Web Date: March 7, 2016
BASF considering bid for DuPont
BASF is reportedly considering a bid for DuPont to rival the merger of equals that Dow Chemical and DuPont agreed to in December.
According a Bloomberg report published on Friday March 4 and citing “people with knowledge of the matter,” the German chemical giant is working with investment banks to craft a potential offer. BASF, the article states, has made no formal approach to DuPont management.
DuPont and BASF representatives both say they will not comment on “rumors or speculation.”
Dow and DuPont announced their merger, worth $130 billion based on their combined stock prices, on Dec. 11. The companies plan to combine later this year, shed about $3 billion in costs, and then split into three separate firms involved in agriculture, polymers, and specialty chemicals.
Of the three, the agriculture company will feature the most integration between Dow and DuPont. In recent deal motivated by agriculture, last month, ChemChina agreed to purchase Swiss agricultural chemical and seed supplier Syngenta for $43 billion. Syngenta fended off a hostile bid from Monsanto last year.
BASF’s agriculture unit is smaller than Dow’s or DuPont’s, and unlike those of its rivals, it has no significant seed business.
BASF may have been in the hunt for DuPont’s agriculture business since last fall. According to a prospectus filed last week for the Dow-DuPont merger, DuPont CEO Ed Breen met in New Jersey on Nov. 25 with the chairman of a large, publicly traded chemical company. BASF is the only chemical company other than Dow with the wherewithal to purchase DuPont or its agriculture business.
In a meeting later that day, the unnamed chemical company’s representatives floated the idea of a cash purchase of DuPont’s agriculture businesses as well as other transactions.
On Dec. 10, the day before the Dow-DuPont deal was formally announced, the chairman of the unnamed chemical company wrote to Breen proposing that the two firms enter discussions for a “combination transaction.”
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