11/07/2014 06:32 EST | Updated 01/07/2015 05:59 EST

Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan scoops up BlackBerry shares in third-quarter

TORONTO - The Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan is buying into the future of BlackBerry as the smartphone company pushes forward with its recovery effort.

In documents filed with U.S. regulators on Friday, the pension plan disclosed the purchase of 7.79 million shares of BlackBerry during the third quarter ended Sept. 30.

The latest purchase makes Teachers one of the Top 10 holders of BlackBerry shares, according to data compiled by Thomson Reuters.

In total, Teachers now holds 8.23 million shares in BlackBerry, worth about US$86.7 million as of Friday's closing stock price.

The Waterloo, Ont.,-based hardware and services company began a dramatic turnaround attempt a year ago when it hired John Chen as its chief executive officer.

Chen, a seasoned veteran of the technology industry, immediately began an effort to reshape BlackBerry as a leaner operation focused mainly on the business community. He aims to make the company break even by the end of next February.

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