Qualcomm shares rise after tender offer to purchase up to $10 billion of its shares

  • Qualcomm will begin repurchasing up to $10 billion of its shares.
  • The share repurchase would be a "modified Dutch auction," a process that allows shareholders to declare the number of and price at which they sell their shares.
  • The buyback move comes after Qualcomm announced plans during its third-quarter earnings call to repurchase as much as $30 billion in stock.
Steve Mollenkopf, chief executive officer of Qualcomm Inc., holds the new Snapdragon 835 chip during a keynote at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Steve Mollenkopf, chief executive officer of Qualcomm Inc., holds the new Snapdragon 835 chip during a keynote at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Qualcomm said Tuesday it will begin a specialty auction to repurchase up to $10 billion of its shares, a move to salvage shareholder value after a failed merger with Dutch semiconductor firm NXP.

Shares of Qualcomm closed Tuesday trading up 3.3 percent at $64.09 per share.

The company announced the share repurchase will be a "modified Dutch auction," a process that allows shareholders to declare the number of shares they sell and the price at which they sell them.

The buyback comes after Qualcomm announced plans during its third-quarter earnings call to repurchase as much as $30 billion in stock this fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. The repurchase program, previously announced in May as targeting $10 billion in repurchasing, comes after Qualcomm's $44 billlion bid to acquire NXP fell apart due to regulatory roadblocks.

Qualcomm first proposed the purchase of rival NXP in October 2016 and received eight of nine international approvals needed to close the deal. Its bid was formally called off last week when the company's self-imposed deadline expired before receiving approval from Chinese regulators.

Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf told CNBC last week that the deal "got caught up" in the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China, and that the company was committed to protecting shareholder value.

Read the company's full press release below:

Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) announced today that it commenced a "modified Dutch auction" tender offer to purchase up to $10 billion of shares of its common stock, or such lesser number of shares of its common stock as are properly tendered and not properly withdrawn, at a price not less than $60.00 nor greater than $67.50 per share of common stock, to the seller in cash, less any applicable withholding taxes and without interest (the "Offer"). The Offer is made upon the terms and subject to the conditions described in the offer to purchase and in the related letter of transmittal. The closing price of Qualcomm's common stock on the NASDAQ Global Select Market on July 30, 2018, the last full trading day before the commencement of the Offer, was $62.04 per share. The Offer is scheduled to expire at 12:00 midnight, New York City time, at the end of the day on August 27, 2018, unless the Offer is extended.

Qualcomm believes that the Offer represents an efficient mechanism to provide Qualcomm's stockholders with the opportunity to tender all or a portion of their stock and thereby receive a return of some or all of their investment in Qualcomm if they so elect. The Offer provides stockholders with an opportunity to obtain liquidity with respect to all or a portion of their stock without the potential disruption to Qualcomm's stock price.

This Offer is the first step in a broader stock repurchase program that may include future open market transactions and/or accelerated share repurchase transactions. Qualcomm expects to execute on a substantial portion of its authorized $30 billion stock repurchase program by the end of fiscal year 2019.

The Offer is not contingent upon obtaining any financing. However, the Offer is subject to a number of other terms and conditions, which are described in detail in the offer to purchase. Specific instructions and a complete explanation of the terms and conditions of the Offer will be contained in the offer to purchase, the letter of transmittal and the related materials, which will be mailed to stockholders of record shortly after commencement of the Offer.

None of Qualcomm, the members of its Board of Directors, the dealer manager, the information agent or the depositary makes any recommendation as to whether any stockholder should participate or refrain from participating in the Offer or as to the price or prices at which stockholders may choose to tender their shares in the Offer.

—CNBC's Sara Salinas contributed to this report.