Fairfax

Fairfax holds 90% of new 1.75% BlackBerry convertible debt

Fairfax Financial Holdings (Fairfax) has acquired control of $330M of 1.75% subordinated convertible debentures issued by BlackBerry, representing 90% of BlackBerry’s private placement of $365M of the debentures that closed.

Fairfax has acquired, through its subsidiaries, ownership and control of $330,000,000 aggregate principal amount of 1.75% unsecured subordinated convertible debentures maturing on November  13,  2023 representing  approximately  90%  of  BlackBerry’s  private  placement (the “Private Placement”) of an aggregate principal amount of $365,000,000 of Debentures that closed today. 

The Debentures are convertible at the option of the holder into common shares of BlackBerry (“Common Shares”) at a price of $6.00 per Common Share and, therefore, the Debentures purchased by Fairfax’s subsidiaries (the “Purchased Debentures”) are convertible into 55,000,000 Common Shares.

Before BlackBerry’s redemption of 3.75% unsecured subordinated debentures maturing Nov. 13, 2020, Fairfax held $500M of those securities, which were convertible into 50M common shares of BlackBerry. None of those securities were converted to shares before the redemption.

The Redeemed Debentures were convertible at the option of the holder into Common Shares at a price of $10.00 per Common Share and, therefore, the Redeemed Debentures held by Fairfax’s subsidiaries (the “Fairfax Redeemed Debentures”) were convertible into 50,000,000 Common Shares. 

Together with Common Shares already owned by Fairfax and its subsidiaries and assuming full conversion of the Fairfax Redeemed Debentures, Fairfax would have beneficially owned 96,724,700 Common Shares representing, assuming all other Redeemed Debentures were converted, approximately 15.7% of the total Common Shares outstanding or, if no other Redeemed Debentures were converted, approximately 16.0% of the total Common Shares outstanding, each as of August 28, 2020. 

Had Fairfax not participated in the Private Placement, Fairfax would have beneficially owned, and exercised control or direction over 46,724,700 Common Shares, representing approximately 8.4% of the Common Shares outstanding as of August 28, 2020, and no other securities of BlackBerry.

After the Redemption and Private Placement, Fairfax no longer beneficially owns or has control or direction over the Redeemed Debentures. Fairfax now beneficially owns, and exercises control or direction over, the Purchased Debentures, representing 55,000,000 Common Shares assuming full conversion.

Together with Common Shares already owned by Fairfax and its subsidiaries and assuming full conversion of the Purchased Debentures, Fairfax would beneficially own 101,724,700 Common Shares representing, assuming all other Debentures are converted, approximately 16.5% of the total Common Shares outstanding or, if no other Debentures are converted, approximately 16.6% of the total Common Shares outstanding, each as of August 28, 2020.

In connection with the acquisition of the Purchased Debentures, Fairfax agreed to a “standstill” provision (the “Standstill”) as more particularly described in the early warning report to be filed by Fairfax. 

Fairfax has acquired the Purchased Debentures for investment purposes, and in the future, it may discuss with management and/or the board of directors of BlackBerry any of the transactions listed in clauses (a) to (k) of item 5 of Form F1 of National Instrument 62-103 – The Early Warning System and Related Take-over Bid and Insider Reporting Issues and, subject to the Standstill, it may further purchase, hold, vote, trade, dispose or otherwise deal in the securities of BlackBerry, in such manner as it deems advisable to benefit from changes in market prices of BlackBerry securities, publicly disclosed changes in the operations of Blackberry, its business strategy or prospects or from a material transaction of BlackBerry.

An early warning report will be filed by Fairfax in accordance with applicable securities laws and will be available on SEDAR at sedar.com or directly from Fairfax upon request at (416) 367-4941.

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