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Jana Partners' Barry Rosenstein On Investor Letter: We Are Not Definitely Saying That QUALCOMM Should Split Up

Jana Partners' Barry Rosenstein On Investor Letter: We Are Not Definitely Saying That QUALCOMM Should Split Up

The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that hedge fund Jana Partners LLC, in its quarterly letter to its investors, disclosed that it is asking QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) to spin off its chip unit from its patent-licensing business. The hedge fund also wants Qualcomm to cut costs and accelerate its share buyback program.

Barry Rosenstein, founder of Jana Partners, was on CNBC Monday to discuss the changes he is asking Qualcomm to make.

Tremendous Potential And Value

Rosenstein was asked why he has gone "activist" on Qualcomm. He replied, "We have made our biggest commitment to a company that we think has tremendous potential and tremendous value.

Related Link: The Activist Letter Moving Qualcomm Today

"This is an opportunity to invest in a market leader, high-quality company, dominant company in its space and in the fast growing cell phone, mobile, smartphone space and it's trading at a big discount to its value. It's 9 times after-tax earnings net of cash, and they have many, many avenues of value creation available to them."

The Split Up

On splitting up the chip and patent-licensing business, Rosenstein said, "Just to be clear, we have had very constructive discussions with this company. We have met with them multiple times.

"We are convinced that the board and the management recognize their issues. We are convinced that they are trying to do the right things and we are optimistic that they are going to."

Rosenstein continued, "We have advocated a number of steps, not just a split-up, and in fact, what we think they ought to do is just do a transparent review of the client businesses and determine whether or not it makes sense to do either a partial or a full split.

"So, we are not definitively saying that they should split it up," Rosenstein concluded.

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