Broadcom ups the ante on Qualcomm hostile takeover
Broadcom proposed to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Qualcomm for per share consideration of $70.00 in cash and stock, consisting of $60.00 in cash and $10.00 in Broadcom shares on November 6, 2017. In addition, the proposal stands whether Qualcomm’s pending acquisition of NXP Semiconductors N.V., is consummated on the currently disclosed terms of $110 per NXP share or is terminated.
On November 13, 2017, Qualcomm’s Board of Directors unanimously rejected Broadcom’s non-binding, unsolicited proposal to acquire Qualcomm. According to Qualcomm, its stockholders are poised to participate in substantial growth and value creation as the company continues to execute its strategy across its businesses. Qualcomm is implying that its potential for growth is significantly better than the premium Broadcom is offering of 28 percent over the closing price of Qualcomm’s common stock on November 2, 2017, the last unaffected trading day prior to media speculation regarding a potential transaction, and a premium of 33 percent to Qualcomm’s unaffected 30-day volume-weighted average price.
Hock Tan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Broadcom, commented, “We have heard from many Qualcomm stockholders who have expressed their desire for Qualcomm to engage with us. We also continue to receive positive feedback from customers and, having had initial meetings with certain relevant antitrust authorities, remain confident that any regulatory requirements necessary to complete a combination will be met in a timely manner. Although we are taking this step, it remains our strong preference to engage in a constructive dialogue with Qualcomm. We have repeatedly attempted to engage with Qualcomm, and despite stockholder and customer support for the transaction, Qualcomm has ignored those opportunities. The nominations give Qualcomm stockholders an opportunity to voice their disappointment with Qualcomm’s directors and their refusal to engage in discussions with us. In light of the significant value our proposal provides for Qualcomm stockholders, we believe Qualcomm stockholders would be better served by new independent, highly qualified nominees who are committed to maximizing value and acting in the best interests of Qualcomm stockholders.”
On the opposite side, Qualcomm contends that Broadcom and Silver Lake are effectively asking stockholders to foreclose options and make a decision now on a non-binding proposed transaction which could not be completed for well over a year, if ever, given the magnitude of regulatory issues, the absence of commitments by Broadcom to resolve those issues, the lack of committed financing, and the uncertainty surrounding Broadcom’s transition from Singapore to the United States. Qualcomm believes that this action is a blatant attempt to seize control of the Qualcomm Board in order to advance Broadcom’s acquisition agenda.
“No company in the industry is better positioned than Qualcomm in mobile, IoT, automotive, edge computing and networking and to lead the transition to 5G,” said Tom Horton, Qualcomm’s Presiding Director. “Qualcomm stockholders expect a Board that will support this innovation while evaluating objectively the full range of opportunities available to maximize value for all Qualcomm stockholders.”
More information regarding Broadcom’s proposal for Qualcomm and nominees can be found by visiting www.AVGO-QCOM.com.