Elliott Management on Friday disclosed a 6% stake in NXP Semiconductors (Nasdaq: NXPI), the Dutch chip-maker that recently agreed to be acquired by Qualcomm (Nasdaq: QCOM) for $38 billion in cash. The activist investment firm added that it paid around $1.2 billion for the position.
- Why it's the BFD: Elliott said in a regulatory filing that it believes NXP stock is "significantly undervalued and represent an attractive investment opportunity." Given that NXP has been trading around the $110 per share takeover price for months, this means Elliott wants to push Qualcomm for a richer deal.
- Bottom line: Qualcomm/NXP already was set to be the largest semiconductor merger of all time, and Elliott's agitation already has helped add more than half a billion dollars to NXP's market cap.
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