IBM Has Approached RIM About Acquiring its Enterprise Business, Sources Say

If Samsung Electronics does not acquire Research In Motion as speculated, then perhaps International Business Machines will.

Or at least RIM’s enterprise division. According to a new report from Bloomberg, IBM is interested in the Waterloo company’s enterprise services unit.

Two unnamed sources told Bloomberg that IBM “made an informal approach about possibly acquiring the division.” RIM’s stock, which soared last week thanks to Samsung rumours, is again up 5% in trading on fresh talk of acquisitions. 

Berenberg Bank estimates that RIM’s enterprise business may be valued at $1.5 billion to $2.5 billion, depending on the assets included. RIM’s market cap is currently a little more than $4 billion.

Like the Samsung rumour, this acquisition would likely not take place before BlackBerry 10 launches in the first quarter of 2013. As expected, IBM refused to comment on the speculation.