VP and Head of U.S. Public Sector Q&A

Jeffrey Ait shares why he joined BlackBerry

Aiming to create new revenue streams

BlackBerry opens Technology Solutions Business Unit


Can BBM Protected boost BlackBerry’s earnings?

Turn around takes time

BlackBerry shipments on the rise under John Chen's direction


New COO at BlackBerry another sign of software focus


Apple and IBM deal could raise interest in BlackBerry


BlackBerry stock is close to a new 52-week high


A busy day in the BlackBerry World


Analysis: BlackBerry dramatically improves financial performance in Q1

News & Rumors

Press Release: BlackBerry Q1 2015 Earnings Report

News & Rumors

BlackBerry Q1 2015 Earnings Report and AGM Live Blog


BlackBerry earnings are on tap for tomorrow!

News & Rumors

A little update on Thursday's BlackBerry Earnings and AGM coverage!


I'm going to Waterloo next week for BlackBerry's Annual General Meeting of Shareholders... what do you want me to ask?!

News & Rumors

BlackBerry annual shareholder meeting to be held on June 19th

News & Rumors

BlackBerry to announce First Quarter Fiscal 2015 results on June 19


Should BlackBerry bring back Unite as a multi-platform management tool?


Looking back at the incredible pace of change at BlackBerry in CEO John Chen's first six months

News & Rumors

Bert Nordberg stepping down from BlackBerry board next month

News & Rumors

Prominent investment group Kahn Brothers increase stake in BlackBerry by 80%

< >

Hot off the wire: BlackBerry Announces Completion of Acquisition of Additional U.S. $250 Million Debentures by Fairfax

By Kevin Michaluk on 16 Jan 2014 10:05 pm EST

Hot off the wire and straight to the CrackBerry homepage... 

Press Release

BlackBerry Announces Completion of Acquisition of Additional U.S. $250 Million Debentures by Fairfax

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - January 16, 2014) - BlackBerry® Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY)(TSX: BB), a world leader in mobile communications, today announced the completion of the purchase by Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, through its subsidiaries, of an additional U.S. $250 million principal amount of 6% unsecured subordinated convertible debentures of BlackBerry (the "Debentures"). The additional Debentures were purchased pursuant to the exercise of a previously-announced option that was granted in connection with BlackBerry's private placement of U.S. $1 billion principal amount of Debentures on November 13, 2013.



Why is a small comment not allowed first?

Developer of AutoCrop Scanner


I hope they put this money to good use.


4 post from kevin today. That I love

Posted via CB10


Same here & they were awesome articles!

Keep The Faith  BlackBerry Q10 

Kevin Michaluk

Do you want me to make it five? Or save some good stuff for tomorrow? :)

Update: Technically 5 posts in the last 22 hours. So I'll save the one I was going to pump out right now for tomorrow. 


Good to see you posting more lately!

www.mikescraftbeer.com - C00012735 Posted on my Z30


Either or my friend...I'm good either way!

Keep The Faith  BlackBerry Q10 


Same it for tomorrow:)

Posted via CB10


Post news of 10.2.1 official release? :) I would like that tomorrow

From my new z30

Kevin Michaluk

I'm getting a tingly feeling in my fingers that tells me something good is just around the corner.


Come on Kevin, I have a tingly feeling you know something we don't, but really want to....
Enlighten us please

...great to hear so much from you lately!

Hopefully next year I will see you at ces

Posted via CB10


STOP IT! Your teasing us.

Posted via CB10


But you kinda like it, don't lie...


Ha ha. It leaves so much suspense. I'm anxious for tomorrow now.

Posted via CB10


Don't put up until tomorrow what you can write today.

 CB10 


Never save news for the next day. Never know who might beat you to it.

Posted via CB10


Post it in the comments! First ever blog within a blog. Inception-style...

Posted via BBCBZ10


Such a dumb movie, but great way for Kev to "break a news alert"... make the BlackBerry Basher have to read our posts to find out what to "bash"...inception style...

CB10 from the Z30


Lol Kevin you're a tease!

Posted via CB10 on my Z30


Say it in Code Kevin. Any code. But just say something about 10.2.1 plssssss

From Zuri my Z10.


Well hopefully you don't wait so long that you get scooped by one of the "other sites" ;)


Keep up the good work Kevin

Posted via CB10


Finally you're back in the fold with articles!


Your on fire Kevin .....A+++


Welcome back, Kevin.


Posted via CB10


So does Kevin post more the better things look for BlackBerry, or...
does the health of the company directly correlate to the amount of articles Kevin posts ??

Z10 STL100-3 | | Bell | CB10


Kevin is a "lagging indicator".... When things were "really dark for BlackBerry "...Kevin was nowhere to be seen...except if you lived in Korea at one point.

He was ready to go "Double Live Fanboy" til Chen showed up and breathed life back into the corpse that was BlackBerry...

Now that things are "looking up" he is "Kevin from Crackberry" rather than "Kevin on a milk carton" which, interestingly enough, Umi told me they do not understand in Canada....

