Qualcomm Rejects Broadcom's $103B Takeover Bid

Steven Mollenkopf CEO of Qualcomm

Mike Blake | Reuters Steven Mollenkopf CEO of Qualcomm

Qualcomm rejected this deal of 103 Billion dollars after an unanimous decision made by the company's directors.

Just last week, Broadcom issued a note to investors in which they announced a "proposal to acquire all of the outstanding shares of" Qualcomm "for per share consideration of $70.00 in cash and stock".

Qualcomm Inc. rejected Broadcom Ltd.'s unsolicited $105 billion offer, setting up a potentially hostile showdown between two giants of the chip industry over what would be the biggest technology takeover ever. And that doesn't take into account ending Qualcomm's royalty rate feuds with Apple (aapl) and another unidentified phonemaker that are costing the company another $3 billion a year or more.

"We are highly confident that the strategy Steve and his team are executing on provides far superior value to Qualcomm shareholders than the proposed offer", said Tom Horton, Presiding Director for Qualcomm. It said its dominance of the mobile processors market and future growth prospects mean it is unable to accept Broadcom's valuation.

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On the other hand, Hock Tan, Broadcom CEO who said earlier this month he would revive his company's presence in the United States from Singapore, said he is open to initiating a takeover battle.

Qualcomm, which makes the Snapdragon chips found in smartphones and tablets, is the world's No. 3 chip supplier, according to research firm Gartner. Qualcomm has agreed to buy NXP, and Broadcom is buying Brocade. Amid all the fighting with Apple, and accompanying loss of revenue, Qualcomm's shares had fallen 20% this year through late October to $51 before rumors of Broadcom's interest leaked.

"We are confident in our ability to create significant additional value for our stockholders as we continue our growth in these attractive segments and lead the transition to 5G", he said, referring to the fifth generation wireless networks in the works.

After this response from Qualcomm, we are yet to hear Broadcom's reaction. In the statement, Qualcomm Chief Executive Paul Jacobs said Broadcom's unsolicited bid is simply not enough for Qualcomm to accept.

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