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'Bayer Doesn't Need Monsanto, But We Can't Rule Out A Bid,' Bernstein Says

Monsanto Company NYSE:MON, BAYER AKTIENGES ADS BAYRY - 'Bayer Doesn't Need Monsanto, But We Can't Rule Out A Bid,' Bernstein Says

According to a Bloomberg report, Bayer AG (ADR) OTCBAYRY “is exploring a potential bid for U.S. competitor” Monsanto Company MON 2.05%.

Bernstein’s Jeremy Redenius maintained an Outperform rating on Bayer with a price target of €125, while maintaining an Underperform rating on Monsanto with a price target of $80.

Bayer-Monsanto

Redenius mentioned that Monsanto’s stock rose 9 percent following the Bloomberg report, while Bayer’s shares declined 5 percent.

According to the report, Bayer “has held preliminary discussions internally and with advisers about buying Monsanto, which has a market value of almost $40 billion.”

Redenius estimates the deal would be roughly breakeven on the EPS in year one or 2017 and slightly accretive in the years after that, assuming an offer price of $108 per share.

Redenius expects Bayer to pay for a part of the deal in cash, with a debt raise of €15 billion, with the rest of the acquisition being paid via equity issuance.

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What The Combination Means

“Based on our previous benchmarking analysis for synergies within the pesticides and seeds businesses, we assume synergies of $1.5bn by 2020, approximately 10% of Monsanto’s top-line,” the analyst mentioned.

In addition, Redenius expected limited anti-trust issues, and pointed out that the overlap between Bayer and Monsanto in vegetables and cotton seeds might need some divestiture to take care of anti-trust concerns.

“We also see limited concerns for crop protection chemicals, except between Monsanto's glyphosate and Bayer's Glufosinate,” Redenius said.

DateFirmActionFromTo
Apr 2016Goldman SachsMaintainsSell
Apr 2016JP MorganMaintainsNeutral
Apr 2016CitigroupMaintainsNeutral

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