UPDATE 2-China regulators approve Qualcomm-NXP Semiconductors merger deal -SCMP

(Reuters) – Chinese regulators have approved U.S.
chipmaker Qualcomm Inc’s (QCOM.O) proposed $44 billion merger deal with NXP Semiconductors (NXPI.
O), South China Morning Post reported on Thursday, citing people with knowledge of the matter. FILE PHOTO: A sign on the Qualcomm campus is seen in San Diego, California, U.
S. November 6, 2017.
REUTERS/Mike Blake/File PhotoThe decision by China’s Ministry of Commerce clears a months-long antitrust roadblock caused by trade tensions between the United States and Beijing and will allow the takeover to proceed, SCMP reported. (bit.
ly/2l87thk) FILE PHOTO: A man works on a tent for NXP Semiconductors in preparation for the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
January 4, 2015. REUTERS/Steve Marcus/File PhotoWith the green light from China’s Ministry of Commerce, the deal has effectively been approved by all nine required global regulators.
Qualcomm initially announced its bid for Dutch semiconductor company NXP Semiconductors in October 2016. Qualcomm did not immediately comment on the report.
NXP did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Bernstein analyst Stacy Rasgon said the approval was the last major barrier for Qualcomm to close the deal, which had earlier encountered resistance from NXP shareholders until Qualcomm raised its offer.
He said the San Diego chipmaker aims to use the NXP deal to diversify its business, which is currently heavily focused on mobile phones. “In some of the end markets like automotive that Qualcomm have been trying to push into, they’ll get a distribution presence” by acquiring NXP’s sales force, Rasgon said.
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