Healthcare M&A prospects

There have been four major healthcare-related bids so far this year and there are likely to be more.

The largest bid this year is for healthcare distributor UDG Healthcare (LON: UDG) which is valued at £2.7bn. Both inhaled drug delivery technology and drugs developer Vectura (LON: VEC) and hospital operator Spire Healthcare (LON: SPI) are valued at around £1bn. The value of the bid for Immunodiagnostic Systems Holdings was much lower and it has just been completed. The total value of the bids is £4.6bn, which is nearly one-fifth of the value of the major bids in the first half of 2021.


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