NEW YORK Nov 1 Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd
is struggling to raise financing for its $4.7 billion
bid for BlackBerry Ltd, with several large banks
declining to loan it the money because they worry the smart
phone maker will not be able to reverse its rapidly declining
fortunes, according to people familiar with the matter.
Fairfax, which is run by Canadian financier Prem Watsa, is
working with Bank of America Merrill Lynch and BMO
Capital Markets to put together a lending syndicate for
a deal, but they have been turned down by several large lenders,
the sources said.
It is still possible that Bank of America Merrill Lynch will
muster the necessary financing for Fairfax to submit a
Fairfax, the largest shareholder in BlackBerry with a 10
percent stake, reached a tentative $9 per share deal with
BlackBerry in late September, and has until Nov. 4 to negotiate
a definitive agreement.
Fairfax declined to comment on Friday on the progress of its
bid. BlackBerry declined to comment as well.