Bayer to sell its Environmental Science Professional business to Cinven for US$ 2.6bn

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Bayer and Cinven have entered into a definitive agreement regarding the sale of Bayer’s Environmental Science Professional business for a purchase price of US$ 2.6 billion.

Rodrigo Santos, member of the board of management of Bayer AG and president of the Crop Science Division, said: “This divestment represents a very attractive purchase price and allows us to focus on our core agricultural business and the successful implementation of our Crop Science Division growth strategy.”

Environmental Science Professional is a global leader offering environmental solutions to control pests, diseases and weeds in non-agricultural areas such as vector control, professional pest management, vegetation management, forestry, and turf and ornamentals.

In 2021, the business had approximately 800 employees supporting operations and sales in more than 100 countries. It is headquartered in Cary, North Carolina, USA. Bayer announced its decision to divest the business in February 2021.

Mr Santos continued: “Driven by a shared belief in people and purpose, Cinven will enable the Environmental Science Professional business to advance towards its vision of healthy environments for everyone, everywhere.

“We are convinced by Cinven’s focus and its commitment to the long-term growth potential for the business and its people.”

The transaction is expected to close in the second half of this year.

Pontus Pettersson, partner and head of industrial at Cinven, said: “Bayer’s Environmental Science Professional business is a global leader in a highly attractive and critical industry. We thank Bayer for the trust they have placed in Cinven and plan to build on the strong foundations established by Bayer by significantly investing in it.

“As a long-established global investment firm, Cinven is well positioned to continue to drive innovation and accelerate growth at Environmental Science Professional, including the delivery of digital and data enabled solutions, as well as make the business more agile in responding to the unique needs of its markets and customers.”

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