Berkery Noyes’ Healthcare report for full year 2016 revealed that total transaction volume remained constant on a year-to-year basis. Aggregate value gained 75 percent, from $17.47 billion to $30.51 billion. Excluding IMS Health’s merger with Quintiles Transnational Holdings for $8.75 billion, value rose 25 percent. As for strategic acquirers, the number of deals improved three percent, from 351 to 363. Private equity backed volume fell 12 percent, from 101 to 89.
Regarding private equity, three of the top five and six of the top ten highest value acquisitions in 2016 were completed by financial sponsors. The industry’s largest private equity backed deal during the year was Blackstone Group’s announced acquisition of TeamHealth, a provider of outsourced physician staffing solutions for hospitals in the U.S., for $6.02 billion in the Healthcare Business Services segment.
Other notable sponsored deals in the Healthcare Business Services segment included EQT’s acquisition of Press Ganey Associates, a healthcare performance improvement company that offers patient experience measurement, performance analytics and strategic advisory solutions, for $2.4 billion; and Bain Capital’s announced acquisition of Epic Health Services, a provider of pediatric skilled nursing, therapy, developmental services, and home adult home healthcare services.
Deal volume in the Healthcare IT segment decreased five percent on an annual basis. This followed a 20 percent rise in 2015. Strategic acquirers were dominant and comprised 86 percent of Healthcare IT volume over the past year. The segment was also responsible for five of the overall industry’s top ten highest value deals in 2016.
"One of the most active spaces in healthcare M&A is behavioral health," said Jon Krieger, Managing Director at Berkery Noyes. "It's a high growth, fragmented market driven by very favorable industry tailwinds."
“We continue to see workflow tools that make practicing medicine, performing a clinical trial or smoothing the operations of healthcare entities as areas with lots of entrepreneurs developing unique solutions,” stated Tom O’Connor, Managing Director at Berkery Noyes. “In addition, there’s a high level of interest in solutions that help move hospitals and other healthcare organizations off client server, on premise solutions to SaaS and cloud opportunities. This entails lower upfront cost, less IT hassles and a better environment for updates.”
Upon examination of additional markets covered in the report, the combined Pharma IT, Pharma Business Services, and Pharma Information segments saw a 76 percent increase, from 45 to 79 transactions. Deal flow in the Pharma IT nearly doubled, from 25 to 47 transactions. “The pharmaceutical market is experiencing strong demand in the areas of pharma technology, proprietary data, compliance tools, and drug safety information,” added Jeffrey Smith, Managing Director at Berkery Noyes.