Research In Motion Reports Year-End and Fourth Quarter Results for Fiscal 2012

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire -03/29/12)- Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM - News)(TSX: RIM.TO - News), a world leader in the mobile communications market, today reported fourth quarter results for the three months and fiscal year ended March 3, 2012 (all figures in U.S. dollars and U.S. GAAP, except where otherwise indicated).



--  $2.1 billion in cash, cash equivalents, short-term and long-term
    investments at the end of the quarter, which increased by approximately
    $610 million in the quarter
--  Cash flow from operations of approximately $1.1 billion, up from
    approximately $900 million in Q3
--  Revenue of $4.2 billion, down 19% from the third quarter
--  GAAP net loss in Q4 of $125 million or $0.24 per share diluted; adjusted
    net income of $418 million or $0.80 per share diluted
--  BlackBerry smartphone shipments of 11.1 million in Q4, down 21% from Q3
--  RIM to discontinue providing specific quantitative guidance
--  RIM provides update on organizational changes

Q4 Results:

Revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 was $4.2 billion, down 19% from $5.2 billion in the previous quarter and down 25% from $5.6 billion in the same quarter of fiscal 2011. The revenue breakdown for the quarter was approximately 68% for hardware, 27% for service and 5% for software and other revenue. During the quarter, RIM shipped approximately 11.1 million BlackBerry smartphones and over 500,000 BlackBerry PlayBook tablets.

"I have assessed many aspects of RIM's business during my first 10 weeks as CEO. I have confirmed that the Company has substantial strengths that can be further leveraged to improve our financial performance, including RIM's global network infrastructure, a strong enterprise offering and a large and growing base of more than 77 million subscribers. I'm very excited about the prospects for the BlackBerry 10 platform, which is on track for the latter part of calendar 2012. Notwithstanding these strengths and opportunities, the business challenges we face over the next several quarters are significant and I am taking the necessary steps to address them," said Thorsten Heins, President & CEO of Research In Motion. "In addition to delivering the BlackBerry 10 platform and refocusing resources on RIM's key opportunities, such as BlackBerry Mobile Fusion and new integrated service offerings, we will also drive greater operational performance through a variety of initiatives including increased management accountability and process discipline. In parallel, we are undertaking a comprehensive review of strategic opportunities including partnerships and joint ventures, licensing, and other ways to leverage RIM's assets and maximize value for our stakeholders."

The Company's GAAP net loss for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 was $125 million, or $0.24 per share diluted, compared with GAAP net income of $265 million, or $0.51 per share diluted, in the prior quarter and GAAP net income of $934 million, or $1.78 per share diluted, in the same quarter of fiscal 2011. Adjusted net income for the fourth quarter was $418 million, or $0.80 per share diluted. Adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share for the fourth quarter exclude the impact of pre-tax charges of $355 million which are predominantly non-cash ($346 million after tax) for the impairment of goodwill and $267 million ($197 million after-tax) for an inventory provision taken primarily on certain BlackBerry7 products. These charges and their related impacts on GAAP net income and diluted earnings per share are summarized in the tables below.

Reconciliation of GAAP gross margin, gross margin percentage, net income and diluted EPS to adjusted gross margin, gross margin percentage, net income and diluted EPS:

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


                              For the quarter ended March 3, 2012
                                    Gross Margin
                   Gross Margin(1)   %(1)(before   Net Income or    Diluted
                    (before taxes)        taxes)          (Loss)        EPS
As reported         $        1,401          33.4%  $        (125)     (0.24)

Impairment of
 Goodwill(2)                     -             -             346       0.66
 Provision(3)                  267           6.4%            197       0.38

Adjusted            $        1,668          39.8%  $         418 $     0.80
Note: Adjusted gross margin, adjusted net income and adjusted diluted
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 adjusted gross
margin, adjusted gross margin percentage, adjusted net income and adjusted
diluted earnings per share enables the Company and its shareholders to
better assess RIM'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 RIM's
GAAP results.

(1) During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, the Company reported GAAP
gross margin of $1.4 billion or 33.4% of revenue. Excluding the impact of
charges primarily related to inventory valuation of certain BlackBerry 7
products, the adjusted gross margin was $1.7 billion, or 39.8% of revenue.

(2) Subsequent to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, the Company performed a
goodwill impairment test and based on the results of that test, the Company
recorded a non-cash pre-tax goodwill impairment charge of $355 million, $346
million after tax.

(3) During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, the Company recorded a pre-tax
provision of approximately $267 million, $197 million after tax, which was
mostly non-cash, primarily related to its inventory valuation of certain
BlackBerry 7 products.

The total of cash, cash equivalents, short-term and long-term investments was $2.1 billion as of March 3, 2012, compared to $1.5 billion at the end of the previous quarter, an increase of approximately $610 million from the prior quarter. Cash flow from operations in Q4 was approximately $1.1 billion, up from $900 million in Q3. Uses of cash included intangible asset additions of approximately $260 million and capital expenditures of approximately $190 million.

