• BlackBerry Announces Q3 FY2015 Earnings Results



    BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB), a global leader in mobile communications, today reported financial results for the three months ended November 29, 2014 (all figures in U.S. dollars and U.S. GAAP, except where otherwise indicated).
    Q3 Highlights:

    • Cash and investments balance of $3.1 billion at the end of the fiscal quarter
    • Normalized positive cash flow of $43 million in the quarter, compared to cash use of $36 million in the prior quarter
    • Non-GAAP earnings of $0.01 per share compared to a loss of $0.02 per share in the prior quarter
    • Non-GAAP and GAAP gross margin of 52%, driven by a second consecutive quarter of positive hardware gross margin
    • Non-GAAP operating profit of $16 million, up from $2 million last quarter
    • Launched BES12 and a portfolio of Value Added Services
    • Ending the EZ Pass Program after the quarter with a total of 6.8 million licenses issued for BES10, a 100% increase from last quarter, with over 30% of total licenses traded in from competitors' Mobile Device Management platforms
    • Completed the acquisition of Movirtu, a provider of virtual SIM solutions, during the quarter. Completed the acquisition of Secusmart, a leader in high-security voice and text encryption, after the quarter ended
    • Announced partnerships with Samsung, Vodafone, Ingram Micro, Brightstar, Salesforce.com and many others


    Q3 Results

    Revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2015 was $793 million. The revenue breakdown for the quarter was approximately 46% for hardware, 46% for services and 8% for software and other revenue. During the third quarter, the Company recognized hardware revenue on approximately 2 million BlackBerry smartphones. During the third quarter, approximately 1.9 million BlackBerry smartphones were sold through to end customers, which included shipments made and recognized prior to the third quarter and which reduced the Company's inventory in channel.

    Non-GAAP profit for the third quarter was $6 million, or $0.01 per share, reversing a loss of $0.02 last quarter. GAAP net loss for the quarter was $148 million, or $0.28 per share. The GAAP net loss includes a non-cash charge associated with the change in the fair value of the debentures of $150 million (the "Q3 Fiscal 2015 Debentures Fair Value Adjustment") and pre-tax restructuring charges of $5 million related to the restructuring program. The impact of these adjustments on GAAP net loss and loss per share is summarized in a table below.

    Total cash, cash equivalents, short-term and long-term investments was $3.1 billion as of November 29, 2014. The cash balance increased $43 million in the third quarter, excluding net outlays of $31 million related to acquisitions during the quarter. Purchase obligations and other commitments amounted to approximately $1.6 billion as of November 29, 2014, with purchase orders with contract manufacturers representing approximately $565 million of the total, compared to $344 million at the end of the second quarter.

    "We achieved a key milestone in our eight quarter plan with positive cash flow. We also attained another important milestone in the release of our new enterprise software products and devices," said Executive Chairman and CEO John Chen. "Our focus now turns to expanding our distribution and driving revenue growth."

    Outlook

    The Company continues to anticipate maintaining its strong cash position, while increasingly looking for opportunities to prudently invest in growth. The Company continues to anticipate break-even or better cash flow from operations.

    The Company is expanding its distribution capability, and expects traction from these efforts to manifest some time in fiscal 2016. The company continues to target sustainable non-GAAP profitability some time in fiscal 2016.

    Reconciliation of GAAP loss before income taxes, net income (loss) and earnings (loss) per share to Non-GAAP loss before income taxes, net income (loss) and earnings (loss) per share:

    (United States dollars, in millions except per share data)
    Loss before
    income taxes
    Net income
    (loss)
    Earnings (loss)
    per share
    As reported $ (160 ) $ (148 ) $ (0.28 )
    Adjustments:
    CORE charges (1) 5 4
    Q3 Fiscal 2015 Debenture Fair Value Adjustment (2) 150 150
    Adjusted $ (5 ) $ 6 $ 0.01


    Note: Non-GAAP loss before income taxes, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP earnings per share do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and thus are not comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other issuers. The Company believes that the presentation of these non-GAAP measures enables the Company and its shareholders to better assess the Company's operating results relative to its operating results in prior periods and improves the comparability of the information presented. Investors should consider these non-GAAP measures in the context of the Company's GAAP results.


