According to Berkery Noyes’ Healthcare report for first half 2015, total deal volume increased 16 percent relative to second half 2014. Transactions completed by strategic acquirers rose from 138 to 163 deals, whereas those backed by financial sponsors improved from 52 to 57 deals. Aggregate value fell 43 percent, from $10.70 billion to $6.06 billion. However, value gained 24 percent on a year-over-year basis. Also of note, seven of the industry’s top ten largest deals last year occurred in second 2014.
The peak for volume throughout the previous two-and-a-half years occurred in first half 2015 while value reached its zenith in second half 2014. In terms of valuations, the median revenue multiple over the past six months decreased from 3.0x to 2.7x, which remained slightly above its median throughout the last 30 months.
Transaction volume in the Healthcare IT segment remained about constant, with a total of 101 deals. This represented a 29 percent increase compared to first half 2014 and was the segment’s highest point throughout the past two-and-a-half years. Moreover, there was a 16 percent rise in the number of strategic acquisitions in the Healthcare IT segment, from 69 in second half 2014 to 80 deals in first half 2015. Strategic acquirers accounted for 79 percent of Healthcare IT volume year-to-date.
The Consumer Health segment saw a slight uptick, from 14 to 16 deals. Clothing manufacturer Under Armour was a notable Consumer Health acquirer with two mobile-based acquisitions in first half 2015 relating to digital health data, nutrition information, and fitness tracking. Along these lines, Under Armour acquired MyFitnessPal for $475 million and Endomondo for $85 million. These two transactions will build upon Under Armour’s previous acquisition of MapMyFitness for $150 million in 2013.
“In the rapidly changing healthcare information/technology marketplace, both strategic and financial buyers are on the hunt for attractive acquisitions of scale,” said Tom O’Connor, Managing Director at Berkery Noyes. “Companies with good scale, recurring revenue, and high growth rates with a large addressable market opportunity, whether they are healthcare information/education/technology providers, revenue cycle management, point-of-care information solutions, or one of many other attractive niches, are in high demand from both private equity and strategic buyers.”
“The industry is undergoing a rapid transformation and structural shifts due to reform, cost pressures, shifting responsibilities between payors and providers, and in increased regulatory environment,” stated Jonathan Krieger, Managing Director at Berkery Noyes. “Private, best-of-breed technology-enable healthcare IT companies that effectively address market niches and have some level of scale are in high demand by both financial and strategic buyers.”