Health Care Deal News, May 5, 2014 - It’s the Deal That Isn’t a Deal – yet, Home Health & Hospice Companies Have not Been Announcing Many Transactions, As if There Weren’t Enough Money Chasing Biotech Startups


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May 5, 2014 Issue:


Recent Health Care M&A Deals







Endo International plc

Grupo Farmaceutico Somar


Prestige Brands

Insight Pharmaceuticals

$750 million

Forest Laboratories

Furiex Pharmaceuticals

$1.1 billion

Physician Medical Groups




Cross River Anesthesiologist

Services, P.C.





U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc.

13 clinic physical therapy practice

$11.025 million


Technology Deal of the Week
It’s the deal that isn’t a deal – yet. Last week ended with the world’s largest pharma company, Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) being spurned by AstraZeneca plc (NYSE: AZN), yet again. Pfizer had approached AstraZeneca about a takeover back in January, with an offer of $98 billion, but the target wasn’t interested. Last week Pfizer upped its bid to approximately $106 billion, and once again, AstraZeneca’s board declared the mix of cash and stock “inadequate.” Under the revised offer, which represents a 7% premium over the previous bid, shareholders would receive 1.845 shares in the combined company and £15.98 in cash. This isn’t over, yet..........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
Despite the attention being paid to post-acute care sectors, publicly traded Home Health & Hospice companies have not been announcing many transactions. Our database shows just 11 deals announced in this category in 2014, compared with 16 reported in the first four months of 2013. LHC Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: LHCG) has made three transactions public so far this year, one of them for $60 million. Deal-making activity was picking up in April, with five of the 11 deals announced, so there may be some momentum building. We’ll keep you posted. 


Home Health & Hospice Acquisitions by Public Companies, thru May 1, 2014        




LHC Group, Inc.

Deaconess HomeCare

$60 million

LHC Group, Inc.

St. Joseph Hospital Home Health


LHC Group, Inc.

Professional Nursing Services


Almost Family, Inc.

Caldwell County Hospital Home Health Agency


The Ensign Group, Inc.

Life’s Doors Home Health and Hospice Agency


Source: The Health Care M&A News, May 2014

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Services Deal of the Week
Last week saw U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc. (NYSE: USPH) take a 70% stake in a 13-clinic physical therapy practice, for $11.03 million. Following its own protocol, the company didn’t identify its target, except to say that the business sees more than 125,000 patient visits per year and generates approximately $12.4 million in annual revenue. USPH made two acquisitions last year, both in December and both unidentified targets........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
As if there weren’t enough money chasing biotech startups, Lightstone Ventures last week announced it had closed its first fund at $172 million. It’s already starting invest that fund, too. Three investments went to Catabasis, a clinical-stage biopharma developing new treatments for inflammatory and metabolic diseases; Fire1, an Irish company focused on therapeutic devices for major unmet needs; and EarLens, which is developing a novel hearing technology that provides users with improved speech recognition. Lightstone Ventures was founded in 2012 by the general partners of the life science teams at Advanced Technology Ventures and Morgenthaler Ventures......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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