    1. During the third quarter of fiscal 2015, the Company incurred charges related to the restructuring program of $5 million pre-tax, or $4 million after tax, of which $4 million were included in research and development and $1 million were included in selling, marketing, and administration expenses.
    2. During the third quarter of fiscal 2015, the Company recorded the Q3 Fiscal 2015 Debentures Fair Value Adjustment of $150 million. This adjustment was presented on a separate line in the Consolidated Statement of Operations.


    Supplementary Geographic Revenue Breakdown

    (United States dollars, in millions except per share data)
    Blackberry Limited
    (United States dollars, in millions)
    Revenue by Region

    For the quarter ended
    November 29,
    2014
    August 30,
    2014
    May 31,
    2014
    March 1,
    2014
    November 30,
    2013
    North America $ 213 26.9 % $ 297 32.4 % $ 276 28.6 % $ 297 30.4 % $ 340 28.5 %
    Europe, Middle East and Africa 366 46.1 % 368 40.2 % 414 42.9 % 412 42.2 % 549 46.0 %
    Latin America 84 10.6 % 111 12.1 % 125 12.9 % 127 13.0 % 135 11.3 %
    Asia Pacific 130 16.4 % 140 15.3 % 151 15.6 % 140 14.4 % 169 14.2 %
    Total $ 793 100.0 % $ 916 100.0 % $ 966 100.0 % $ 976 100.0 % $ 1,193 100.0 %


    Conference Call and Webcast

    A conference call and live webcast will be held today beginning at 8 am ET, which can be accessed by dialing 1-888-503-8168 or by logging on at http://ca.blackberry.com/company/investors/events.html. A replay of the conference call will also be available at approximately 10 am ET by dialing 1-647-436-0148 and entering pass code 8015758# or by clicking the link above. This replay will be available until midnight ET January 2nd, 2015.

    About BlackBerry

    A global leader in mobile communications, BlackBerry® revolutionized the mobile industry when it was introduced in 1999. Today, BlackBerry aims to inspire the success of our millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Company trades under the ticker symbols "BB" on the Toronto Stock Exchange and "BBRY" on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit www.BlackBerry.com.
    This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and Canadian securities laws, including statements regarding: BlackBerry's expectations regarding maintaining its strong cash position while investing in growth opportunities, and the anticipated opportunities and challenges in fiscal 2015 and fiscal 2016; BlackBerry's ability to reach sustainable non-GAAP profitability some time in fiscal 2016 and expectations regarding its cash flow and revenue trend; BlackBerry's plans, strategies and objectives, including the anticipated benefits of recently announced strategic initiatives; anticipated demand for and the timing of, new product and service introductions, and BlackBerry's plans and expectations relating to its existing and new product and service offerings, including BES10, BES12, BlackBerry 10 smartphones, services related to BBM and QNX software products; BlackBerry's expectations regarding expanding its distribution capability and realizing the related benefits some time in fiscal 2016; the ability to achieve further reductions in operating expenditures and maintain the cost savings realized through the CORE program; BlackBerry's anticipated levels of decline in service revenue in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015; BlackBerry's expectations for software revenue in fiscal 2015 and 2016 and BBM revenue in fiscal 2016; BlackBerry's expectations for gross margin for the next several quarters; BlackBerry's expectations for operating expenses for the remainder of fiscal 2015; BlackBerry's expectations with respect to the sufficiency of its financial resources; BlackBerry's estimates of purchase obligations and other contractual commitments; and assumptions and expectations described in BlackBerry's critical accounting estimates and significant accounting policies.
    The terms and phrases "expect", "anticipate", "estimate", "may", "will", "should", "intend", "believe", "target", "plan" and similar expressions are intended to identify these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by BlackBerry in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that BlackBerry believes are appropriate in the circumstances. Many factors could cause BlackBerry's actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, the factors discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of BlackBerry's Annual Information Form, and the following: risks related to BlackBerry's ability to implement and realize the benefits of its strategic initiatives, including a return to its core strengths of enterprise and security, changes to its Devices business, including the partnership with Foxconn, and the transition to an operating unit organizational structure consisting of the Devices business, Enterprise Services, BlackBerry Technology Solutions, including the QNX embedded business, and Messaging; BlackBerry's ability to maintain existing enterprise customer relationships and to transition such customers to the BES10 and BES12 platforms and deploy BlackBerry 10 smartphones, and the risk that current BES10 and BES12 test installations may not convert to commercial installations;

