MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. and LEVERKUSEN, Germany, April 29, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Conceptus, Inc. (Nasdaq:CPTS), developer of the Essure ® procedure, the leading surgery-free permanent birth control method, announced today that Conceptus has signed a definitive merger agreement with Bayer HealthCare LLC, Leverkusen, Germany. With this acquisition, Bayer will be able to offer a complete range of short-term, long-term and permanent contraceptive choices for women. Within the next ten business days, Bayer will launch a public tender offer to acquire all shares of common stock of Conceptus, Inc. The transaction values Conceptus, Inc. at approx. US$1.1 billion (approx. €852 million) representing US$31.00 per share in cash. Closing is subject to customary conditions, in particular anti-trust approval in the U.S., and is expected by mid-year 2013. "Bayer is committed to augmenting its organic growth with strategic bolt-on acquisitions. The acquisition of Conceptus represents an excellent fit for our HealthCare business – specifically in the United States, the world's most important health care market," said Dr. Marijn Dekkers, CEO of Bayer AG. "Both Bayer and Conceptus are focusing on innovative solutions to advance women's healthcare. Essure® completes Bayer's portfolio of long-acting intrauterine systems and short-acting oral contraceptives. Our experience in the field of gynecology combined with our sales and distribution expertise will help to further develop Conceptus' business," said Andreas Fibig, Member of the Bayer HealthCare Executive Committee and President of Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals. D. Keith Grossman, President and CEO of Conceptus, Inc., said, "Essure® has been well accepted in the market for more than ten years and demonstrated robust growth over this time. We believe that under Bayer's ownership, the Essure® product will more rapidly become the standard of care in our established markets, and will benefit in new markets from Bayer's global presence. Our customers and patients will benefit from this increased access to the benefits of Essure®."