The pros and cons of privatising BlackBerry

A deal to take BlackBerry private could make sense from a financial standpoint but it won't make the smartphone company more competitive.

A deal to take BlackBerry Ltd private could make sense from a financial standpoint, say private equity executives, though any such move won't by itself make the smartphone company more competitive.

The numbers for a leveraged buyout could still work, these executives said, after reports that BlackBerry's board was warming up to the possibility of going private as it fights to revive its fortunes.

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