BlackBerry Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Technology Hardware Company

BlackBerry has acquired 25 companies, including 2 in the last 5 years. A total of 5 acquisitions came from private equity firms. It has also divested 1 asset.

BlackBerry’s largest acquisition to date was in 2018, when it acquired Cylance for $1.4B. It’s largest disclosed sale occurred in 2012, when it sold NewBay Software to Synchronoss Technologies for $56M. BlackBerry has acquired in 4 different US states, and 6 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include software (56%) and information technology (20%).

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity26
    • M&A Buy Activity25
    • M&A Sell Activity1
  • Total Sectors Invested 4
  • Total Countries Invested 6
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 6
  • M&A Advisors 2

BlackBerry

BlackBerry Ltd.

2200 University Avenue East,
Waterloo, Ontario N2K 0A7
Canada,
(519) 888-7465
www.blackberry.com

BlackBerry a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry in 1999. Since then, BlackBerry products and services have continued to change the way millions of people around the world stay connected. BlackBerry was founded in 1984 and is based in Waterloo, Ontario.


M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 T
Buy (0.2/yr) # 24 - 1 - - - 25
vol $913M $1.4B $2.3B
Sell (0.0/yr) # 1 - - - - - 1
vol $56M $56M
  26

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Cylance, Inc. 2018-11-16 1.4B USD Add-on Acquisition
Irvine, California · www.cylance.com
Encription Ltd. 2016-02-24 - Add-on Acquisition
Worcestershire, United Kingdom · www.encription.co.uk
Good Technology Inc. 2015-09-04 425M USD Add-on Acquisition
Sunnyvale, California · www.good.com
AtHoc, Inc. 2015-07-22 - Add-on Acquisition
San Mateo, California · www.athoc.com
WatchDox Ltd. 2015-04-21 - Add-on Acquisition
Palo Alto, California · www.watchdox.com
Movirtu 2014-09-11 - Add-on Acquisition
London, United Kingdom · www.morvitu.com
Secusmart GmbH 2014-07-29 - Add-on Acquisition
Düsseldorf, Germany · www.secusmart.de
NewBay Software Ltd. 2012-12-27 56M USD Divestiture
Dublin, Ireland · www.newbay.com
Paratek Microwave, Inc. 2012-03-08 - Add-on Acquisition
Nashua, New Hampshire · www.paratek.com
NewBay Software Ltd. 2011-10-01 100M USD Add-on Acquisition
Dublin, Ireland · www.newbay.com
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M&A by Sector

Sector Buy # Value Sell # Value
Software 14 (56%) 807M (35%) 1 (100%) 56M (100%)
Information Technology 5 (20%) 1.5B (65%) - -
Internet Software and Services 5 (20%) - - -
Semiconductors 1 (4%) - - -
Total 25 $2.3B 1 $56M

By Geo

State/Country Buy Value Sell Value
United States 11 1.9B - -
  California 8 1.8B - -
  Connecticut 1 50M - -
  Washington 1 - - -
  New Hampshire 1 - - -
Canada 7 329M - -
  Ontario 6 329M - -
  Quebec 1 - - -
United Kingdom 3 - - -
Germany 2 - - -
Ireland 1 100M 1 56M
Sweden 1 - - -
Domestic 7 (28%) 329M (14%) - -
Cross-border 18 (72%) 2.0B (86%) 1 (100%) 56M (100%)
Total 25 $2.3B 1 $56M

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Canaccord Genuity Corp.
1
Legal Deals
Morrison & Foerster LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 1 $1.4B
$100M to $1B 3 $731M
< $100M 4 $182M
TOTAL $2.3B
Largest Cylance, Inc.
$1.4B (2018-11-16)
sell # Total
< $100M 1 $56M
TOTAL $56M
Largest NewBay Software Ltd.
$56M (2012-12-27)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
20%
5 (20%)
Strategic(s)
4%
1 (4%)
Divested to
Strategic(s)
100%
1 (100%)

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