Healthcare M&A Activity Surges in Q2

Margaret Dick Tocknell, July 26, 2012

Buoyed by the addition of two blockbuster deals, the dollar value of healthcare services mergers and acquisitions tripled during the second quarter of 2012 compared with M&A activity during the comparable quarter in 2011, according to Norwalk, CT-based Irving Levin Associates Inc., which publishes a quarterly report on M&A activity in the healthcare industry.

Healthcare services, which includes physician groups, hospitals, and managed care, recorded 133 transactions valued at $23.1 billion in second quarter 2012 compared with 139 transactions valued at $7.3 billion for second quarter 2011.

The 2012 numbers, however, include a blockbuster $3.9 billion deal that involved two German hospital companies, Fresenius and Rhoen-Klinikuma. (Levin Associates includes foreign transactions in its M&A report, but these usually show up only in the medical device, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical categories.)

Omitting that mega-deal still pegs the value of healthcare services M&A at $19.2 billion, which is more than double the 2011 value.

Margaret Dick Tocknell Margaret Dick Tocknell is a reporter/editor with HealthLeaders Media.


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