Broadcom says it will seek to elect six, not 11, nominees to Qualcomm’s board

Broadcom Ltd. said Tuesday that it would seek to elect six members to Qualcomm Inc.’s board, rather than the 11 members it had originally planned. Broadcom has made an $82/share hostile bid for Qualcomm. If Broadcom’s slate were to be elected, the company said it would have a majority on the Qualcomm board. Qualcomm investors “have welcomed our willingness to provide for appropriate continuity on the Qualcomm board, and have also expressed a desire for a definitive mechanism of achieving such continuity,” Broadcom CEO Hock Tan said in a release. “Reducing the number of nominees we are seeking to a simple majority provides precisely that mechanism.” Qualcomm’s annual meeting is scheduled for March 6. Broadcom shares are up 18% over the past 12 months, while Qualcomm shares are up 20%. The S&P 500 Index has gained 14% in that time, while the Philadelphia Semiconductor Index is up 32%.

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