FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sanford B. Steever, Editor
Steve Monroe, Editor
NORWALK, CT – February 3, 2011 – Forty-eight hospital mergers and acquisitions transactions were announced during just the second half of 2010, which represents 62% of the 77 deals announced in the full year. There were 9 first quarter deals, 20 second quarter deals, 24 third quarter deals and 24 fourth quarter deals. 2010’s 77 deals marked a 33% increase in number of hospital M&A deals from last year’s 52. Not since 2001, when 82 deals were reported, have there been this many hospital transactions in a single year. In 2010 $12.6 billion was committed to hospital M&A in, an 86% increase from the $1.8 billion committed to the sector in 2009. Additionally 2010 allowed for the second most dollars committed in the hospital sector in ten years, behind 2006’s $35.5 billion grand total.
The five largest hospital transactions reported in 2010, according to Deal Search Online, are listed in the table below.
Five Largest Hospital Deals of 2010
Community Health Systems
Vanguard Health Systems
Detroit Medical Center
Cerberus Capital Management
Caritas Christi Health Care
Prospect Medical Holdings
University Community Health
Adventist Health Systems
Community Health Systems’ proposed takeover of Tenet Healthcare Corp. for $7.3 billion signals a willingness of companies to put to use the large amounts of capital they’ve been sitting on since the recent and ongoing financial crisis. This indicates a recovery in M&A activity since the generational low in March 2009.
Over $83.1 billion was committed to fund the 589 hospital takeovers that were announced during the 10-year period ended December 31, 2010, according to Deal Search Online. Earlier in the decade activity was sluggish due to a recession but the market rebounded and grew to the level of $35.5 billion in 2006. We’re seeing a similar response now as the M&A market continues to recover from the wake of damage left by the Great Recession. If the second half of 2010 is any indication, it seems the hospital sector is heading for an active 2011.
Hospital Mergers and Acquisitions, 2001 to 2010
Number of Deals
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