Stephen M. Monroe, Partner
Sanford B. Steever, Editor
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NORWALK, CT – July 28, 2010 – According to a new Report from Irving Levin Associates, a total of 233 mergers and acquisitions were announced in the health care industry during the second quarter of 2010, up 7% from the 218 deals announced in the prior quarter. A total of $46.3 billion was committed to fund this M&A activity, up 41% from the $32.8 billion spent in the previous quarter and up 62% from the $28.5 billion spent in the year-ago quarter, Q2:09.

The Health Care M&A Market Second Quarter 2010
Dollar Amounts By Sector*


Dollar Amount
Second Quarter 2010

Percent of  Quarter


     $  15,700,000,000





Medical Devices






   Technology subtotal

$  35,600,000,000 





Behavioral Health Care

$    3,100,000,000


Home Health Care






Labs, MRI, Dialysis



Long-Term Care



Physician Medical Groups




Other Services



   Services subtotal

$   10,681,400,000





Total health care

$ 46,281,400,000


                                 *Preliminary figures     

  The increase in both deal and dollar volume over the previous quarter may be ascribed in part to the passage of health care reform in March, which has allowed companies to make better projections of their revenues and deal makers to negotiate more realistic valuations for companies involved in mergers and acquisitions.
The number of deals announced in each sector of the health care industry appears in the table below, along with comparisons to the prior quarter (Q1:10) and the year-ago quarter (Q2:09).
             The Health Care M&A Market Q2:10 – Deal Volume By Sector
                                                     Q2:10       Q1:10         %       Q2:09        %
Sector                                          Deals*       Deals    Change   Deals    Change
Services Segment:
Long-Term Care                              26              16         63%          13      100%
Hospitals                                          20                7       186%          16        25%
Labs, MRI, Dialysis                          15                8         88%            5      200%
Home Health Care                            11              14       -21%          15       -27%
Physician Groups                                9              12       -25%          10       -10%
Behavioral Health Care                       4                0       NA               0      NA
Rehabilitation                                      4                2       100%            2      100%
Managed Care                                   3                2         50%            4       -25%
Other                                               19              26       -27%          23       -17%
   Services Subtotal                         111              87         28%          88        26%
Technology Segment:                                                                                   
Medical Devices                               43              40           8%          50       -14%
Pharmaceuticals                                43              39         10%          34        26%
Biotechnology                                   25              30       -17%          45       -44%
e-Health                                           11              22       -50%          19       -42%
   Technology Subtotal                    122            130         -6%        148       -18%
Grand Total                                  233            218           7%       236         -1%
      *Preliminary figures

Several services sectors that depend on government reimbursement saw deal volume increase over the first quarter’s levels. Sanford Steever, Ph.D., editor of The Health Care M&A Report observed, “With a new regulatory landscape coming into sharper focus, providers who rely on Medicare are better able to determine what their cash flow will be going forward. This will in turn help them decide whether to pack up their business and sell or to expand through acquisitions.” Some services sectors are being immediately impacted by the recently enacted legislation. “Hospitals have responded with a 186% increase, quarter over quarter, in merger and acquisition activity, in the hopes of capturing their fair share of the 32 million previously uninsured patients” continued Mr. Steever.
While Medical Technology sectors such as Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices continue to see the greatest amount of dollar volume in the health care merger and acquisition market, the services sectors are now capturing an increasing share of the overall activity. “The first six months of 2010 saw $16.6 billion spent on M&A activity in the health care services sectors, which already exceeds the $12.4 billion spent on the same sectors in all of 2009,” stated Stephen M. Monroe, managing editor at Irving Levin Associates. “Strategic and financial buyers alike are finding attractive acquisition opportunities, particularly in the middle market for health care services,” explained Mr. Monroe.
The first half of 2010 registered a total of 453 deals in the health care industry with a combined value of $79.1 billion. “If common wisdom holds, and the second half of the year performs better than the first, then 2010 is on track to generate over 900 deals worth between $165.0 billion and $175.0 billion,” stated Mr. Steever. “While not a record-breaker, 2010 could rank as the fifth most active year in the past decade for M&A, well ahead of the recession-plagued years of 2001-03,” Mr. Steever concluded.

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