New Bidder To Join Fray For BlackBerry?

If you buy into what The Toronto Star is reporting, a new party has come to the table to acquire BlackBerry:

Coller Capital, the private-equity firm founded by British financier Jeremy Coller, is in talks with multiple bidders to team up on an offer for BlackBerry Ltd., a person familiar with the discussions said.

Coller will be putting up some financing as part of the bids, said the person, who asked not be identified because the talks are private. The firm, which buys and sells intellectual property, is seeking to acquire about 10 per cent of BlackBerry’s patents if it makes a deal, the person said.

This is an interesting twist if true. Here’s why:

The patents of interest to Coller cover technologies ranging from push notifications to messaging, according to the person. BlackBerry’s intellectual property accounts for as much as 20 per cent of the company’s total value, the person said.

Coller is known for investing in the private-equity secondary market, meaning it provides liquidity to other firms making investments in companies. Its investments have ranged from $1 million to more than $1 billion, according to the company’s website.

So that means that they would not be the primary bidder, and they may be interested in the patents. Which means they’re interested in hacking ans slashing the company to maximize their ROI.

So, is this a good thing or a bad thing? Please weigh in with your opinion.


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