February 28, 2018
Fiscal 2017:

Bayer: business at prior-year level - on track with strategy

Group sales increased by 1.5 percent (Fx & portfolio adj.) to 35.015 billion euros / Another record year for Pharmaceuticals / Weak business development at Consumer Health / Crop Science business down against prior year due to situation in Brazil - measures taking effect / EBITDA before special items level year on year at 9.288 billion euros / Net income raised by 61.9 percent to 7.336 billion euros / Core earnings per share increased by 1.0 percent to 6.74 euros / Covestro deconsolidated - additional cash inflows of 4.7 billion euros / Monsanto acquisition expected to close in second quarter of 2018 / Group outlook for 2018: increase in sales (Fx & portfolio adj.), EBITDA before special items and core earnings per share at prior-year level due to currency effects
Leverkusen, February 28, 2018 - In 2017, Bayer's operational business was at
the prior-year level. The company made good progress strategically. "We took
major steps toward the proposed acquisition of Monsanto," Management Board
Chairman Werner Baumann said on Wednesday at the Financial News Conference in
Leverkusen. Pharmaceuticals achieved another record year in business
operations. Sales and earnings declined at both Consumer Health and Crop
Science - in the latter case, however, this development was attributable to the
difficult situation in Brazil. Animal Health posted an increase in sales and
earnings. "We remain focused on our objectives and are convinced of our
long-term perspective. We therefore have every reason to look to the future
with optimism," said Baumann.

Bayer received further approvals last year for the proposed acquisition of
Monsanto. "Only recently, the Brazilian antitrust authorities gave the green
light. That is an important milestone on the road to closing this transaction.
After all, Brazil is one of the world's most important agricultural markets,"
Baumann said. Overall, more than half of the around 30 authorities worldwide
have now approved the acquisition. Although Bayer is continuing to cooperate
closely with the institutions involved, it is becoming evident that the
examination procedures will require more time. "Our goal now is to be able to
close the transaction in the second quarter of 2018," Baumann explained. "This
does not affect our expectation of a successful conclusion to the regulatory
review, nor our conviction that this is the right step."

Of importance last year in connection with the proposed acquisition of Monsanto
and the associated merger control proceedings was the contractual agreement to
sell certain Crop Science businesses to BASF. "We have now also committed to
divest our entire vegetable seed business. Certain additional business
activities of Bayer and Monsanto may also be sold or out-licensed," Baumann
said. Thus Bayer is actively addressing observations expressed by antitrust
authorities. Any sales and licenses would be subject to a successful closing of
the proposed acquisition of Monsanto, which remains subject to customary
closing conditions, including receipt of required regulatory approvals.

According to Baumann, the company last year took a big step toward its goal of
achieving full separation from Covestro in the medium term by selling
approximately 36 percent of the interest in that company for 4.7 billion euros.
Bayer ceded de facto control of Covestro and deconsolidated the company at the
end of September. Bayer's direct interest in Covestro currently amounts to 14.2
percent. Another 8.9 percent is held by Bayer Pension Trust.

"Operationally, 2017 was a year of ups and downs," said the Bayer CEO. Sales of
the Bayer Group rose by 1.5 percent on a currency- and portfolio-adjusted basis
(Fx & portfolio adj.) (reported: 0.2 percent) to 35.015 billion euros. At 9.288
billion euros, EBITDA before special items was level with the previous year
despite negative currency effects. EBIT rose by 2.9 percent to 5.903 billion
euros after special charges of 1.227 billion euros (2016: 1.088 billion euros).
The special charges comprised mainly impairment losses on intangible assets,
expenses in connection with the proposed acquisition of Monsanto and efficiency
improvement programs, and provisions for litigations and legal risks. EBIT
before special items increased by 4.5 percent to 7.130 billion euros. Net
income increased by 61.9 percent to 7.336 billion euros and core earnings per
share from continuing operations by 1.0 percent to 6.74 euros.

