BlackBerry board of directors rejected offers to buy the company in pieces

BlackBerry board of directors rejected offers to buy the company in pieces
As the dust settles from what turned out to be a non-event, details about the mindset at BlackBerry, and how it considered offers from companies that had a financial interest in buying parts of the company are starting to become known.

The problem for BlackBerry has been that the whole company is not an appealing takeover target, but parts of it are quite attractive, and it turns out that a lot of companies, from Apple to Qualcomm, expressed interest in bits and pieces of Canadian darling.

Another hurdle that got in BlackBerry’s way was the Canadian government. Understandably, regulators would not give an automatic green light to selling out to any just foreign company, and as we know, companies expanding out of China continue to raise eyebrows in most of the west. It goes even deeper than that though, in 2008, the Canadian Supreme Court ruled that companies considering selling out must take into account all stakeholders, not just shareholders that may be impacted by such a transaction.

That means people or institutions that have no direct monetary tie to a company, but might be impacted by a sale (like a surrounding community, or supplier, or customer assuming there are no aging receivables), must also be considered in the decision making process.

Taking that aside for the moment, BlackBerry was approached by Apple and Microsoft about the possibility of buying a significant portion (or all) of the former’s patent portfolio. Cisco also held meetings with BlackBerry as did Google, though the details of those discussions are not yet known. Lenovo also showed interest, but we knew that would never get off the ground.

We know the rest of the story, BlackBerry’s board of directors decided to keep the company whole and remove the “for sale” sign for the time being. We are certain that future offers will be entertained, but right now, it looks like the board and Canadian government will need to tread carefully to avoid being obstacles in the path of BlackBerry’s desired renewal.

sources: Reuters via Engadget



1. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 553; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

BB should sell its hardware division & license its software by making it open source.I think this strategy will help it to recover some losses.

2. cc3493

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I dont see how they are supposed to make money if they get rid of their hardware division and then make their software open source (free)...

3. drdaly

Posts: 78; Member since: Nov 09, 2012

Making BB10 open source may give them spread needed for them to recover again and they can still make money from Ads. Sold out with certain Apps in the OS, Meanwhile i dont ever agree on selling the hardware division they must keep making hardware devices and expand in regions that still like BB LIKE India & china especially if they liscenced their OS to chinese manufacturers eg. Lenovo, ZTE, Oppo etc..!

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