Veoneer sticks with Magna offer for now, but Qualcomm talks continue

STOCKHOLM — Automotive tech supplier Veoneer Inc. on Tuesday stuck to its recommendation in favor of Magna International Inc.’s acquisition bid after receiving an updated, non-binding offer from Qualcomm.

The Swedish company has become an attractive takeover target as its expertise in making advanced driver assistance systems fits in the plan for both Qualcomm and Magna in cornering a share in a growing business.

Qualcomm on Monday made a formal $37 per share bid for Veoneer in line with the offer announced last month and above Magna’s original $31.25 per share offer.

Qualcomm last month offered $4.6 billion to buy Veoneer, an 18.4 percent premium to a July bid worth around $3.8 billion by Canada’s Magna that had already been accepted by Veoneer’s board.

Despite the bigger price tag from Qualcomm, Veoneer said its merger agreement with Magna remains “in full force and effect” and the company’s board has not withdrawn its recommendation favoring a deal with Magna.

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