Month: January 2019

Ponder Recognized as Top Financial Advisory firm by Thomson Reuters

Ponder & Co., a leading healthcare financial advisory firm, announced today that the company was ranked as the No. 1 financial advisor in new healthcare debt issuance, according to Thomson Reuters’ 2018 Municipal Market Analysis. To learn more about Ponder’s approach visit About Us Ponder had a nearly record year despite a significant decline in issuance … Continued

Healthcare executives expect M&A to boost business in 2019

By: Alex Kacik with contributions from Eb LeMaster (Modern Healthcare online) Healthcare executives expect their businesses to exceed 2018’s benchmarks and will largely use mergers and acquisitions to reach those expectations, according to a new survey. Nearly three-quarters of 291 senior executives from pharmaceutical, healthcare IT, medical technology, hospital and health system organizations said they … Continued

2018 Hospital M&A Activity Q4

20 Change of Control Transactions Target Beds: Average 343; Median 241 Target Rev. ($’s MM): Average $386; Median $220 Q4 2018 saw 20 announced transactions: Announced transactions in Q4 2018 decreased more than 30% from Q4 2017 which had 29 announced transactions. This volume ties Q4 2016 for the lowest volume of announced transaction in a 4th … Continued

Hospital M&A Deals Slow in 2018

By: Rich Daly with contributions from Jake Aygun (HFMA online) Hospital transactions declined in 2018, amid a shift in the most active types of organizations. Although firms that track—and participate in—hospital deals define them differently, they agreed that the volume dipped last year. For instance,’s preliminary analysis found only 67 deals in 2018, which … Continued

Memorial Health System Series 2019 Tax-Exempt Fixed Rate Bonds

$130,005,000 Series 2019 Tax-Exempt Fixed Rate Bonds About Memorial Health System Memorial Health System (the “System”) is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation headquartered in Springfield, Illinois. The System’s mission is to help improve the health of the people and communities it serves, and its vision is to be a national leader for excellence in patient care. … Continued

Ohio Valley Hospital merged with Heritage Valley Health System

Transaction Announcement Ponder & Co. (“Ponder”) is pleased to announce that Ohio Valley Hospital, located in Kennedy Township, Pennsylvania, has merged with Heritage Valley Health System. The hospital has become the third hospital in Heritage Valley Health System. About Ohio Valley Hospital Ohio Valley Hospital is a 124-bed, not-for-profit hospital, with more than 250 physicians … Continued