Thursday, June 23, 2011
Research in Motion (TSE: RIM) Decline Way Overblown. Should You Buy RIM Before it is Taken-Over?
The usual story for defunct technology companies is that they begin to burn cash quicker than they can make it. To be sure, many even have to borrow hordes of cash from investors and banks just to stay current with new developments and recent trends. RIM does not fit this bill. It has over $2 billion of cash in the bank, and it earned almost $700 million in the last quarter alone! To be sure, growth is slowing... but that does not mean everyone should just abandon ship and find the nearest lifeboat. They are at the end of a product cycle and it will take some time for them to release and market their new QNX operating system products, like those similar to the Playbook.
The other reason, which is clearly starting to gain traction, is that investors are starting to really smell a takeover target. When this happens, a floor starts to be created in the price of a stock. According to the CBC, potential "suitors mentioned in the past have included the likes of Microsoft, Oracle, Cisco, IBM and Hewlett-Packard." Each of these companies has deep pockets that could gobble up and enjoy RIM for breakfast. In addition, there are many great technology companies that would love to seize all of RIM's technology in one fell swoop. Why spend billions inventing your own systems when RIM's could be had for much less... plus you get the cash in their bank account remember. Most estimate the cost of buying all of RIM at around $20 billion. This is a large number, but not that large for the technology giants of the world's stock markets.
Happy Investing and be sure to give RIM a look in the near future.
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