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Bayer Seen Paying Upward of $63 Billion to Acquire Monsanto

  • Analysts project offers of $120-$150 a share for seed company
  • Comparisons drawn with earnings multiple in Syngenta deal
Monsanto Co. Asgrow brand soybeans are delivered at Crop Protection Services (CPS) in Manlius, Illinois, on March 20, 2015.
Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg
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Now that Bayer AG’s bid for seed giant Monsanto Co. is out of the bag, attention has turned to how much the German company will need to pay. The value of the transaction could top $63 billion, according to some analysts tracking the situation.

So far, neither side has disclosed the terms or structure of the deal. That’s triggered speculation over how Bayer will finance what would be the largest ever takeover by a German company.