February 24, 2010

Bayer proposes dividend for 2009 of EUR 1.40 per share

Leverkusen, February 24, 2010 - Bayer AG's Supervisory Board today accepted the proposal of the Board of Management to recommend to the Annual Stockholders' Meeting on April 30, 2010, a dividend for fiscal 2009 of EUR 1.40 per share. This matches the dividend paid for 2008. "Despite the present difficult business environment, we would like to reflect our company's operational earning power and future perspectives," said Werner Wenning, Chairman of the Board of Management. Based on this proposal, the total dividend payout would amount to EUR 1.158 billion, up from EUR 1.070 billion for 2008. This increase is due to the fact that the number of shares entitled to a dividend grew from 764,343,225 to 826,947,808 upon conversion of a mandatory convertible bond in June 2009.

The Bayer Group's financial statements for 2009 will be presented and discussed at the Spring Financial News Conference on February 26, 2010.

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