BBRY stock took a hit in early trading Thursday as former CEO Mike Lazardis turned down a possible takeover deal.
BlackBerry (BBRY) shares are down 2% today but they have been in the decline since July with BBRY stock down 36% YTD. Lazardis — who also co-founded the company — now owns 26.3 million shares that make up 4.99% of the company after selling $26 million in stock this week.
BlackBerry raised $1 billion in convertible debt in an attempt to stabilize the struggling company with new CEO John Chen. The former Sybase CEO was hired to design a plan to turn Blackberry around into a profitable company once again.
Lazaridis and co-founder Doug Fregin hired Goldman Sachs (GS) and Centerview Partners in search for a deal. However, their agreement fell through on Dec. 24.
Fregin owns about 2.3% of outstanding shares as BlackBerry stock continues to plummet.