LEVERKUSEN, Germany, July 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Over the past several weeks Bayer has engaged in private talks with Monsanto. Following receipt of additional information Bayer has raised its all-cash offer to Monsanto shareholders from USD 122 to USD 125 per share verbally on July 1 and in an updated proposal submitted to Monsanto on July 9. In addition, it has comprehensively addressed Monsanto's questions concerning financing and regulatory matters and is prepared to make certain commitments to regulators, if required, to complete the proposed acquisition of Monsanto.
Bayer reaffirmed that its offer provides transaction certainty and would not be subject to a financing condition. A Syndicated Loan Facility Agreement sufficient to provide the entire transaction financing is ready and prepared to be co-underwritten by five banks (BofA Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, HSBC and JP Morgan).
Bayer remains confident in its ability to obtain all necessary regulatory approvals in a timely manner given complementary geographic and product portfolios. In addition to certain commitments to regulators, should they be required, Bayer has offered a USD 1.5 billion reverse antitrust break fee, reaffirming its confidence in a successful closing.
"We are convinced that this transaction is the best opportunity available to provide Monsanto shareholders with highly attractive, immediate and certain value. Bayer is fully committed to pursuing this transaction," said Werner Baumann, CEO of Bayer AG.
Bayer believes that its offer fully captures the intrinsic value of Monsanto, and shares the synergy benefits that the combination would create. The revised offer represents a premium of 40 percent over Monsanto's closing share price on May 9, 2016.
The specific terms of any definitive transaction agreement remain subject to the final approval of Bayer's Supervisory Board.
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Additional Information This communication relates to a proposed offer by Bayer Aktiengesellschaft or its subsidiaries ("Bayer"), to purchase all of the outstanding shares of common stock, par value $0.01 per share, of Monsanto Company, a Delaware corporation ("Monsanto"). This communication is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell shares of Monsanto. No tender offer for the shares of Monsanto has commenced at this time. At the time a tender offer for the shares of Monsanto is commenced, Bayer will file tender offer materials (including an Offer to Purchase, a related Letter of Transmittal and certain other offer documents) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") with respect to the tender offer. Any definitive tender offer documents will be mailed to the stockholders of Monsanto. STOCKHOLDERS OF MONSANTO ARE URGED TO READ THE RELEVANT TENDER OFFER MATERIALS WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE TENDER OFFER THAT STOCKHOLDERS SHOULD CONSIDER BEFORE MAKING ANY DECISION REGARDING THE TENDER OF THEIR SHARES. Stockholders of Monsanto will be able to obtain free copies of these documents (if and when available) and other documents filed by Bayer with the SEC through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov.