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Environmental Science / Speciality Products

Reporting Currency: €

Environmental Science sales grew strongly by 24.1% in Q2 and by 24.8% in H1 2017. Growth was seen in all regions.

A large chunk of these sales is tender business for mosquito and black-fly vector control. Bayer is an active participant in the International Vector Control Consortium with the WHO, London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and several charities participation, such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In addition to these, Bayer also supplies competitors like BASF and Syngenta with active ingredients like fipronil and deltamethrin for their own formulations and applications in public health markets.

Regional sales are based on the extent to which vector control is a serious issue for countries having problems with malaria, filaria, zika virus, dengue, chikungunya and river blindness. The other contributors to these regions are the high-end turf and golf/landscaping markets.

Currently these are Cropnosis estimates based on a combination of turf, ornamental and other non-crop use with the added public health / vector control treatments. Sales include the recently divested business Garden and Advanced retail segments that Bayer sold to SBM Development last year. The bulk of this is in Europe and increasingly in the USA. The sales numbers will be recalculated and restated as the year progresses. Growth is mainly through Volumes 28%, price 3%, portfolio ( -8%) and currency 1.5%

Total Crop Protection and Environmental Science Regions

Reporting Currency: €

Crop protection chemicals and Environmental Science combined sales in Euro terms declined 17.3% in Q2 2017 of which: Volume -13%, price -3%, portfolio -2% currency +1%. Sales during H1 2017 declined 6.3% of which, volumes -4.3%, price -1%, portfolio -2% and currency +1%.

Prices of fungicides and herbicides were dropped to try and get rid of inventory from the previous quarter, particularly in Brazil, Europe and CIS countries, with returns exacerbating the negative performance.

Sales were driven by seed treatments and fungicides in canola, soybeans and fruit-vegetables in all regions, led by North America and Asia-Pacific, with the exception of India where there was a big decline in insecticide sales. Latin America remained weak due to lack of fungicides and insecticide sales in corn and soybeans which could not be offset by growth in herbicide sales in Argentina, European sales were also impacted by dry weather causing planting delays and reduced foliar sprays in winter and spring planted cereals, beet and oilseed rape.