FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sanford B. Steever, Editor
Steve Monroe, Editor
NORWALK, CT – February 28, 2012 – Over $86.3 billion was committed to fund the 590 hospital takeovers that were announced during the 10-year period ended December 31, 2011, 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. A similar response is occurring now as the M&A market continues to recover from the wake of damage left by the Great Recession, but general uncertainty is playing a role as well. In addition, larger hospitals and systems have been acquiring smaller ones in an attempt to gain pricing power and to prepare for the full implementation of health care reform.
Hospital Mergers and Acquisitions, 2002 to 2011
Number of Deals
In 2011, the hospital sector posted a 10-year high in deal volume with 86 M&A transactions. The total dollars committed was $7,938,260,000, nowhere near the mammoth number that 2006 posted for the 10-year high, however. Large deals in the second quarter of 2011 were significant contributions to the annual total.
The five largest hospital transactions reported in 2011, according to Deal Search Online, are listed in the table below.
Five Largest Hospital Deals Of The Past 12 Months
1. Highmark acquired West Penn Allegheny
2. HCA acquired the remaining interest in HealthONE
3. Ascension Health acquired Alexian Brothers
4. Health Management Associates acquired Mercy Health Partners
5. Trinity Health acquired Loyola University Health System
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