Chipmaker Broadcom Corp
Shares in Emulex fell 13 percent after it announced the rejection on Thursday, while Broadcom share rose nearly 3 percent after it dropped its bid, which was originally intended to expand the chipmaker's position in a growing market.
Last week, Broadcom had raised its cash bid to $11 a share from $9.25 per share and dropped its hostile consent solicitation and a lawsuit against Emulex, in what it called a final effort to buy Emulex.
But after the rejection, Broadcom said it would turn its attention to enterprise networking technology. Analysts have said that Broadcom could buy a different company, such as QLogic Corp
Pacific Crest Securities analyst Brent Bracelin said the decision was disappointing for Emulex shareholders, which had previously driven the company's shares up in hopes of a deal.
This final rejection puts the final nail on the coffin, Bracelin said. Shareholders were hoping for a buyout offer. I would have liked the board to engage and negotiate with Broadcom. It did not look like that happened.
Bracelin said that without a buyout offer Emulex shares could fall to between $6 and $8, if its valuation falls back in line with those of rivals such as QLogic.
Emulex shares were down $1.30 at $8.40 on New York Stock Exchange, where Broadcom shares rose 63 cents to $23.98.
Emulex strengthened its estimate for its fiscal fourth quarter that ended June 28 and said it recently won four new design contracts on top of 12 wins announced in May, which it said validates its earnings and revenue projections for 2012.
We unanimously believe Emulex will deliver significantly more value than Broadcom's revised offer through the company's rapidly developing converged networking business and solid execution in our host server and embedded storage markets, Emulex Executive Chairman Paul Folino said in a statement.
New design contracts have been central to Emulex's arguments that Broadcom's bid is too low.
Emulex expects fourth quarter revenue of $78 million to $79 million, compared to its target range of $73 million to $80 million issued in April and above the average analyst expectation for revenue of $77.27 million, according to Reuters Estimates.
It also expects to report quarterly earnings at the high end of its prior forecast of 1 cent to 5 cents per share, excluding costs related to the Broadcom takeover effort and other items.
Analysts expected a fourth quarter profit of 4 cents per share excluding items, according to Reuters Estimates.
Emulex said it expects 2012 earnings of $1.45 per share, excluding items.
(Reporting by Sinead Carew; Editing by Derek Caney)