Bayer agrees to $66B all-cash deal merger with Monsanto

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German drug and farm chemical company Bayer AG says it has signed a deal to acquire seed and weed-killer company Monsanto for $66 billion in cash.

Bayer says it is paying Monsanto shareholders $128 per share, which represents a 44 percent premium over Monsanto's closing price on May 9, the day before a proposed deal was announced.

The deal is subject to approval by Monsanto shareholders and anti-trust regulators.

Bayer said Wednesday the transaction brings together two different but complementary companies. Bayer makes a wide range of crop protection chemicals, while Monsanto is known for its seeds business.

Leverkusen-based Bayer said the merged companies' agriculture business would have its seeds business and North American business headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, where Monsanto is currently based. Monsanto used to be based in the Research Triangle Park.

The Research Triangle Park is the corporate headquarters of the company's Bayer CropScience's North American operations.
Bayer CropScience, with worldwide headquarters in Monheim, Germany, is a business area within the worldwide Bayer Group, according to the company's website.
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