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TITLE:  AgBiotech's five jumbo gene giants
        Just five survive consolidation squeeze
SOURCE: RAFI Geno-Types, http:/www.rafi.org
DATE:   January 7, 00

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AgBiotech's five jumbo gene giants
Just five survive consolidation squeeze

WARNING:  The information that appears below will expire faster
than a Flavr Savr tomato. The table is merely a snapshot as of 7
January 2000, based on pro forma sales for announced mergers.
Given current consolidation trends, this information will be out
dated soon. Please stay tuned for further updates.

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Company              Global Rankings           1998 revenues
                        by Sector             in US-$ million
                 based on 1998 revenues
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AVENTIS  =  Hoechst + Rhone Poulenc (France)

Agrochemical Ranking:      # 2                      4,675
Seed Ranking:           not ranked                    134
Pharmaceutical Ranking:    # 2                     13,650
(combined sales of Hoechst Marion Roussel and Rhone-Poulenc Rorer)
................................................................

MONSANTO  (USA) + PHARMACIA & UPJOHN  (pending - not finalized)

Agrochemical Ranking:      # 3                      4,030
Seed Ranking:              # 2                      1,800
Pharmaceutical Ranking:    # 9                      9,000
(combined sales of Pharmacia & Upjohn + Searle)
................................................................

DUPONT (USA)

Agrochemical Ranking:      # 4                      3,155
Seed Ranking:              # 1                      1,835
Pharmaceutical Ranking:    #42                      1,109
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SYNGENTA * = Novartis + AstraZeneca  (pending - not finalized)

Agrochemical Ranking:      # 1                      7,050
Seed Ranking:              # 3                      1,000
Pharmaceutical Ranking:   (pharma companies did not merge)
                           # 4 AstraZeneca         12,750
                           # 7 Novartis            11,175
................................................................

DOW CHEMICAL (USA)

Agrochemical Ranking:      # 7                      2,130
Seed Ranking:           not ranked                    162
Pharmaceutical Ranking:     N/A
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If announced mergers are consummated, five Jumbo Gene Giants will
control 68% of the global agrochemical market and over 20% of the
commercial seed trade worldwide.

Notes: The announced merger between Novartis + AstraZeneca is
pending - not final. The pharmaceutical divisions of the two
companies did not merge. The pharma ranking of each company is
given separately, for comparative purposes.

The announced merger between Monsanto + Pharmacia & Upjohn is
pending - not final.

Sources: Information based on RAFI research, AGROW agrochemical
rankings and SCRIP Pharmaceutical League Table, December, 1999.


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