BlackBerry calls off sale, will replace CEO

BlackBerry calls off sale, will replace CEO

BlackBerry Ltd is abandoning a plan to sell itself and instead will replace its chief executive officer and raise about US$1 billion (S$1.2 billion) from institutional investors, including its largest shareholder, the smartphone maker said on Monday.

Shares of BlackBerry dropped 19 per cent to US$6.33 in premarket trading. The company will raise the money with a private placement of convertible debentures.

BlackBerry's largest shareholder, Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd, will take up US$250 million of the debentures.

Fairfax announced a tentative US$9-a-share offer for the Waterloo, Ontario-based company in late September. But Reuters said on Friday that Fairfax was struggling to finance the US$4.7 billion bid.

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