Is BlackBerry Well-Positioned for the Future?
With shares of BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) trading around $7, is BBRY an OUTPERFORM, WAIT AND SEE, or STAY AWAY? Let’s analyze the stock with the relevant sections of our CHEAT SHEET investing framework:
T = Trends for a Stock’s Movement
BlackBerry is a designer, manufacturer, and marketer of wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. Through the development of integrated hardware, software, and services it provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to information such as email, voice, instant messaging, SMS, Internet, intranet-based applications, and browsing. Its products and services feature the BlackBerry wireless solution, the Research In Motion Wireless Handheld product line, the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, software development tools, and other software and hardware.
BlackBerry has lost the support of one of its founders, as former CEO Mike Lazaridis has reduced his remaining stake in the company after BlackBerry gave up on a decision to sell itself and instead installed new CEO John Chen and obtained $1 billion in financing from Fairfax Financial Holdings. According to a regulatory filing seen by Bloomberg, Lazaridis sold over $26 million worth of his stock in BlackBerry this week, leaving him with 26.3 million shares or a 4.99 percent stake in the company’s outstanding shares. Lazaridis was one of the many parties considering a bid on BlackBerry when the company was still up for sale.