5 Nov 2013

Blackberry's sale plans crumble

2:49 pm on 5 November 2013

Blackberry has abandoned a plan to sell itself to its biggest shareholder, Fairfax Financial Holdings. Its shares fell 13% on the news.

In a new plan it it intends to raise $US1bn in fresh financing, the BBC reports.

Last month, the smartphone maker reported a second-quarter net loss of $US965m.

Those losses were blamed on poor sales of its new smartphone, the Z10.

Fairfax was planning to lead a consortium of firms in a takeover of Blackberry worth $4.7bn. But that plan, announced in October, has fallen through.

Last week, Reuters reported that Fairfax was struggling to raise the financing needed for the deal.

Instead, Fairfax, which owns a 10% stake in Blackberry, is contributing $250m to the new fund-raising.

In September, the company announced a plan to cut 4,500 jobs, or 40% of its workforce, to reverse substantial losses.