Welcome back, Kevin. Oh and I had a problem with my Z10...ATT replaced it 3 times and I got one that "worked".... I bequeathed it to a loved one and have been rocking a Z30 since...Best BBRY Eva....

CB10 from the Z30



ZED10 STL100-3,


mo money mo money mo money always better


Nice. Use some of it to buy SwiftKey.

Posted via CB10


Or TYPO. Or Blackphone.


Or Good tech..
Buy Good...that would be...well, good.

Zee Z30 posted thiz


Why? Bbry already dominates the mdm market. Good would be a small competitor that many places already resent.

All Bbry needs to do is refine what they have and get it into the hands of customers. Basically do what they did that made them #1 not even a decade ago. Focusing on the enterprise is probably a strong move.


I think I may buy some BBRY stock for the first time. Price is right and rising. Chen is making all the right moves corporate wise at the moment and the Street seems to realize it.

Posted via CB10


Mo money mo problems?

Posted via CB10


No money, no problems = no BlackBerry
Problems are what runs the world!

Keep The Faith  BlackBerry Q10 


Gotta love Crackberry Kevin being on fire today! :)
On a serious note, this like a vote of confidence by Prem Watsa. "Show me the Money"!!


Great. Now how long will it take to burn through that money? Then what? Another bail out? Or "she's done "?

Posted Via Z10


Can you translate what that means to someone that knows nothing about finance?

Posted via CB10


Chris U. Did a good article on this back when the $1 billion was announced. I don't have the link right now but a quick search on Crackberry will find it.

Posted via CB10


Team 

Posted via CB10


Making moves, in the right direction finally. Hopefully this will be the year BlackBerry can began to release complete projects instead of to be continued stuff. Good 1st steps though^

Posted via CB10

Prem WatsApp

Coming soon!

My name is Prem, I'm using BBM ... from my QuZe10 ...whatarhyme...


Hmm, I thought this was a done deal once Fairfax gave intention to purchase that extra 0.25GB (quarter gigabucks) on Jan 8.


The chi is growing and BlackBerry users unite...give our best fight or go down in spite...take heed...Mr. Chen God Speed!

Keep The Faith  BlackBerry Q10 


Keep writing Kevin! You're on a roll today!



What's gotten into him?


How many more millions until 10.2.1 released?

Posted via CB10


Go Kevin!
Go BlackBerry!
It's been a good month so far :D

Posted via CB10


This shows BBRY has strength, and Fairfax sees a bright future with BBRY and its BB10 mobile platform.


Should of bought Sierra wireless but timing was wrong and now SW valuation has soared! They will need it for ongoing operations before their recovery is over. Wonder if we will hear about the tax recovery?

Posted via CB10


Get some major apps on board


Yeah... tax recovery money will make BlackBerry richer and more stable financially...
Chen gets more time and comfort with more cash at hand... :)
Go BBRY go...

Posted via CB10


Can someone explain to me why Blackberry needs this money? So they had $3B and now its $3.25B. When they return the money to Watsa in 5 years they'll have to return over $325 million. Are they going to buy another company?


Money = Time for BlackBerry at this point..... more=more....Capiche?

CB10 from the Z30


Getting into debt unnecessarily gives you less time. Did you ever have a wife?

My point is that $250 m is insignificant "at this point". It represents about $0.46 a share.

I'd like to discuss why this is "Hot off the wire news". Are they planning a huge share buyback to squeeze out more shorts? Perhaps eliminating the shorts would have similar benefits to going private. I don't believe they are doing this specifically to buy time especially since they maintained the cash position after all the writedowns and losses.

They have billions in assets that they can use as collateral for a loan if cash would get tight. If they were really planning to burn through all of their cash it would be wise to wait and save themselves a couple million in interest expenses.


Use it in the right places Chen.

Z30 :D - [URL="bbmc:C00016D82"]The Final Destination[/URL] - Winnipeg Mb Clothing|Footwear|Headwear|Headshop|Tobacconist|Tattoos


Kevin in full swing! So many posts in a day! On fire.. lol :D


So what! Is this important?

Posted via CB10


I too have that tingly feeling. Something is coming down the pipes from BlackBerry. I have heard some rumors here in KW's.
A BlackBerry friend promises something exciting. Wonder if it's the same thing Kevin is speaking of?

Posted via CB10


It's nice to see people take notice that Kevin is showing a presence today! So don't take it personal when I was critical of where your heart truly lies. Time will tell. As for the more money...well it shoes that Prem really believes BlackBerry has something that they believe is going to be ground breaking. With the release of the z30, they may be right. However, BlackBerry is going to take more heavy losses. The complete lack of carrier support in the US and Canada will guarantee this. It's like BlackBerry needs this cash to buy time till they can finalize the next great thing.

Posted via CB10


You're going pretty fast ... there's no more inventory to "burn".
Hard and sad work has been done already. Let's see where this enterprise focus strategy leads to. I'm pretty confident about it. Give it two quarters at least though.


Define "complete lack of carrier support" in Canada please.


