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Microsoft to buy BlackBerry for $7 billion?

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Microsoft to buy BlackBerry for $7 billion?
Last week, we told you that rumors have started up once again concerning a possible acquisition of BlackBerry. This time, prospective suitors include Microsoft, Xiaomi, Huawei, and Lenovo. Back in January, it was Samsung that was said to have the hots for the struggling manufacturer and a price of $7.5 billion was even bandied about. But BlackBerry denied that it had been approached, and an offer from Samsung never materialized.

Today, there is speculation that Microsoft is about to make a $7 billion offer for BlackBerry. That would amount to a 26% premium for the stock, or a price of $13.23. BlackBerry's shares closed Friday at $10.48.

Recent reports indicate that the BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic aren't selling well and the company has just instituted a round of job cuts. Any buyer would be interested in BlackBerry for its reputation in secure communications and for the company's enterprise sales.

Back in 2013, BlackBerry's largest shareholder, Fairfax Financial, agreed to take the company private in a $4.7 billion deal. But the deal fell through which lead to the removal of Thorsten Heins as CEO. Heins was replaced by John Chen.

source: MobileBurn

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