FRANKFURT May 8 Bayer has agreed to
divest its Liberty herbicide and Liberty Link-branded seeds
businesses across the globe to win antitrust approval for its
planned merger with Monsanto, it said on Monday.
The conditions were imposed by South Africa's Competition
Commission on Sunday and agreed by Bayer.
"Bayer has agreed to these conditions and is evaluating how
best to execute the imposed divestiture," the German group said
in its statement.
While South Africa is a relatively small market for the two
global agricultural supplies giants, the move marks the first
time for Bayer to acknowledge it has to sell the two related
Liberty brands, which compete with Monsanto's Roundup weed
killer and Roundup Ready seeds.
The planned divestitures are widely expected to be also
imposed by watchdogs in larger jurisdictions, such as the United
States and the European Union, where antitrust procedures are
"Bayer will continue working with regulators globally with a
view to receiving approval of the proposed transaction by the
end of 2017," the company added.
In March, the German drug and crop chemicals maker, together
with Monsanto, began the process of selling assets worth roughly
$2.5 billion as they seek regulatory clearance for their $66
billion merger, people close to the matter told Reuters at the
(Reporting by Ludwig Burger; Editing by Christoph Steitz)