Fairfax Financial Holdings CEO Prem Watsa, whose company is leading a $4.7 billion bid to take BlackBerry private, said he has confidence in both his ability to get the deal done and BlackBerry's future prospects.
BlackBerry said it has reached an initial deal with a consortium of investors led by Fairfax Financial Holdings to take the smartphone pioneer private in an agreement that values the company at $4.7 billion.
In late June 2012, when BlackBerry delayed the launch of its BlackBerry 10 platform until early 2013, I wrote that it might be too little, too late. That sentiment seemed to be confirmed on Friday, when BlackBerry said it would cut 4,500 jobs--around 40 percent of its workforce--and post a nearly $1 billion loss for its most recent quarter. Even more dispiritingly, the company signaled it would shift its focus away from the consumer device market. The question now is: Can BlackBerry survive as a services company? I doubt it.
Former BlackBerry co-CEO Mike Lazaridis is considering mounting a bid to take the company private in conjunction with several private equity firms, according to multiple reports. The reports come on the heels of BlackBerry's disclosure on Friday that it will cut 4,500 jobs--around 40 percent of its workforce--and post a nearly $1 billion loss for its most recent quarter, mainly due to unsold BlackBerry 10 smartphone inventory.
BlackBerry said it will cut 4,500 jobs, or 40 percent of its workforce, and previewed extremely weak quarterly results ahead of its next earnings announcement, which is due Sept. 27.
BlackBerry may slash as much as 40 percent of its workforce by the end of the year in a bid to cut costs as it contemplates its strategic options, including a potential sale of the firm, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
BlackBerry announced its long-rumored phablet smartphone, the 5-inch Z30, but the company, under a cloud of uncertainty as it contemplates a sale, did not announce U.S. carrier partners or availability.
BlackBerry confirmed that it cut a small number of sales jobs, but denied reports of wide-ranging cuts that have "gutted" the company's sales team.
The National Security Agency has the ability to hack into and access user data on smartphones running software from Apple, Google and BlackBerry, according to a report from German newspaper Der Spiegel.
Huawei has no plans to purchase BlackBerry or any other company in a bid to expand its smartphone business, according to a senior Huawei executive.