Broadcom Increases Acquisition Offer for Qualcomm to $121 Billion

Broadcom Increases Acquisition Offer for Qualcomm to $121 Billion

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Broadcom has increased its offer to acquire Qualcomm to $121.36 billion or $82.00 per share. The company previously made an offer to acquire Qualcomm for $70 a share that was rejected.

Under the terms of the new offer, Qualcomm stockholders would receive an aggregate of $82.00 per each Qualcomm share, consisting of $60.00 in cash and the remainder in Broadcom shares.

The significantly improved offer, which has been unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of Broadcom, represents a 50% premium over the closing price of Qualcomm common stock on November 2, 2017, the last unaffected trading day prior to media speculation regarding a potential transaction, and a premium of 56% to Qualcomm's unaffected 30-day volume-weighted average price.

Broadcom's improved offer is premised on either Qualcomm acquiring NXP Semiconductors N.V. on the currently disclosed terms of $110 per NXP share or the transaction being terminated and is also premised on Qualcomm not delaying or adjourning its annual meeting past March 6, 2018.

You can find the full letter sent by Broadcom to Qualcomm below:

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February 5, 2018

Board of Directors
Qualcomm Incorporated
5775 Morehouse Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

Dear Members of the Board of Directors:

Broadcom remains committed to acquiring Qualcomm, and we write to present to you our best and final offer.

● Broadcom is prepared to acquire Qualcomm for an aggregate of $82.00 per Qualcomm share, consisting of $60.00 in cash and the remainder in Broadcom shares.
● Broadcom is prepared to pay a "ticking fee" providing for an increase in the cash consideration payable to Qualcomm stockholders if the transaction is not consummated by the one-year anniversary of entering into a definitive agreement.
● Broadcom is prepared to pay to Qualcomm a significant "reverse termination fee" in an amount appropriate for a transaction of this size in the unlikely event we are unable to obtain required regulatory approvals.
● Broadcom is willing to agree to a regulatory efforts provision that is at least as favorable as the one Qualcomm provided to NXP.
● Broadcom has fully negotiated commitment papers with its financing sources in an amount sufficient to fully fund the transaction.
● The Broadcom Board is prepared to invite Paul Jacobs and one other current Qualcomm director to join the combined company's board upon completion of the transaction.

Our offer is premised on the following conditions:
● Either Qualcomm acquiring NXP on the currently disclosed terms of $110 per NXP share or the transaction being terminated.
● Qualcomm not delaying or adjourning its annual meeting past March 6, 2018.

Broadcom's offer represents a 50% premium over the closing price of Qualcomm common stock on November 2, 2017, the last unaffected trading day prior to media speculation regarding a potential transaction, and a premium of 56% to Qualcomm's unaffected 30-day volume-weighted average price.

Our proposal includes substantially more Broadcom stock, which will allow Qualcomm stockholders a greater opportunity to participate in the upside created by the combined company's strategic and operational advantages. Broadcom's track record demonstrates our ability to consistently accelerate share price appreciation following acquisitions and indicates a substantial likelihood that we will exceed our synergies expectations.

This proposal to acquire Qualcomm is extremely compelling compared to any other alternative available to Qualcomm, with or without the acquisition of NXP, and we believe any responsible board would engage with us, without further delay, to turn this proposal into an executed definitive agreement. We continue to hope you choose to engage with us for the benefit of your stockholders. However, we will withdraw this proposal and cease our pursuit of Qualcomm immediately following your upcoming annual meeting unless we have entered into a definitive agreement or the Broadcom-nominated slate is elected.

This letter does not constitute a binding obligation or commitment of either company to proceed with any transaction. No such obligations will in any event be imposed on either party unless and until a mutually acceptable definitive agreement is formally entered into by both parties.

Sincerely,

/s/ Hock Tan

Hock Tan
President and Chief Executive Officer
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Broadcom Increases Acquisition Offer for Qualcomm to $121 Billion
D4xM4Nx - February 6, 2018 at 8:56am
... not sure if this is a good idea. Broadcom can become the next Qualcomm, and start with its own rubbish.
Tech Jedi - February 5, 2018 at 7:07pm
I hope Broadcom buys Qualcomm to get rid of all the proprietary BS they charge everyone.
Pauliep - February 5, 2018 at 4:21pm
I hope Broadcom buys QUALCOMM and they gets rid of the lame QUALCOMM name.
SalemF - February 6, 2018 at 1:16pm
In fact I get used on Qualcomm Name more then Broadcom , anyway I always feels sad when a giant company comes more giant by buying their competitor giant company , I love competition to remain on tech companies because it's the source of creativity , My expectations if the deal done Qualcomm product line will be rubbish in no time like what happened to SunMicrosystem their whole line of products vanish thanks to Oracle .
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