Financial services firm and existing Blackberry shareholder Fairfax has agreed to acquire the struggling phone company.
The news follows BlackBerry's loss of up to $995 million in its fiscal Q2 and plans to fire 4,500 employees. Its Canadian counterpart, who owns around ten per cent of its shares, has bought the company for $4.7 billion. The agreement isn't watertight, however, and Fairfax can walk away from the deal subject to a due diligence period that runs until November 4th 2013, while BlackBerry is also able to sniff around for other proposals.
In August, BlackBerry formed a special committee and said it may sell itself as part of a survival plan. The fact a buyer has arrived so quickly suggests the company was already in numerous talks with businesses.
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