BlackBerry's shares moving to the New York Stock Exchange on October 16th
The announcement comes days after BlackBerry reported a net profit of 5 cents a share for its fiscal second quarter. Unlike the company's glory days, the company no longer manufactures handsets. Instead, BlackBerry licenses the BlackBerry Secure version of the Android operating system, its name, logo, and proprietary applications to phone makers like China's TCL and Indonesia’s BB Merah Putih. In return, BlackBerry receives royalty payments from these firms. In addition, BlackBerry sells software to auto manufacturers and others.
BlackBerry originally went public as part of Research In Motion back on October 28th, 1997. When the BlackBerry two-way pager became a must-have among executives and sales personnel, the stock started rising. Taking into account past stock splits, the shares peaked at $147.50 (the equivalent of $885 before stock splits) on June 23rd, 2008. From that point on, the shares continued a free fall. By 2013, the stock price had dropped to $5. Earlier that year, with the debut of the BlackBerry 10 OS, the company changed its name from Research in Motion to BlackBerry. The ticker symbol was revised from RIMM to the current BBRY.
Anyone who purchased the stock when things looked bleak back in 2013, is now sitting with a nice profit as the stock is currently trading over $11 a share.