What are the recent investment trends and opportunities in global healthcare markets and what regions are likely to draw future merger and acquisition activity? PwC's Global Healthcare Deals Quarterly newsletter provides perspectives on recent trends and expected developments in the global healthcare M&A market, including insights into emerging investment opportunities for strategic and financial investors.
Global deals activity has gotten off to a slow start in 2012, with softer volumes and smaller deal sizes reflecting continued economic uncertainty in global markets. Although volume declines are more moderate in healthcare than the global trend, median deal size is down more sharply, reflecting a 16% contraction from the prior two years.
Contributing factors likely to include:
While still early, we review recent strength in Russian healthcare M&A and weakness in the United Kingdom as likely to persist due to fundamentals underlying those two deal markets.
While timing of a recovery is uncertain, we are maintaining our more bullish outlook as strong corporate balance sheets amidst historically low returns on cash coupled with significant private equity dry powder support a rebound in M&A activity in 2012.