Health Care M&A Spending Stays Strong in Q3:2014 as Deal Volume Keeps Rising, According to Health Care M&A News

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Lisa E. Phillips, Editor
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NORWALK, CT – October 15, 2014 – Health care merger and acquisition activity increased again in the third quarter of 2014. Deal volume rose 10% versus the previous quarter, to 326 transactions. M&A activity in the quarter was up 19% versus the third quarter a year ago, when 275 deals were announced. Services transactions accounted for 53% of the Q3:14 deal total, and Technology transactions made up 47%.

The Health Care M&A Market – Deal Volume by Sector

 

Q3:14

Q2:14

 

Q3:13

 

Sector

Deals

Deals

Change

Deals

Change

Services

 

 

 

 

 

Behavioral Health Care

3

7

-57%

2

50%

Home Health & Hospice

13

15

-13%

12

8%

Hospitals

9

9

0%

23

-61%

Labs, MRI & Dialysis

8

7

14%

8

0%

Long-Term Care

80

61

31%

60

33%

Managed Care

5

8

-38%

6

-17%

Physician Medical Groups

14

15

-7%

15

-7%

Rehabilitation

5

5

0%

4

25%

Other

36

28

29%

37

-3%

Services subtotal

173

155

12%

167

4%

Technology

       

 

Biotechnology

27

34

-21%

25

8%

eHealth

33

28

18%

17

94%

Medical Devices

25

31

-19%

23

9%

Pharmaceuticals

68

49

39%

43

58%

Technology subtotal

153

142

8%

108

42%

Grand total

326

297

10%

275

19%

Source: Health Care M&A News, October 2014

Deal value hit a new record for third-quarter spending on health care transactions. The combined total for M&A activity in the third quarter reached $117.2 billion, which was actually 13% lower compared with the blistering pace for spending set in the second quarter ($135 billion). Even so, deal value in Q3:14 was 133% higher than the same period a year ago, when the combined deal value totaled just $50.2 billion.

Health Care M&A – Deal Volume by Sector

 

Q3:14

Q2:14

 

Q3:13

 

 

   

Change

 

Change

Services

 $12,497,950,641

 $12,420,352,900

1%

 $17,371,175,000

-28%

Technology

 $104,719,535,141

 $122,581,805,148

-15%

 $32,862,735,504

219%

Total

 $117,217,485,782

 $135,002,173,148

-13%

 $50,233,910,504

133%

Source: Health Care M&A News, October 2014

Spending on transactions in the Technology sectors reached $104.7 billion, and accounted for 89% of the quarter’s total. While that total is a record for any previous third quarter, it represents a decrease of 13% compared with the high-flying second quarter. The Pharmaceutical sector made up 21% of all Q3:14 deals, but 74% of all spending ($86.7 billion). The majority came from the largest deal of the year announced so far, the $54.7 billion acquisition of Shire plc by AbbVie Inc. Five of the quarter’s 10 largest deals were for pharmaceutical targets.

On the Services side, deal volume increased by 12% compared with the previous quarter, with 173 deals. Dollar volume was stagnant at $12.5 billion, representing a gain of just 1% in the same period. Long-Term Care transactions reached a new record with 80 deals and $9.6 billion in spending. The sector’s deal activity comprised 29% of the total deal volume, and 8% of the total deal value.

“The third quarter was busy, and the fourth quarter could be even busier,” said Lisa E. Phillips, editor of Health Care M&A News. “Even though the federal government clamped down on companies taking advantage of lower corporate tax rates abroad, deal volume hasn’t slackened. 2014 could be one for the record books.”

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