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Jaguar is calling for a new RIM CEO to replace Lazaridis and Balsillie, and wants RIM to break up into separate public companies or be put up for sale as a whole

Just last month, two proposals were suggested in regards to the sale of RIM's intellectual propoerty as well as an executive shake-up. Now, Canadian merchant bank Jaguar Financial Corp. is pushing Research In Motion (RIM) to make some hefty changes in the way of a new chief executive and putting the company up for sale as a whole or in parts -- and its ideas are gaining support.

RIM, maker of BlackBerry, is currently run by President and co-CEO Mike Lazaridis and co-CEO Jim Balsillie. The company has had a hard time keeping up with competitors like Apple, Google, Microsoft, HTC and Samsung when it comes to mobile devices and mobile operating systems because of its slow response to a constantly-changing market. Its stock hit a "52-week low" of $19.29 on October 4 after hitting a high of $70.54 in February.

In addition, lukewarm reception to the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, bleak quarterly results, and business' decision to escape RIM's proprietary BlackBerry email service have not helped RIM in this matter.

For the above-mentioned reasons, Jaguar, which has acquired more shares of RIM since the stock price began to drop, is now calling for a new RIM CEO to replace Lazaridis and Balsillie. It also wants RIM to break up into separate public companies or be put up for sale as a whole.

According to Jaguar, a minimum of 8 percent of stockholders agree with its ideas and are calling for a company shake-up as well.

"Everybody is in support of a sale of RIM or another value creative splitting the company into separate public companies -- a network company, a device company and a patents company," said Vic Alboini, Jaguar chief executive. "It's time for RIM to bring in a transformational leader and a respected independent chairman."

But Lazaridis and Balsillie will likely not take this sitting down. Between the two, Lazaridis and Balsillie hold over 10 percent of the stock and have a crucial role in the company's decision-making as chairman of the board.

Jaguar said it has spoken to 20 of the larger institutional holders so far out of 1,000 stockholders, but plans to continue speaking to more.

"We haven't adopted a call-center approach," said Alboini. "It has been very highly targeted, but now that we've got the response, you know we are going to go out and see how many more we can get."

According to Alboini, Jaguar can call a shareholders meeting with 8 percent support, which would force RIM's board to listen to its demands.

RIM saidover 90 percent of its voting shares had supported the re-election of directors that includes Lazaridis and Balsillie during the company's annual meeting in July.

In other RIM-related news, BlackBerry services continue to be disrupted in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, India, and now, North America as well. The outage is going on three days now in some areas, and could affect 70 million BlackBerry users outside of North America, according to RBC analysts Mike Abramsky and Paul Treiber.

"The messaging and browser delays...were caused by a core switch failure within RIM's infrastructure," said RIM. "As a result, a large backlog of data was generated and we are now working to clear that backlog and restore normal service."

RIM originally said the services were restored Tuesday, but have now said they are still working on the problem and haven't mentioned how long it would take.

The outage, which has now spread to North America as well, could negatively affect RIM competition-wise with the new iPhone 4S launching in only two days.

Sources: Reuters, Reuters

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RE: Impossible!
By Pirks on 10/13/2011 7:34:40 PM , Rating: 2
If you invested in company and they tanked - it is YOUR fault. You should be grown up enogh to understand that stock investments are pure gamble, it's all 100% luck and nothing else. So if you invested and then lost big or won big - it is only you to blame and no one else. Buyer beware - ever heard this?

Speaking of selling off RIM in order to stop losing money - this is akin to selling Apple stock in 90's - you will stop losing your money but you will also lose all the prospects of the long term gain that could be huge. All the idiot Jaguars who sold their Apple stock in 90's now cry and pull their hair off while the smart ones who did not listen to Jaguars and Dells screaming SELL APPLE NOW literally swim in money.

In other words it may be safe bet to sell the old company that does not want go change, but seling a company that's about to introduce first groundbreaking major product redesign since their inception as a smartphone company? How stupid is that? While Jaguar morons run around providing laughing material for reporters and trolls like JM the serious smart investors took the only approach that smart investor could take - wait and see if RIM's new platform succeds or not. ONLY THEN those smart investors will take the action by ousting Lazaridis, if his new platform fails.

So let the Jaguar clowns to entertain us while the big new platform rollout is upon us. It's gonna be fun! QNX is a top notch OS with uber excellent development toolkits, to top it the PlayBook hardware and especially UI beats iPad IMHO, so this new platform is no joke even without handsets. Observe Jaugar clowns dirty holes plugged for good when the handsets with new OS are unleashed.

RE: Impossible!
By retrospooty on 10/13/2011 7:53:40 PM , Rating: 2
The point is after the iphone was announced in january 2007 it took rim 4 and a half years to answer. That's not luck that's not a gamble thats incompetence , gross incompetence. You can think what you want though.

