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Broadcom Will Abandon Attempt to Acquire Qualcomm

Marthe Fourcade
Bloomberg's Ed Hammond discusses a block of the Broadcom-Qualcomm deal. He speaks with Francine Lacqua on "Bloomberg Surveillance." (Source: Bloomberg)

Broadcom Ltd. formally abandoned its attempt to acquire rival chipmaker Qualcomm Inc. after U.S. President Donald Trump blocked the deal citing national security risks.

“Although we are disappointed with this outcome, Broadcom will comply,” the company said in a statement, bringing an official end to a months-long battle to land the technology industry’s biggest ever deal.

The retreat ends Chief Executive Officer Hock Tan’s most ambitious move yet in his efforts to build a chip empire, after leading Broadcom through a string of deals that have reshaped the $400 billion semiconductor industry in the last several years. The company launched its unsolicited bid in November and was quickly and repeatedly rebuffed by Qualcomm’s management and board. Singapore-based Broadcom had been gathering support from investors to overturn its target’s resistance to a deal.

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An investigation of the deal by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., which reviews purchases of American businesses by foreign investors, confirmed national security threats related to the acquisition by Broadcom, the Treasury Department said in a second letter to both companies made public March 12. Later that day Trump took the committee’s recommendation and banned the deal.

Broadcom has also withdrawn its slate of independent director nominees to Qualcomm’s board, it said in the statement.

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