Last updated: March 24, 2018

Bayer announces $62 billion cash offer for Monsanto

The corporate logo of Bayer is seen at the headquarters building in CaracasGerman drugs and chemicals group Bayer AG said it had made an offer to buy U.S. seeds company Monsanto Co for $ 122 per share in cash, or a total value of $ 62 billion, to create the world's biggest agricultural supplier. Bayer said on Monday that the offer represented a 37 percent premium over the closing price of Monsanto shares on May 9, before rumors of a planned bid emerged. Monsanto had disclosed last week that Bayer had made an unsolicited takeover offer for the group, triggering an investor backlash in which one of the German pesticides and drugs company's major shareholders called the move "arrogant empire-building".

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