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Monsanto’s Litany of Woes Makes It Ripe for Bayer Takeover

  • ‘It’s like they forgot to sacrifice a goat,’ analyst says
  • Amid tough market for farmers, Monsanto faces lower earnings
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Bayer Pursues Monsanto in Unsolicited $45 Billion Bid

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On any list of potential takeover targets, Monsanto Co. has to be right up near the top.

While it remains the world’s largest seed company, Monsanto has piled up a mountain of problems this year, making it more vulnerable to a offer from German competitor Bayer AG. The St. Louis-based company has cut its earnings forecast, clashed with some of the world’s largest commodity-trading companies and become locked in disputes with the governments of Argentina and India. The shares have fallen as much as 31 percent in the past 12 months.