• REIT Deals are Still Closing Despite COVID-19

    Despite COVID-19 taking a hit on REIT stocks and earnings, especially in the senior care industry, some buyers managed to close deals in May, primarily for medical office buildings. This might come as a surprise since physician practices are getting hit especially hard by COVID-19, so these deals may have been in the works before the pandemic... Read More »
  • Health Care M&A Deals, May 22, 2020

    The Health Care M&A deals chart is a selection of transactions announced during the prior week(s). The M&A transactions presented here are from our Deal Search Online database, which is updated daily to provide our subscribers with the most up-to-date information and trends in the healthcare industry. This week’s top deals include... Read More »
  • WELL Health Boosts Digital Health Portfolio

    WELL Health Technologies Corp. (TSX.V: WELL) has added another digital health firm to its growing portfolio. This week, the Canadian company announced it is acquiring Indivica, Inc. for $4.47 million (CA$6.2 million), consisting of CA$3.41 million in cash upon closing; CA$1.55 million in WELL common shares and a time-based earn-out of CA$1.24... Read More »
  • NaviHealth Changes Owners – Again

    The merry-go-round of owners may finally be slowing for naviHealth, a digital healthcare company that helps health systems and insurers manage post-acute care bundled payments. In its third change of command, naviHealth is now part of OptumHealth, which is part of the Optum division of UnitedHealth (NYSE: UNH). It now manages post-acute services... Read More »
  • Omada Health Adds Physera

    Omada Health, a digital health coaching company based in San Francisco, didn’t have to go far to find a perfect target. On May 19, the company announced its acquisition of Physera, Inc., a digital physical therapy provider also based in San Francisco. In conjunction with the acquisition, Omada raised an additional round of growth capital... Read More »
PE Firms Move the Needle in the Rehab Market

PE Firms Move the Needle in the Rehab Market

It’s been a quiet year in the Rehabilitation M&A market, at least through October. There have been 27 deals announced that targeted rehabilitation facilities only, a decline of 37% compared with the 43 deals announced in the full year of 2018. True, that’s 10 months in 2019 versus all 12 in 2018, but we’re not expecting a rash of deal announcements between now and December 31. Activity in this sector has been dropping since its peak in 2017, with 49 transactions. Onc factor may be the October 1 launch of the CMS’ new rule, the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM), which changes reimbursement and regulations on rehabilitation in skilled nursing facilities and... Read More »
PE Firms Move the Needle in the Rehab Market

Rehabilitation Deals Gained Strength in 2016

Mergers and acquisitions in the Rehabilitation sector continued the climb that began in 2014, with a 21% increase in deal volume since 2015. Mergers and acquisitions in the Rehabilitation sector continued the climb that began in 2014. A total of 40 deals were announced in 2016, up 21% compared with the year before, and 90% higher than in 2014. This fragmented sector has benefited from the growing emphasis on post-acute care and cost efficiencies, similar to the Home Health sector. Like physician medical groups, targets in this sector tend to be small, privately held operations and their acquisitions aren’t always publicly announced. For that reason, the data may underrepresent the actual... Read More »

December 2016 Didn’t Deliver a Year-End Boost

The final month of the fourth quarter is typically a busy one for deal makers in all industries. Last year, some health care deal makers apparently got a rest. Deal volume in December 2016 was an anemic 119 transactions, compared with 131 deals in November and 148 in December 2015. The Services sectors accounted for 55% of the deals in December, which is on the low side. Consider that, in November, Services accounted for 69% of the month’s transactions, and even 70% of the total in December 2015. Spending on those deals reached $15.4 billion, a relatively modest amount until it is compared with November’s $8.7 billion total (+78%) and December 2015’s $12.3 billion total (+26%). Suddenly,... 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 »
PE Firms Move the Needle in the Rehab Market

Rehab Companies Still on the Prowl

M&A in the rehabilitation sector has been pretty slow this year. So slow, in fact, no deals were recorded in February. The first week in March, however, things picked up. U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc. (NYSE: USPH) announced it acquired a 55% stake in an unidentified physical therapy practice that operates through eight clinics. The stake cost $13.7 million, and the business generates approximately $9.0 million a year on roughly 65,000 patient visits. The second deal came from MOTION PT Group, Inc., a portfolio company of Pharos Capital Group, which is getting into physical and occupational therapy in a big way. MOTION PT was launched in 2015, and began buying up PT companies in the New... Read More »