|Bayer Corporation (BAY)
|Bayer Corporation Graph source Edgar Online Pro on April 20th, 2006
The Following data is sourced from Yahoo Finance & the ANNUAL REPORT ON FORM 20-F For the Year Ended December 31, 2005 . The overview of the company was:
Bayer AG offers pharmaceuticals, diagnostics and health care products, agricultural products, and polymers. It operates in three groups: HealthCare, CropScience, and MaterialScience. The HealthCare group engages in the development, production, and marketing of prescription pharmaceuticals and biological products; over-the-counter medications and nutritional supplements; diagnostic products for laboratory testing, near-patient testing, and self-testing applications; and veterinary medicines, nutritionals, and grooming products for companion animals and livestock. The CropScience group develops and markets a portfolio of fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, and seed treatment products; and a range of products for the green industry, garden care, nonagricultural pest and weed control and conventional seeds, and plant biotechnology industries. The MaterialScience group primarily develops, manufactures, and markets plastic granules, methylcellulose, metallic and ceramic powders, and semifinished products; and polyurethanes, as well as coating and adhesive raw materials and basic inorganic chemicals. The company distributes its products through distributors, governmental agencies, wholesalers, pharmacies, and hospitals, as well as directly to patients in Europe, North America, Asia/Pacific, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East. Bayer AG, formerly known as Farbenfabriken Bayer AG, was founded in 1863 and is headquartered in Leverkusen, Germany.
Highlights of Risks Related to Our (BAY) Business
For further detail please review the 20 F Form in detail.
1. Cyclicality may reduce our operating margins or cause operating losses.
2. Failure to develop new products and production technologies may harm our competitive position.
3. Regulatory controls and changes in public policy may reduce the profitability of new or current products.
4. Our operating margins may decrease if we are not be able to pass increased raw material prices on to customers or if prices for our products decrease faster than raw material prices.
5. Shortages or disruptions of supplies to customers due to unplanned capacity decreases or shutdowns of production plants may reduce sales.
6. Litigation and administrative claims could harm our operating results and cash flows.
7. Competition from generic pharmaceuticals after patent expiration may reduce market share and sales revenue.
8. The loss of patent protection or ineffective patent protection for marketed products may result in loss of sales to competing products.
9. Failure to compete successfully or weak performance by our marketing partners may reduce our operating results.
10. Our transactions relating to LANXESS expose us to continuing liability.
11. Risks from the handling of hazardous materials could negatively impact our operating results.
12. Environmental liabilities and compliance costs may have a significant negative effect on our operating results
13. Existing insurance coverage may turn out to be inadequate.
14. Significant fluctuations in exchange rates affect our financial results.
15. Negative developments affecting capital markets may make additional contributions to our pension funds necessary and changes in the yield assumptions could have an impact on the valuation of liabilities.
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