The german chemical and pharmaceutical company Bayer want’s to buy U.S. agrochemical company Monsanto (link: press release Bayer)
Bayer has made an all-cash offer to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of common stock of Monsanto Company for USD 122 per share or an aggregate value of USD 62 billion
That could be a problem, with some saying Bayer’s proposal, at 15.8 times Monsanto’s earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) for the year ended Feb. 29, is already a stretch for the German company.
Let’s take a look at what Bayer is planning to pay for 62 bn
I looked at Monsantos 2015 annual report, which besides some nice photos of families marvel at corn presents us this numbers: (link)
Their 2024 Bond yields 3.24% (link morningstar)
From the 2Q2016 report (link)
Monsanto updated its fiscal year 2016 as-reported EPS guidance to be in the range of $3.72 to $4.48 per share, primarily due to a change in the expected timing for the accounting of restructuring expense. The company confirmed ongoing EPS guidance in the range of $4.40 to $5.10 per share.
Let’s be optimistic and assume that they can reach the $5.10 per share. At a price of 122 USD this would be a PE-ratio of 23.9 – not that cheap.
Like in mostly M&A activities this is an interesting case with some uncertainties and some chances. I don’t have deeper insight into this one but I will follow this from the sideline and hopefully will learn something from it. I’m planing to look at Bayer next.