Bayer sells units to be able to complete Monsanto takeover
October 13, 2017
BERLIN (AP) — German pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG has reached a 5.9 billion euro ($7 billion) deal to sell parts of its Crop Science unit to German chemical company BASF to alleviate regulatory concerns over its planned takeover of U.S. seed and weed-killer company Monsanto Co.
Monsanto last year accepted an offer from Bayer to pay $57 billion to its shareholders and assume $9 billion in debt.
Bayer said Friday it's working with authorities with the aim of closing the deal by early 2018.
To "address certain overlaps in the combined product portfolio" of the companies, it says it will sel...