Bayer has big plans following Merck OTC deal

Bayer has big plans following Merck OTC deal

8 May 2014 - Deborah Wilkes

Bayer has agreed to acquire US-based Merck & Co's Consumer Care business for US$14.2 billion, and has big plans for the brands outside the US.

The German company describes the journey towards the deal, which was announced on 6 May 2014, as a "highly-contested quest for a crown jewel". In addition to making Bayer Consumer Care the world's second largest OTC player, the deal will take the business into the OTC allergy remedy category and almost double the size of its North American sales.

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The publication covers Bayer's growth strategy in consumer healthcare and the company's recent OTC acquisitions in Germany and China, as well as plans for its expanded Consumer Care business once Merck & Co's OTC brands are on board. Bayer aims to achieve revenue synergies of around US$400 million by 2017.

Around 3,000 words long, this NEWS EXTRA publication from OTCToolbox is written by OTC industry expert Deborah Wilkes. It is available to purchase and download immediately from the OTCToolbox website.

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