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Merck KGaA to acquire Sigma-Aldrich for $17 billion

12:18 PM MDT | September 26, 2014 | —Deepti Ramesh

Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany) has reached an agreement to acquire Sigma-Aldrich (St. Louis) for $17 billion. The agreed price of $140/share represents a 37% premium to Sigma-Aldrich’s closing price on the trading day prior to the announcement and values Sigma-Aldrich at 20.1 times 2013 Ebitda. Sigma-Aldrich is a leading supplier of research chemicals, kits, and services to laboratories and pharmaceutical makers. The deal is expected to close in mid-2015. Merck says the acquisition will establish one of the leading players in the $130-billion global life...

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