BlackBerry has signed preliminary paperwork with a consortium of equity companies that could lead to the company going private, reports the Globe and Mail. Fairfax Financial Holdings has cobbled together a handful of companies and offered $9 per share for BlackBerry, valuing the smartphone maker at about $4.7 billion. "BlackBerry has fallen on hard times recently, but we have every confidence it will be successful again," said Fairfax CEO Prem Watsa. "We're trying to make sure it remains in whole in Canada. We're looking at any possibility for the good of the company, its customers and its employees." BlackBerry announced that it is exploring strategic options for the business following poor adoption of its BlackBerry 10 platform.