Broadcom lowers offer for Qualcomm as takeover saga continues

Broadcom lowers offer for Qualcomm as takeover saga continues

FILE PHOTO: A sign on the Qualcomm campus. (REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo)
WASHINGTON: Singapore-based Broadcom said on Wednesday (Feb 21) it was cutting its offer price for mobile chip maker Qualcomm in the wake of the US firm's increased bid for Dutch rival NXP.Broadcom reduced its offer to US$79 a share, which would still be the largest-ever deal in the tech sector if completed at an estimated value of nearly US$117 billion.The move came amid a closely-watched hostile bid for Qualcomm which could reshape the fast-evolving sector of chips for smartphones and connected devices.A Broadcom statement said the offer was reduced because "Qualcomm's board acted against the best interests of its stockholders by unilaterally transferring excessive value to NXP's activist stockholders."Qualcomm, the dominant maker of smartphone chips, has moved to fend off Broadcom's hostile takeover efforts and last week rejected the latest offer of US$82 a share as too low.The California company on Tuesday raised its offer for NXP to an estimated US$43 billion, aiming to alleviate concerns of some NXP investors and seal the tie-up which would make a Broadcom acquisition of Qualcomm less enticing.
Broadcom said on Wednesday it remained committed to acquiring Qualcomm and its cash-and-stock offer would revert back to US$82 per share should Qualcomm fail to acquire NXP.The Singapore firm accused Qualcomm's board of acting against shareholder interest "by unilaterally transferring excessive value to NXP's activist shareholders.""Broadcom remains confident that Qualcomm's stockholders will continue to support its proposal to acquire Qualcomm," Broadcom said in a statement.Qualcomm is due to hold an annual meeting on MarĀ 6 at which Broadcom has nominated six people to replace the majority of Qualcomm's board of directors.
Broadcom's original offer for Qualcomm came days after CEO Hock Tan visited the White House and told President Donald Trump the company would be moving back to the United States.
Source: AFP/de
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