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Updated: Mon, 04 Nov 2013 09:45:27 GMT | By Reuters, Reuters

BlackBerry calls off sale, will replace CEO

(Reuters) – BlackBerry Ltd is abandoning a plan to sell itself and instead will replace its chief executive officer and raise about $1 billion from institutional investors, including its largest shareholder, the smartphone maker said on Monday.

Shares of BlackBerry dropped 19 percent to $6.33 in premarket trading. The company will raise the money with a private placement of convertible debentures.

BlackBerry’s largest shareholder, Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd, will take up $250 million of the debentures.

Fairfax announced a tentative $9-a-share offer for the Waterloo, Ontario-based company in late September. But Reuters said on Friday that Fairfax was struggling to finance the $4.7 billion bid.

(Reporting by Allison Martell and Euan Rocha; Editing by Janet Guttsman, Gerald E. McCormick and Lisa Von Ahn)

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