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Healthcare M&A Spending Plummets 38% in 2012

2012 was one of the busiest years in the past decade in terms of the number of healthcare deals but one of the lowest years in terms of dollar volume, according to an Irving Levin Associates report.

A total of $143.3 billion was spent in 2012 to finance the year's merger and acquisition activity. The total represents a 38 percent decline compared with the $231 billion spent in 2011. In addition, 2012 was ninth out of the last 10 years in terms of healthcare M&A dollar volume. However, there were 1,063 deals in 2012, up 5.9 percent compared with 1,004 deals in 2011.

The hospital market had 94 deals in 2012 compared with 92 in 2011 — a 2.2 percent increase. In 2012, those deals were worth $1.88 billion, a 77.2 percent decrease from 2011's $8.28 billion.

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