“Acquiring KMG’s extensive line of ectoparasiticides as well as its cattle ear tag product line nicely complements our existing product portfolio giving us the opportunity to offer more robust insecticide solutions to livestock and poultry producers.”
Products acquired in the agreement include brands such as the Patriot cattle ear tag and the Rabon and Permectrin insecticides. These products keep farm animals healthy by protecting them from pests that can spread disease. Bayer plans to explore ways to further develop the insecticides market and continue to bring new innovations to this category.
“KMG has undergone significant growth in the last five years, primarily in our electronic chemicals and wood treating chemicals businesses. As a result ofthis growth, the animal health business no longer fits with the strategic direction of the company and it is not a material contributor to our overall results,” said Neal Butler, President and CEO KMG Chemicals.
“However, we strongly believe that our Animal Health products have a promising future. We also believe that Bayer is the best company to help this business realize its potential, and provide the level of service our customers expect and deserve.”
Financial terms of the transaction are undisclosed. The agreement closing is expected to happen in the coming weeks. KMG Animal Health revenues for the last four quarters ended October 31, 2011 were $11.4 million.
For more information on Bayer HealthCare Animal Health Division visit www.animalhealth.bayerhealthcare.com.
—Bayer HealthCare LLC press release