September 18, 2014

Strategic corporate decision:

Bayer Board of Management plans to focus entirely on Life Science businesses

Leverkusen, September 18, 2014 - The Board of Management of Bayer AG plans to focus the Bayer Group entirely on the Life Science businesses - HealthCare and CropScience - and float MaterialScience on the stock market as a separate company. In this way Bayer would position itself as a world-leading company in the field of human, animal and plant health. The plans remain subject to the approval of the Supervisory Board.

The Board of Management decided this on September 2, 2014. The Supervisory Board of Bayer AG will discuss the plans at its meeting today, Thursday. It is planned to release further information when the Supervisory Board has reached its decision.

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