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BlackBerry Reports Strong Software Revenue and Positive Cash Flow for the Fiscal 2016 First Quarter


  • BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY): Q1 EPS of -$0.05 misses by $0.02.
  • Revenue of $658M (-31.9% Y/Y) misses by $25.65M.
  • Shares +1.5% PM.


Press Release:

WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – June 23, 2015) – BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB), a global leader in mobile communications, today reported financial results for the three months ended May 30, 2015 (all figures in U.S. dollars and U.S. GAAP, except where otherwise indicated).

Q1 Highlights

  • Software and technology licensing revenue of $137 million, a 150% increase over Q1 FY15
  • Positive free cash flow of $123 million in the quarter
  • Cash and investments balance of $3.32 billion at the end of the fiscal quarter, an increase of $50 million over Q4 FY15
  • Non-GAAP loss of ($0.05) per share, improving on a loss per share of ($0.11) in Q1 FY15
  • Basic GAAP earnings of $0.13 per share
  • Non-GAAP operating loss of ($7) million, improving on a non-GAAP operating loss of ($41) million in Q1 FY15
  • Non-GAAP gross margin of 50.3% and GAAP gross margin of 47.1%
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $157 million, a 5% increase over Q1 FY15
  • Acquired WatchDox, a leader in high-security document synchronization, sharing and management
  • Launched the BlackBerry Leap in April, with availability in 22 markets
  • Entered into joint development deals with Wistron and Compal for devices, in addition to the Company’s existing partnership with Foxconn

Q1 Results

Revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2016 was $658 million. The revenue breakdown for the quarter was approximately 40% for hardware, 38% for services and 21% for software and technology licensing. BlackBerry had 2,600 enterprise customer wins in the quarter. Approximately 45% of the licenses associated with these deals are cross-platform. During the first quarter, the Company recognized hardware revenue on approximately 1.1 million BlackBerry smartphones with an ASP of $240.

Non-GAAP loss for the first quarter was ($28) million, or ($0.05) per share, compared to a loss of ($0.11) per share in the same year-ago period. GAAP basic net income for the quarter was $68 million, or $0.13 per basic share. Basic GAAP net income includes non-cash income associated with the change in the fair value of the debentures of $157 million (the “Q1 Fiscal 2016 Debentures Fair Value Adjustment”) and pre-tax charges of $61 million related to restructuring. The impact of these adjustments on GAAP net income and earnings per share is summarized in a table below.

Total cash, cash equivalents, short-term and long-term investments was $3.32 billion as of May 30, 2015. The cash balance increased $50 million in the first quarter. Excluding $1.25 billion in the face value of our debt, the net cash balance at the end of the quarter was $2.07 billion. Purchase orders with contract manufacturers totaled approximately $238 million at the end of the first quarter, compared to $394 million at the end of the fourth quarter. Operating cash flow was $134 million with free cash flow (operating cash flow minus capital expenditures) of $123 million.

In Q1, BlackBerry completed its acquisition of WatchDox, a leading provider of secure enterprise file-sync-and-share (EFSS) solutions that allows users to protect, share and work with their files on Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and PCs. WatchDox will be integrated into BlackBerry’s BES12 Enterprise Mobility Management solution, extending the company’s ability to secure communications end-to-end from voice, text, messaging and data to now include documents.

In addition to BlackBerry’s existing partnership with Foxconn, the Company also entered into joint development and manufacturing agreements with Wistron Corporation and Compal Electronics. These agreements will reduce the time to market of new devices, streamline the supply chain, leverage greater economies of scale and enable resource and fixed asset reductions for greater business efficiency – which are all significant steps toward BlackBerry achieving profitability in its devices business.

“I am pleased with the strong performance of our software and technology business. This is key to BlackBerry’s future growth,” said Executive Chairman and CEO John Chen. “Our financials reflect increased investments to sales and customer support for our software business. In addition, we are taking steps to make the handset business profitable. We believe these actions are prudent and necessary to grow the business and we believe the remaining milestones in our strategic plan are achievable.”


The company continues to anticipate positive free cash flow. The company continues to target sustainable non-GAAP profitability some time in fiscal 2016.

Reconciliation of GAAP gross margin, gross margin percentage, income before income taxes, net income and earnings per share to Non-GAAP gross margin, gross margin percentage, loss before income taxes, net loss and loss per share:

(United States dollars, in millions except per share data)

For the three months ended May 30, 2015
Gross margin
Gross margin %
Income (loss)
before income
earnings (loss)
per share
As reported $ 310 47 % $ 73 $ 68 $ 0.13
Q1 Fiscal 2016 Debenture Fair Value Adjustment (2) % (157 ) (157 )
CORE Program Charges (3) % 9 9
RAP Charges (4) 21 3 % 52 52
Adjusted $ 331 50 % $ (23 ) $ (28 ) $ (0.05 )

Note: Non-GAAP gross margin, gross margin percentage, loss before income taxes, non-GAAP net loss and non-GAAP loss 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 first quarter of fiscal 2016, the Company reported GAAP gross margin of $310 million or 47% of revenue. Excluding the impact of the RAP charges included in cost of sales, the adjusted gross margin was $331 million, or 50%.
(2) During the first quarter of fiscal 2016, the Company recorded the Q1 Fiscal 2016 Debentures Fair Value Adjustment of $157 million. This adjustment was presented on a separate line in the Consolidated Statement of Operations.
(3) During the first quarter of fiscal 2016, the Company incurred charges related to the CORE program of $9 million, of which $2 million were included in research and development and $7 million were included in selling, marketing, and administration expenses.
(4) During the first quarter of fiscal 2016, the Company incurred charges related to the RAP of $52 million, of which $21 million were included in cost of sales, $13 million were included in research and development and $18 million were included in selling, marketing, and administration expenses.

