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For a Short Month, February Was Long on Deal Volume

Ever wonder why February is the shortest month of the year? It didn’t even exist on the old Roman calendar, when there were only 10 months in a year. Later, the calendar was revised to include 12 lunar cycles totaling 355 days and January and February were added, with February as the last month of […]

The Biggest Deals of 2016

It’s been a busy year for healthcare deal making. As of December 2, the combined total spending was $239.1 billion, going to finance 1,419 transactions. That’s 40% behind the $400 billion spent in all of 2015, but just 7% behind last year’s deal volume of 1,520 deals.

Pharma M&A Is all about Options

The days of mega-mergers in the pharmaceutical sector aren’t necessarily over, but those deals will be fewer and farther between, going forward. Nearly 60 deals have been announced in 2016 through the middle of May, and just 17 have an entire company as the target. The largest, so far, is Shire‘s (NASDAQ: SHPG) $32 billion […]

Biggest Health Care Deals in January 2016

The pace of health care mergers and acquisitions slowed considerably in January 2016. In part, that’s due to the rush to get business off the books by the end of the calendar year, which is why fourth quarters are usually so busy. This year we’ve counted about 95 transactions announced in January, which is 32% […]

This January Is Pharma M&A Month

Halfway through the month of January 2016, 12 pharmaceutical deals have been announced, with a total of  $32.8 billion. You might think that’s a result of the annual JP Morgan Healthcare Summit that’s held every year in the second week of January.  That’s only half right. Last year, only nine pharma deals were announced the […]

Big Deal of the Day: Shire Buys Dyax

Shire plc (NASDAQ: SHPG) is on a buying binge in 2015. After agreeing to be acquired by AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV) for $54.7 billion in July 2014, the deal fell apart in October following the Treasury Department’s revised ruling on foreign domiciles. Shire management turned around and acquired rare disease drug maker NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: NPSP) in […]

Busy Year for Billion-Dollar Health Care Deals

Last week we noted that April was a slow month for healthcare deals. Then we checked our database,, and discovered there have been 19 billion-dollar deal announcements already in 2015, through May 8th, with a combined total of $103.6 billion. The total for the entire year is about to top $120 billion, on 487 […]

Endo Tries to Upstage Valeant’s Bid for Salix

It’s not over until the fat check arrives. That’s the story of Salix Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: SLXP), which last month accepted Valeant Pharmaceuticals’ (NYSE: VRX) $10.1 billion acquisition offer. Valeant thought it had snatched victory from Shire plc (NASDAQ: SHPG) and Endo International plc (NASDAQ: ENDP), which were also readying bids for the troubled Salix. Endo […]