Monsanto announced plans for global restructuring actions to enhance competitiveness by delivering cost improvement and to support long-term growth. The changes are designed to transform and innovate the way the company operates resulting in a more agile and focused organization prepared to continue to lead the agriculture industry. Actions, in part, include streamlining and reprioritizing some commercial, enabling and R&D efforts, including the exit of the sugarcane business.

The initial phase is expected to lead to annual savings of $275 to $300 million by the end of fiscal year 2017, at a total cost of approximately $850 to $900 million. The plans also include an expected separation of approximately 2,600 employees over the next 18-24 months. The company is developing further plans to reduce its operating spending by an additional $100 million, which would bring the total annual expected savings to potentially $400 million.

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