BlackBerry to Raise $278 Million from Property Asset Sales
Published on: 6th May 2014
By: Ian Mansfield
BlackBerry says that it is moving forward with a previously announced deal to sell its real estate holdings in Canada.
It revealed more details as well, including that the buyer is Spear Street Capital, who has waived its due-diligence -- which is normally used to verify the assets are as they are claimed -- and will push ahead with the transaction.
Spear Street has agreed to purchase the properties for approximately US$278 million. The parties expect to complete the sale of properties valued at approximately 80% of this total later this month, with the sale of the remaining properties to be completed during the third calendar quarter of 2014, subject to customary closing conditions in each case.
Under the terms of the transaction, BlackBerry will sell more than 3 million square feet of space as well as vacant lands. BlackBerry will lease back a portion of the space as the Company continues to have a strong presence in Canada with Waterloo continuing as the home of its global headquarters.