Healthcare targets and 'corporate orphans' take center stage amid a dearth of M&A activity
Hi. I'm Aaron Weinman. Let's look at the M&A environment — particularly the white-hot demand for healthcare, and opportunities behind corporate carve outs.
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1. Healthcare and corporate divestitures remain hot. They provide hope in an otherwise lackluster year for M&A.
But Amazon's $3.9 billion play for clinic operator One Medical could prove one of the most meaningful transactions of the year, according to Robert Brown, global chief executive of independent investment bank Lincoln International.
"There's this convergence of traditional healthcare, consumerism, and digitization," Brown told Insider. "We're in the early innings of what that's going to do for how we seek and consume healthcare services. Amazon wants to be a player in that."
Brown said certain spots of healthcare will feel the pinch of inflation through increased labor costs, but he's bullish on healthtech and, interestingly, animal health.
"We have an aging population. You still have demand. And one of the hottest areas we've seen, although it's cooling off a bit, has been animal health. During the pandemic, everybody bought pets. The shelters cleared out," he said.
Conglomerates from General Electric to Kellogg, meanwhile, have announced plans to spin off or sell certain businesses to focus on core areas as businesses adjust to high inflation and an economic slowdown. That's an opportunity for acquisitive private-equity firms.
PerkinElmer on Monday became the latest business to join the carveout craze, when it agreed to sell three businesses to New Mountain Capital for $2.45 billion. It will focus on life sciences and diagnostics (also hot healthcare spaces), and is shedding its applied, food, and enterprise services businesses.
"Private equity loves to buy 'corporate orphans.' They say 'hey, if I put a good manager on this, as a focused business, it can be way better than being lost in the shuffle of a conglomerate,'" Brown said.
In case you missed it, here's a look at the who's who behind the Amazon-One Medical deal.
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