Qualcomm to acquire NXP Semiconductors in $47-bn cash deal


US-based chipset company Qualcomm Incorporated will acquire Netherlands-based NXP Semiconductors for $47 billion in an all-cash deal. In a joint statement, both the companies announced,

Definitive agreement, unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies, under which Qualcomm will acquire NXP. Pursuant to the agreement, a subsidiary of Qualcomm will commence a tender offer to acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of NXP for $110 per share in cash, representing a total enterprise value of approximately $47 billion

Both companies have strong presence in India with research and development centres.

The transaction is expected to close by the end of calendar 2017 and is subject to receipt of regulatory approvals. Qualcomm expects to generate $500 million of annualised run-rate cost synergies within two years after the transaction closes, it added.

While Qualcomm is electronic chipset firm in mobile communications space, NXP specialises in high-performance, mixed-signal semiconductor electronics, with innovative products and solutions and leadership positions in automotive, broad-based microcontrollers, secure identification, network processing etc.

NXP has a broad customer base, serving more than 25,000 customers through its direct sales channel and global network of distribution channel partners, the statement said.

Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf said,

The NXP acquisition accelerates our strategy to extend our leading mobile technology into robust new opportunities, where we will be well-positioned to lead by delivering integrated semiconductor solutions at scale

The combined company is expected to have annual revenues of more than $30 billion, serviceable addressable markets of $138 billion in 2020 and leadership positions across mobile, automotive, IoT, security, RF (contactless smart card etc) and networking.

He further added,

By joining Qualcomm’s leading SoC capabilities and technology roadmap with NXP’s leading industry sales channels and positions in automotive, security and IoT, we will be even better positioned to empower customers and consumers to realize all the benefits of the intelligently connected world

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Rick Clemmer, NXP Chief Executive Officer said,

United in a common strategy, the complementary nature of our technologies and the scale of our portfolios will give us the ability to drive an accelerated level of innovation and value for the whole ecosystem. Such a strong fit will bring opportunities for our employees and customers, as well as provide immediate attractive value for our shareholders, in creating the semiconductor industry powerhouse.