EXCLUSIVE: Lenovo Could Make an Offer for BlackBerry as Early as This Week

A source familiar with the matter, has told
that China's Lenovo Group Limited
could make an offer to acquire Canadian mobile communications company, BlackBerry Limited
, as early as this week. The source said Lenovo's first offer would be $15.00 per share, with a deal ultimately getting done around $18.00 per share. Lenovo's
CFO Wong Wai Ming
said in January 2013, that BlackBerry (still known as Research in Motion at that time) was one of many possible opportunities for the company. BlackBerry played down the comment. Later that year, the
Canadian government reportedly blocked a potential BlackBerry deal with Lenovo
, due to national security concerns. Lenovo announced Wednesday, the creation of a new company focused on internet-based smart devices, to be launched on April 1, 2015. The company will operate under a separate name and brand. A spokesperson for BlackBerry told
on Saturday, the company does not comment on rumors or speculation. A Lenovo spokesperson was not immediately available for comment. BlackBerry closed Friday at $9.49, a gain of 2%.

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