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Veoneer Inc. said on Sunday it would start talks with chipmaker Qualcomm Inc. after its offer for the Swedish auto-parts maker last week topped a rival bid by Magna International Inc.

Qualcomm’s offer could “reasonably be expected to result in a ‘Superior Proposal’, as defined under the terms of Veoneer’s merger agreement with Magna,” the board said in a statement.

“As a result of the Board’s determination, Veoneer may under the terms of the Merger Agreement engage in discussions with Qualcomm based on the Qualcomm Proposal and Veoneer intends to do so.”

Qualcomm on Aug. 5, said it had offered US$4.6-billion to buy Veoneer, an 18.4-per-cent premium to a July bid by Canada’s Magna that had already been accepted by Veoneer’s board.

Magna said it does not have any comment on the new bid.

Magna’s bid was worth around US$3.8-billion.

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