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(B)(N) RIM Research in Motion Limited

November 30, 2012

Drama. Research in Motion has NOT been in our investment portfolio, the Perpetual Bond™, for years. Not when it was $140 in 2008 or $90 the year after or $60 last year or $10 or less this year but it keeps getting press attention that can’t be bought at any price. And certainly not by a technically $10 “penny stock” that has never paid a dividend. (The Globe and Mail, November 30, 2012, RIM’s roller coaster ride.)

Possibly the company just needs more time to figure out what it’s doing – and to do it – but the stock market has nothing to do with that. (Please see our recent Post, Do Stock Prices Mean Anything?, November 2012.) Blowing life or death into it on a daily basis creates opportunities for day-traders and penny stock market “players” between $8 to $10 to $12 to $10 to $8 (again) but we have no idea of what it might be “worth” absent some new operational and business results even though we know frequently what somebody has paid for it. They “paid” $60 billion for it in 2008, $30 billion in 2011 and $6 billion this year and there are some who think that it might be “bought” and a bargain for $9 billion next year. We don’t have any idea or opinion about that at all. The stock price will be whatever somebody is willing to pay for it. The Risk Price (SF), however, is the risk-adjusted price and remains firmly above $80 and is currently $90 (please see Exhibit 1 below, Black Line, a step-function) and one might wonder what that means given that we will not own a stock in the Perpetual Bond™ unless the ambient stock price Stock Price (SP) is apparently and plausibly above the Risk Price (SF).

In round numbers, the company has total assets of $12 billion, debt or total liabilities of $3 billion, shareholders equity of $9 billion and a current market value of less than that, $5 billion to $6 billion (which could be compared with some well-heeled competitors such as Samsung $160 billion or Apple $600 billion). The Risk Price (SF), however, is our estimate of “the least stock price at which the company is likeable” (Goetze 2009) and the essential standard of “likeability” is that portfolios of likeable stocks will tend not to lose in value and the contra, that the portfolio of stocks that are deemed “not likeable” in the same market will tend not to gain in value. (Please see our Post, The Price of Risk, August 2012, for more information.)

The Risk Price (SF) is also an estimate of a “fair value” acquisition price but it’s hard to imagine – though not impossible circa a few years ago – that anyone would pay $40 billion ($80 for 500 million shares) to acquire all of RIM at the present time. Still, a large or controlling interest could be had for a lot less but to pay less, the risk remains firmly attached. It just has new owners. (Please see, for example, our recent Post, (B)(N) IMN Inmet Mining Corporation, November 2012.)

Exhibit 1: (B)(N) RIM Research in Motion Limited – Risk Price

(B)(N) RIM Research In Motion Limited

Research in Motion Limited designs, manufactures, and markets wireless solutions for the mobile communications market worldwide. It provides platforms and solutions for access to information, including email, voice, and instant messaging.

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