Health Care Deal News, August 19, 2013 - It was a Quiet Week in the Services Sector, It’s Medical Device Monday Here, Never Underestimate a Human Being’s Self-Obsession

 

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August 19, 2013 Issue:

 

Recent Health Care M&A Deals

Biotechnology

Acquirer

Target

Price

Arcturus Therapeutics

Marina Biotech

N/A

Hospitals

Acquirer

Target

Price

Medical Properties Trust

3 hospitals

$288.3 million

Laboratories, MRI and Dialysis

Acquirer

Target

Price

Metamark Genetics, Inc.

Healthtronics Laboratory Solutions, Inc.

N/A

BGS Acquisition Corp.

TransnetYX Holding

$80.72 million

Medical Devices

Acquirer

Target

Price

Juniper Investment Company, LLC

Theragenics Corporation

$64.3 million

 

Services Deal of the Week
It was a quiet week in the Services sector, for once. Long-Term Care was perking along, however, with a few deals announced. One was for Wellbrooke of Avon, a newly built facility in Avon, Indiana, and the third property in the state to carry the Wellbrooke brand name. HealthLease Properties REIT (TSX: HLP.UN) paid $17.2 million for the facility, which houses 70 skilled nursing and rehab beds and 30 assisted living beds. The property was built by Mainstreet Property Group, which is affiliated with HealthLease, and will be leased to an affiliate of Life Care Services. The transaction is part of a pre-existing development agreement between Mainstreet and HealthLease....Want to read more news? Click here for a free trial to The Health Care M&A Information Source and download the current issue today.

 

Charted Territory
It’s Medical Device Monday here. Deal-making in the sector is gaining momentum, and we’ll be focusing on it in the September issue of The Health Care M&A Monthly. The majority of the deals are announced between companies devoted to medical devices, but there have been some – the Medtronic/Cardiocom deal, for example – in which a medical device company makes an acquisition outside the sector, whether to change direction, bolster a product line’s offering or respond to the changes being wrought by the Affordable Care Act. We went into our database to capture the most recent examples of the outside-the-box transactions, shown below. Note: eHealth includes mobile health applications and electronic health records, and Other includes businesses such as pharmacy benefits management and clinical research organizations that are more ancillary to the direct delivery of health care.

 

What Medical Device Companies Are Buying outside Their Industry, 2013

Acquirer

Target

Target sector

Date

Medtronic, Inc.

Cardiocom

eHealth

8/12/2013

GE Healthcare

Ultrasound repair business

Other

5/29/2013

SafeCode Drug Technologies

Quickool and Easy Jet Technology

Other

3/12/2013

DMH International

Touch Medical Solutions

eHealth

2/27/2013

Baxter International

Rights to hemophilia compound OBI-1

Biotechnology

1/25/2013

Source: Irving Levin Associates, Inc., August 2013

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Technology Deal of the Week
Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT), self-billed as the world’s largest medical technology company, moved into the eHealth space last week with its $200 million cash deal for Cardiocom, a privately held telehealth company based in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Cardiocom’s home telemonitoring equipment and telehealth services help health professionals intervene early enough to keep patients with conditions related to heart failure, COPD, diabetes, hypertension and obesity out of the hospital. The acquisition is part of Medtronic’s strategy to broaden its product offerings beyond medical devices...Want to read more news? Click here for a free trial to The Health Care M&A Information Source and download the current issue today.

 

In the Pipeline
Never underestimate a human being’s self-obsession. That’s a major driver behind the “quantified self” movement embodied in the mobile health apps and devices that give users a data-filled look at their levels of activity, blood sugar, heart beats, you name it. Nike, Inc.’s (NYSE: NKE) Fuelband has corporate backing, of course, but San Francisco, California-based FitBit is said by many movement enthusiasts to boast the better product(s), including ones that monitor the quality of one’s inactivity—namely, sleep patterns. As evidence of their up-and-coming reputation, FitBit recently raised $43 million, according to an SEC filing noted by VentureBeat. Of the six investors claimed on the filing, four were named: Eric Friendman, CTO and co-founder of the company; Jon Callaghan, managing partner at True Ventures; Brad Feld, managing partner at the Foundry Group; Steve Murray, partner at Softbank Capital....Want to read more news? Click here for a free trial to The Health Care M&A Information Source and download the current issue today.

 

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Upcoming Interactive M&A Webcast:
Skilled Nursing Facilities: Buying, Selling and Valuing
Thursday, September 12th, 2013, 1:00 pm ET            
The skilled nursing market is dead, right? Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement uncertainties are keeping buyers out of the market and prices low, right? All wrong. It is time to think again about the skilled nursing sector and the acquisition market. Find out more from our expert panel: Stephen M. Monroe (Moderator), Managing Editor and Partner, Irving Levin Associates, Inc.; Steven Insoft, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Aviv REIT; Greg Miller, Chief Development Officer, Kindred Healthcare; and Mike Pardoll, Senior Vice President/Investments, Marcus & Millichap.

 
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