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    Feb242016

    HEALTHCARE IT COMPANIES REMAIN IN HIGH DEMAND FROM BOTH STRATEGIC AND FINANCIAL ACQUIRERS

    Berkery Noyes' Healthcare report for full year 2015 indicated that total transaction volume increased 15 percent on a year-to-year basis. Aggregate value gained four percent, from $16.44 billion to $17.08 billion. Regarding valuations, the median revenue multiple improved from 2.4x to 2.7x, while the median EBITDA multiple remained nearly constant at 13.8x.

    Deal volume in the Healthcare IT segment improved 21 percent in 2015. The Healthcare IT segment accounted for almost half of the industry’s aggregate volume, and strategic acquirers comprised 82 percent of the Healthcare IT volume.

    Notable Healthcare IT transactions in the top ten list included IBM Watson Health’s acquisition of Merge Healthcare Incorporated, a provider of medical image handling and processing, interoperability and clinical systems, for $1.03 billion; and Cardinal Health’s acquisition of Navihealth, a post-acute care software company that helps physicians manage bundled payments, for $290 million.

    Other high profile Healthcare IT deals outside the top ten were Computer Programs and Systems’ acquisition of Healthland, a provider of integrated technology solutions to rural community and critical access hospitals, for $250 million; Quality Systems’ acquisition of HealthFusion, a developer of web-based, cloud computing software for physicians, hospitals and medical billing services, for $165 million; and Roper Industries’ acquisition of Strata Decision Technology, a cloud-based financial analytics and performance platform that is used by healthcare providers, for $140 million.

    Upon examination of other markets covered in the report, the segment with the largest yearly rise in volume was Medical Education, which more than doubled from 18 to 39 transactions. The Healthcare Business Services segment experienced a 19 percent increase, from 81 to 96 deals. M&A activity in the combined Pharma segments declined 17 percent, from 52 to 43 acquisitions.

    “For all the recent talk of increased deal flow, there still remains a lack of high-quality opportunities of scale in the market today,” said Tom O’Connor, Managing Director at Berkery Noyes. “However, once an attractive opportunity of scale comes out there is no lack of buyers at robust prices. The credit environment is still favorable for attractive deals of scale, particularly those where a high percentage of revenue is recurring.” O’Connor added, “Companies of scale with rapid revenue growth are perfect bolt-ons for strategic buyers, and many of the large private equity groups have come down market looking for new platforms to buy and build.”

    According to Jonathan Krieger, Managing Director at Berkery Noyes, "Strategics continue to acquire businesses to build out their product portfolio and broaden their customer footprint. Healthcare constituents continue to seek niche software vendors that promote interoperability, structure clinical data, improve outcomes and reduce costs."

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