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ChemChina extends deal for takeover

STATE-OWNED China National Chemical Corp said yesterday it was extending its US$43 billion agreed takeover for Swiss pesticide and seed giant Syngenta until November.

The company, also known as ChemChina, said the offer for all Syngenta’s shares in what would be by far the biggest-ever overseas acquisition by a Chinese firm was now open until at least November 8.

“As previously stated, extensions to the tender offers are expected to occur until all conditions to the offers are satisfied, including obtaining all applicable regulatory approvals,” ChemChina said in a statement.

The offer for Syngenta shares, announced in February, was extended in May and July, and was due to expire next Tuesday.

“All of the other terms and conditions of the tender offers remain unchanged and ChemChina continues to expect to conclude the transaction by the end of the year,” said ChemChina.

Last month a US national security regulator approved the merger, and the companies said a number of anti-trust regulators around the world still need to approve the deal.

ChemChina said that as of last Friday nearly 17.9 million ordinary shares had been tendered under the offer. According to Syngenta’s website, the firm had more than 92.5 million registered shares as of its last annual general shareholders meeting in April.

Syngenta rebuffed US rival Monsanto three times last year before the company accepted the ChemChina’s offer.


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