The trend toward global consolidations in the agro-chemical industry is being confirmed by a new toxic marriage that took place after months of discussions. The German giant Bayer has acquired the U.S. multinational Monsanto, setting a new record of a merger-acquisition.
This is the largest merger for a German company, even bigger than the Daimler-Chrysler merger in 1998, and, after the DuPont-Dow Chemical merger, it is the latest example in the industry. Bayer offered $66 billion (€59 billion) for control of Monsanto, which would create a monopolistic enterprise with $23 billion in revenue.
It is a marriage between the largest manufacturer of pesticides, Bayer, accused of culpability in the die-offs of bees worldwide, and the world leader in genetically modified seeds, Monsanto, which also produces Roundup, the herbicide that became the symbol of the predation of money on agriculture. Thus, Bayer enters the U.S. market spending billions. And it can afford it, because in the world of finance, money is plentiful, interest rates are very low and commodity prices are falling, thus helping the appetites.