The third quarter of 2013 realized a slight uptick over the prior two quarters in the volume of healthcare service deals with 138 total transactions. The value of the deals announced in the third quarter, $15.8 billion, was up 35% over the second quarter. However, in both volume and value the year-to-date period for 2013 continues to lag the same period in 2012 with volume down 4.6% and value down 25%.
The Q3 2013 US Health Services Deals Insights report also includes an overview of an emerging tactic in negotiating closing mechanisms - The Locked Box Pricing Mechanism. Recognized by both buyers and sellers as an alternative to traditional closing mechanisms. This model offers greater certainty related to the purchase price for both the buyer and seller at the signing of a purchase agreement.