A surge of M&A activity involving healthcare, financial, and retail companies boosted the value of deals in July to over $430 billion, resulting in the seventh-busiest month on record in terms of value. Healthcare and energy M&A activity has been the most prominent this year, while the healthcare industry in particular has seen the busiest year on record. Healthcare deals represent approximately 16% of the total global M&A deals this year, which amounts to $2.99 billion. However, Goldman Sachs believes that more deals will come in the months ahead, so risk takers might find great buying opportunities among potential M&A players. Goldman Sachs identified a few healthcare companies that are expected to be the next takeover targets in the industry. In the following article, we will be discussing the following potential targets suggested by the investment bank, which are Pacira Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:PCRX), Anacor Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ANAC), and Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (NYSE:BKD).
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Let’s start by looking into Pacira Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:PCRX), a specialty pharmaceutical company that develops and commercializes proprietary pharmaceutical products for use in U.S. hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. There are 25 hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey that own stakes in the company as of June 30, two less than did on March 31. Despite this slight decrease, the value of these stakes rose to $367.67 million from $254.29 million during the second quarter. Goldman Sachs suggests that the company’s key product Exparel, approved for administration into the site of surgery to produce post-surgery pain relief, is an “underappreciated asset” and could eventually turn into a near-term catalyst for the stock. The investment bank expects better-than-expected monthly sales data for this product. John Lykouretzos’ Hoplite Capital Management initiated a new position in Pacira Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:PCRX) comprised of 1.26 million shares.