Supplementary Geographic Revenue Breakdown

BlackBerry Limited
(United States dollars, in millions)
Revenue by Region
For the quarter ended
May 30, 2015 February 28, 2015 November 29, 2014 August 30, 2014 May 31, 2014
North America $ 285 43.3 % $ 205 31.0 % $ 213 26.9 % $ 297 32.4 % $ 276 28.6 %
Europe, Middle East and Africa 245 37.2 % 283 42.9 % 366 46.1 % 368 40.2 % 414 42.9 %
Latin America 42 6.4 % 60 9.1 % 84 10.6 % 111 12.1 % 125 12.9 %
Asia Pacific 86 13.1 % 112 17.0 % 130 16.4 % 140 15.3 % 151 15.6 %
Total $ 658 100.0 % $ 660 100.0 % $ 793 100.0 % $ 916 100.0 % $ 966 100.0 %

Conference Call and Webcast

A conference call and live webcast will be held beginning at 8 am ET, which can be accessed by dialing 1-877-795-3635 or by logging on at A replay of the conference call will also be available at approximately 11 am ET by dialing 1-647-436-0148 and entering pass code 8517132# or by clicking the link above. This replay will be available until 11 am ET July 9th, 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

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 ability to reach sustainable non-GAAP profitability by the end of fiscal 2016 and expectations regarding its cash flow and revenue trend; BlackBerry’s plans, strategies and objectives, including the anticipated benefits of its strategic initiatives; anticipated demand for, and the timing of, new product and service offerings, 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 the BlackBerry IoT Platform; BlackBerry’s expectations regarding expanding its distribution capability and realizing the related benefits some time in fiscal 2016; BlackBerry’s expectations regarding the generation of revenue from its software, services and other technologies; BlackBerry’s expected benefits from its plans to reallocate resources through its resource alignment program; BlackBerry’s anticipated levels of decline in service revenue in the second quarter of fiscal 2016; BlackBerry’s expectations for gross margin for the next quarter; BlackBerry’s expectations for operating expenses for the next few quarters; BlackBerry’s expectations regarding its common share repurchase program; BlackBerry’s expectations with respect to the sufficiency of its financial resources and maintaining its strong cash position; and BlackBerry’s estimates of purchase obligations and other contractual commitments.

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: BlackBerry’s ability to attract new enterprise customers and maintain its existing relationships with its enterprise customers or transition them to the BES12 platform and deploy BlackBerry 10 smartphones; BlackBerry’s ability to develop, market and distribute an integrated software and services offering, or otherwise monetize its technologies, to grow revenue, achieve sustained profitability or mitigate the impact of the decline in BlackBerry’s service access fees; BlackBerry’s ability to enhance its current products and services, or develop new products and services in a timely manner or at competitive prices, or to meet customer requirements, including risks related to new product introductions; risks related to BlackBerry’s products and services being dependent upon the interoperability with rapidly changing systems provided by third parties; intense competition, rapid change and significant strategic alliances within BlackBerry’s industry; risks related to sales to customers in highly regulated industries and governmental entities; BlackBerry’s ability to maintain its existing relationships with its carrier partners and distributors; security risks; risks relating to network disruptions and other business interruptions, including costs, potential liabilities, lost revenues and reputational damage associated with service interruptions; dependence on BlackBerry’s ability to attract new personnel and retain key personnel; BlackBerry’s increasing reliance on third-party manufacturers for certain products and its ability to manage its production and repair process, and risks related to BlackBerry changing manufacturers or reducing the number of manufacturers or suppliers it uses;
BlackBerry’s reliance on its suppliers for functional components and risks relating to its supply chain; BlackBerry’s ability to obtain rights to use software or components supplied by third parties; BlackBerry’s ability to maintain or increase its liquidity and service its debt and sustaining recent cost reductions; BlackBerry’s ability to address inventory and asset risk and the potential for additional charges related to its inventory and long-lived assets; risks related to BlackBerry’s significant indebtedness; risks related to acquisitions, divestitures, investments and other business initiatives; risks related to foreign operations, including fluctuations in foreign currencies, and collecting accounts receivables in jurisdictions with foreign currency controls; risks related to intellectual property rights; risks related to litigation, including litigation claims arising from BlackBerry’s disclosure practices; BlackBerry’s ability to supplement and manage its BlackBerry World applications catalogue; reliance on strategic alliances and relationships with third-party network infrastructure developers; potential defects and vulnerabilities in BlackBerry’s products; risks as a result of actions of activist shareholders; risks related to the collection, storage, transmission, use and disclosure of user and personal information; risks related to the failure of BlackBerry’s suppliers and other parties it does business with to use acceptable ethical business practices; risks related to government regulations, including regulations relating to encryption technology; costs and other burdens associated with recently adopted regulations regarding conflict minerals; risks related to BlackBerry possibly losing its foreign private issuer status under U.S. federal securities laws; risks related to tax liabilities; risks related to economic and geopolitical conditions; and difficulties in forecasting BlackBerry’s financial results given the rapid technological changes, evolving industry standards, intense competition and short product life cycles that characterize the wireless communications industry. 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 or 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)

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