|12 Months Ended|
Sep. 25, 2011
|Notes to Financial Statements [Abstract]|
|Note 7 - Capital Stock||
Note 7. Capital Stock
Preferred Stock. The Company has 8,000,000 shares of preferred stock authorized for issuance in one or more series, at a par value of $0.0001 per share. In conjunction with the distribution of preferred share purchase rights, 4,000,000 shares of preferred stock are designated as Series A Junior Participating Preferred Stock, and such shares are reserved for issuance upon exercise of the preferred share purchase rights. At September 25, 2011 and September 26, 2010, no shares of preferred stock were outstanding.
Preferred Share Purchase Rights Agreement. The Company has a Preferred Share Purchase Rights Agreement (Rights Agreement) to protect stockholders’ interests in the event of a proposed takeover of the Company. Under the original Rights Agreement, adopted on September 26, 1995, the Company declared a dividend of one preferred share purchase right (a Right) for each share of the Company’s common stock outstanding. Pursuant to the Rights Agreement, as amended and restated on December 7, 2006, each Right entitles the registered holder to purchase from the Company a one one-thousandth share of Series A Junior Participating Preferred Stock, $0.0001 par value per share, subject to adjustment for subsequent stock splits, at a purchase price of $180. The Rights are exercisable only if a person or group (an Acquiring Person) acquires beneficial ownership of 20% or more of the Company’s outstanding shares of common stock without approval of the Board of Directors. Upon exercise, holders, other than an Acquiring Person, will have the right, subject to termination, to receive the Company’s common stock or other securities, cash or other assets having a market value, as defined, equal to twice such purchase price. The Rights, which expire on September 25, 2015, are redeemable in whole, but not in part, at the Company’s option prior to the time such Rights are triggered for a price of $0.001 per Right.
Stock Repurchase Program. On March 1, 2010, the Company announced that it had been authorized to repurchase up to $3.0 billion of the Company’s common stock. The stock repurchase program has no expiration date. Any shares repurchased are retired, and the amount paid in excess of par value is recorded to paid-in capital. During fiscal 2011, 2010 and 2009, the Company repurchased and retired 2,878,000, 79,789,000 and 8,920,000 shares of common stock, respectively, for $142 million, $3.0 billion and $284 million, respectively, before commissions. At September 25, 2011, approximately $1.0 billion remained authorized for repurchase under the Company’s stock repurchase program, net of put options outstanding. Since September 25, 2011, the Company repurchased 2,046,000 shares of the Company’s common stock for $99 million.
In connection with the Company’s stock repurchase program, the Company sold three put options on its own stock during fiscal 2011. At September 25, 2011, the Company had three outstanding put options enabling holders to sell 11,800,000 shares of the Company’s common stock to the Company for approximately $511 million (net of the $75 million in put option premiums received). The recorded value of the put option liability of $80 million at September 25, 2011 was recorded in other current liabilities. During fiscal 2011, the Company recognized losses of $5 million in net investment income (loss) due to an increase in the fair value of the put options. No put options were outstanding during fiscal 2010 or 2009.
Dividends. The Company announced increases in its quarterly dividend per share of common stock from $0.16 to $0.17 on March 3, 2009, from $0.17 to $0.19 on March 1, 2010, and from $0.190 to $0.215 on March 8, 2011. Dividends charged to retained earnings in fiscal 2011, 2010 and 2009 were as follows (in millions, except per share data):
On October 11, 2011, the Company announced a cash dividend of $0.215 per share on the Company’s common stock, payable on December 21, 2011 to stockholders of record as of November 23, 2011, which will be reflected in the consolidated financial statements in the first quarter of fiscal 2012.
Noncontrolling Interests. In June 2010, the Company won a 20 MHz slot of Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) spectrum in four telecom circles in India as a result of the completion of the BWA spectrum auction. Assignment of licenses to operate wireless networks on this spectrum, with an initial license period of 20 years, is pending approval by the Indian government. In September 2011, the Company received a letter from the Government of India’s Department of Telecommunications notifying the Company that its applications to obtain licenses to utilize the spectrum had been rejected. In response, the Company filed a petition with the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal seeking to overturn this letter (Note 9). If assigned, the Company will amortize the spectrum licenses over the remaining license period commencing upon the commercial launch of wireless services in India, which is expected to occur within five years of the assignment date. The Company’s goal is to attract one or more operator partners into a venture (or ventures) for construction of an LTE network in compliance with the Indian government's rollout requirement for the BWA spectrum and then to exit the venture(s). The manner and timing of such exit will be dependent upon a number of factors, such as market conditions and regulatory considerations, among others.
During the second quarter of fiscal 2011, in connection with the India BWA spectrum acquisition, certain of the Company’s subsidiaries in India issued noncontrolling interests to two third-party Indian investors for $62 million, such that the Company now holds a 74% interest in each of those subsidiaries, the maximum interest permitted under applicable Indian Foreign Direct Investment regulations. In addition, the third parties representing the noncontrolling interests in the subsidiaries hold put rights that provide them with options to sell their ownership interests in the subsidiaries to QUALCOMM Incorporated or its nominee (subject to applicable regulatory approvals) after July 29, 2014, or earlier if certain events occur, at a price equal to their original capital contribution. The aggregate fair value of these put rights, which are accounted for as freestanding financial instruments classified in other liabilities, was $7 million at September 25, 2011.
The entire disclosure for shareholders' equity, comprised of portions attributable to the parent entity and noncontrolling interest, if any, including other comprehensive income (as applicable). Including, but not limited to: (1) balances of common stock, preferred stock, additional paid-in capital, other capital and retained earnings; (2) accumulated balance for each classification of other comprehensive income and total amount of comprehensive income; (3) amount and nature of changes in separate accounts, including the number of shares authorized and outstanding, number of shares issued upon exercise and conversion, and for other comprehensive income, the adjustments for reclassifications to net income; (4) rights and privileges of each class of stock authorized; (5) basis of treasury stock, if other than cost, and amounts paid and accounting treatment for treasury stock purchased significantly in excess of market; (6) dividends paid or payable per share and in the aggregate for each class of stock for each period presented; (7) dividend restrictions and accumulated preferred dividends in arrears (in aggregate and per share amount); (8) retained earnings appropriations or restrictions, such as dividend restrictions; (9) impact of change in accounting principle, initial adoption of new accounting principle and correction of an error in previously issued financial statements; (10) shares held in trust for Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP); (11) deferred compensation related to issuance of capital stock; (12) note received for issuance of stock; (13) unamortized discount on shares; (14) description, terms, and number of warrants or rights outstanding; (15) shares under subscription and subscription receivables, effective date of new retained earnings after quasi-reorganization and deficit eliminated by quasi-reorganization and, for a period of at least ten years after the effective date, the point in time from which the new retained dates; and (16) retroactive effective of subsequent change in capital structure.
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