Bayer will acquire the consumer care business of US-based Merck & Company as per their press release on May 6, 2014. The deal values the consumer care business of Merck at USD 14.2 billion.

Bayer has agreed to acquire the consumer care business of U.S. pharmaceutical company Merck & Co., Inc., Whitehouse Station, NJ, USA, for a purchase price of USD 14.2 billion (EUR 10.4 billion). “This acquisition marks a major milestone on our path towards global leadership in the attractive non-prescription medicines business," explained Bayer CEO Dr. Marijn Dekkers. “At the same time we are leveraging our capabilities in the cardiovascular therapeutic area.” In a related transaction, Bayer has entered into a global co-development and co-commercialization agreement with Merck & Co., Inc. in the field of soluble guanylate cyclase (sGC) modulators, for which Merck & Co., Inc. will make an up-front payment to Bayer of USD 1 billion, with substantial additional sales milestone payments.

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Bayer AG LogoThe acquisition will give Bayer the global number two position in non-prescription (over-the-counter, OTC) products following recently announced consolidations in this highly attractive and growing healthcare industry segment, and will significantly enhance Bayer’s business across multiple therapeutic categories and geographies. Merck & Co., Inc.'s consumer care business includes leading brands such as Claritin™, Coppertone™ and Dr. Scholl’s™. Pro forma sales of the combined businesses in 2013 amounted to USD 7.4 billion (EUR 5.5 billion) with Merck & Co., Inc.’s business contributing approximately USD 2.2 billion. “We are adding significant scope and earnings power to a business that is already delivering strong margins and stable cash flows,” added Dekkers. 

“With this transaction, we are acquiring leading product brands that will make Bayer the OTC leader in North America and Latin America and also move us into top global positions in key OTC product categories,” said Olivier Brandicourt, CEO of Bayer HealthCare. 

Source: Press Release by Bayer AG