It's no secret that Research In Motion is in trouble. The company has been floundering for quite sometime and there has been speculation that the company could end up being sold to the highest bidder. The latest rumors say that while RIM is considering a number of options (including licensing its software to third parties or selling off certain divisions of the company), the front runner of solutions to get the company back on its feet is to sell to Samsung.
Boy Genius Report is citing anonymous sources that it claims while Jim Balsillie, one of RIM's two CEOs, is actively meeting with almost every company that might be interested in either a part or all of RIM, he's "going hard after Samsung." The logic is that Samsung could really use BBM and RIM's other enterprise features as a way to differentiate itself from the competition.
However, it sounds as though RIM might need to temper its expectations if it really wants to sell. BGR's sources say that one of the reasons the Canadian company hasn't yet struck a deal struck is because co-CEO's Balsillie and Lazaridis are asking for between $10- and $15 billion, or as much as $28.60 per share. At time of writing, shares were sitting at $17.70 per share. However, this is after a notable increase thanks to the rumors of the Samsung rumors. RIM shares were at $16.35 per share first thing this morning, prior to the publication of the report from BGR.
Previously, Vodafone, Amazon, Microsoft, and Nokia have been rumored to have been interested in purchasing RIM. However, while there are apparently plenty of interested parties looking to take RIM to the dance, there's more behind this decision than just Lazaridis and Balsillie saying yes to the most attractive suitor. This time last month, sources speaking to Reuters said RIM's management had told interested parties they don't want to sell or break up the company and instructed the two CEOs to set aside any options for a sale.
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