    BlackBerry's ability to enhance its current products and services, or develop new products and services in a timely manner or at competitive prices, including risks related to new product introductions; risks related to acquisitions, divestitures and investments that may negatively affect the Company's results of operations; risks related to BlackBerry's ability to increase BBM and software revenue for the remainder of fiscal 2015 and during fiscal 2016, including predicting anticipated demand for BES software, technical support, and other value-added services being promoted by BlackBerry and risks related to BlackBerry's ability to expand its distribution capabilities; risks related to intense competition, rapid change and significant strategic alliances within BlackBerry's industry, including recent and potential future strategic transactions by its competitors or carrier partners, which could continue to weaken its competitive position; and risks related to acquisitions, divestitures and investments which may negatively affect BlackBerry's results of operations. These risk factors and others relating to BlackBerry are discussed in greater detail in the "Risk Factors" section of BlackBerry's Annual Information Form, which is included in its Annual Report on Form 40-F and the "Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" section of BlackBerry's MD&A (copies of which filings may be obtained at www.sedar.com or www.sec.gov). These factors should be considered carefully, and readers should not place undue reliance on BlackBerry's forward-looking statements. BlackBerry has no intention and undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
    The BlackBerry family of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of BlackBerry Limited. BlackBerry, BBM, QNX and related trademarks are registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be pending or registered in other countries. All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners.

    BlackBerry Limited
    Incorporated under the Laws of Ontario
    (United States dollars, in millions except share and per share amounts) (unaudited)

    Consolidated Statements of Operations
    For the three months ended For the nine months ended
    November 29,
    2014
    August 30,
    2014
    November 30,
    2013
    November 29,
    2014
    November 30,
    2013
    Revenue $ 793 $ 916 $ 1,193 $ 2,675 $ 5,837
    Cost of sales
    Cost of sales 376 484 865 1,354 3,907
    Inventory write-down 7 7 1,081 35 1,708
    Supply commitment charges - - 511 - 818
    383 491 2,457 1,389 6,433
    Gross margin 410 425 (1,264 ) 1,286 (596 )
    Gross margin % 51.7 % 46.4 % (106.0 )% 48.1 % (10.2 )%
    Operating expenses
    Research and development 154 186 322 577 1,040
    Selling, marketing and administration 171 195 538 766 1,738
    Amortization 74 75 148 230 499
    Impairment of long-lived assets - - 2,748 - 2,748
    Debentures fair value adjustment 150 167 5 30 5
    549 623 3,761 1,603 6,030
    Operating loss (139 ) (198 ) (5,025 ) (317 ) (6,626 )
    Investment loss, net (21 ) (20 ) - (67 ) (1 )
    Loss before income taxes (160 ) (218 ) (5,025 ) (384 ) (6,627 )
    Recovery of income taxes (12 ) (11 ) (624 ) (52 ) (1,177 )
    Net loss $ (148 ) $ (207 ) $ (4,401 ) $ (332 ) $ (5,450 )
    Loss per share
    Basic and diluted $ (0.28 ) $ (0.39 ) $ (8.37 ) $ (0.63 ) $ (10.39 )
    Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding (000's)
    Basic and diluted 528,090 527,218 525,656 527,350 524,766
    Total common shares outstanding (000's) 528,511 527,430 526,184 528,511 526,184

