August 7, 2019 / 7:15 PM / 3 months ago

Bayer, Elanco aiming to reach animal-health deal next week - Bloomberg

FILE PHOTO: A logo of Bayer AG is pictured at the so called 'Chempark', the main plant and headquarters of German pharmaceutical and chemical maker Bayer AG in Leverkusen, Germany, July 3, 2019. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen/File Photo

(Reuters) - Germany’s Bayer AG (BAYGn.DE) and U.S. drug firm Elanco Animal Health Inc (ELAN.N) aim to reach an agreement to combine their pet-health businesses as soon as next week, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

Elanco plans to pay for at least a part of the deal with its stock and any deal would likely be announced around Elanco’s earnings release next week, the report said.

Reuters reported last month that Bayer had approached Elanco to discuss the possible combination that would create an industry giant.

The German drugmaker is under pressure to raise cash and boost its share price after its $63 billion purchase of Monsanto.

Both Bayer and Elanco were not immediately available for comment.

Reporting by Debroop Roy in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur

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