RIM is now cheaper to buy than Yahoo. Even with a twenty percent premium, RIM can be had for $18 billion – plenty of companies are capable of buy them out with just even the cash reserves on hand.
Microsoft quickly comes to mind. Intel. Cisco. Google. Oh, and then there's the unlikely candid that is Apple.
Three questions need to be asked about a RIM buyout scenario:
- Who's more likely to pull the trigger?
- How would it change the landscape?
- And is Apple really not as likely to be a RIM suitor?
I think we'll know in the next few months just how likely RIM is going to survive and in what form.