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Broadcom looking to buy Qualcomm for $130B

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Broadcom on Monday made an unsolicited offer to buy Qualcomm, in a deal that that would be the largest technology acquisition ever.

The $70 a share bid, equal to more than $130 billion, is comprised of $60 in cash and $10 per share in stock. It also include Broadcom's willingness to have Qualcomm complete its pending acquisition of NXP Semiconductors for more than $38 billion in cash.

As mentioned in the article Qualcomm is likely to strongly resist this offer, however if Broadcom ups the price and the deal goes through this would become one behemoth of a wireless communications company. 

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1 minute ago, Thermosman said:

Would probably be stopped because it would be a monopoly over the industry

Definitely some anti trust challenges, but the US seems to like mega companies. 

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Isn't Qualcomm bigger than Broadcom? So are they sitting on a huge war chest or have they partnered with some investors?

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Honestly I thought Qualcomm is bigger than broadcom by now.

I mean, almost every wifi devices specially access point/router are using Atheros chipset, and their snapdragon processor is selling like hotcake.

 

it's hard to believe, if this was the other way around then I would believe it immediately.

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1 hour ago, Trixanity said:

Isn't Qualcomm bigger than Broadcom? 

 

1 hour ago, Blebekblebek said:

Honestly I thought Qualcomm is bigger than broadcom by now.

I mean, almost every wifi devices specially access point/router are using Atheros chipset, and their snapdragon processor is selling like hotcake.

Close enough.

 

Broadcom

Qualcomm

 

Unless something changed in the last 5 months, which is possible.  

 

Also 90%+ laptops that I had a chance to play with, which is few dozen, had Broadcom or Intel cards. Atheros I have barely seen. If anyone could dig up numbers that'd be great. 

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1 hour ago, Blebekblebek said:

it's hard to believe, if this was the other way around then I would believe it immediately.

Yea, but...Why would you buy someone you're handily putting out to pasture?  From that POV it makes sense for broadcom to realize "if you can't beat them, join them" and try to buy in order to survive, rather than steadily disappear.

That said the money has to come from somewhere(psst...apple), and there are only so many companies whom could benefit particularly from qualcomm being taken out.(psst....apple)

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9 minutes ago, Bouzoo said:

 

Close enough.

 

Broadcom

Qualcomm

 

Unless something changed in the last 5 months, which is possible.  

 

Also 90%+ laptops that I had a chance to play with, which is few dozen, had Broadcom or Intel cards. Atheros I have barely seen. If anyone could dig up numbers that'd be great. 

That's market value by current year, if you look at assets and revenue, Qualcomm did surpass them.


Also I'm not talking about wifi modules inside laptop

90% TPLINK products are using atheros chipset

Ubiquity, Tenda, ASUS, Linksys, Cisco, Samsung, TP-Link, Dell, Nvidia and VisionTek.

 

The list goes on.

 

I'm not saying broadcom isn't big, I guess both companies went on different routes, while broadcom pick big companies for OEM partner, the qualcomm took retail path with many companies.

 

On other segment, sure, raspberry pi is hit, but I don't think it sells more than the snapdragon processors.

23 minutes ago, MoonSpot said:

Yea, but...Why would you buy someone you're handily putting out to pasture?  From that POV it makes sense for broadcom to realize "if you can't beat them, join them" and try to buy in order to survive, rather than steadily disappear.

That said the money has to come from somewhere(psst...apple), and there are only so many companies whom could benefit particularly from qualcomm being taken out.(psst....apple)

This is make sense, I don't get it how they manage to get that much funds to bought another company.

 

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3 hours ago, tsk said:

Definitely some anti trust challenges, but the US seems to like mega companies. 

 

3 hours ago, Thermosman said:

Would probably be stopped because it would be a monopoly over the industry

I'm honestly waiting for Amazon to be broken up, they are going into so many fields and buying so many companies that they literally control something in every field. Think about it, you could go your entire life only buying stuff from Amazon or one of the companies it owns.

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2 hours ago, Max_Settings said:

 

I'm honestly waiting for Amazon to be broken up, they are going into so many fields and buying so many companies that they literally control something in every field. Think about it, you could go your entire life only buying stuff from Amazon or one of the companies it owns.

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9 hours ago, Dan Castellaneta said:

Apparently the AT&T acquisition of Time-Warner is being halted if that's any consolation.

when did this happen? charter spectrum bought time warner last year

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42 minutes ago, rijzen said:

yes and i am a charter user and it used to be time warner, charter bought time warner last year

http://money.cnn.com/2016/05/18/media/time-warner-cable-charter/index.html

 

Time Warner and Time Warner Cable are different. 

 

Charter bought Time Warner Cable, not Time Warner. And you article even says that in the title. 

Do you even fanboy bro?

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8 minutes ago, Liltrekkie said:

Time Warner and Time Warner Cable are different. 

 

Charter bought Time Warner Cable, not Time Warner. And you article even says that in the title. 

Oh ok

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Broadcomm?

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17 hours ago, Thermosman said:

Would probably be stopped because it would be a monopoly over the industry

17 hours ago, tsk said:

Definitely some anti trust challenges, but the US seems to like mega companies. 

16 hours ago, Thermosman said:

Yeah, America is broken right now :(

16 hours ago, linustouchtips said:

you a BIG business get to 'merica everything's tax free make some monopolies heck ya 

This has nothing to do with the US ... FCC cant even get involved, this falls under international anti-trust laws.

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Well, broadcom does have about $47B on qualcomm as enterprise value goes (raising this only to illustrate the size of the companies by comparison, not that it relates directly to liquid assess in such a bid),   I guess they did the sums and decided they have enough resources to make such an offer.

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19 hours ago, Thermosman said:

Yeah, America is broken right now :(

They do like BIG things

16 hours ago, Max_Settings said:

 

I'm honestly waiting for Amazon to be broken up, they are going into so many fields and buying so many companies that they literally control something in every field. Think about it, you could go your entire life only buying stuff from Amazon or one of the companies it owns.

And what if they collude to work together and not eat of each other, say alexa is a new company, what if it only supports Amazon pay (overused statement:we don't have a way to support pay pal) 

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