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Tender Offer Successful: Bayer Acquires Majority Interest In Conceptus

LEVERKUSEN, Germany and WAYNE, N.J., June 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Bayer Group has successfully completed its tender offer for the outstanding shares of Conceptus, Inc., Mountain View, California (NASDAQ: CPTS). As of the expiration of the offer period last night, 31,983,536 shares were validly tendered and not withdrawn in the tender offer, representing approximately 96.4 percent of the currently outstanding shares – including 2,198,177 shares delivered through notices of guaranteed delivery, representing approximately 6.6 percent of the currently outstanding shares. Bayer has accepted for payment all shares validly tendered into and not withdrawn from the tender offer and will promptly make payment for such shares.

"We are pleased with Conceptus stockholders' positive response to our offer. It demonstrates the outstanding perspectives opened up by this acquisition project," said Dr. Marijn Dekkers, CEO of Bayer AG.

Bayer currently intends to exercise its "top-up" option, pursuant to which Conceptus will issue a number of shares to Bayer (at a price per share equal to the offer price) that will result in Bayer owning over 90 percent of the outstanding shares, enabling it to gain full ownership of Conceptus without convening a general meeting of Conceptus stockholders.

As a result of the purchase of shares in the tender offer, a merger between Conceptus and a Bayer subsidiary is planned to be effected imminently, giving Bayer full ownership of Conceptus. Each outstanding share of common stock of Conceptus will be canceled and converted into the right to receive US$31 per share in cash, i.e. the same consideration received by holders who tendered their shares into the tender offer.

The total value of the transaction amounts to approximately US$1.1 billion (equivalent to EUR 852 million).

Conceptus has developed Essure®, the only non-surgical permanent birth control method, which it markets in the U.S. and other countries. Following the acquisition, Bayer will be able to offer an even broader range of short-term, long-term and permanent contraceptive choices for women.

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