1. NickRStar's Avatar
    Hi all! New to post, but long time (quiet) reader.... just came across this a few mins ago, and thought I would post! Anyone more familiar with this company? any thoughts?

    Coller Capital Said to Be in Talks to Join BlackBerry Bid - Bloomberg

    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. (BBRY), 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 percent of BlackBerry’s patents if it makes a deal, the person said.
    BlackBerry, which announced in August that it was entertaining bids, has drawn a number of interested parties though little in the way of concrete offers. Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., BlackBerry’s largest investor, signed a tentative agreement to acquire the smartphone maker for $4.7 billion last month -- without naming its buyout partners or showing that it has lined up financing. Cerberus Capital Management LP is looking at BlackBerry’s books, while Lenovo Group Ltd. has also expressed interest in a BlackBerry deal, according to people familiar with the matter.
    Coller, which has offices in London, New York and Hong Kong, is working with multiple parties to ensure that it’s part of a successful deal, the person with knowledge of the talks said. In addition to offering upfront financing, Coller may also share royalties from licensing the patents with the winning bidder, the person said.
    BlackBerry Founders
    BlackBerry co-founders Mike Lazaridis and Douglas Fregin, who walked away from management positions in the company in recent years, also are contemplating a bid. They said on Oct. 10 that they’re working with Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to explore the idea.
    Shira Goldman, a spokeswoman for Coller in New York, said the company doesn’t comment on speculation about its investments. Lisette Kwong, a spokeswoman for Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry, also declined to comment, as did representatives of Fairfax and Lenovo. Mike Sitrick, a spokesman for Lazaridis and Fregin, didn’t respond to a request for comment.
    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 percent 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. In 2012, Coller closed its sixth secondaries fund, Coller International Partners VI, with capital commitments of $5.5 billion. It was backed by almost 200 of the world’s leading institutional investors, the company said.
    BlackBerry’s patents are valued at $1.6 billion to $3 billion, depending on how many of them have already been licensed out, according to analysts’ estimates. The patents cover similar ground as Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s intellectual property, and much of the portfolio is only a few years old.
    bigbadben10 likes this.
    10-22-13 10:08 AM
  2. qbnkelt's Avatar

    Looks like the plot thickens ......
    BlackistheBerry likes this.
    10-22-13 10:34 AM
  3. zee3p0's Avatar
    Add another to the pile. Fairfax offer is looking cheaper and cheaper by the day.
    Im not sure this potential bidder looks good for BlackBerry staying together though.

    Posted via CB10
    10-22-13 10:53 AM
  4. m1kr0's Avatar
    Nice find, thanks.
    10-22-13 10:53 AM
  5. EchoTango's Avatar
    Let's hope the recent BBM roll-out adds more value to the portfolio and device sales stabilize.

    The Fairfax bid is being shown up for what it is....a shareholder mugging !
    10-22-13 11:26 AM
  6. birdman_38's Avatar
    At least this Jeremy Coller is honest, as he comes right out and says his greatest interest is in BlackBerry's most valuable patents. Doesn't appear interested in advancing the company's development though.
    10-22-13 11:39 AM
  7. oilgeo10's Avatar
    Almost looks like BlackBerry placed more importance on their patents portfolio then getting new devices and software released on time!

    Posted via CB10
    10-22-13 01:32 PM
  8. hf199's Avatar
    Another bid

    Posted via Harry
    10-22-13 03:22 PM
  9. Bigbacala's Avatar
    The problem I believe is that the many groups interested in different parts I'm of BlackBerry will team together then divide up what they want. This way they will not bid against each other and therefore we will not get a significantly higher stock price.

    Posted via CB10
    10-22-13 04:23 PM
  10. zee3p0's Avatar
    Bbm+cash=more than fairfax bid

    Posted via CB10
    10-22-13 04:43 PM
  11. lnichols's Avatar
    Says they just want the patents which means tearing the company apart. Not good for BlackBerry's future.

    Posted via CB10
    10-22-13 05:12 PM
  12. Undbiter65's Avatar
    Man. Hope they don't get it and tear BlackBerry up.

    "If you can't soar with the eagles, then don't fly with the flock!" (BBM#18)
    10-22-13 11:52 PM
  13. birdman_38's Avatar
    It's interesting how some companies like Lenovo might keep BlackBerry 10 while others would likely extract the meaty parts like patents or enterprise and scrap the rest.
    10-23-13 12:46 AM
  14. birdman_38's Avatar
    10-23-13 02:07 PM
  15. hf199's Avatar
    Good. Maybe a sign that BlackBerry stays together

    Posted via Harry
    10-23-13 02:30 PM

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