What a Samsung Purchase of BlackBerry Could Mean for Both Companies

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2015-01-16

Samsung has fired the IT world's first major takeover salvo of 2015 with a rumored $7.5 billion acquisition offer for enterprise communications company BlackBerry, according to a Jan. 14 report by Reuters. Both Samsung and BlackBerry deny the report, but those denials certainly haven't quieted the intriguing possibilities that surround such a potential buyout. With that in mind, this slide show looks at what a BlackBerry acquisition could bring to Samsung and vice versa. Samsung, the world's dominant mobile phone maker, has been hit in recent years by growing competition from Chinese manufacturers, which has been cutting into Samsung's profits. At the same time, BlackBerry has been dealing with its own difficult financial matters for the last several years after falling from the pinnacle of the enterprise smartphone world. A merger of the two could bring a deeper involvement with security-conscious enterprise customers to Samsung while BlackBerry could gain market power and influence from becoming a part of Samsung. Here is our early analysis of such a merger.


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