BlackBerry cofounders Mike Lazaridis and Douglas Fregin are weighing a possible acquisition of the struggling Canadian smartphone maker.
In a filing Thursday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the duo said they were "considering all available options," which included "a potential acquisition of all the outstanding shares of the issuer that they do not currently own, either by themselves or with other interested investors."
Lazaridis, formerly co-chief executive of BlackBerry, and Fregin each own about 8% of BlackBerry's shares.
Shares of BlackBerry rose 9 cents, or 1.1%, to $8.20.
It's the latest development for BlackBerry, which appears to be headed for a buyout or breakup amid lackluster sales and flagging support from consumers, manufacturers and retail partners alike.
Last month, the company announced that it had struck a tentative deal to be bought by a Canadian insurance company for $4.7 billion. BlackBerry signed a letter of intent with a consortium led by Fairfax Financial Holdings, which plans to take the smartphone maker private.
That same month, BlackBerry said it planned to lay off about 4,500 employees, or about 40% of its workforce, and also reported that it lost nearly $1 billion in its most recent quarter.