Operating cash flow from continuing operations climbed by 2.7 percent to 6.611
billion euros. "We are pleased that we were able to substantially reduce our
net financial debt in 2017," said Chief Financial Officer Johannes Dietsch. Net
financial debt declined by 69.5 percent to 3.595 billion euros. There were cash
inflows from operating activities and from the sale of Covestro shares. "We are
therefore in a good position for the pending financing activities connected
with the proposed acquisition of Monsanto," said Dietsch.

Pharmaceuticals: Earnings growth stronger than sales increase

Sales of prescription medicines (Pharmaceuticals) increased by 4.3 percent (Fx
& portfolio adj.) to 16.847 billion euros - a new record. "The success of the
division was once again driven by our key growth products," said Baumann. Total
sales of the anticoagulant Xarelto™, the eye medicine Eylea™, the cancer drugs
Stivarga™ and Xofigo™ and the pulmonary hypertension treatment Adempas™
advanced by 16.3 percent (Fx adj.) to 6.196 billion euros. The development in
sales of Xofigo™ was particularly strong at 25.6 percent (Fx adj.), due mainly
to its market launch in Japan in 2016 and to higher demand in the United
States. Business with Xarelto™ expanded by 13.9 percent (Fx adj.), primarily on
account of higher volumes in Europe, Japan and China. Bayer also posted gains
for its license revenues - recognized as sales - in the United States, where
Xarelto™ is marketed by a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. Sales of Eylea™
climbed by 18.5 percent (Fx adj.), due especially to expanded volumes in
Europe, Canada and Japan.

Among the other leading pharmaceutical products, the hormone-releasing
intrauterine devices of the Mirena™ product family posted sales growth of 9.2
percent (Fx adj.), benefiting from higher volumes of the low-dose intrauterine
device Kyleena™, particularly in the United States and Europe. Marked sales
gains were also achieved with Aspirin™ Cardio for the secondary prevention of
heart attacks (Fx adj. 10.5 percent) and the diabetes treatment Glucobay™ (Fx
adj. 13.0 percent), mainly as a result of a continued positive business
performance in China. Sales of the Kogenate™/Kovaltry™ blood-clotting medicines
were down by 15.9 percent (Fx adj.) due to lower order volumes being placed for
the active ingredient by a distribution partner ahead of the planned contract
termination at the end of the year. Adjusted for this development, sales of
this product were at the prior-year level.

EBITDA before special items of Pharmaceuticals increased by 8.8 percent to
5.711 billion euros. Growth was mainly driven by higher volumes. By contrast,
negative currency effects diminished earnings by 98 million euros.

Sales and earnings of Consumer Health down

Sales of self-care products (Consumer Health) declined by 1.7 percent (Fx and
portfolio adj.) to 5.862 billion euros. "This was due to persistently weak
business development in the United States," said Baumann. Furthermore, the
Chinese authorities unexpectedly changed the legal status of two of Bayer's
medicated skincare brands from OTC to prescription, which led to sales declines
in the fourth quarter of 2017. By contrast, business expanded slightly in
Europe/Middle East/Africa, while sales in Latin America came in at the
prior-year level (Fx adj.).

Business with the Bepanthen™ / Bepanthol™ wound and skin care products expanded
by 6.6 percent (Fx adj.), with gratifying sales gains particularly in
Europe/Middle East/Africa, and especially in Germany. Sales of the Canesten™
skin and intimate health products grew by 3.5 percent (Fx adj.), in a
development that was mainly attributable to a positive business performance in
China and the United Kingdom. There was a substantial 7.9 percent (Fx adj.)
decline in sales of the analgesic Aleve™, which had benefited in 2016 from a
product line extension and faced intense competition in the United States in

EBITDA before special items of Consumer Health declined by 12.8 percent to
1.231 billion euros. This was largely due to lower volumes, in part as a
consequence of the reverse switch in China and the associated EBITDA effect of
around 50 million euros. Earnings were also held back by a higher cost of goods
sold, primarily as a result of inventory impairments, as well as by currency
effects of 25 million euros and higher selling expenses. Positive contributions
came from one-time gains, including particularly 80 million euros from the
divestment of noncore brands.

