Health Care Deal News, November 10, 2014 - Home Health & Hospice Deals, 2009 to 2014


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Week Ending November 7, 2014:


Recent Health Care M&A Deals


Target Price
Astellas Pharma Inc. Therapeutic candidates N/A
Bio-Techne CyVek, Inc. $60 million
MedImmune Definiens $150 million




Community Health Systems

Gaffney Medical Center

HCA Citrus Memorial Hospital $195 million



LabCorp Bets on Covance 

Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (NYSE: LH) last week announced its acquisition of Covance Inc. (NYSE: CVD) for cash and LabCorp shares, then valued at $105.12 per Covance share, or an equity value of approximately $6.1 billion and an enterprise value of approximately $5.6 billion. The combination, which has been approved by both companies’ boards of directors, creates the world’s leading healthcare diagnostics company, capitalizing on LabCorp’s position in medical testing and Covance’s global position in contract research. Covance shareholders will receive $75.76 in cash and 0.2686 LabCorp shares for each CVD share they own. Covance shareholders will own approximately 15.5% of the combined company.



More M&A Action in the Offing for Home Health & Hospice Sector

Now that Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND) succeeded in its hostile takeover of Gentiva Health Services (NASDAQ: GTIV), we took stock of the prospect for more transactions in Home Health & Hospice sector. Here’s what’s out there: In August, GTCR LLC hired Goldman Sachs Group and Jefferies to help it find a buyer for Curo Health Services, which operates 87 locations across 10 states. The rumored price is $750 million. In October, Cressey & Co. put Encompass Home Health Inc. up for auction. Cressey is said to be asking $700 million. Then there’s Jordan Health Services, owned by Palladium Equity Partners. There are plenty of strategic buyers still on the prowl, but fewer hostilities expected.  


Home Heatlh & Hospice Transactions, 2009 to 2014 ($ in thousands)

  2014* 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
Deals 53 65 57 39 44 42
Change -18% 14% 46% -11% 5% -11%
Dollars $2,273 $3,207 $5,948 $290 $1,433 $1,410
Change -19% -46% 1951% -80% 2% -41%

* = year-to-date. Source: The Health Care M&A Information Source, November 7, 2014



Aetna Buys Insurance Exchange Company

In August, Aetna (NYSE: AET) threw in the towel on its healthcare social network CarePass, conceding that consumers weren’t rushing to share their personal health data with the insurer, or anyone else. Last week the company went in a different direction with its $400 million purchase of bswift, a privately held digital health company with a technology platform that offers retail shopping for health insurance exchanges and employers nationwide. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. 


$26 Million to Cure an Unscratchable Itch

If you’ve ever had an itch you couldn’t scratch, you may want to think about Trevi Therapeutics, Inc., a development-stage biotechnology company working on Nalbuphine ER, for severe chronic pruritus conditions—that is, a persistent and debilitating itch in patients undergoing dialysis treatment. Trevi just announced the second and final closing of $11 million in a Series B financing of $26 million, led by TPG Biotech, the life science venture investment arm of TPG, and existing angel investors. The company is continuing enrollment for its uremic pruritus tria, a pivotal study expected to enroll approximately 360 patients, and expects to initiate enrollment at European sites for this study by year-end..........Click here for a free trial to The Health Care M&A Information Source and download the current issue today.


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