Lexology January 4, 2019
2018 marked a year of continued robust healthcare merger and acquisition activity, with deal volume surpassing that of 2017. The dollar volume of healthcare deals also exceeded 2017, highlighted by CVS Health Corp. (NYSE: CVS) surviving regulatory scrutiny and finalizing its purchase of Aetna for $69 billion, and Cigna (NYSE: CI) closing its $67 billion merger with pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts (Nasdaq: ESRX). Private equity firm KKR & Co. Inc. (NYSE: KKR) acquired Envision Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: EVHC) in a going private transaction for $9.9 billion; and in November, LifePoint Health, Inc. (Nasdaq: LPNT) merged with Apollo Global Management-owned RCCH HealthCare Partners for an estimated $5.6 billion.
Not only do these deals show the energy of the industry,...