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Syngenta Crop Protection acquires biologicals company Valagro

Swiss agrichemicals company Syngenta Group announced that its subsidiary Syngenta Crop Protection has acquired biologicals group Valagro.

The financial details of the transaction have not been disclosed by the company.

With 40 years of experience as an innovation pioneer in the field of Biologicals, Valagro will continue to operate as an independent company in the market.

Through the acquisition, Syngenta’s subsidiary is expected to be positioned as one of the global companies poised to shape the growing Biologicals market that is set to be doubled in size in the next five years.

The company said that the deal is in line with its strategy to provide extra complementary products and technology choices to the farmers to care for their crops by managing resistance, enhancing soil health, reducing residues in crops, and addressing consumer demands. 

/Source: NS AGRICULTURE/

Oct. 9, 2020


Noble Energy shareholders approve merger with Chevron

Noble Energy shareholders have approved the $13 billion merger with Chevron Corp., Kallanish Energy reports.

The approval “marks an important milestone on the path to becoming part of an even stronger global energy platform. We thank ourt shareholders and other stakeholders for recognizing the many benefits that will be realized and the significant value that will be created through this combination,” he said.

The company said the final vote totals will be filed soon with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

With the Noble approval complete, the merger is expected to close early in the fourth quarter 2020, the companies said.

Last July, Chevron announced it was acquiring Noble Energy in a $5 billion all-stock deal that totals $13 billion with debt.

The deal boosts Chevron in the eastern Mediterranean with offshore natural gas assets in Israel and adds to its U.S. shale holdings in the DJ Basin in Colorado and Wyoming and the Permian ...

Oct. 5, 2020


Japan plans to build a hydrogen fuel plant on the moon

In Japan, they are considering the possibility of building a plant on the lunar surface where the production of hydrogen fuel will be carried out. The project is planned to be implemented by 2035.

These plans were announced by representatives of the JAXA agency. According to the plans of specialists, a factory may appear in the region of the south pole of the Earth's satellite, where ice deposits are concentrated. It is the latter that will serve for the production of fuel, hydrogen and oxygen. H2 will act as fuel for movement on the lunar surface and for some similar purposes. It is assumed that through the implementation of the project, it will be possible to significantly reduce the cost of transporting fuel from the Earth, contributing to more active space exploration.

In recent years, Tokyo has been actively cooperating in this direction with the United States. The countries have agreed ...

Sept. 30, 2020


The global M&A market in 2020 is approaching to $ 2 trillion

According to the Investor`s news, in 2020, the volume of transactions worldwide mergers and acquisitions (M & A) totaled $ 1.97 trillion.

The publication noted that major transactions between IT-companies account for almost one fifth of the total.

According to the global data provider and stock market infrastructure Refinitiv, the volume of the deals of technology companies is 17.8% of the total, or $ 351.4 billion. This level is now the highest since the dotcom boom of 2000.

The leadership of the IT sector in the M&A market shows the significant impact of the coronavirus crisis – mass transition of all those who found themselves in isolation to online platforms for shopping, work, study, medical consultations and communication. This is likely to contribute to the fact that some of these changes may become permanent.

In second place – financial companies with transactions amounting to $ 283.8 billion, or 14% of total.

Amenably to analytical data ...

Sept. 24, 2020


Immunomedics shares double after Gilead agrees to buy the cancer drugmaker in $21 billion deal

Gilead Sciences will acquire biotech company Immunomedics in a $21 billion deal that will expand Gilead’s availability of cancer treatments, the companies announced on Sunday. 

The deal will provide Gilead access to the drug Trodelvy, a Food and Drug Administration-approved treatment for metastatic triple-negative breast cancer.

Gilead said it will acquire Immunomedics for $88 per share in cash. The offer will be funded through about $15 billion in cash on hand and $6 billion in newly issued debt. The transaction is anticipated to close in the fourth quarter of 2020, according to the statement. 

Immunomedics has a market value of roughly $10 billion after the company’s shares nearly doubled this year. 

The deal comes as Gilead’s hepatitis C business has struggled in recent years and its overall sales have fallen as the coronavirus pandemic weakens demand for some drugs. Gilead’s sales fell 10% during the second quarter to $5.1 billion.

