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Dow Jones Newswires: Novozymes and Chr. Hansen agree deal to merge

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Danish biotechnology companies Novozymes AS
NZYM.B,
-12.46%

and Chr. Hansen Holding AS
CHR,
+25.53%

said Monday they have agreed to merge, creating a biological solutions provider with combined annual revenue of around 3.5 billion euros ($3.69 billion).

The companies, which produce products such as enzymes, probiotics and biopharmaceutical ingredients, said the combination between two strategically complementary businesses will drive efficiencies while unlocking potential within biosolutions and providing additional growth opportunities.

“Novozymes and Chr. Hansen share the strong conviction that our combined scale, know-how, commercial strengths, and innovation excellence will drive value for our shareholders, customers and society at large,” said Novozymes Chief Executive Ester Baiget.

The deal will see Chr. Hansen shareholders receive 1.5326 new B-shares in Novozymes for each Chr. Hansen share, reflecting an implied premium of 49% to Chr. Hansen’s closing share price on Friday and valuing each Chr. Hansen share at 660.55 Danish kroner ($93.53) a share.

Novo Holdings AS, the largest shareholder in both Novozymes and Chr. Hansen, will support the proposed merger and exchange its 22% stake in Chr. Hansen at an exchange ratio of 1.0227 new B-shares in Novozymes.

The companies said they see annual revenue synergies of EUR200 million within four years after completion of the deal.

Write to Dominic Chopping at dominic.chopping@wsj.com

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