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Healthcare M&A Spending Up, Volume Down

A total of $54.4 billion was spent to finance mergers and acquisitions in the healthcare industry during the first quarter of 2011, up 65 percent from $32.9 billion in the first quarter of 2010, according to a new report by Irving Levin.

However, deal volume slipped somewhat during the same period, with a 16 percent decrease in transactions from the fourth quarter of 2010 and an 8 percent dip from the year-ago quarter.

Pharmaceutical M&A spending totaled $13.5 billion for the quarter, representing 24 percent of all healthcare M&A spending, and medical device M&A totaled $11.7 billion, or 21 percent of spending. Hospital M&A totaled $1.9 billion, or 4 percent of spending. M&A activity spending for physician medical groups was $14.6 million, less than 1 percent of spending.

By deal volume, long-term care ranked first among subsectors with 27 deals. Hospitals completed 23 deals, up 156 percent from 9 deals in the first quarter of 2010 but down 4 percent from the fourth quarter of 2010 (24 deals). Physician groups were involved in 12 deals, up 50 percent from a year ago.

Read the release on Irving Levin's "The Health Care M&A Report".

Read more coverage on healthcare M&A:

- Hospital M&A Continued to Grow in Second Half of 2010

The Biggest Players in 2010 Healthcare M&A

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