Well let's see. Our Corporate account is with Rogers. Last January, they advised us to go Windows believe it or not and not the new BB10. Well I personally am extremely disappointed in Windows 8, I stayed true to BlackBerry. Good decision. Then when the z30 launched, Rogers was not even going to carry it. I wrote a letter to our representative advising him that when our contract renews our business will head to Bell. I couldn't believe the slap in the face from one Canadian Company to another. Well we know they changed their tune, but it's totally lack luster. Bell is not much better. If you see a Rogers or Bell ad, you may see a glimpse of a new BB10, but honestly Samsung and iphone devices are front and center. You do get the drift from that type of advertising right?

Posted via CB10


We will see Wall Street tomorrow, I hope so something good happens

Posted via BlackBerry Z10


Upssss comment incomplete

Posted via BlackBerry Z10


Watsa is a self-made billionaire, he obviously believes BB is a great investment.


What are the requirements for being eligible to purchase these debentures? Is there a minimum purchase? Do you need to be of some particular bloodline?

Posted via CB10

Prem WatsApp


These *convertible* debentures seem a friggin' good deal, given the recent bump of the share price, now hovering just under the conversion price.

I'd have some, if I could.

My name is Prem, I'm using BBM ... from my QuZe10 ...whatarhyme...


It's a good deal to Fairfax only.


And now to wait how is spent this money (:

Posted via CB10


I guess this is "good" news. Will only strengthen Fairfax' position and dedication towards BlackBerry :).

C0038297E Quote of the Day (BBM Channel)


Oh good, more debt. The no debt bragging rights have been silenced.

RP Singh

Thank you to those making efforts to eliminate the "first" posts.

Sent from my iPuh-lease-as-IF


Next step, let BlackBerry buy MobileIron for 300 mio dollars and eliminate that negative BlackBerry bashing flee. Migrate al the MobileIron users with sec7 to BES10 and transfer there MobileIron license for free to SecureWorkSpace.

Posted via CB10

Prem WatsApp

Another step, but not quite serious about it.

They don't have the financial to build one, but if they had their own mobile network optimised for BBM / BB10, there would NOT be a carrier issue. And they could still sell iDroid with the new multi-platform approach. Maybe as a VMNO (virtual mobile network operator = network capacity reseller, like Amaysim, Boost, Lebara, etc. (Australia and other countries)) and online phone sales?

As I said, not quite serious about that, so please don't bash me for it. Just a thought.

Anyone sign up with B-Mobile?
Yeah, baby.

My name is Prem, I'm using BBM ... from my QuZe10 ...whatarhyme...


Look forward to the analysis.

Posted via CB10 on my  Z10 


That would be awesome if they bought one of the leading MDM companies. My boss loves Mobile Iron, but hates BlackBerry. I don't think I would be able to rub it into him enough.

Posted via CB10

Jeroen Lebon

I am still surprised why corporations who need to take care of there data and the customers information use a unsecure and crappie MDM platform as MobileIron.
1. It makes a Swiss cheese of your internal and external firewall by opening a lot of ports.
2. It even opens a firewall port on your internal firewall to your Global Catalog or LDAP service for querying a user information. So when your DMZ is compromised they can do a full query of all your account information.
3. The complete MobileIron MDM implementation is done in your DMZ where it stores the configuration and all the user settings and other information in a MySQL database in your DMZ. Are you nuts...?
4. It even lets the users when the option is enabled make a full backup of there device on the MobileIron server. So you're device data with al the users information and other information is stored in the DMZ. Another BAD idea.
5. You don't have control or any information about the Operating System MobileIron is running on. Security and patch management is therefore not controllable by your own IT staff. Even MobileIron got remote access to it any time and any moment of the day they want.
6. You need a VMware host in your DMZ to host the VMware instances of MobileIron, this creates another extra unnecessary layer (VMware, MI OS, MI Application) of security risks an point of failure (I am am not saying VMware is bad) it even gets worse if u use a shared VMware host for Internal and DMZ hosts.

And the list can go on and on, so you can see for yourself MobiIeIron not the best choice, but they have a good marketing machine who will sell a you Lamborghini while instead it is a really badly pimped Fiat Panda. And when the costumers discover that its to late.

Justin Looney

Thank you for this Enterprise perspective. I'm all for a mobile workforce, but you always have to weigh security. We have not moved away from Blackberry yet. And if it takes puncing a bunch of holes in our firewall, than our security team is definitely going to raise red flags. The VM DMZ approach makes the most sense. We just deployed a NAC solution, and I am curious about BES and NAC working together.


OS 10.2.1 to be released within 10 days.

You heard it here first...

Savvas John Savva, Owner of Skill 7 Limited - www.skill7.org - BBM: 2670CCEA


Good, let's use it now to sell like hell !


If BlackBerry bought Airwatch or someone similar, that would be very interesting.

Pete The Penguin

So, basically Prem owns BlackBerry now?


So where is Chris U? Did Kevin fire him?

Posted via CB10


Not that bad news :)

C0038297E Quote of the Day (BBM Channel)


Whatever, this guy is only protecting his wallet. He tried to steal the company.

Posted from a Blackberry Z10 version10.2.1.176 on Verizon 4G network