Chip maker Qualcomm rejects hostile takeover bid by Broadcom worth US$103 billion

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 14 November, 2017, 12:36am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 14 November, 2017, 12:45am

Qualcomm rejected an unsolicited US$103 billion offer from Broadcom, saying that the proposal is significantly undervalued and that a tie-up between the massive chip makers would face substantial regulatory resistance.

Qualcomm said on Monday that it’s in a unique position to grow on its own.

“We are highly confident that the strategy (CEO Steve Mollenkopf) and his team are executing on provides far superior value to Qualcomm shareholders than the proposed offer,” said Tom Horton, Qualcomm director.

Broadcom’s bid last week represented a 28 per cent premium over the closing price of Qualcomm shares on November 2, but analysts were expecting Qualcomm to reject the US$70-per-share bid.

Qualcomm, which makes the Snapdragon chips found in smartphones and tablets, is the world’s No 3 chip supplier, according to research firm Gartner. A combination with Broadcom would not have propelled it past industry leaders Intel and Samsung.

Broadcom Ltd, also announced, in the company of President Donald Trump, that it would bring its corporate address back from Singapore, to Delaware.

The company hopes the change will make it easier to get deals done and more specifically, help it avoid a cumbersome federal review process for a US$5.5 billion deal for US network provider Brocade Communications Systems.

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The deal has been delayed by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which investigates proposed acquisitions of US companies by foreign buyers on national security and intellectual property grounds.

Qualcomm has a pending US$28.1 billion deal with NXP Semiconductor that’s under regulatory review in Europe.

Qualcomm, based in San Diego, rode the boom in mobile. Today’s Broadcom is the product of a US$37 billion combination in 2016 between Avago, a Singapore-based company that was once part of a former unit of pioneering PC maker Hewlett-Packard, and Broadcom, another company with origins in southern California which made chips for tablets, smartphones and other telecom and cable applications.