Bayer offers $65bn to win control of Monsanto
Germany’s Bayer has raised its offer for Monsanto to $65bn (£49bn), or $127.50 a share, in a bid to create a global seeds and pesticides giant.
Bayer said it was in advanced talks with Monsanto, but warned there was no guarantee a deal would result.
Its initial offer of $122 a share in May was rejected by the US firm for being “financially inadequate”.
The record all-cash offer valued Monsanto at $62bn (£43bn at the time).
Bayer raised its offer to $125 a share in July but was again rebuffed.
Combining Bayer and Monsanto would create the world’s biggest agricultural supplier and be a market leader in the US, Europe and Asia.
Bayer’s farm business produces seeds as well as chemicals to combat weeds and insects, but it is better known for its healthcare products such as Aspirin and Alka-Seltzer.
Monsanto is primarily known for its genetically modified seeds for crops including corn, soybeans, cotton, wheat and sugar cane. Such seeds have attracted criticism from some environmental activists.
posted on this possible outcome in may..looks likely now..
“Combining Bayer and Monsanto would create the world’s biggest agricultural supplier and be a market leader in the US, Europe and Asia.”
god help us all..