RE: Impossible!
By Pirks on 10/14/2011 1:57:14 PM , Rating: 2
The problem is that the new cookie cutter CEO is likely to be even less competent than Lazaridis. Like I said you can't find anyone better than him at the moment, there are no visionaries on the market. Hence the only thing you can do is to either sell RIM now and get a little money or wait and potentially get much more money later after QNX platform becomes a success.

RE: Impossible!
By retrospooty on 10/14/2011 2:06:10 PM , Rating: 2
In other words, the damage is already done, at this point you may as well hang on and hope to recoup some of the lost money. I suppose that makes sense... still not a whole lot of confidence inthe CEO, RIM or its future

RE: Impossible!
By Pirks on 10/14/2011 2:45:13 PM , Rating: 1
I too did not have confidence in RIM just like you... until I tried my Playbook and my new Torch 9860. These two nice gadgets were enough to somewhat raise my confidence in RIM's future.

Stuff they were making before Playbook and BB OS 7 was junk, I agree, but now they are moving in the right direction so I can't honestly say I believe the doom and gloom. I used to but now I'm more careful with all that negativity. Especially after reading a LOT of technically incompetent and illiterate "reviews" of the new RIM products where agenda of the "reviewers" was pretty clear.

I trust Anand the most among all the reviewers I read (ok Peter Bright and John Siracusa are very good but still... Anand is the best) and Anand wrote in his Playbook review that the RIM's browser was the best among all the tablet browsers he tested, the closest to full desktop browsing experience you can get on an ARM tablet. Including Apple's ones. I trusted his review, got myself a Playbook and never got disappointed (probably because I use Gmail and thus never ever needed a standalone mail client... in like 5 years or so, seriously) then I got myself some more BB OS 7 gear and found out that it's actually real nice gear, not the ideal but not the bad horrible slow etc experience it used to be a year ago, when RIM hardware was unbelievably outdated. Not anymore.

Well, this kind of explains why I don't believe into doom and gloom reviews for now. First, I found too many lies and illiteracy in those reviews, people often have absolutely no idea what they are writing about. Second, my own experience with new RIM gadgets also suggests it's too early to write RIM off. The company is changing, moving in the right direction by dropping their old OS and their old horribly underpowered hardware, and replacing them with something totally new and exciting. I'm sure the big investors will wait for the big QNX platform debut before deciding whether to sell RIM or not, they definitely understand all this too. Jaguar can eat shit. Just like Apple investors ate shit in 90's. Shit happens, it's capitalism man.

RE: Impossible!
By retrospooty on 10/14/2011 5:57:30 PM , Rating: 2
I actually just tried a playbook in a local staples an hour ago. It's OK. I like the WebOS ish flickiness of it. Not bad.

Here is the problem. Lets say it comes out on some phones and like WebOS is comparable to Android and iOS. Most independant reviewers like WebOS even better and rate it higher than Android and IOS. So lets say RIM achieves that as a goal. Look what happened to WebOS. Not good things. It has to stand out.

RE: Impossible!
By Pirks on 10/15/2011 12:31:53 AM , Rating: 1
Hey you didn't notice that WebOS tablet that HP made was molasses slow, this is why consumers were not buying it. I tried it in store on the day it was released and immediately realized it was dead on arrival. Playbook experience in store was head and shoulders above. This explains why WebOS died quick and Playbook survived, albeit not excelled in sales because gazillions of Apple biased reviewers rated it down. Well, Anand was not Apple biased and it showed in his Playbook review but how many real smart reviewers like Anand do we have? None at all, very very rare.

Anyway, I can't really say that these days any of the smartphones and tablets really "stand out" as you say. They are all very similar, Apple and Android are clones of each other, now MS joined the fun and it's also kind of standing out if you wish by the original UI, but does this standing out help MS to sell a lot of WP7? Not at all. Same with RIM, their QNX may stand out like MS stand out with Metro UI, still MS sees abysmal sales and RIM may too, so standing out does not help. There are other factors besides standing out, like growing markets, customer loyalty, proper retail sales preparation, proper sales incentives and commission for the cellular stores salesmen and many other factors that affect sales. Apple for example has very powerful retail chain and because of that it does not need to stand out. Google probably pays good commission to cellular salesmen and does not have to stand out. MS can leverage maybe integration with Xbox and Windows 8 to avoid the need to stand out, and RIM may just exploit their current loyal customer base and growing market outside of the US to stay afloat without the need to stand out.

I mean if so many companies survive without standing out (that includes Apple because iPhone these days definitely does not stand out at all) I don't see why RIM can't do this. It's not like smartphone market is shrinking so there will be place for RIM too as the market grows. This reason alone I think should be enough to keep RIM alive. If they don't stand out but don't fuck up like they used to with ancient outdated OS and hardware a couple of years ago - they should be okay, not growing wild but kind of profitable enough to keep Jaguar happy. They just need time to get QNX devices out.

"We are going to continue to work with them to make sure they understand the reality of the Internet.  A lot of these people don't have Ph.Ds, and they don't have a degree in computer science." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis

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