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Ag trade flows may change amid trade dispute, Bayer says

Reading Time: 2 minutes Monheim | Reuters — Bayer said on Tuesday it would be difficult to predict 2019 earnings at its agriculture business, which now includes Monsanto, because a U.S.-Chinese trade dispute could reroute global trade flows in farming commodities. The head of Bayer’s crop science division told Reuters his company could even benefit if U.S. farmers switched […] Read more


With drugs pipeline in focus, Bayer seen considering cuts

Reading Time: 3 minutes Frankfurt | Reuters — Bayer is considering job cuts and outsourcing as part of a wide-ranging review of drug research and development that will last until at least November, a person familiar with the company told Reuters. The prospect of “very tangible changes” contributed to a decision by key board members to extend the contract […] Read more

Roundup cancer verdict sends Bayer shares sliding

Reading Time: 3 minutes     Frankfurt | Reuters — Bayer shares plunged as much as 14 per cent on Monday, losing about US$14 billion in value, after newly acquired Monsanto was ordered to pay US$289 million in damages in the first of possibly thousands of U.S. lawsuits over alleged links between a weedkiller and cancer. After the verdict […] Read more


With deal to close this week, Bayer to retire Monsanto name

Reading Time: 2 minutes Frankfurt | Reuters — Germany’s Bayer will wrap up the US$63 billion takeover of Monsanto on Thursday and also retire the U.S. seed and chemical firm’s 117-year-old name. The German drugmaker had received all required approvals from regulatory authorities, it said in a statement on Monday. “Bayer will remain the company name. Monsanto will no […] Read more

Bayer wins U.S. nod for Monsanto deal to create ag giant

Reading Time: 2 minutes Frankfurt/Washington | Reuters — Bayer won U.S. approval for its planned takeover of Monsanto after agreeing to sell about US$9 billion in assets, clearing a major hurdle for the US$62.5 billion deal that will create by far the largest seeds and pesticides maker. Makan Delrahim, who heads the U.S. Justice Department’s (DoJ) antitrust division, said […] Read more


Singapore firm hikes Bayer stake in share sale

Reading Time: 2 minutes Frankfurt | Reuters — German drugmaker Bayer is raising three billion euros (C$4.67 billion) toward its planned US$62.5 billion takeover of seed and chemical firm Monsanto by selling a 3.6 per cent stake to Singapore’s state investment company Temasek. Bayer said it had struck a deal with Temasek under which it would issue shares with […] Read more

Bayer to sell digital farming business to BASF

Reading Time: 2 minutes Frankfurt | Reuters — Germany’s Bayer plans to sell its digital farming business to BASF as part of changes to concessions it has offered to win over antitrust regulators for its proposed takeover of Monsanto . Bayer, which had previously only agreed to grant a licence to competitors, said on Wednesday that as part of […] Read more


Bayer petitions Russian antitrust watchdog for more time in Monsanto case

Reading Time: 2 minutes Frankfurt/Moscow | Reuters — Bayer has taken Russia’s competition regulator to court over the watchdog’s investigation into the company’s planned takeover of Monsanto, a further hiccup in the US$64 billion deal amid intense antitrust scrutiny. A Bayer spokesman said the German company was petitioning the court in Russia to be given more time to discuss […] Read more

Bayer offers asset sales for EU approval of Monsanto deal

Reading Time: < 1 minute Brussels/Frankfurt | Reuters — Bayer has offered to sell seeds and pesticides businesses to try to address EU competition concerns over its US$63.5 billion bid for U.S. rival Monsanto. The proposed remedies “are very significant and we are confident they fully address the European Commission’s concerns,” the German company said in a statement on Monday. […] Read more