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Monsanto Drops Its Pursuit Of Syngenta

by Michael McCoy
August 31, 2015 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 93, ISSUE 34

Monsanto says it has dropped its plan to acquire crop science rival Syngenta. Monsanto first approached Syngenta in early May with an offer worth $45 billion but was rejected by the Swiss firm. It came back in June offering a $2 billion payment if the deal didn’t go through but was again rejected. Its latest bid, made earlier this month, raised the offer by about 5%. In rejecting Monsanto yet again, Syngenta said the offer “significantly undervalued the company and was fraught with execution risk.” Both firms say they will proceed as stand-alone companies.

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