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Chipmaker Broadcom to buy cloud services firm VMware

(Reuters)Chipmaker Broadcom (AVGO) is buying cloud services provider VMware (VMW) in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $61 billion to speed up its expansion into the enterprise software business.

The purchase announced on Thursday is the second-biggest globally so far in 2022, after Microsoft (MSFT)’s $68.7 billion buyout of video game maker Activision Blizzard (ATVI).

VMware shareholders will get $142.50 per share under the purchase, resulting in a premium of nearly 49% to the stock’s close on May 22, when talks of the deal were first reported. Broadcom will assume $8 billion of VMware net debt, the company said.

Broadcom shares were up 1.6% in premarket trading, while VMWare fell nearly 1%.

Broadcom Chief Executive Officer Hock Tan had said the company is seeing that enterprise spending is “on fire.” Buying VMware would give Broadcom access to the software firm’s cloud clients and their data centers, and will help it capitalize on this trend further.

Software became a substantial part of Broadcom’s business after it acquired CA Technologies for $18.9 billion in 2018 and Symantec’s security division for $10.7 billion in 2019.

The bid to buy VMware is Broadcom’s second-biggest takeover attempt, after its failed attempt to buy smartphone chip behemoth Qualcomm (QCOM) for more than $100 billion in 2018.

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