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Elanco Closes $6.89B Acquisition of Bayer Animal Health

The deal significantly expands Elanco’s companion animal business.

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GREENFIELD, IN — Elanco Animal Health Inc. announced that it has closed the $6.89 billion acquisition of Bayer Animal Health.

“Nearly two years into our journey as an independent company, we have made significant progress in creating a purpose-driven, independent global company dedicated to animal health – all while weathering the century’s most significant animal and human health pandemics: African Swine Fever and COVID-19,” said Jeff Simmons, president and CEO of Elanco (NYSE: ELAN). “Delivering on the timely close of the acquisition and bringing momentum into Day 1 in this challenging environment underscores the deep capability and disciplined execution from both companies.”

The combination of Elanco and Bayer Animal Health “joins Elanco’s existing strong relationship with the veterinarian with Bayer Animal Health’s focus in retail and online in order to create an omni-channel leader best positioned to serve veterinarians and pet owners where they want to shop,” according to a press release.

The combined company is expected to generate significant operating cash flow as a result of the durable industry and resilient portfolios. While the timing of achieving goals from the deal announcement has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the company still expects to deliver $275 million to $300 million in synergies by 2025.

Elanco has completed the required anti-trust divestures that had been previously announced. The divested products had 2019 revenue in the range of $120 million to $140 million.

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