Bayer completes acquisition of Schering AG

Bayer reported Wednesday that it completed its 16.9 billion-euro ($21.5 billion) public takeover offer for Schering AG, and now controls 92.4 percent of outstanding Schering shares. "We are still aiming to acquire the entire stock of Schering, but we are not in a hurry," stated Bayer's management board chairman, Werner Wenning.

Bayer's ownership of Schering falls short of a 95-percent threshold that would have allowed the company to force remaining shareholders to tender their stake in the company. Nonetheless, Equinet analyst Martin Possienke remarked that while "this makes the technical part of the acquisition longer and more difficult" he also added that "the integration can clearly begin," as reported in The Washington Post.

As the next step in the integration process, Bayer noted that an extraordinary meeting of Schering's shareholders will be held in September, at which a "domination and profit transfer agreement" between the two companies will be put forward for approval. Additionally, Bayer indicated that Schering's business will now be integrated into Bayer's financial reporting, and therefore the release of second-quarter results will be delayed until August 29, while the third-quarter statement will be deferred until November 27.

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