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Monsanto Company (MON)

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  • Fri, May. 1, 7:59 AM
    • Antitrust issues regarding a potential Monsanto (NYSE:MON) and Syngenta (NYSE:SYT) combination would "not be insurmountable," Deutsche Bank analysts say, following reports late yesterday that MON again has approached SYT about a takeover.
    • Although MON is no. 1 globally in seeds and SYN is no. 3, SYT’s market share is relatively small at 8% vs. MON's 25%, the firm says; SYT's seeds business is perceived as the weak spot after recent problems in its U.S. corn business, the firm says, so the market would not see a problem if some of SYT’s seeds assets had to be divested as a prerequisite for a deal.
    • SYT +16%, MON +3.6% premarket.
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  • Thu, Apr. 30, 4:55 PM
    • Syngenta (NYSE:SYT) +12.6% AH after Bloomberg reports it has been approached by Monsanto (NYSE:MON) about a possible takeover.
    • Combined with SYT, MON would become the largest player in the world for both seeds and crop chemicals and a formidable competitor to Bayer (OTCPK:BAYZF, OTCPK:BAYRY), BASF (OTCQX:BASFY, OTCPK:BFFAF) and Dow Chemical (NYSE:DOW).
    • Reports last year had said the companies held preliminary talks with advisers about a combination before SYT management decided against negotiations.
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  • Mon, Mar. 23, 12:35 PM
    • Origin Agritech (SEED +24.5%) soars in a move attributed to a WSJ article discussing China's desire to develop a local seed company, potentially through a renewed bid for SEED, which controls the rights to China's first genetically modified corn.
    • SEED last year rejected a $60B takeover bid from China's state-backed Hunan Xindaxin but its top executives believe another attempt is coming, as China looks to find a way to can keep foreign giants such as Monsanto (NYSE:MON), DuPont (NYSE:DD) and Syngenta (NYSE:SYT) at bay while significantly increasing the country’s spending on R&D.
    • China is the world’s second largest seed market but limits foreign producers to minority stakes in joint ventures, and its domestic seed makers are too small and scattered for the government to corral in pursuit of controlling the biotechnology that underpins the competitive power of global seed manufacturers.
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  • Aug. 28, 2014, 10:43 AM
    • Syngenta (SYT -0.3%) is open to a deal, whether as an acquirer or as a target, perhaps with Dow Chemical (DOW -1.4%) or DuPont (DD +0.2%), Bloomberg speculates.
    • SYT and Monsanto (MON -0.5%) held preliminary talks with advisers earlier this year about a combination that never came to fruition, which shows SYT’s willingness to make a deal, analysts say.
    • One option discussed is a takeover of Dow’s agricultural business, which Dow is open to divesting; SYT also could merge with DuPont and then spin off the U.S. company’s non-agricultural businesses.
    • Dow may be a better candidate to use a SYT acquisition to relocate overseas for tax advantages, analysts suggest, but with the Obama administration looking at ways to discourage tax-inversion acquisitions, DuPont’s well-known brands and sales to the U.S. military may spark greater political pushback.
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  • Jun. 23, 2014, 12:44 PM
    • Monsanto (MON +0.4%) recently explored a takeover of Swiss rival Syngenta (SYT +5.1%) in a potential $40B deal that would have allowed the U.S. firm to move its tax location to Switzerland, according to a Bloomberg report.
    • The two companies held preliminary talks with advisers in recent months about a combination before SYT decided against negotiations, the report says; while talks are currently on hold, sources say the deal could be revived.
    • MON jumped to a new all-time high at $123.99, and has since pulled back to ~$122.
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  • Mar. 6, 2013, 9:15 AM
    Monsanto (MON) awards a potentially lucrative contract to distribute its crop protection products in Australia and New Zealand to China's Sinochem, a day after terminating a decade-long deal with Nufarm (NUFMF.PK). Sinochem already sells MON's Roundup brand in China and the Philippines. Meanwhile, the Australian pesticide and herbicide producer may have become an M&A target.
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  • May. 23, 2012, 7:33 AM
    Monsanto (MON) agrees to purchase privately-held Precision Planting for $210M in cash and $40M tied to a performance-based payment. The company says the purchase will help boost its technology to improve farming yields using fewer resources. (PR)
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  • Sep. 28, 2011, 11:15 AM
    Monsanto (MON -2.1%) acquires Beelogics to help shore up the company's biological research on pest control, particularly to help address the long-term well being of bees. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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  • Apr. 12, 2011, 2:55 PM
    Monsanto (MON +2.5%) shares pull back after a Reuters report suggests BASF (BASFY.PK) is not planning a bid for the company; buyout rumors had sent the stock up as much as 4%. Deutsche Bank had upgraded the shares yesterday on valuation and faith that "its strategy will drive share gains and mid-teens EPS growth over the next three years."
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Company Description
Monsanto Co is a provider of agricultural products for farmers. The Company offers corn, soybean, cotton, wheat, canola, sorghum and sugar cane seeds. Its segments are Seeds and Genomics and Agricultural Productivity.