FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Stephen M. Monroe, Partner
Sanford B. Steever, Editor
HEALTH CARE M&A DEAL VOLUME UP IN THIRD QUARTER 2003, ACCORDING TO NEW REPORT FROM IRVING LEVIN ASSOCIATES, INC.
NEW CANAAN, CT –October 21, 2003 – During the third quarter of 2003, M&A deal volume in the health care industry increased, reflecting a gradual improvement in the overall economy. A total of 230 deals were announced in 13 sectors, a 2% increase over the second quarter and a 10% increase from the third quarter of 2002.
The size of deals was virtually flat, however: Based on revealed prices, a total of $19.4 billion was spent to finance the third quarter’s 230 deals, up just 1.5% from the $19.1 billion spent in the second quarter to fund 226 transactions.
The Health Care M&A Market Q3:03 Deal Volume By Sector
Physician Medical Groups
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Unlike in recent quarters, health care services deal volume nearly equaled that of medical technology deal volume. The health care services sectors surged from nearly 40% of deal volume last quarter to nearly 50% this quarter. The nine health care services sectors posted 114 deals, with medical technology picking up the remaining 116.
The most dramatic change in quarter-over-quarter M&A activity took place in the Hospital sector. Soaring 375% from four deals in Q2:03 to 19 deals in Q3:03, hospital mergers and acquisitions proceeded at a brisk pace. “What we’re seeing here is a return to the historical levels of deal volume,” said Stephen M. Monroe, managing editor at Irving Levin Associates, Inc., which publishes The Health Care M&A Report. “There were 18 deals announced in the third quarter of 2002 versus 19 this year. But the first six months of 2003 experienced a severe drought in hospital deals. It appears that drought is over.”
The top three sectors of the health care industry, Biotechnology, Medical Devices and Pharmaceuticals, accounted for 44% of all health care M&A deals announced in the second quarter. “There remains a lot of interest in pharma and medical device companies,” Sanford Steever, Ph.D., editor of the Report. “Year-to-date, Biotechnology has captured nearly 30% of all dollars invested in health care services. That’s not likely to change in the near future.” In contrast, the most active health care services sector, Long-Term Care, was responsible for just 4% of the dollars spent.
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