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Qualcomm plans cuts, may spin off assets

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Qualcomm will cut costs by about $1.4 billion per year and study the possible sale of assets as part of a company realignment.

The mobile technology juggernaut is also shaking up its board of directors as part of an agreement with investment company Jana Partners. Jana, which owns a chunk of Qualcomm’s stock, has pressured the company to spin off its chip division from its patent licensing business.

The realignment was announced as Qualcomm reported its profit fell by nearly half in the April-to-June quarter on revenue that declined by 14 percent from a year earlier.

“The changes we are announcing today are designed to enable us to right-size our cost structure and reposition Qualcomm for improved financial and operating performance,” CEO Steve Mollenkopf said in a statement.

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