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Hock Tan Goes Hunting As Broadcom Seeks Tie-Up With Qualcomm

Nov. 03, 2017 4:50 PM ETAVGO, NXPI, QCOM, AAPL16 Comments
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  • Broadcom exploring a deal to buy Qualcomm.
  • Could eliminate Qualcomm/NXP deal.
  • Would be largest semiconductor merger.

Broadcom (AVGO) dominated headlines this afternoon with rumors of a Qualcomm (QCOM) acquisition. Neither company has made any official statement, but Qualcomm’s shares soared following the report from Bloomberg - up 14% as of this afternoon, and still climbing. This could be the most significant deal in the realm of semiconductor companies.

Broadcom was on the other side of these headlines in 2015 when it was acquired by Avago, another semiconductor manufacturer. Now we have two multi-billion-dollar companies looking at a potential merger, with Broadcom at a $110 billion market cap and Qualcomm at $80 billion, respectively. Around this time last year, Qualcomm made a $39 billion bid to acquire the Dutch semiconductor company NXP (NXPI). Qualcomm CEO Steven Mollenkopf stated last month “we are on track to close this year.” The deal has been under scrutiny since hedge fund Elliot Management Corp. called the share valuation into question, though Qualcomm seems confident the deal will go through.

"If this Qualcomm-Broadcom deal goes through, I think the NXP deal is shot. That would be extremely complicated - not only internally but also with regulators.”

How would the Broadcom deal stir up the tech space? It’s all about leverage, especially when dealing with giants like Apple (AAPL). Ben Nye states:

“If you’re working with Apple, you have to have a lot of leverage. If you don’t have leverage – Apple is just going to eat your lunch.”

Offering Apple a bundle or package deal would help margins for a consolidated Broadcom/Qualcomm, because if they absorb more components that can serve the Apple ecosystem, they become more valuable.

In addition, the pair discusses potential next steps and acquirers for NXPI and the ripple effect the deal could have on the tech landscape as a whole.

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