Broadcom reportedly in talks to acquire cybersecurity giant Symantec

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According to a report by Bloomberg, Broadcom is now in "advanced talks" to buy Symantec Corporation, the parent company of the popular Norton antivirus software. This move is to help Broadcom diversify its business ventures and get into software. However, as of this writing, a deal hasn't been finalized and plans could change.

Symantec is one of the world's largest cybersecurity companies but has seen the growth of competition in recent years. The company has also seen a rash of high level departures including CEO Greg Clark who resigned last year. Symantec is also under investigation by the SEC following an internal audit review of accounting concerns raised by a former employee.

Broadcom's chips are in virtually every electronic gadget we own, a point that has led to an antitrust investigation by the European Commission and a separate investigation by the United States Federal Trade Commission. While the investigations are unlikely to affect the acquisition of Symantec, it could put a damper on an otherwise benign transaction.

Reuters notes that Broadcom isn't the only chip manufacturer to purchase a cybersecurity company. Intel initially bought McAfee in 2011 but sold a majority stake of the company to the TPG investment firm after it failed to grow the business. After its $18.9 billion acquisition of CA Technologies, Broadcom is hoping to continue its foray into software where it sees growth potential.

Most of our readers will remember Broadcom's hostile takeover attempt of Qualcomm last year with the bid being blocked by President Trump. The Trump Administration cited "credible evidence" that the deal would threaten national security. Since Qualcomm and Broadcom are rivals, it might've also presented a challenge to competition.

Symantec's stocks rose by 16% after the news broke while Broadcom's shares slipped about 3.5%. However, neither Symantec nor Broadcom representatives have commented on the news of the acquisition.

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ckm88

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I used to work for CA Technologies before they were acquired by Broadcom. Don't let this happen lol.
 
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retsxel

I used to work for CA Technologies before they were acquired by Broadcom. Don't let this happen lol.
Very unlikely to. The DOJ will shoot it down for the same national security reasons it shot down the Qualcomm deal.
 

texasrattler

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I used to work for CA Technologies before they were acquired by Broadcom. Don't let this happen lol.
Very unlikely to. The DOJ will shoot it down for the same national security reasons it shot down the Qualcomm deal.
Not for the same reasons as Broadcom is hardware company and Symantec is software company. I doubt the DoJ would care unless there is something which currently there isnt.
They aren't competitors like Broadcom and Qualcomm are.
 
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Not for the same reasons as Broadcom is hardware company and Symantec is software company. I doubt the DoJ would care unless there is something which currently there isnt.
They aren't competitors like Broadcom and Qualcomm are.
Absolutely for the same reasons. Just because they are a software company, generally, doesn't mean there are no national security concerns. Time will tell though.
 

ckm88

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Not for the same reasons as Broadcom is hardware company and Symantec is software company. I doubt the DoJ would care unless there is something which currently there isnt.
They aren't competitors like Broadcom and Qualcomm are.
CA Technologies had over 900 software patents which would make Broadcom one of the largest software companies as well now (or so I would think)