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Healthcare M&A Activity Dips

Rene Letourneau, for HealthLeaders Media, April 29, 2013

While sections of the overall economy are on a slight upswing, the recent frenzy of activity in healthcare mergers and acquisitions has cooled a bit, at least for now.

Healthcare merger and acquisition activity was down in both deal volume and deal value in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the last quarter of 2012, says a new report from research and publishing firm Irving Levin Associates.

M&A deal volume was down 33% versus the previous quarter, with 204 deals announced, according to The Health Care M&A Report. Volume was down 31% compared to the first quarter of 2012.

Deal value also dropped in the first quarter compared to the fourth quarter of 2012, down 39% to $14.6 billion. Compared to the $29.4 billion committed by buyers in the first quarter of 2012, deal value in the first quarter of 2013 dipped by about 50%.

"Every sector in healthcare saw a drop in M&A activity from the fourth quarter of 2012 to the first quarter of 2013 with the exception of behavioral health and home health hospice," says Stephen M. Monroe, a partner at Irving Levin.

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