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MONSANTO ISSUES STATEMENT ON ITS PROPOSED ACQUISITION OF SYNGENTA
Source: Monsanto news release

In response to Syngenta's [VTX: SYNN] announcement this morning, Monsanto Company [NYSE:MON] today confirmed that it had made a private proposal to Syngenta's Board of Directors to acquire Syngenta for 449.00 CHF per share.

The proposal contemplates consideration of approximately 45% cash and would provide Syngenta shareholders with a very attractive premium and significant further value creation through ongoing ownership in the combined company.

Monsanto has long respected and followed Syngenta's business and believes combining the two companies would deliver significant value to all stakeholders, including shareholders.

Creating a new company from the combination of Syngenta's strengths and leadership in crop protection chemicals and Monsanto's leadership in seeds, traits and information technology would form an integrated global leader in agriculture with comprehensive and complementary product portfolios, and an Ag-focused organization with enhanced abilities to develop and accelerate innovative solutions for growers.

Monsanto believes the combined company would be uniquely positioned to deliver a comprehensive suite of integrated solutions to farmers around the world and to accelerate technological innovation through precision agriculture and advanced research and development capabilities aimed at increasing the world's food supply in a sustainable fashion.

Monsanto believes a combination would deliver significant value to shareholders of both companies. The combination is expected to result in substantial synergies as the company delivers more integrated solutions to customers.

Monsanto, in conjunction with its financial and legal advisors, has devoted significant time and resources to analyzing a potential combination of Syngenta and Monsanto and is confident in its ability to obtain all necessary regulatory approvals.

Monsanto does not intend to make any additional comments on this matter at this time.

About Monsanto Company

Monsanto is committed to bringing a broad range of solutions to help nourish our growing world. We produce seeds for fruits, vegetables and key crops - such as corn, soybeans, and cotton - that help farmers have better harvests while using water and other important resources more efficiently. We work to find sustainable solutions for soil health, help farmers use data to improve farming practices and conserve natural resources, and provide crop protection products to minimize damage from pests and disease. Through programs and partnerships, we collaborate with farmers, researchers, nonprofit organizations, universities and others to help tackle some of the world's biggest challenges. To learn more about Monsanto, our commitments and our more than 20,000 dedicated employees, please visit: discover.monsanto.com and monsanto.com.

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