U.S. Hospital Deals Holding Steady

Seven months into 2017, hospital mergers and acquisitions in the United States are slow and on the smaller side. Even with Community Health System’s (NYSE: CYH) ongoing divestiture announcements, just 51 transactions have been announced through August 1. In all of 2016, 84 transactions for U.S. hospitals were announced. With five months to go, that’s a target this sector could meet or even surpass, but that’s not a very high bar to reach, considering there were 96 deals for U.S. hospitals announced in 2015. Spending on this year’s hospital deals has been anemic. Through August 1, almost $2.3 billion has been spent on mostly private hospital transactions, with the largest, at $1.4 billion,... Read More »

Kindred Exits Skilled Nursing Business

Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND) has made no secret that it is getting out of the skilled nursing business. It took until June 30 for the deal announcement to come, and when it did, it was a bit of a surprise that a single buyer was taking over the entire business. Private equity firm BlueMountain Capital Management, LLC, through a joint venture it is leading called BM Eagle Holdings, agreed to acquire Kindred’s 89 skilled nursing facilities. BlueMountain, you may recall, acquired the financially failing Daughters of Charity hospital system in California in July 2015, following the collapse of Prime Healthcare Services’ $849 million bid in March 2015. A week after this deal with Kindred was... Read More »