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Group buys former Armour meatpacking site in Stockyards

The 16.8-acre site of the historic, former Armour meatpacking plant in Fort Worth’s Stockyards has changed hands, and its new owners aren’t saying anything about their plans. Chesapeake Land Development Co., which bought the site

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Hulen Pointe Shopping Center sold

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Dallas-Fort Worth in top five commercial real estate markets in 2015

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Social House Fort Worth plans to open mid-November

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Fort Worth temporarily stops issuing new home permits in TCU area

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Firm to take BlackBerry private for $4.7 million

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Julianne Pepitone

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Well, that didn't take long. BlackBerry plans to become a private company in a deal that is worth just $4.7 billion.

BlackBerry's largest shareholder, Canadian insurance company Fairfax Financial, hopes to buy the smartphone maker for $9 per share.

That's an extremely low premium. Prior to the announcement, BlackBerry was trading at $8.24 per share. As recently as Friday, BlackBerry shares were trading at more than $10.

Shares of BlackBerry traded just above $9 after the announcement.

The deal, announced Monday, comes just three days after BlackBerry announced brutal preliminary quarterly financials, including a $1 billion loss for last quarter and plans to lay off about 4,500 staffers.

And so Fairfax, which already owns about a 10% stake in BlackBerry, is a possible white knight for a company that sorely needs one. Fairfax CEO Prem Watsa said the deal "will open an exciting new private chapter for BlackBerry," and that it will "deliver immediate value to shareholders."

The Fairfax offer isn't a done deal, however. BlackBerry chairwoman Barbara Stymiest said the company would consider "superior" deals, and the company has until Nov. 4 to find a better offer before proposing Fairfax's plan to shareholders.

If BlackBerry does receive multiple offers, a bidding war could break out. Late Friday, the New York Times posted a report saying BlackBerry co-founder and former co-CEO Mike Lazaridis had approached private-equity firms about making an offer for the company.

Given BlackBerry's struggles, the go-private offer came along rather quickly. It's been just one month since BlackBerry said its board of directors had formed a special committee to look into "strategic alternatives" for the company -- including a possible sale. (As part of that announcement, Watsa stepped down from his board position to avoid "potential conflicts.")

If the Fairfax deal goes through, it will likely be a big relief for BlackBerry.

In the corporate world, BlackBerry once held a lofty position as the king of the enterprise world. But companies have been increasingly willing to let employees work on phones they choose -- a phenomenon known as Bring Your Own Device. Those employees are overwhelmingly selecting iPhones and Android smartphones.

Meanwhile, BlackBerry rivals Apple, Google and Microsoft have worked hard to improve their security and e-mail delivery capabilities. As a result, corporate IT departments have opened their once-restrictive gates to non-BlackBerry devices. BlackBerry's US headquarters is in Irving. 

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