The proposed deal, which is supported by BlackBerry’s board of directors, values the company at US$4.7 billion.
Fairfax already owns about 10 percent of BlackBerry stock and would acquire the remainder for $9 per share and take the company private under the terms of a letter of intent. BlackBerry stock was trading at around $8.25 when the deal was announced.
Blackberry has agreed to a $4.7 billion buyout by its largest shareholder.
The company announced in a statement Monday that it signed a letter of intent with Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited. Under the proposed deal, the Canadian holding company will pay Blackberry shareholders $9 a share.
On Friday, the struggling company announced quarterly losses of $1 billion, as well as plans to cut 40 percent of its workforce.
Despite the recent launch of a new touchscreen device in January, the company has continually lost market share to Apple’s iPhone and a number of other devices powered by Google’s Android operating system.