Managed Care Deals Deflate in 2016

As the end of the year approaches, the Managed Care sector hasn’t changed its sluggish pace. Just 20 deals have been announced through mid-December, a 56% drop from 2015’s total of 45 transactions. Spending is another matter. As of this writing, nearly $1.7 billion has been committed to financing the 20 deals. There is no way to match last year’s outrageous total of $100.4 billion, courtesy of the two super-mega-deals from Aetna (NYSE: AET) and Anthem (NYSE: ANTM), made for Humana (NYSE: HUM, $37 billion) and Cigna (NYSE: CI, $54 billion), respectively. You’ve been living under a rock if you haven’t heard that the Justice Department challenged those mergers back in... 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 »

Molina Adds Aetna & Humana MA Assets

Aetna (NYSE: AET) and Humana (NYSE: HUM) remain undaunted by the pending litigation from the U.S. Department of Justice, challenging their proposed $37 billion merger. The two companies announced they would sell certain Medicare Advantage (MA) assets to Molina Healthcare (NYSE: MOH) for a total estimated $117 million in cash for both transactions. The price is based on the estimated number of members in the plans involved in the transactions. Of course, this deal hinges on the successful completion of Aetna’s acquisition of Humana, CMS approvals and actions, and the customary closing conditions, including state and other regulatory approvals. If successful, Molina is expected to add... Read More »

WellCare Begins Its Planned Buying Spree

WellCare Health Plans CEO Ken Burdick plans to double the company’s revenue between 2017 and 2021, beginning with mergers and acquisitions. On February 22, WellCare (NYSE: WCG) made a start on those plans, announcing its acquisition of certain assets of Advicare Corporation, a managed care organization that provides Medicaid benefits in South Carolina. As of February 1, 2016, it served approximately 32,500 Medicaid members in the state. Financial terms were not disclosed. WellCare Health Plans provides managed care services for Medicare and Medicaid. As of December 31, 2015, it serves approximately 3.8 million members nationwide. The February 19 announcement by the Centers for... Read More »

Managed Care M&A in 2016

The Managed Care sector woke up in 2015 with a spate of mega deals announced in July, following the positive SCOTUS decision in King v. Burwell in late June. While Anthem (NYSE: ANTM) and Aetna (NYSE: AET) got the most press for their multi-billion bids for Cigna (NYSE: CI) and Humana (NYSE: HUM), respectively, others were making serial acquisitions. Molina Healthcare (NYSE: MOH) led the sector with eight deals in 2015. All its targets were Medicaid business carve-outs from larger entities, stretching from Washington state to Illinois, Michigan and Florida. Centene Corp. (NYSE: CNC), which also focuses on under-served and uninsured populations, made news with its $6.8 billion acquisition... Read More »