Filed by Avago Technologies Limited
Pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act of 1933
And deemed filed pursuant to Rule 14a-12
Of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended
Subject Company: Broadcom Corporation
Commission File No.: 000-23993
Dear Valued Customer,
We are excited to inform you that Avago and Broadcom today announced a definitive agreement under which Avago will acquire Broadcom in a cash and stock transaction that values the combined company at $77 billion in enterprise value. This transaction creates the worlds leading diversified communications semiconductor company , with annual revenues of approximately $15 billion.
Broadcom Corporation is a global leader and innovator in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. Broadcom products seamlessly deliver voice, video, data and multimedia connectivity in the home, office and mobile environments. With one of the industrys broadest portfolios of state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip solutions, Broadcom is changing the world by connecting everything.
Avago and Broadcom can establish industry leadership with the broadest portfolios to address customer needs across the wireless, enterprise, data center, storage, wired, service provider, industrial and home networking markets. Together, we also will have a greater ability to scale with our customers, innovate and drive growth. Avago also has a proven track record of successfully integrating companies onto its platform, enabling increased competitive solutions. In addition, the combination will bring system-level expertise including silicon and software solutions.
The transaction is currently expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter of calendar 2016. Until the close of the transaction, Avago and Broadcom will continue to operate as independent companies. During this time, we are working with our Broadcom colleagues to develop integration plans to ensure a seamless transition for our customers.
Following completion of the transaction, Hock Tan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Avago, will continue to serve as the combined companys CEO. Dr. Henry Samueli will join the board of the company as will another director from Broadcom. In addition, Dr. Samueli will be appointed Chief Technology Officer of the combined company. The combined company will adopt the name Broadcom Limited. Dr. Henry Nicholas will serve in a strategic advisory role within the combined company, reporting to Mr. Tan.
Please continue to communicate with us on a business as usual basis regarding orders, invoices, and other courses of business.
The press release announcing the acquisition is available at www.avagotech.com. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or your respective Sales Manager.
Thank you for your longstanding commitment to Avago. We look forward to building on our relationship in the future.
Charlie Kawwas, PhD
SVP and Chief Sales Officer
This communication contains forward-looking statements (including within the meaning of Section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended) concerning Avago, Broadcom, Holdco, Partnership, the proposed transactions and other matters. These statements may discuss goals, intentions and expectations as to future plans, trends, events, results of operations or financial condition, or otherwise, based on current beliefs of the management of Avago and Broadcom, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, such management. Forward-looking statements may be accompanied by words such as aim, anticipate, believe, plan, could, would, should, estimate, expect, forecast, future, guidance, intend, may, will, possible, potential, predict, project or similar words, phrases or expressions. These forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside the parties control. Therefore, you should not place undue reliance on such statements.
Factors which could cause actual results to differ from those projected or contemplated in any such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the following factors: (1) the risk that the conditions to the closing of the transaction are not satisfied, including the risk that required approvals from the shareholders of Avago or Broadcom for the transaction are not obtained; (2) litigation relating to the transaction; (3) uncertainties as to the timing of the consummation of the transaction and the ability of each party to consummate the transaction; (4) risks that the proposed transaction disrupts the current plans and operations of Avago or Broadcom; (5) the ability of Avago and Broadcom to retain and hire key personnel; (6) competitive responses to the proposed transaction; (7) unexpected costs, charges or expenses resulting from the transaction; (8) potential adverse reactions or changes to business relationships resulting from the announcement or completion of the transaction; (9) the combined companies ability to achieve the growth prospects and synergies expected from the transaction, as well as delays, challenges and expenses associated with integrating the combined companies existing businesses and the indebtedness planned to be incurred in connection with the transaction; and (10) legislative, regulatory and economic developments. The foregoing review of important factors that could cause actual events to differ from expectations should not be construed as exhaustive and should be read in conjunction with statements that are included herein and elsewhere, including the risk factors included in Broadcoms and Avagos most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and Annual Report on Form 10-K, respectively, and Broadcoms and Avagos more recent reports filed with the SEC. Neither Broadcom nor Avago undertakes any intent or obligation to publicly update or revise any of these forward looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
No Offer or Solicitation
This communication is not intended to and does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to subscribe for or buy or an invitation to purchase or subscribe for any securities or the solicitation of any vote in any
jurisdiction pursuant to the proposed transactions or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Subject to certain exceptions to be approved by the relevant regulators or certain facts to be ascertained, the public offer will not be made directly or indirectly, in or into any jurisdiction where to do so would constitute a violation of the laws of such jurisdiction, or by use of the mails or by any means or instrumentality (including without limitation, facsimile transmission, telephone and the internet) of interstate or foreign commerce, or any facility of a national securities exchange, of any such jurisdiction.
Important Additional Information Will be Filed with the SEC
Holdco will file with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-4, which will include the joint proxy statement of Avago and Broadcom that also constitutes a prospectus of Holdco and Partnership (the joint proxy statement/prospectus). INVESTORS AND SHAREHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS, AND OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS TO BE FILED WITH THE SEC, IN THEIR ENTIRETY CAREFULLY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT AVAGO, Broadcom, HOLDCO, PARTNERSHIP, THE PROPOSED TRANSACTIONS AND RELATED MATTERS. Investors and shareholders will be able to obtain free copies of the joint proxy statement/prospectus and other documents filed with the SEC by the parties through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. In addition, investors and shareholders will be able to obtain free copies of the joint proxy statement/prospectus and other documents filed with the SEC by the parties by contacting Avago Investor Relations at (408) 435-7400 or email@example.com (for documents filed with the SEC by Avago, Holdco or Partnership) or Broadcom Investor Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org (for documents filed with the SEC by Broadcom).
Participants in the Solicitation
Avago, Broadcom, Holdco and Partnership and their respective directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the shareholders of Avago and Broadcom in respect of the proposed transactions contemplated by the joint proxy statement/prospectus. Information regarding the persons who are, under the rules of the SEC, participants in the solicitation of the shareholders of Avago and Broadcom in connection with the proposed transactions, including a description of their direct or indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be set forth in the joint proxy statement/prospectus when it is filed with the SEC. Information regarding Avagos directors and executive officers is contained in Avagos Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended November 2, 2014 and its Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A, dated February 20, 2015, and information regarding Broadcoms directors and executive officers is contained in Broadcoms Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 and its Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A, dated March 27, 2015, each of which are filed with the SEC and can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above.