    BlackBerry Limited
    Incorporated under the Laws of Ontario
    (United States dollars, in millions except per share data) (unaudited)

    Consolidated Balance Sheets
    As at November 29,
    2014
    March 1,
    2014
    Assets
    Current
    Cash and cash equivalents $ 1,498 $ 1,579
    Short-term investments 1,273 950
    Accounts receivable, net 621 972
    Other receivables 139 152
    Inventories 102 244
    Income taxes receivable 144 373
    Other current assets 314 505
    Deferred income tax asset 26 73
    4,117 4,848
    Long-term investments 274 129
    Restricted cash 65 -
    Property, plant and equipment, net 588 1,136
    Intangible assets, net and goodwill 1,462 1,439
    $ 6,506 $ 7,552
    Liabilities
    Current
    Accounts payable $ 218 $ 474
    Accrued liabilities 814 1,214
    Deferred revenue 445 580
    1,477 2,268
    Long term debt 1,657 1,627
    Deferred income tax liability 37 32
    3,171 3,927
    Shareholders' Equity
    Capital stock and additional paid-in capital 2,425 2,418
    Treasury stock (144 ) (179 )
    Retained earnings 1,062 1,394
    Accumulated other comprehensive loss (8 ) (8 )
    3,335 3,625
    $ 6,506 $ 7,552

    BlackBerry Limited
    Incorporated under the Laws of Ontario
    (United States dollars, in millions except per share data) (unaudited)
    Consolidated Statements of Cash Flow

    Nine Months Ended
    November 29,
    2014
    November 30,
    2013
    Cash flows from operating activities
    Net loss $ (332 ) $ (5,450 )
    Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:
    Amortization 532 1,067
    Deferred income taxes 47 (114 )
    Income taxes payable - (3 )
    Stock-based compensation 36 50
    Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment 126 -
    Impairment of long-lived assets - 2,748
    Debentures fair value adjustment 30 5
    Other 13 92
    Net changes in working capital items:
    Accounts receivable, net 351 1,111
    Other receivables 13 121
    Inventories 142 349
    Income taxes receivable 229 298
    Other current assets 176 (152 )
    Accounts payable (256 ) (314 )
    Accrued liabilities (369 ) 440
    Deferred revenue (135 ) 157
    Net cash provided by operating activities 603 405
    Cash flows from investing activities
    Acquisition of long-term investments (215 ) (228 )
    Proceeds on sale or maturity of long-term investments 19 283
    Acquisition of property, plant and equipment (71 ) (260 )
    Proceeds on sale of property, plant and equipment 348 19
    Acquisition of intangible assets (388 ) (837 )
    Business acquisitions, net of cash acquired (40 ) (7 )
    Acquisition of short-term investments (1,973 ) (1,149 )
    Proceeds on sale or maturity of short-term investments 1,701 1,537
    Net cash used in investing activities (619 ) (642 )
    Cash flows from financing activities
    Issuance of common shares 6 1
    Tax deficiencies related to stock-based compensation - (12 )
    Purchase of treasury stock - (16 )
    Issuance of debt - 1,000
    Transfer to restricted cash (65 ) -
    Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities (59 ) 973
    Effect of foreign exchange loss on cash and cash equivalents (6 ) (11 )
    Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents during the period (81 ) 725
    Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 1,579 1,549
    Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 1,498 $ 2,274
    As at November 29,
    2014
    August 30,
    2014
    Cash and cash equivalents $ 1,498 $ 1,523
    Short-term investments 1,273 1,178
    Long-term investments 274 329
    Restricted cash 65 68
    $ 3,110 $ 3,098


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