Novartis AG (NVS), Bayer AG (BAY.F) Vying for Pfizer Inc. (PFE)'s Animal Health Business  
3/8/2012 7:56:13 AM

Bayer AG (BAYN), the largest German drugmaker, is weighing a bid for Pfizer Inc.’s (PFE) animal-health unit and discussing how to raise funding with banks, said people with knowledge of the plans. Bayer is in the early stages of considering a bid and may ultimately decide against making one, said the people, who declined to be identified because the process is confidential. The Pfizer veterinary business is likely to fetch $14 billion to $18 billion in a sale, according to research firm Leerink Swann LLC. Novartis AG (NOVN), Europe’s second-biggest pharmaceutical company, may also be interested in the business, people familiar said.