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BlackBerry Announces Business Unit Separation and Updates on Project Imperium

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BlackBerry Limited, a global leader in intelligent security software and services, has unveiled its latest strategic move under “Project Imperium.” Initiated on May 1, 2023, this project was designed to review BlackBerry’s diverse business portfolio.

After thorough evaluation with its advisors, Morgan Stanley and Perella Weinberg Partners, BlackBerry’s Board of Directors has decided on a significant restructuring. The company intends to separate its IoT (Internet of Things) and Cybersecurity business units, creating two independent entities. This decision stems from the company’s aim to enhance shareholder value and streamline its operations.

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A key highlight of this separation is BlackBerry’s plan to introduce a subsidiary initial public offering (IPO) for its IoT business. This segment is recognized as a market leader, especially in the realm of high-performance software for automotive and other industries. The targeted launch for this IPO is set for the first half of the upcoming fiscal year. By doing so, BlackBerry believes that shareholders will have a clearer perspective on the performance and potential of its core businesses. This separation will also allow each business unit to focus on its unique strategy and capital allocation.

John Chen, Executive Chair & CEO of BlackBerry, expressed optimism about this strategic shift. He stated, “Separating our principal businesses will enhance our ability to create value for all our stakeholders. Both the IoT and Cyber sectors boast leading technology and cater to vast market opportunities. This new structure will amplify their operational flexibility and dedication to delivering top-tier solutions to their clientele.”

BlackBerry, headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, has been at the forefront of leveraging AI and machine learning to offer innovative solutions in cybersecurity, safety, and data privacy. With a vision to ensure a secure and connected future, BlackBerry continues to make strides in endpoint security, encryption, and embedded systems.

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