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These 22 well-known companies have a rare opportunity to soon get acquired due to the coronavirus crisis, BTIG says

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  • Private-equity firms are sitting on an estimated $1.5 trillion in cash that can be used to acquire companies. 
  • The coronavirus crisis has cheapened the valuations of many popular companies and made them potential targets for deals. 
  • BTIG's Julian Emanuel identified 22 such targets that have been supported by private equity or venture-capital money in the past.
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Warren Buffett is not the only investor who is hesitating to buy companies in this environment.
The coronavirus crisis has cast a large shadow of uncertainty on the future of asset prices and, more broadly, how the global economy will function. For this reason, Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is sitting on $128 billion in cash and waiting for the right opportunity.
Like Buffett, private-equity (PE) firms also have reserves of dry powder — $1.5 trillion in total, according to BTIG's estimates.
"The question of 'what to buy?' for PE is more vexing than usual, given the elevated uncertainty," said Julian Emanuel, the chief equity and derivatives strategist at BTIG, in a recent note.
"Yet this uncertainty is what has consistently created opportunity for patient, long-term investors over the last two generations."
The one thing all crises have in common is that they end. And in order to tap into the opportunities that this one presents, PE firms can buy up well-known companies whose valuations have recently plunged, Emanuel said.
He screened for companies that were previously backed by PE or venture capital money, went public after the 2008 financial crisis, and now have market caps above $2 billion. Their stock prices are deeply discounted, either trading under the IPO level or more than 50% below all-time highs.
Additionally, these companies are run by the same CEO or founder that took them public, adding to the element of familiarity that could cushion the uncertainty of buying during a crisis. And finally, all the stocks have relatively low leverage, as assessed by net debt-to-equity ratios less than 100%.
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1. Vir Biotechnology



Ticker: VIR
Change from IPO: 40%
Change from all-time high: -63%
Source: BTIG




2. SmileDirectClub



Ticker: SDC
Change from IPO: -70%
Change from all-time high: -67%
Source: BTIG




3. Medallia



Ticker: MDLA
Change from IPO: -3%
Change from all-time high: -54%
Source: BTIG




4. Uber



Ticker: UBER
Change from IPO: -37%
Change from all-time high: -40%
Source: BTIG




5. Beyond Meat



Ticker: BYND
Change from IPO: 266%
Change from all-time high: -62%
Source: BTIG




6. Lyft



Ticker: LYFT
Change from IPO: -59%
Change from all-time high: -67%
Source: BTIG




7. Farfetch



Ticker: FTCH
Change from IPO: -37%
Change from all-time high: -61%
Source: BTIG




8. Allakos



Ticker: ALLK
Change from IPO: 234%
Change from all-time high: -57%
Source: BTIG




9. Pluralsight



Ticker: PS
Change from IPO: 3.4%
Change from all-time high: -60%
Source: BTIG




10. Dropbox



Ticker: DBX
Change from IPO: -7%
Change from all-time high: -55%
Source: BTIG




11. Gates Industrial Corp.



Ticker: GTES
Change from IPO: -56%
Change from all-time high: -59%
Source: BTIG




12. Canada Goose



Ticker: GOOS
Change from IPO: 78%
Change from all-time high: -69%
Source: BTIG




13. Snap



Ticker: SNAP
Change from IPO: -1%
Change from all-time high: -43%
Source: BTIG




14. Athene Holding



Ticker: ATH
Change from IPO: -38%
Change from all-time high: -55%
Source: BTIG



15. Nutanix



Ticker: NTNX
Change from IPO: 14%
Change from all-time high: -72%
Source: BTIG



16. Invitae



Ticker: NVTA
Change from IPO: -4%
Change from all-time high: -31%
Source: BTIG



17. Sage Therapeutics



Ticker: SAGE
Change from IPO: 106%
Change from all-time high: -58%
Source: BTIG



18. Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical



Ticker: RARE
Change from IPO: 179%
Change from all-time high: -57%
Source: BTIG



19. Twitter



Ticker: TWTR
Change from IPO: 7%
Change from all-time high: -63%
Source: BTIG



20. Bluebird Bio



Ticker: BLUE
Change from IPO: 199%
Change from all-time high: -74%
Source: BTIG



21. Diamondback Energy



Ticker: FANG
Change from IPO: 130%
Change from all-time high: -57%
Source: BTIG



22. Intercept Pharmaceuticals



Ticker: ICPT
Change from IPO: 413%
Change from all-time high: -85%
Source: BTIG




* This article was originally published here
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