Broadcom offers $105 billion for Qualcomm in landmark deal

Broadcom offered about $105 billion for Qualcomm, kicking off an ambitious attempt at the largest technology takeover ever in a deal that would rock the electronics industry.

Broadcom made an offer of $70 a share in cash and stock for Qualcomm, a 28 percent premium for the world’s largest maker of mobile phone chips as of the stock’s closing price on Nov. 2, before Bloomberg first reported talks of a deal. The proposed transaction is valued at approximately $130 billion on a pro forma basis, including $25 billion of net debt.

Buying Qualcomm would make Broadcom the third-largest chipmaker, behind Intel and Samsung Electronics. The combined business would instantly become the default provider of a set of components needed to build each of the more than a billion smartphones sold every year. The deal would dwarf Dell Inc.’s $67 billion acquisition of EMC in 2015 — then the biggest in the technology industry.

« This complementary transaction will position the combined company as a global communications leader with an impressive portfolio of technologies and products, » Hock Tan, president and chief executive officer of Broadcom, said in a statement Monday. « We would not make this offer if we were not confident that our common global customers would embrace the proposed combination. »

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