Bayer-Monsanto bid gets another nod from US Justice Department

USA - Bayer, the German multinational’s US$60 billion bid to acquire Monsanto has received an approval from the US Justice Department after both the companies made divestments to meet anti-trust requirements. The deal between the two forms one of the largest integrated pesticides and seeds company, a sector that has seen robust growth, coupled with…

Lower corn sales plunge Monsanto’s Q2 revenue with 1.1% fall in net sales

USA - Monsanto, the publicly traded American multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation has reported a 1.1% fall in net sales to US$5.02bn in the three months ended February 28 compared to a year earlier. The company recorded US$181m drop in corn seed sales, US$181m drop in corn seed sales with US sales being the…

Bayer wins EU approval to take over Monsanto

GERMANY - German agrochemicals giant Bayer has won EU antitrust approval for its $62.5 billion buy of U.S. peer Monsanto, the latest in a trio of mega mergers that will reshape the agrochemicals industry. The tie-up is set to create a company with control of more than a quarter of the world’s seed and pesticides…

BASF in talks to acquire Bayer’s Seeds Business

USA - BASF Corporation, the largest chemical producer in the world is holding talks with Bayer, the German multinational, pharmaceutical and life sciences company to acquire the latter’s vegetable seeds business, Nunhems. The two companies plan to reach a definitive agreement that will see BASF take over operations and assets in the business operating under…

Bayer to sell its vegetable seeds business, transfer digital farming asset to satisfy EU

GERMANY - German chemical giant Bayer AG on Wednesday said it was preparing to sell more assets to win antitrust approval for its $60 billion-plus takeover of Monsanto Co., as getting the regulatory green light takes longer than expected. Chief Executive Werner Baumann said the company was preparing the sale of another bundle of assets…

Bayer collaborates with Solidaridad to increase smallholder productivity

GERMANY - Bayer, a pharmaceutical and life sciences company has announced its collaboration with Solidaridad specially to focus on small-scale farmers who have limited access to resources. According to the company, this partnership involves training and development and at the same time supporting farmers achieve socio-environmental certification standards. “Partnerships and collaboration are essential if we…

Bayer donates US$600,000 to smallholder farmers in West Africa

GERMANY - Bayer, German multinational, pharmaceutical and life sciences company has provided funding of about US$600, 000 in support of myAgro start-up innovation that purposed to assist smallholder farmers in Mali and Senegal. Bayer’s donation will help in expanding the initiative to the other African regions as well as help in the control of notorious…

BASF to acquire parts of Bayer’s seed and herbicide businesses

GERMANY – Leading agrochemical company BASF has signed an agreement to acquire significant parts of Bayer’s seed and non-selective herbicide businesses, entering the key seeds business that it has been missing in its portfolio. The acquisition of the assets, as Bayer divests from some key areas as it seeks to placate regulators concerns as it…

EU pauses inquiry into Monsanto-Bayer mega-merger

EU - The EU said on October 5 that it had “stopped the clock” on its probe into German chemical firm Bayer’s proposed mega-takeover of US agri-giant Monsanto while it waits for the companies to provide information. Brussels launched an in-depth investigation in August into the €56-billion deal, which would create the world’s largest integrated…