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Broadcom buying BroadLight for about $195M

Wed, 03/21/2012 - 2:22pm
The Associated Press

Semiconductor company Broadcom is buying privately held BroadLight for about $195 million in order to expand its broadband access portfolio and help deliver next-generation technologies.

BroadLight is a provider of highly integrated networking and fiber access passive optical network processors. Among other products, Broadcom provides processors for set-top boxes and gateways.

The purchase price cited by Broadcom has been adjusted to reflect the cash that it expects to assume in the acquisition. Broadcom expects to pay for certain unvested employee stock options at BroadLight with Broadcom-restricted stock units.

In addition, a performance-based payment of up to $10 million in cash may be made at some point in the future if BroadLight meets certain goals.

Broadcom, which is based in Irvine, Calif., expects the buyout to be about neutral to its 2012 earnings per share.

In January, Broadcom reported that its fourth-quarter net income fell, but its adjusted earnings topped Wall Street's expectations.

The deal is targeted to close in the second quarter.

Broadcom shares were steady at $38.39 in premarket trading.

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