The Risks and Drama of Merger Mania - Can We Learn from Experience?

Posted by Diane Borska on Jul 13, 2015 10:00:00 AM

UPDATE: Robust analytical methodologies can provide executives with insight regarding industry trends. This blog, previously produced by Diane Borska, Global Principal at Fuld + Company, on mergers and acquisitions is a demonstration of the power of strong industry understanding and well-executed analysis

Nearly 18 months after the Aetna – Humana deal was first announced, a federal judge has ruled the transaction would violate antitrust laws. As a result, it is all but certain that the deal will not go forward and analysts believe the closure of the other significant industry transaction involving Anthem and Cigna, is also in jeopardy. Observing the parallels of merger activity in another industry with relevant characteristics to health insurers, allowed us to recognize early on the risks these transactions would face and conclude that the pace of industry consolidation may be slow and face considerable challenges.

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Topics: Competitive Intelligence, Events, Brand Insights, Market Analysis, Pharma, Healthcare, Industry Convergence, Life Sciences, Merger and Acquisition

Aetna's Medicare Advantage Bet

Posted by Jacob Golbitz on Jul 8, 2015 3:38:00 PM

Last week Aetna announced its intention to acquire Humana for $37 billion in cash and stock. Reasons given for the acquisition included the usual references to synergy potential, cost savings, and greater financial strength, but also how the acquisition will improve membership positioning and increase government exposure in its covered lives portfolio.

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Topics: Competitive Intelligence, Events, Brand Insights, Market Analysis, Pharma, Healthcare, Industry Convergence, Life Sciences, Merger and Acquisition

Healthcare Delivery is Becoming More Decentralized: An Opportunity for Insurers?

Posted by Jacob Golbitz on Jun 23, 2015 2:00:00 PM

As part of CVS’s acquisition of Target’s 1,660 pharmacies, CVS announced it will rebrand Target’s nearly 80 in-store clinics as MinuteClinic and open up 20 new clinics within Target stores over the next 3 years – all this as part of the company’s plan to operate 1,500 clinics by 2017.

Earlier in June CVS announced it had become an in-network provider with Molina Healthcare of Ohio, a health care insurance plan operating in Ohio with 340,000 members. This makes sense for Molina, as the MinuteClinics lower cost will lower Molina’s costs, and members benefit as well with increased convenience and accessibility.

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Topics: Consumer Goods, Brand Insights, Market Analysis, Pharma, Healthcare, Life Sciences, Merger and Acquisition

Nutraceuticals: 'Designer Foods' to Grow Through M&A Activity | Pharma Magazine

Posted by Amelia Ehrens on Aug 2, 2012 12:31:00 AM

‘DESIGNER FOODS’ TO GROW THROUGH MERGERS AND ALLIANCES BETWEEN GIANT CONSUMER COMPANIES AND THEIR PHARMACEUTICAL COUNTERPARTS

Scientific rigour and demand for personalised foods will drive these partnerships

A business war game contest on Monday 30th April between Oxford University’s Saïd  and Cambridge’s Judge Business Schools, run by Fuld + Company[1] predicted the outcome of the so-called ‘Battle for Designer Foods’ (nutraceuticals).

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Topics: Pharma, Life Sciences, Merger and Acquisition

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