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ChemChina Met With Syngenta To Discuss Bid, New Report Says

ChemChina Met With Syngenta To Discuss Bid, New Report Says
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It appears as if China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina) continues to move ahead with a takeover plan for Syngenta AG (NYSE: SYT), following Chairman Ren Jianxin's meeting with the company in Europe last week, Bloomberg reports.

If completed the chemical combination would be set to rival a merger between Dow Chemical Co. (NYSE: DOW) and DuPont Co. (NYSE: DD), unveiled last week.

According to Bloomberg, ChemChina is in the process of discussing a revised proposal to acquire Syngenta. The company's initial cash offer of $42 billion was rejected on November 12.

A source familiar with the matter told Benzinga on December 9 that ChemChina was expected to bid $44 billion for Syngenta in a deal involving the bank HSBC. Sygenta and an HSBC analyst declined to comment.

Related Link: ChemChina Expected To Bid $44 Billion For Syngenta In All-Cash Deal

What's Next?

There's no guarantee a deal will be reached between ChemChina and Syngenta. With chatter circulating Wall Street, shares of the latter are up 3 percent since December 8.

A sell-side analyst told Benzinga last week that a deal between ChemChina and Syngenta "makes sense to some extent," adding that the acquirer has a "strategic desire to capture new chemical production."

If history is to be believed, investors in this space might want to consider how a wave of consolidation would affect their portfolios.

Syngenta last traded near $75.30 on Tuesday afternoon, up nearly 1 percent on the day.

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