• Health Catalyst Invests In healthfinch

    To kick off the third quarter, Health Catalyst has announced its second acquisition of 2020. On July 9, the company announced it acquired healthfinch, Inc. for roughly $40 million. healthfinch provides a workflow integration engine delivering insights and analytics into EMR workflows to automate physicians’ ability to close patient care gaps in... Read More »
  • Second Quarter Healthcare M&A Activity Drops

    The decline in second quarter healthcare M&A probably won’t surprise many of our readers. The second quarter was the first full quarter of healthcare M&A in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, and deal making took a hit as a result, as shown in results from our DSO database. Compared with Q1:20, Q2:20 dropped 20%, with 322 transactions... Read More »
  • Sanofi Inks New Licensing Deal

    Just weeks following its agreement with Translate Bio (NASDAQ: TBIO) for COVID-19 vaccine development, Sanofi (NYSE: SNY) has a new agreement with Kymera Therapeutics Inc. Sanofi and Kymera are signing a multi-program collaboration to develop and commercialize first-in-class protein degrader therapies targeting IRAK4 in patients with... Read More »
  • Summit BHC Expands Into West Virginia

    Private equity-backed Summit BHC has announced a new acquisition in West Virginia. The behavioral health treatment company added Highland Hospital to its network for an undisclosed sum. Meridian Behavioral Health Systems, LLC is selling Highland Hospital, an inpatient psychiatric facility (131 beds) with 24 beds dedicated to psychiatric... Read More »
  • Health Care M&A Deals, July 10, 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. The largest deal of the week based on... Read More »
BHC Sector Booms as Acadia Healthcare Explores a Sale

BHC Sector Booms as Acadia Healthcare Explores a Sale

Mergers and acquisitions in the Behavioral Health Care sector are booming in 2018, with 68 transactions made public through mid-October, 21% higher than the total in 2017. Now comes the report that one of the sector’s largest publicly traded companies, Acadia Healthcare Company (NASDAQ: ACHC), is in talks with a few interested parties to sell itself, and most likely go private. On October 18, Reuters reported the Franklin, Tennessee-based company was fielding interest from the private sector, naming KKR & Co. (NYSE: KKR) and TPG Global as two firms that have approached Acadia. With a market cap of $3.4 billion and debt of $3.14 billion (less $79.5 million cash), Acadia... Read More »
Digital Health Deals Are Blooming

Digital Health Deals Are Blooming

The eHealth sector is on a roll, and the momentum seems to be gaining every month. Deal volume in the first quarter of 2018, at 45 announced transactions, was 50% higher than in the fourth quarter of 2017. With only four deals fewer than the same quarter in 2017, the 8% dip in deal volume hardly counts as a sell-off. Deal values, which aren’t a solid measure of growth in mergers and acquisitions, were still impressive. In Q1:18, digital health transactions totalled approximately $3.9 billion, up 96% compared with the same quarter a year earlier. That puts the eHealth sector ahead of the Pharmaceuticals sector, which has endured at least 18 months of slow M&A activity. Pharma’s dollar... Read More »
Physician Practices Find Many Buyers

Physician Practices Find Many Buyers

The first quarter of 2018 is nearly over (one week left to go), and the Physician Medical Group sector is still in acquisition mode. Last year, the first quarter saw a record 59 deals announced for physician groups. This year’s Q1 total won’t challenge that, but the 30 deals reported so far show interest isn’t waning for buyers or sellers. We’ve written extensively about private equity groups building platforms of specialty practices, particularly dermatology, anesthesia and ophthalmology. But publicly traded entities are still in the hunt. In the first three weeks of March 2018, 13 deals for physician practices were announced, although none disclosed financial... Read More »

The MACRA Effect Keeps Building

Last year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services asked for comments and then rolled out the final rules on the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). Many industry observers predicted the rules would drive the majority of independent physician practices “right into the arms” of a local hospital, health system or other entity. Those predictions appear to be true. As of mid-March 2017, 46 acquisitions of physician practices have been announced, a 105% increase from the same period a year ago. Only one of the deals disclosed a price,  Optum’s (NYSE: UNH) $3.3 billion acquisition of Surgical Care Affiliates Inc. (NASDAQ: SCAI).... 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 »