Bayer AG / Monsanto

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

Note: The shares are trading at around 110 $, this still would be an upside of roughly 10% now – looks like the market sees some uncertainties. I see the undisturbed price for Monsanto at around 90 – 95$.

Monsanto rejects $62B Bayer bid, but still is open to talks (link)

Monsanto shares closed regular trading up 3.1 percent at $109.30 and gained another 1.5 percent in after-hours trading, rising to $111.

Meanwhile:

Werner Baumann, CEO of Bayer AG is buying stocks almost worth 1 million € (link news in german language)
Moody’s reviews Bayer’s ratings for downgrade on Monsanto acquisition announcement (link Moodys)
Random people throwing around random numbers (link)
Some Bayer shareholders don’t like the deal (link)
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)

BAY-MON

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.

Bottom Line:

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.

Disclaimer: The content contained on this site represents only the opinions of its author(s). I may hold a position in securities mentioned on this site. In no way should anything on this website be considered investment advice and should never be relied on in making an investment decision. As always please do your own research!
Advertisements

3 thoughts on “Bayer AG / Monsanto

    • Not sure what happened there.

      It is a GIGANTIC purchase if it goes through. I think several Govt bodies will be extremely focused on this deal to see if they actually want it to go ahead.

      Tristan

      Like

      • Yes it realy is Gigantic. Bayer is not much bigger than Monsanto (still one of the biggest companies in the DAX).
        Government interventions are almost always a factor at M&A (see Staples/OfficeDepot). This will be a interesting case.

        greetings

        Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s