Trump Puts the Kibosh On Broadcom's Qualcomm Bid
President Trump today issued an order that prevents Broadcom from purchasing Qualcomm. Trump cited national security as his reason behind the order. "The proposed takeover of Qualcomm by the Broadcom is prohibited, and any substantially equivalent merger, acquisition, or takeover, whether effected directly or indirectly, is also prohibited," said the president. Trump suggested there was credible evidence that the deal "might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States." Qualcomm has so far rebuffed Broadcom's efforts, chiefly citing sale price. The proposal was under CFIUS review, given Broadcom's status as a foreign company. Broadcom is in the process of repatriation, but it doesn't expect to complete the process until early April. Broadcom did not immediately comment on the President's order.
Broadcom Ends Bid to Acquire Qualcomm
Broadcom today said it will no longer pursue its proposed acquisition of rival chipmaker Qualcomm. The decision comes two days after the Trump administration opposed the deal on national security grounds.
Broadcom Now Says It Will Be a US Company By April 3
Broadcom has accelerated its plans to repatriate to the United States. The company today said its efforts to redomicile should be completed by April 3, rather than May 6.
Broadcom Makes More Promises to Appease US Regulators
Broadcom today said it won't sell anything considered a "critical national security asset" to foreign buyers if its proposed purchase of Qualcomm is approved by U.S. regulators.
US Intervenes In Vote, Wants to Review Qualcomm-Broadcom Deal
The U.S. government ordered Qualcomm to cancel a vote scheduled for Tuesday to allow the government more time to review a potential merger between Qualcomm and Broadcom.
Broadcom Lowers Offer for Qualcomm, Qualcomm Says No Way
Broadcom revised its offer to acquire Qualcomm downward by $3 per share after Qualcomm increased its own bid to buy NXP Semiconductors. Broadcom said, "Qualcomm's board acted against the best interests of its stockholders by unilaterally transferring excessive value to NXP's activist stockholders." Broadcom would have preferred to see Qualcomm act together with Broadcom to broker the right deal for NXP while still allowing Broadcom to move forward with its own offer to buy Qualcomm.