H2C Industry Insights • 1Q20
Healthcare M&A Transactions Database
Nine hospital and health system transactions were announced in March alone.
Post-acute M&A activity started strong, but dropped sharply at the end of Q1 during the pandemic.
Q1 M&A Activity Starts Strong, Then Dips
posted on May 12, 2020
Data from the Hammond Hanlon Camp LLC (“H2C”) mergers and acquisitions (“M&A”) database shows 160 transactions were announced in Q1 2020.
Note: Historical figures are adjusted based on newly available information.
"The pandemic will likely act as an accelerant for many trends we have seen over the previous years, which include a shift toward value-based care, an emphasis on moving elective procedures to an outpatient setting, and continued investment in HCIT—specifically, telehealth."
- Nick Beale
Volume remained steady year-over-year in the behavioral health, managed care, and laboratory sectors. Hospital and health system transactions, meanwhile, dipped slightly, with only 20 transactions reported, compared with 24 in Q1 2019.
There were 61 transactions announced in the post-acute sector, and volume was down nearly 22 percent from Q1 2019, when 78 transactions were announced. HCIT volume nearly doubled year-over-year, with 55 transactions announced, versus 32 in Q1 2019.
It is important to note that some announced transactions do not go on to close due to unforeseen risks, regulations, or other factors. In a COVID-19 environment, the number of announced transactions that do not ultimately close could be higher than usual because of the economic impact of the pandemic on healthcare organizations.
Data points that stand out include the following:
While HCIT and post-acute M&A volume started off strong in Q1, with 26 and 33 transactions announced in January, respectively, volume decreased sharply toward the end of the quarter, with only 15 and 13 transactions, respectively, announced in March.
Hospital and health system M&A volume bucked this trend, with nine hospital and health system transactions announced in March, compared with nine in January and two in February. Volume in this sector is traditionally driven by strategic buyers.
“Q1 2020 appeared to be off to a great start. Transaction volume remained steady with record-breaking investment across many sectors,” said Nick Beale, Director, H2C. “While the COVID-19 outbreak introduced uncertainty, ample opportunity remains in the market. We encourage our clients to continue thinking strategically and to be proactive in their approach for the remainder of the year. The pandemic will likely act as an accelerant for many trends we have seen over the previous years, which include a shift toward value-based care, an emphasis on moving non-emergent procedures to an outpatient setting, and continued investment in HCIT—specifically, telehealth."
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About Hammond Hanlon Camp LLC
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