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Bayer begins Rs 13 bn open offer process for 26% stake in Monsanto India

The open offer was triggered as Bayer group has completed the USD 63 billion mega-deal to acquire Monsanto to create the world's biggest agro-chemical and seed company

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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German chemicals and pharma major group has launched the process for over Rs 13 billion open offer to acquire up to 26 per cent additional stake in Monsanto India, following global acquisition of the US biotech major for USD 63 billion.

AG, along with its Indian arm CropScience, has proposed to buy up to 44,88,315 shares, representing 26 per cent of the fully diluted voting equity share capital of Monsanto India, according to a regulatory filing.

The open offer was triggered as Bayer group has completed the USD 63 billion mega-deal to acquire Monsanto to create the world's biggest agro-chemical and seed company.

The deal resulted in Bayer group indirectly acquiring 72.14 per cent stake in Ltd.

Bayer group has fixed the open offer price at Rs 2,926.87 per share and the maximum size of the open offer will be Rs 1,313.67 crore, said in the filing to the BSE.

The open offer will commence on July 27.

On June 7, Bayer group closed the acquisition of Monsanto in a multi-billion dollar deal, which was announced in September 2016, after it got all necessary regulatory approvals from various countries including the

Bayer group is present in India since 1896 and it has two divisions -- crop science and pharmaceutical. The group has one listed entity in India -- Bayer CropScience Ltd that posted a revenue from operation of nearly Rs 30 billion last fiscal.

Bayer India had an annual revenue of 600 million euros (about Rs 47 billion) in 2017, Richard van der Merwe, the senior Bayer representative, South Asia, had said in January this year.

Monsanto is selling genetically modified (GM) cotton seeds in India for more than a decade. With this deal, Monsanto would add seed business to Bayer's already significant crop science and pharmaceutical business in India.

First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 14:50 IST
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