Crop Science held back by situation in Brazil

Sales in the agriculture business (Crop Science) moved back by 2.2 percent (Fx
& portfolio adj.) to 9.577 billion euros. This was mainly due to the situation
in the Brazilian crop protection business, where volumes were held back by
unexpectedly high inventories in the market. "We have initiated a number of
measures to normalize this situation. For example, we took back crop protection
products from our distribution partners and concluded new agreements at amended
terms," said Baumann. "We are now seeing that these measures are taking
effect." When the Brazilian business is excluded, sales of Crop Science rose by
3.0 percent (Fx & portfolio adj.). Sales declined by 18.0 percent (Fx adj.) in
Latin America but grew strongest, by 5.8 percent (Fx adj.), in North America,
followed by Asia/Pacific and Europe/Middle East/Africa.

The Seeds business (seed and plant traits) posted positive development, with
sales gains of 9.1 percent (Fx & portfolio adj.). Environmental Science, the
business with products for nonagricultural applications, saw sales increase by
an even more substantial 14.0 percent (Fx & portfolio adj.). By contrast, there
was a decline of 5.3 percent (Fx & portfolio adj.) at Crop Protection.
Fungicides (Fx & portfolio adj.: minus 9.9 percent) and Insecticides (Fx &
portfolio adj.: minus 6.1 percent) saw disproportionate declines in sales -
unlike Herbicides and SeedGrowth (seed treatment products), where the declines
were much less marked at 1.6 and 0.3 percent (Fx & portfolio adj.),

EBITDA before special items of Crop Science declined by 15.6 percent to 2.043
billion euros. This decline is largely attributable to the situation in Brazil,
which resulted in lower selling prices and volumes. Negative currency effects
of 63 million euros were an additional factor.

Animal Health posts gains in Asia/Pacific and North America

Sales of Animal Health increased by 2.0 percent (Fx and portfolio adj.) to
1.571 billion euros. Business in the Asia/Pacific region developed especially
positively due to higher demand and price increases. Sales also grew in North
America. The Seresto™ flea and tick collar posted continued strong growth of
25.1 percent (Fx adj.). Sales of the Advantage™ family of flea, tick and worm
control products decreased by 7.8 percent (Fx adj.) year on year. EBITDA before
special items rose by 9.2 percent to 381 million euros. Price increases, the
Cydectin™ business acquired by Bayer in January 2017 and lower selling expenses
had a positive impact on earnings.

Core earnings per share increased in the fourth quarter of 2017

Sales of the Bayer Group in the fourth quarter of 2017 rose by 2.7 percent (Fx
& portfolio adj.), to 8.596 billion euros. EBITDA before special items declined
by 1.3 percent to 1.783 billion euros. By contrast, EBIT climbed by 6.7 percent
to 625 million euros. Net income fell by 67.3 percent to 148 million euros.
This included a negative special effect of 455 million euros that relates to
the tax reform in the United States. By contrast, core earnings per share from
continuing operations improved by 28.2 percent to 1.41 euros.

Sales and earnings in 2018 expected to be at the prior-year level despite
currency losses

Based on the exchange rates as of December 31, 2017, Bayer expects sales of
around 35 billion euros for 2018. Sales, EBITDA before special items and core
earnings per share are expected to be at the prior-year level. On a currency-
and portfolio-adjusted basis, Bayer expects sales to increase by a low- to
mid-single-digit percentage, while EBITDA before special items and core
earnings per share from continuing operations are each predicted to grow by a
mid-single-digit percentage after adjusting for currency effects. The forecast
takes into account temporary supply interruptions due to remediation measures
in production. Bayer expects the impact on adjusted EBITDA to be about 300
million euros. The largest proportion of this amount is related to the
Pharmaceuticals Division and a minor part to the Consumer Health Division.

