3 Stocks in Takeover Talks – Week of 4/9

Takeover deals can be a signal of positive market sentiment, indicating that the acquiring company is confident in its growth prospects and is willing to invest in expanding its market share. Such deals often lead to an increase in stock prices as they indicate potential value creation and synergies for the acquiring company. Takeover deals may provide an opportunity for investors to capitalize on market inefficiencies and earn profits through arbitrage strategies, such as buying the target company’s stock at a discount to the offer price and profiting from the price convergence upon deal completion.

Here are three takeover targets for the week –

GreenLight Biosciences Holdings – SYM: GRNA
Recent Price: $0.42
Takeover Action: GreenLight Biosciences (GRNA) confirmed that it has received a non-binding indication of interest from Fall Line Endurance Fund, L.P. to acquire all of the outstanding capital stock of the Company for $0.60 per share in cash.
Description: GreenLight Biosciences Holdings operates as a pre-commercial stage biotechnology company in the United States of America. It provides cell-free ribonucleic acid (RNA) production platform for the discovery, development, and commercialization of high-performing products to promote healthier plants, foods, and people.


Liminal BioSciences Inc. – SYM: LMNL
Recent Price: $6.82
Takeover Action: Liminal BioSciences (LMNL) the Board of Directors of the company received a non-binding proposal from Structured Alpha LP outlining a potential transaction to acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of the Company that SALP does not currently own for US$7.50 in cash per common share.
Description: Liminal BioSciences Inc., a development stage biopharmaceutical company, focuses on the development of novel small molecule drug therapeutics for inflammatory, fibrotic, and metabolic diseases in Canada and the United Kingdom. The company is developing LMNL6511, a selective antagonist for the G-protein coupled receptor 84, is expected to commence a Phase 1 clinical trial. It is also developing potential OXER1 antagonists and GPR40 agonists, which are in preclinical stage. The company was formerly known as Prometic Life Sciences Inc. and changed its name to Liminal BioSciences Inc. in October 2019. Liminal BioSciences Inc. was incorporated in 1994 and is headquartered in Laval, Canada.


Apellis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. – SYM: APLS
Recent Price: $78.78
Takeover Action: According to Bloomberg, Apellis Pharmaceuticals (APLS) a biotech firm focused on rare diseases and ophthalmology, is drawing takeover interest from larger drugmakers.
Description: Apellis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company, focuses on the discovery, development, and commercialization of therapeutic compounds through the inhibition of the complement system for autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. It offers EMPAVELI for the treatment of paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria, cold agglutinin disease, C3 glomerulopathy and immune complex membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation-associated thrombotic microangiopathy; and SYFOVRE for treating geographic atrophy (GA). The company also develops APL-2006, a bispecific C3 and VEGF inhibitor for treating wet age-related macular degeneration and GA; APL-1030, a C3 inhibitor for the treatment of various neurodegenerative diseases; and the combination of EMPAVELI and a small interfering RNA for reducing the production of C3 proteins by the liver. It has a collaboration and license agreement with Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB (publ) for development and commercialization of pegcetacoplan; and a collaboration with Beam Therapeutics Inc. focused on the use of Beam’s base editing technology to discover new treatments for complement-driven diseases. The company was incorporated in 2009 and is based in Waltham, Massachusetts.

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