/Source: CNBC/

Sept. 21, 2020


Nestle will invest $ 30 million in the disposal and recycling of plastic waste

This year the company Nestle has established a venture fund package for $ 260 million, but it is just a part of a wider initiative of $ 2.1 billion for abandonment of primary plastic.

Two years ago, Nestle that will make all its packaging suitable for recycling or re-use and intends to reduce the use of primary plastic by one third to 2025.

For example, in 2018 Nestle has used 1.7 million metric tons of the plastic packaging. Currently, the company consumes an average of only 2% of recycled plastic worldwide. In general, slightly more is used for underwater bottles that contain 5% of the recycled plastic.

Nestle intends to use the investment in Closed Loop, to ensure the supply of environmentally friendly packaging, as the demand for recycled plastics for food increases.

The fund of the Closed Loop Partners aims to increase the level of recycling of the plastic waste in the United ...

Sept. 16, 2020


The six biggest tech stocks have lost more than $1 trillion in value in three days

The six biggest tech stocks have lost over $ 1 trillion in the past three days alone, but that’s really just a dent from a huge rally that peaked last week.

Apple, which reached a market cap of $ 2 trillion on August 19, is down about $ 325 billion during that time. Microsoft fell $ 219 billion, Amazon fell $ 191 billion, Alphabet fell $ 135 billion and Tesla, which fell 21% on Tuesday to mark its worst single-day loss in history, lost 109 billion dollars in the past three days. Finally, Facebook lost $ 89 billion.

Despite the huge numbers, it’s worth keeping in perspective given the massive increase in the value of tech giants this year.

At the start of 2020, the six biggest tech companies were worth around $ 5 trillion. On Wednesday, September 2, they peaked at a value of $ 8.2 trillion. After Tuesday’s close, they have ...

Sept. 11, 2020


Worksport to launch foldable solar panel cover for pickup trucks

Worksport has announced the global launch of a tonneau cover that generates electricity with solar energy to electrify conventional trucks and soon provide a meaningful charge for forthcoming electric pickups and other light trucks.

The add-on solar accessory named TerraVis is a highly advanced fusion of solar engineering, technology, and design for light duty pickup trucks, the top selling vehicles in North America, the company said in a release.

TerraVis will provide users with a customized user experience, allowing the ability to do more with the truck while providing a meaningful energy source with no carbon footprint, the Toronto-based company said.

In the near future, the new Worksport site will also utilize a proprietary revenue-centric backend system where Worksport customers can place and manage orders, as well as track shipments, and pay account balances. This technology will place Worksport in a key position as an advanced vertically integrated, connected, and accessible manufacturing brand. ...

Sept. 7, 2020


Companies leverage bond demand to shore up finances

When Apple issued $5.5 billion in bonds in mid-August, it was just the latest big company to take advantage of low interest rates to raise capital to buy back stock and pay dividends. Google, Amazon and other tech giants were in the bond market last month for that reason, too.

Apple issued four sets of bonds, with the longest maturity bond, at 40 years, yielding 118 basis points over Treasuries, making it an extremely cost-effective capital raise. At spreads of 108 and 130 basis points over Treasuries, respectively, Google and Amazon also benefited from similarly low rates. 

Outside of Silicon Valley, though, the rush to sell bonds is for far more workaday reasons.

Many companies tapped their revolving credit facilities in the spring to ensure they had cash to get through the pandemic. Now they're issuing bonds to raise capital to replenish those lines and keep money available to counter any economic headwinds ...

Sept. 2, 2020


LEVER VC FUND I announces first close as $23M, debuts portfolio of 10 alternative protein startups

Lever VC, an early stage alternative protein investor, announced the completion of a first close for Lever VC Fund I at $23 million. 

Partners Nick Cooney and Lawrence Chu have been investing in the alternative protein space since 2015, and have venture partners in the U.S., UK, France, Israel, India, Hong Kong, mainland China, and Singapore. With this experience and network behind them, the team has built out a portfolio that currently stands at 10 cutting-edge, global alternative protein investments across the U.S. Asia, and Europe.

“We decided to invest in alternative protein in 2018, and started approaching a few VCs,” said Benny Pei, Lever VC Partner and CIO of Lever VC GP DFP Capital. “We were most impressed with the Lever VC founders’ long investment experience and track record in this exciting field, so we joined them to start strategically deploying assets in this fast-growing global sector.”

By 2050, the dietary needs ...

Aug. 28, 2020