm and Egg Bank Merges with Stem Cell Company

Sperm and Egg Bank Merges with Stem Cell Company

June is thought to be the most popular month for weddings, and new beginnings. That wasn’t what sparked the merger of California Cryobank and Cord Blood Registry (CBR) on June 15, but it certainly put marriage and families front and center. California Cryobank, a portfolio company of Longitude Capital and NovaQuest Capital, is the world’s leading donor sperm and donor egg bank. The private equity firms acquired the company in August 2014 for an undisclosed amount, and less than four years later have sold it to GI Partners in San Francisco. That price was also not disclosed. In a separate transaction, GI Partners acquired CBR, the world’s largest stem cell collection and... Read More »
Digital Health Deals Are Blooming

Digital Health Deals Are Blooming

The eHealth sector is on a roll, and the momentum seems to be gaining every month. Deal volume in the first quarter of 2018, at 45 announced transactions, was 50% higher than in the fourth quarter of 2017. With only four deals fewer than the same quarter in 2017, the 8% dip in deal volume hardly counts as a sell-off. Deal values, which aren’t a solid measure of growth in mergers and acquisitions, were still impressive. In Q1:18, digital health transactions totalled approximately $3.9 billion, up 96% compared with the same quarter a year earlier. That puts the eHealth sector ahead of the Pharmaceuticals sector, which has endured at least 18 months of slow M&A activity. Pharma’s dollar... Read More »
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 »