Chinese Lenovo mulls buying Blackberry: report
NEW YORK CITY, USA - Chinese computer and phone maker Lenovo is considering a counter bid to buy all of Canadian smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday, October 18.
The newspaper, citing unnamed sources close to the matter, said that Lenovo had signed a confidentiality agreement to access BlackBerry's accounts.
If Lenovo did buy BlackBerry, the deal would be one of the biggest and highest-profile purchases of a Western company by a Chinese firm, the report said.
In August, BlackBerry said it was setting up a committee to decide whether to put itself up for sale or to pursue other options for the company, once a leader in the smartphone market but now in deep difficulties. READ: Analysis: Once-cool BlackBerry failed to keep pace with rivals
Canadian investment fund Fairfax Financial, which owns 10% of BlackBerry, offered on September 23 to buy the rest of the business for $9 per share, valuing the company at $4.7 billion. (READ: BlackBerry posts $965-M loss, vows transition
Last week, the founder of BlackBerry Mike Lazaridis said he was thinking about making a counter bid.
Lazaridis, who owns 5.7% of the shares, has reached an agreement with another founder of the firm, Canadian Douglas Fregin, to look at buying the shares they do not own. Together, they hold 8% of the capital. - Rappler.com