Broadcom's proposed Qualcomm bid blocked on security grounds

President Donald Trump has blocked Singapore-based Broadcom’s proposed $140bn (£100bn) takeover of rival US chipmaker Qualcomm on grounds of nationwide safety.

His order cited “credible proof” takeover “threatens to impair the nationwide safety of the US”.

Qualcomm was already making an attempt to fend off Broadcom’s bid.

The deal would have created the world’s third-largest chipmaker behind Intel and Samsung.

It will even have been the most important takeover the know-how sector had ever seen.

The presidential order mentioned: “The proposed takeover of Qualcomm by the Purchaser (Broadcom) is prohibited, and any considerably equal merger, acquisition, or takeover, whether or not effected straight or not directly, can also be prohibited.”

Crown jewel

Some analysts mentioned President Trump’s resolution was extra about competitiveness and profitable the race for 5G know-how, than safety considerations.

The sector is in a race to develop chips for the newest 5G wi-fi know-how, and Qualcomm was thought-about by Broadcom a big asset in its bid to achieve market share.

“Given the present political local weather within the US and different areas world wide, everyone seems to be taking a extra conservative view on mergers and acquisitions and defending their very own domains,” IDC’s Mario Morales, vp of enabling applied sciences and semiconductors informed the BBC.

“We’re all at first of a race, and you’ve got 5G as a crown jewel that everybody desires to take part in – and each area is racing in direction of that,” he mentioned.

“We do not need to hinder somebody like Qualcomm in order that they cannot present the know-how to the distributors which can be competing inside that house.”

Singapore-based Broadcom had been pursuing San Diego-based Qualcomm for about 4 months.

Final week nevertheless, Broadcom’s hostile takeover bid was put under investigation by the Committee on International Funding within the US, a multi-agency led by the US Treasury Division.

The US firm had rejected approaches from its rival on the grounds that the supply undervalued the enterprise, and likewise that any takeover would face antitrust hurdles.

Earlier this yr, Chinese language telecoms large Huawei mentioned it had not been able to strike a deal to sell its new smartphone via a US carrier, widely believed to be AT&T.

The US additionally recently blocked the $1.2bn sale of money transfer firm Moneygram to China’s Ant Financial, the digital payments arm of Alibaba.

Printed at Tue, 13 Mar 2018 00:48:30 +0000