A handful of potential bidders are lining up to look at BlackBerry, but initial indications suggest interest is tepid and buyers are eyeing parts of the business rather than the whole company, sources say.
Private equity firms are mostly interested in businesses such as BlackBerry's operating system and the patents around its keyboard, two of the sources said. However, one possibility is for a Canadian pension fund to team up with an investor to buy the whole company, which is currently worth $US5.4 billion ($5.8 billion), one of the sources said.
BlackBerry's biggest shareholder, Fairfax Financial Holdings, has approached several large Canadian investment funds about forging a deal to take the smartphone maker private.
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