Missisauga-based Certicom Corp. has become the target of a bidding war initiated by long-time partner Research In Motion that has boosted its shares by more than 75 per cent over the past month.
The 120-employee company licenses and develops encryption software that’s used by RIM to help provide its BlackBerry wireless email platform with a level of security that is the envy of the industry.
RIM outbid California-based VeriSign, an Internet security provider, with a $3 per share offer that values the company at about $131 million. Certicom, which holds some 470 patents, said VeriSign has until Wednesday to sweeten its $2.10 per share bid.
Shares of Certicom closed at $3.20, up 4 cents, Thursday on the TSX.
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