BlackBerry founders Mike Lazaridis and Doug Fregin are reportedly considering a takeover bid for the company, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing
submitted Thursday. The pair, which together already hold an eight-percent stake, have teamed with Goldman Sachs and Centerview Partners to "explore the possibility of submitting a joint bid" to buy the rest of the outstanding shares.
The filing has surfaced on the heels of a separate report suggesting Fairfax Financial Holdings may have to back out of its $4.7 billion buyout offer
. The investment firm is said to have failed to secure outside funding necessary for the acquisition, sparking speculation that the struggling company may be broken up rather than sold as a single entity.
Unnamed sources have told AllThingsD
the co-founders are not collaborating with Fairfax Financial, which also holds a minority stake in the company.
"The Special Committee, with the assistance of the Company's independent financial and legal advisors, is conducting a robust and thorough review of strategic alternatives," BlackBerry said in a statement. "We do not intend to disclose further developments with respect to the process until we approve a specific transaction or otherwise conclude the review of strategic alternatives."
BlackBerry is said to be potentially worth more if its assets are split apart. The company currently holds $2.6 billion in cash, while some analysts estimate that its patents and enterprise network could collectively fetch as much as $4 billion from separate sales.