Shareholder demands RIM sell itself or spin off patents
whip reins', cries banker
A shareholder has told RIM it should consider selling itself or spinning off its patent portfolio.
The CEO of Jaguar Financial Group, who would not say how large Jaguar's RIM stake is, told the company it should act to shore up share prices. He said his proposal has the support of other shareholders who together hold less than 5 percent of RIM.
Vic Alboini, CEO of Jaguar – a Canadian Merchant bank – wrote in an open letter to all shareholders: “The status quo is not acceptable, the company cannot sit still. It is time for transformational change. The directors need to seize the reins to maximize shareholder value before more market value is lost.”
He goes on to slate RIM for failing to come up with features that "inspire consumer enthusiasm" and for taking too long to get new products to market. Alboini also cites a comScore report detailing Blackberry's recent slide from first to third place in the US smartphone market and its dipping market share from 39 per cent to 22 per cent in the 12 months ending 31 July 2011.
The letter is indicative of the financial pressures that the Canadian company is under.
It comes after confrontations at the RIM AGM in July, where CEOs faced complaints about poor share performance in comparison with Apple and Google. ®
I'll help translate...
"maximize shareholder value before more market value is lost.”
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"fuck up the companies long term future so I can cash in quick"
No Joke Icon as this is sadly the truth...
What a fscking shame
Business is no longer important. Products are no longer important, services are no longer important. The only important thing is the fscking share price for those parasites who want share prices to peak so they can offload and pad their own personal wealth at the expense of the business, its employees and its customers.
Time for a revolt against the banks and Wall Street for killing off the geese that laid the golden eggs.
Quote: "The CEO of Jaguar Financial Group, who would not say how large Jaguar's RIM stake is, told the company it should act to shore up share prices"
So, shareholders are more important than the technology and IP that RIM has invested in over the years?
Nonsense, RIM has a unique product that works very well in the business world.
The long period between products [usually] assures stability in the product and services wrapped around it. Production line based product releases haven't worked overly well for the likes of Nokia. Sometimes there is such a thing as too many choices from a manufacturer.
This is the Wall Street mentality that can be and has been the ruin of many a great company..