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Bayer boosted its liquidity buffer to cover the impact of the euro zone debt crisis

November 10/2011

(Reuters) - German drugs and plastics maker Bayer  has boosted its liquidity buffer to cover the impact of the euro zone debt crisis, which has left it with a significant amount of unpaid bills from clients in Italy, Spain and Portugal, its finance director was quoted as saying on Saturday. "At the moment our liquidity position is 3.8 billion euros ($5,2 billion)," Bayer's Chief Financial Officer Werner Baumann was quoted as saying by German newspaper Boersen-Zeitung.


He said that normally the company holds about 700 million euros in liquidity. Baumann expects to keep the buffer until April when the company will redeem a 2 billion euro bond.


Baumann said the company had a significant amount of unpaid bills from clients in Italy, Spain and Portugal as a result of the debt crisis in the euro zone.


Last month Bayer confirmed it expected its 2011 earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) before special items would exceed 7.5 billion euros. However, it lowered its full-year outlook for its engineering plastics and foam chemicals division.


Perspectives of development of polymer markets, pricing issues and other important aspects will be discussed at The Polymers Summit-2011, which will be held in Moscow on November 30, 2011 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. The Summit will be organized by MRC with the support of ICIS. The main idea of the Summit is to find a "the golden mean" between producers and converters. When producers receive exactly such margin of production, which helps them to invest in production expansion in order to substitute polymers imports, and the converters receive such price of feedstock that helps them to compete imported finished products. The Summit site gives an access to the live video of the Summit, speakers" presentations, as well as opportunities to ask questions or make appointments to any Summit partcipant.


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