CVS, Aetna Lead a Potential Big-Deal Parade

The fourth quarter, and the month of December in particular, are usually busy times for mergers and acquisitions, and often when big deals are announced. With one month to go in Q4:17, the pace may be picking up. Deal volume through December 1 stood at 231 transactions (-39% to last year’s 379), and $19.6 billion […]

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Stat of the week graph

Stat of the Week: CVS’s 10.9x EBITDA

If you can’t beat ’em, buy ’em. Or be bought. That’s the path Aetna (NYSE: AET) is taking, perhaps, as the healthcare industry reacts to news that the health insurer is in talks with CVS Health Corp. (NYSE: CVS) to be acquired for $200 per share, approximately $66 billion.

Managed Care Deals Dry Up

Now that the mega-mergers of 2015 have been squashed, deal activity in the Managed Care sector could use a shot in the arm. Through mid-July 2017, only 10 deals have been announced in this sector, on par with 2016’s total of 20 deals. At this rate, it’s unlikely that the sector will reach its 2015 peak of 43 deals. Although 2015 […]

Tenet Healthcare Sheds its Health Plan Business

A recent Managed Care deal may portend more troubling news for the struggling industry. Lately, mergers and acquisitions in the sector have been driven by firms exiting the market due to rising costs. Even a network as large as Tenet Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: THC) cited rising costs and unanticipated losses as reasons for shedding its Health Plan Business.

What’s Next for Managed Care?

Now that managed care giants are blocked from acquiring each other, they may look outside the sector for growth.

WellCare Branches into Arizona with Care1st Buy

WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) is moving into the Arizona Medicare and Medicaid markets. Care1st Health Plan, an affiliate of Blue Shield of California, agreed to sell its subsidiaries Care1st Health Plan Arizona, Inc. and ONECare by Care1st Health Plan of Arizona, Inc. (together, Care1st Arizona), managed care companies that provide Medicaid and Medicare […]

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money sack one hundred dollar bills

WellCare Begins Its Planned Buying Spree

WellCare Health Plans CEO Ken Burdick plans to double the company’s revenue between 2017 and 2021, beginning with mergers and acquisitions. On February 22, WellCare (NYSE: WCG) made a start on those plans, announcing its acquisition of certain assets of Advicare Corporation, a managed care organization that provides Medicaid benefits in South Carolina. As of […]

Centene Snares Health Net for $6.8 Billion

And so it begins. The managed care merry-go-round picked up speed last week as Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) announced it would pay approximately $6.8 billion (including $500 million of debt) to acquire a smaller rival, Health Net, Inc. (NYSE: HNT). A day later, Aetna (NYSE: AET) and Humana (NYSE: HUM) agreed to a deal priced […]