Bayer and Monsanto to create a global leader in agriculture

Werner Baumann CEO of Bayer AG and Hugh Grant Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Monsanto. Image source BayerWerner Baumann CEO of Bayer AG and Hugh Grant Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Monsanto. (Image source: Bayer)

Realises a shared vision of integrated agricultural offerings, delivering enhanced solutions for growers and creates a leading innovation engine for the next generation of farming

Bayer and Monsanto today announced that they signed a definitive merger agreement under which Bayer will acquire Monsanto for USD$128 per share in an all-cash transaction. Monsanto’s Board of Directors, Bayer’s Board of Management and Bayer’s Supervisory Board have unanimously approved the agreement. Based on Monsanto’s closing share price on 9 May 2016, the day before Bayer’s first written proposal to Monsanto, the offer represents a premium of 44 per cent to that price.

"We are pleased to announce the combination of our two great organizations. This represents a major step forward for our Crop Science business and reinforces Bayer’s leadership position as a global innovation driven Life Science company with leadership positions in its core segments, delivering substantial value to shareholders, our customers, employees and society at large," said Werner Baumann, CEO of Bayer AG. 

"Today’s announcement is a testament to everything we’ve achieved and the value that we have created for our stakeholders at Monsanto. We believe that this combination with Bayer represents the most compelling value for our shareowners, with the most certainty through the all-cash consideration," said Hugh Grant, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Monsanto. 

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