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Monday, April 30, 2018

Retail Healthcare On M&A Shoping List

Why private equity firms like veterinarians, opthamologists and dentists

(from Mergers&Acquisitions)

The healthcare industry remains a very hot place for investment. The U.S. healthcare M&A market began 2018 with almost $39 billion worth of deals announced in January — the strongest start in over a decade, according to Morgan Stanley. Many of the healthcare companies garnering attention from strategic acquirers and private equity firms have a few things in common: they are in subsectors where there is room for consolidation; they take pressure off hospitals; and most aim to give patients more specialized treatment, which is believed to lower the cost of care and improve outcomes.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Physican Practice Megers And Acquisitions In 2018

(from FierceHealthcare)

Last year was an active one for physician practice mergers and acquisitions—a trend that one expert says will continue in 2018. Among the drivers: constant regulatory changes and pressure to invest in healthcare technology.

“I don’t see any reason the trend is going to slow down,” says Jeff B. Swearingen, a managing director of Edgemont Capital Partners, a healthcare-focused investment bank in New York.

Last year, was a tremendously active one for mergers and acquisitions in the physician services industry, particularly for office-based practices, Swearingen said in an interview with FierceHealthcare, in which he looked back at 2017 and provided an outlook for 2018.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

2018 To Outpace 2017 Middle Market Healthcare M&A

Healthcare execs look to make deals in 2018 

(from Modern Healthcare)

If you're a middle-market healthcare executive, the odds are about the same as a coin flip that your 2018 growth plans involve consolidation.

About 150 CEOs, chief financial officers and other top executives from mostly middle-market healthcare companies—or half of respondents to a Capital One Healthcare survey released exclusively to Modern Healthcare—said they plan to buy or merge with existing businesses next year.

The finding underscores the increasing likelihood that 2017's whirlwind of mergers and acquisitions—which some predict will outpace that of 2016—will continue its lively pace well into 2018.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Hospice M&A Driven By Interest From Home Health

Home Health Players Line Up for Hospice Deals in 2018

(from Home Health Care News)

The strong role hospice plays in the post-acute care continuum is being realized more and more by consumers, driving a surge in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity and overall interest in the space by home health providers.

In fact, during Amedisys, Inc.’s (Nasdaq: AMED) third-quarter earnings call, CEO Paul Kusserow declared the company’s focus on larger hospice assets, based on significant growth in recent years.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

5 Healthcare Verticals Among Top Industries For Return On Equity

These Types Of Businesses Have The Highest Returns

(from Forbes)

A friend recently described how his teenage son who mows lawns to earn cash around the neighborhood had decided against adding leaf raking to his services. The young man had figured out that mowing a lawn was a more straightforward and predictable way for a solo operation to generate a few bucks than is raking, gathering and disposing of leaves that may or may not still be falling as he raked.

Anyone investing in a business follows that same process. Evaluating the return or the reward for the effort, time or cash involved is important to determine whether you are making a “good” investment. As my friend’s son quickly understood, some tasks or industries generate better returns than others do.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

When It Comes To Selling Your Healthcare Practice You Have Options

MGMA17: Pros and cons of selling a practice to private equity

(from HealthExec)

Private investors are becoming increasingly active in healthcare acquisitions, which may maximize the purchase price when practices decide to sell, but there are downsides to these transactions compared to be absorbed into a hospital or health system.

Joseph Kahn, an attorney in the Raleigh, N.C. office of Hall Render, the largest healthcare law firm in the U.S., has a simple explanation in his presentation at the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) conference in Anaheim, Calif. for why private equity acquisitions in healthcare have been on the rise: “that’s where the money is.”

Thursday, October 19, 2017

2017 Looking To Be The Gold Standard For Healthcare M&A

Hospital Merger and Acquisition Activity on Pace to Potentially Exceed 2016, According to Kaufman Hall Analysis

(from Kaufman Hall)

Hospital and health system partnership transactions for 2017 total 87 as of the end of the third quarter, setting a pace for transactions in 2017 that may exceed the 102 deals completed in 2016. Twenty-nine transactions were announced in the third quarter of 2017, slightly less than the 31 deals announced in the second quarter, according to the latest analysis by Kaufman Hall, a leading provider of strategic and financial consulting services, and enterprise performance management and decision support software.