Apple interested in buying BlackBerry






According to the financial report of Apple , submitted on October 28, the amount of available funds in the accounts of the technology giant is nearly $ 150 billion. Not every company has such a big savings, however, most of the money Apple stores in the offshore and can not return them to the United States without paying large income tax rate of 35%. However, this does not prevent the company from time to time to buy a variety of start-ups , thereby improving their products and services.

BlackBerry definitely can not be called a startup – it is a large company with many years of rich history. However the last couple of years things were not going well at it : Canadian corporation quarterly loss increased with every quarter, and even presented in January of this year, smartphones Z10 and Q10 were not able to save the situation: in the third quarter, the company has missed one billion dollars. As a result, six weeks ago, BlackBerry announced its intention to become a private company and started looking for a buyer.

Did not have to go far – the new owner of the preliminary “blackberry”, the consortium Fairfax Financial Holdings, which offered a corporation for $ 4.7 billion. But in early October, there were rumors that the BlackBerry is actively looking for an alternative to the deal , as he considers himself undervalued. As potential buyers to view Google, Cisco and other tech giants.

Nevertheless, a few days ago the news agency Reuters, citing its own sources reported that the BlackBerry has decided to abandon the transaction with its competitors. Among the corporations who show interest in the patent and the rest of the “good» BlackBerry were Microsoft, Lenovo, and (who would have thought?) Apple. The publication notes that Apple is interested only in the intellectual property of the Canadian company, not all business.

It is noteworthy that only two years ago, Apple, BlackBerry, Microsoft and other corporations “devoured” telecommunications equipment maker Nortel – a company with its six thousand patents was sold for $ 4.5 billion. The same fate could befall BlackBerry, but third-party investors still gave her the opportunity to take another breath.

Last week, BlackBerry officially announced the rejection of the deal with Fairfax Financial for $ 4.7 billion. Instead, investors will invest in the company of one billion dollars in the form of a private placement of convertible bonds. As well as executive director leaves the BlackBerry Thorsten Heins.

So if Apple had a chance to acquire a Canadian company, it has already missed it. Maybe in the future leadership of BlackBerry will consider a proposal from its (former) competitor from Cupertino, but while IT-giant will stay afloat by investor money.


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