Report predicts spike in deal activity following decline in 2013

Nashville, Tenn., (June 30, 2014) – Hospitals and healthcare providers, as well as healthcare IT companies, are the subsectors most likely to see increased consolidation in 2014-2015, according to a report published today by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC.

Published in association with Mergermarket, the “Healthcare & Life Sciences M&A Outlook” cites capital needs and economies of scale as the two major drivers for consolidation among hospitals and providers.

“This year we’re seeing significant implications from the Affordable Care Act take hold,” said Angela Humphreys, a Member of the firm and healthcare transactions attorney. “Reforms like these are pushing providers to do more, better, for less – which in turn drives them to consolidate to become stronger in this new healthcare climate.”

Deal activity took a downward turn in 2013, dropping to 385 deals worth $97 billion from 459 deals worth $124 billion in 2012, according to Mergermarket data.

“Last year’s decline was due to uncertainty around implementation of the ACA – much of which has been clarified,” said Leigh Walton, a Member of the firm and healthcare transactions attorney member of the firm’s healthcare and corporate practices. “We now have a clearer picture of how the law will affect healthcare organizations.

“As the reimbursement and regulatory landscapes change dramatically, healthcare companies are jockeying to be better positioned to leverage capital resources and a stronger infrastructure.”

Overall, 86 percent of respondents expect M&A activity to increase in healthcare and life sciences. Specifically, respondents pointed to these top strategic drivers:

  • Increased demand for facility and equipment improvement – 46 percent
  • Need for IT support/capabilities – 42 percent
  • Rising compliance costs – 42 percent

Respondents believe private equity will be most interested in the hospital and biotechnology/pharmaceutical sectors, with 42 percent of respondents choosing each as their top choice.

The “Healthcare & Life Sciences M&A Outlook” is based on interviews with healthcare and life sciences professionals. View the full report here.

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About Mergermarket
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