Broadcom $5.5 billion acquisition of Brocade

Acquisition finance, Public acquisition

$ 5.5 billion




  • Singapore-based Broadcom has acquired US network gear maker Brocade Communications in a $5.5 billion deal.
  • The acquisition closely follows the largest deal for a chip maker ever, between Qualcomm and NXP Semiconductors.
  • Broadcom will fund the acquisition with a combination of cash and debt, and plans to divest Brocade's IP networking business.
  • The debt financing consisted of a $4 billion, four-tranche offering of $750 million 2.2% notes, $1 billion 2.65% notes, $1 billion 3.125% notes and $1.25 billion 3.5% notes. 
  • The initial purchasers on the offering were BofA Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan Securities, Citigroup Global Markets and Wells Fargo Securities. 
  • The deal is expected to close in the second half of 2017.

Kurt Stumpo - Journalist

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