Medical Device Sector Is Most Active in H1:17

The Medical Device sector has been humming. Granted, it comprises a huge range of things, from hip and knee joints to cardiovascular devices. Since 2016, 176 deals have been announced, and $102 billion has been committed based on 73 disclosed prices. Among the 176 deals, 14 target companies specialize in cardiovascular devices, 14 specialize in orthopedic and spine devices, 10 specialize in aesthetic devices each, and eight specialize in vascular devices, to name a few. The most recent deal, on July 10, was of a company that covered a very interesting niche of medical devices. ThermoGenesis Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cesca Therapeutics Inc., (NASDAQ: KOOL) acquired privately held... Read More »

Abbott and Alere: The Wedding Is Back On!

It seems so long ago. Back in February 2016,  Abbott (NYSE: ABT) and Alere Inc. (NYSE: ALR) announced their $5.8 billion deal. Abbott’s board okay’ed paying $56 per common share of Alere, representing a 51% premium to the company’s close on January 28, 2016. Abbott also assumed $2.6 billion of debt. The combination was expected to create a premier point-of-care testing business and to strengthen Abbott’s diagnostics presence. Alere’s main business is its point-of-care diagnostics and services, which are focused on the areas of infectious disease, cardio-metabolic disease, and toxicology. Point of care testing is a $5.5 billion segment, and one of the fastest... Read More »

Laboratories, MRI & Dialysis Deals Dropped in 2016

Deal volume settled down in 2016, following a very busy 2015 in the Laboratories, MRI & Dialysis sector. The 41 deals recorded represent a 21% decline compared with the 52 announced in 2015. Laboratories have had to adapt as hospitals and health systems have merged or closed in recent years. Some labs have evolved to offer coordinated diagnostics: offering tests that give on-the-spot diagnoses, handling bills and lab data from several sources and providers as an aid to accountable care organizations, and focusing on the patient experience to ensure repeat business. At the same time, deal value surged in 2016, up 166% year-over-year to $11.6 billion. Two multi-billion-dollar deals... Read More »

Medical Device Deals Stay Strong in 2016

Medical Devices is finishing the year on a high note. In fact, as of December 29, 2016, deal volume reached 113 transactions, equal to 2015’s total. Deal value topped off at $61.3 billion, a 111% increase from last year’s total of $29.1 billion. However, one deal accounted for 50% of 2016’s total, and that is Abbott’s (NYSE: ABT) $30.7 billion purchase of St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE: STJ), a developer, manufacturer and distributor of cardiovascular medical devices for cardiac rhythm management. When that mega deal is subtracted, we get a dollar value of $30.6 billion, still a 5% climb since last year. A handful of acquirers made a name for themselves this year, such as Stryker Corporation... Read More »

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. Thirty-six deals of $1.0 billion or higher have been announced to date in 2016, with a current total of $184.2 billion. These deals comprise 77% of spending so far, and no doubt there will be a few more before New Year’s Eve. By comparison, 2015 ended with a combined total spending of $400.6 billion on 1,520 transactions. Fifty-two of those transactions reported spending of $1.0 billion or higher, for... Read More »