A number of tech heavyweights including Google, Samsung and SAP are said to be considering bids for BlackBerry as the failing company looks for buyers.
Reuters reported that sources at the firms have revealed they are examining the potential benefits of any deal for the Canadian firm. Currently BlackBerry is evaluating a bid from Fairfax Financial Holdings for the company at $4.7bn.
However, this is not finalised and so other bids could still be forthcoming and it would not be surprising if other firms were eyeing up its assets, particularly its BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) platform and its patent portfolio.
Reuters also said Intel and Cisco are being asked for any preliminary expressions of interest towards the firm. However, Samsung has ruled itself out of the running for the firm, and SAP said it does not comment on rumour or speculation. Google also said it would not comment.
Intel said it would not comment on rumour or speculation. BlackBerry also said it would not comment on the story.
Analyst Nick Dillon from Ovum told V3 that while no deal had yet to be announced, it was not surprising that other tech firms could be in line to bid for its assets.
"BlackBerry has considerable security, network infrastructure, hardware and software platforms assets so it seems reasonable that other companies might have a sniff around to see if they can pick any of them up at a knock-down price," he said.
Pete Cunningham from Canalys agreed with this sentiment: “It is no surprise that some of the leading tech companies are watching the BlackBerry story closely as it does have some appealing assets,” he told V3.
“The network/infrastructure business is probably the most attractive of these, but its patent portfolio could also be of interest to some of the Chinese vendors that have yet to expand internationally.”
He noted, though, that this could face barriers, although a move to go private first could change this situation.
"The biggest barrier could be any political intervention in the future of the company whilst it remains public," he added. "A VC-led bid such as Fairfax’s to take the company private would make it easier to break the company up making it easier for companies such as Lenovo to gain some of the assets."
The situation at BlackBerry has declined rapidly over the last few weeks after it announced huge financial losses owing to the poor performance of its Z10 smartphone, which forced it to write off $934m for its second quarter earnings of 2014. In total, losses for the quarter came to $965m, while BlackBerry is also in the process of laying off around 40 percent of its workforce.
The firm's shareholders may well be hoping that deals from the above mentioned companies do materialise as it could lead to a better offer than the $9 per share deal from Fairfax, which is currently the only offer on the table.
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