2016 Home Health and Hospice Deals Picked Up

After a rough 2015, when the M&A bubble burst in this sector, deal volume in 2016 showed signs of recovery. Fifty-seven deals were announced in 2016, a 12% increase compared with the previous year. A few companies accounted for several deals. Jordan Health Services, a portfolio company of Palladium Equity Partners, led with five transactions. Epic Health Services, a portfolio company of Webster Capital, announced four deals, as did Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND). The latter company surprised many observers with its announcement that it was leaving the skilled nursing space to concentrate more on long-term acute care hospitals and home health and hospice agencies. We expect at least a... Read More »

Rehabilitation Attracted Private Equity and REITs in 2016

The Rehabilitation sector is still fairly fragmented, but consolidation is coming. Some 40 deals have been announced in 2016, a 21% increase compared with 2015’s then-record of 33 deals. This year saw a ramp-up in the number of deals announced by REITs and private equity firms, too. Spending in this sector is generally lower than other sectors, because so many transactions are made by local or regional buyers who want to keep deals private. Many targets are privately owned, and sellers don’t wish to disclose prices, either. In 2016, deal value was approximately $712 million, down 11% compared with 2015’s $799 million. For this sector, those figures represent healthy... Read More »

Rehab Hospitals Attract More REITs in 2016

REITs are on the move in the healthcare services sectors, and rehabilitation hospitals are following the trend we’ve noted in the Hospital sector. Through December 1, REITs have made five acquisitions targeting rehabilitation hospitals, compared with two such deals announced in 2015, and two in 2014. The most recent announcement came from Global Medical REIT Inc. (NYSE: GMRE), which went public on June 29, 2016. Using proceeds from that IPO, the company acquired three rehab hospitals from affiliates of Healthcare Realty Trust Inc. (NYSE: HR), for a total of approximately $68 million. HealthSouth Corp. (NYSE: HLS) is the tenant in all three hospitals, which are located in Mesa, Arizona, and... Read More »
LifeCare Hospitals Moves Into Home Health

LifeCare Hospitals Moves Into Home Health

LifeCare Hospitals, part of LifeCare Holdings LLC, specializes in treating chronically ill and medically complex patients in post-acute settings. This week, it announced the acquisition of Haven Home Health, LLC, a multi-location home healthcare provider in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth metro area. The acquisition is part of LifeCare’s strategic expansion in the post acute market. In May 2011, the company paid $117.5 million for five long-term acute care hospitals owned by HealthSouth Corporation (NYSE: HLS). LifeCare Holdings itself was acquired by The Carlyle Group in July 2005 for $555 million, from GTCR Golder Rauner.  In December 2012, the private equity firm sold LifeCare to... Read More »