For Pharmaceuticals, Bayer plans to generate sales of more than 16.5 billion
euros. This corresponds to a low-single-digit percentage increase on a
currency- and portfolio-adjusted basis. The division aims to raise sales of the
key growth products Xarelto™, Eylea™, Stivarga™, Xofigo™ and Adempas™ toward 7
billion euros. Bayer expects EBITDA before special items to decline by a
low-single-digit percentage (Fx adj.: increase by a low-single-digit
percentage) and anticipates a slight decline in the EBITDA margin before
special items.

At Consumer Health, Bayer expects sales of more than 5.5 billion euros, which
would be at the prior-year level on a currency- and portfolio-adjusted basis.
Bayer expects EBITDA before special items to decline by a low-single-digit
percentage (Fx adj.: increase by a low-single-digit percentage).

For Crop Science, Bayer sees sales coming in at more than 9.5 billion euros.
This corresponds to a mid-single-digit percentage increase on a currency- and
portfolio-adjusted basis. Bayer expects to increase EBITDA before special items
by a mid- to high-single-digit percentage (Fx adj.: mid-teens percentage

At Animal Health, Bayer expects a currency- and portfolio-adjusted increase in
sales by a low-single-digit percentage. The company expects EBITDA before
special items to decline by a mid-single-digit percentage (Fx adj.: at the
prior-year level). Both sales and EBITDA before special items are negatively
impacted by revised financial reporting standards (IFRS 15).

Through the expected acquisition of Monsanto in the second quarter of 2018,
Bayer anticipates a significant increase in sales and EBITDA before special
items. Based on current assumptions about the equity and financing measures to
be undertaken, Bayer expects a moderate decline in core earnings per share. For
the first full year following the acquisition, Bayer continues to expect a
significant increase in sales and EBITDA before special items, and an increase
in core earnings per share.


Below you will find tables containing the key data of the Bayer Group and its
segments for the full year and the fourth quarter of 2017.

The complete Annual Report 2017 is available on the Internet at

Supplementary material at www.investor.bayer.com includes:
- Live webcast of the Financial News Conference from approx. 10:00 a.m. CET
- Presentation charts for the Investor Conference Call at 12:00 noon CET
- Live webcast of the Investor Conference Call from approx. 2:00 p.m. CET
- Recording of the Investor Conference Call from approx. 6:00 p.m. CET

Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward-Looking Information
Certain statements contained in this communication may constitute "forward-
looking statements." Actual results could differ materially from those
projected or forecast in the
Forward-looking statements
. The factors that could
cause actual results to differ materially include the following: uncertainties
as to the timing of the transaction; the possibility that the parties may be
unable to achieve expected synergies and operating efficiencies in the merger
within the expected time-frames or at all and to successfully integrate
Monsanto's operations into those of Bayer; such integration may be more
difficult, time-consuming or costly than expected; revenues following the
transaction may be lower than expected; operating costs, customer loss and
business disruption (including, without limitation, difficulties in maintaining
relationships with employees, customers, clients or suppliers) may be greater
than expected following the announcement of the transaction; the retention of
certain key employees at Monsanto; risks associated with the disruption of
management's attention from ongoing business operations due to the transaction;
the conditions to the completion of the transaction may not be satisfied, or
the regulatory approvals required for the transaction may not be obtained on
the terms expected or on the anticipated schedule; the parties' ability to meet
expectations regarding the timing, completion and accounting and tax treatments
of the merger; the impact of the refinancing of the loans taken out for the
transaction, the impact of indebtedness incurred by Bayer in connection with
the transaction and the potential impact on the rating of indebtedness of
Bayer; the effects of the business combination of Bayer and Monsanto, including
the combined company's future financial condition, operating results, strategy
and plans; other factors detailed in Monsanto's Annual Report on Form 10-K
filed with the SEC for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2017 and Monsanto's
other filings with the SEC, which are available at http://www.sec.gov and on
Monsanto's website at www.monsanto.com; and other factors discussed in Bayer's
public reports which are available on the Bayer website at www.bayer.com. Bayer
and Monsanto assume no obligation to update the information in this
communication, except as otherwise required by law. Readers are cautioned not
to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as
of the date.