BlackBerry board of directors exploring alternatives
Canada's coolest company, BlackBerry, is in the midst of a change. Looking for 'strategic alternatives' such as; joint venture, partnership, sale of assets, or just plain old selling the company. Prem Watsa, CEO of Fairfax Financial, resigned from BlackBerry's board of directors due to conflicting interests. It's worth noting that Farifax Financial is BlackBerry's largest shareholder. One would assume they get free BlackBerry Z10s for working at Fairfax Financial, or at least they did.
"All this drama in the LBC," comes from new BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins who attempted a 'turnaround' that amounted to an epic fail. BlackBerry is probably behind Windows Phone in terms of popularity, and the only thing the company has done recently is be the first major smartphone OS to be approved by the US Defense department for government use. Though the other big players are expected to be approved as well.
In recent history BlackBerry has lost multiple big names from their executive board, and if the star players don't even want to come into work anymore you know it's a sinking ship. The company has hired financial advisors(JP Morgan) and law firms(Skadden Arps) to assist and guide them through the storm.
Large companies fall and rise constantly, there just isn't enough space on the store shelves for anything sub-par. Check out the official announcement from BlackBerry's Board of Directors below:
BlackBerry Board of Directors Announces Exploration of Strategic Alternatives
WATERLOO, ONTARIO — (Marketwired — Aug 12, 2013) — BlackBerry Limited (BBRY)(BB.TO), a world leader in the mobile communications market, today announced that the Company’s Board of Directors has formed a Special Committee to explore strategic alternatives to enhance value and increase scale in order to accelerate BlackBerry 10 deployment. These alternatives could include, among others, possible joint ventures, strategic partnerships or alliances, a sale of the Company or other possible transactions.
The Special Committee of the Board is comprised of Barbara Stymiest, Thorsten Heins, Richard Lynch and Bert Nordberg, and will be chaired by Timothy Dattels.
With the announcement of the Special Committee, Prem Watsa, Chairman and CEO of Fairfax Financial informed the Company that he felt it was appropriate to resign due to potential conflicts that may arise during the process. Fairfax Financial is the largest BlackBerry shareholder. Mr. Watsa said, “I continue to be a strong supporter of the Company, the Board and Management as they move forward during this process, and Fairfax Financial has no current intention of selling its shares.”
“During the past year, management and the Board have been focused on launching the BlackBerry 10 platform and BES 10, establishing a strong financial position, and evaluating the best approach to delivering long-term value for customers and shareholders,” said Timothy Dattels, Chairman of BlackBerry’s Special Committee of the Board. “Given the importance and strength of our technology, and the evolving industry and competitive landscape, we believe that now is the right time to explore strategic alternatives.”
Thorsten Heins, President and Chief Executive Officer of BlackBerry, added, “We continue to see compelling long-term opportunities for BlackBerry 10, we have exceptional technology that customers are embracing, we have a strong balance sheet and we are pleased with the progress that has been made in our transition. As the Special Committee focuses on exploring alternatives, we will be continuing with our strategy of reducing cost, driving efficiency and accelerating the deployment of BES 10, as well as driving adoption of BlackBerry 10 smartphones, launching the multi-platform BBM social messaging service, and pursuing mobile computing opportunities by leveraging the secure and reliable BlackBerry Global Data Network.”
JP Morgan Securities LLC is serving as financial advisor to BlackBerry and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Torys LLP are serving as legal advisors.
There can be no assurance that this exploration process will result in any transaction. The Company does not currently intend to disclose further developments with respect to this process, unless and until its Board of Directors approves a specific transaction or otherwise concludes the review of strategic alternatives.
In Q3 2021, Is Blackberry again going to form this special committee to explore strategic alternatives?
To pull this old and its closet to 2007. Definitely, we need it's good idea back.