Fiscal 2012 Results

Revenue for the fiscal year ended March 3, 2012 was $18.4 billion, down 7% from $19.9 billion in fiscal 2011. The Company's GAAP net income for fiscal 2012 was $1.2 billion, or $2.22 per share diluted, compared with GAAP net income of $3.4 billion, or $6.34 per share diluted in fiscal 2011. Adjusted net income for fiscal 2012 was $2.2 billion, or $4.20 per share diluted. Adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share for fiscal 2012 exclude the adjustments described above as well as the impact of pre-tax charges of $54 million ($40 million after tax) to revenue related to the service interruption experienced in the third quarter, $485 million ($356 million after tax) for the PlayBook inventory provision taken in the third quarter and $125 million ($96 million after tax) for the Company's cost optimization program that was implemented in the second quarter of fiscal 2012. These charges and their related impacts on GAAP net income and diluted earnings per share are summarized in the tables below.

Reconciliation of GAAP revenue, gross margin, gross margin percentage, net income and diluted EPS to adjusted revenue, gross margin, gross margin percentage, net income, and diluted EPS:

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


                              For the year ended March 3, 2012
                                 Gross       Gross
                    Revenue  Margin(1)  Margin%(1)
                    (before    (before     (before
                     taxes)     taxes)      taxes)   Net Income  Diluted EPS
As reported     $    18,435 $    6,579        35.7% $     1,164 $       2.22

 Provision(2)             -        485         2.6%         356         0.68
 Program(3)               -         14           -           96         0.18
Q3 Service
 Interruption(4)         54         54         0.3%          40         0.08
Impairment of
 Goodwill(5)              -          -           -          346         0.66
 Provision(6)            19        267         1.4%         197         0.38

Adjusted        $    18,508 $    7,399        40.0% $     2,199 $       4.20
Note: Adjusted revenue, adjusted gross margin, adjusted gross margin
percentage, adjusted net income and adjusted diluted 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 adjusted revenue, adjusted gross
margin, adjusted gross margin percentage, adjusted net income and adjusted
diluted earnings per share enables the Company and its shareholders to
better assess RIM'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 RIM's
GAAP results.

(1) During fiscal 2012, the Company reported GAAP gross margin of $6.6
billion, or 35.7% of revenue. Excluding the impact of charges related to the
PlayBook Inventory Provision, the Cost Optimization Program, the Q3 Service
Interruption and the Inventory Provision, the adjusted gross margin was $7.4
billion, or 40.0% of revenue.

(2) During fiscal 2012, the Company recorded a pre-tax provision of
approximately $485 million, $356 million after tax, related to its inventory
valuation of BlackBerry PlayBook tablets. The charge was predominantly non-

(3) Cost of sales, research and development, and selling, marketing and
administration expenses in fiscal 2012 included approximately $11 million,
$18 million, and $67 million, respectively, in after-tax charges related to
the cost optimization program to streamline operations across the Company.

(4) During fiscal 2012, the Company experienced a service interruption which
resulted in the loss of service revenue and the payment of service credits
totally approximately $54 million, approximately $40 million after tax,
related to the interruption in the availability of the Company's network.

(5) Subsequent to fiscal 2012, the Company performed a goodwill impairment
test and based on the results of that test, the Company recorded a non-cash
pre-tax goodwill impairment charge of approximately $355 million,
approximately $346 after tax.

(6) In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, the Company recorded a pre-tax
provision of approximately $267 million, $197 million after tax, which was
mostly non-cash, primarily related to its inventory valuation of certain
BlackBerry 7 products.

Change to Guidance Practices and Outlook:

The company expects continued pressure on revenue and earnings throughout fiscal 2013. Due to a desire to focus on long term value creation and the current business environment, RIM will no longer provide specific quantitative guidance. Some of the factors contributing to this include, ongoing weakness in the Company's U.S. smartphone business, an increased focus on selling BlackBerry 7 smartphones to grow the subscriber base in advance of the BlackBerry 10 launch, increasing competitive pressure in the Company's international markets and the introduction of certain new lower tier service pricing initiatives and a higher mix of sales coming from entry level products.

Organizational and Board of Directors Update:

Jim Balsillie, former Co-CEO of the Company, has resigned as a Director on the Company's Board.

"As I complete my retirement from RIM, I'm grateful for this remarkable experience and for the opportunity to have worked with outstanding professionals who helped turn a Canadian idea into a global success," said Jim Balsillie.

"On behalf of the Board and everyone at RIM, I would like to thank Jim for his 20 years of service to RIM," said Barb Stymiest, Chair of RIM's Board of Directors. "His energy, drive and enthusiasm helped build one of the most successful technology companies of our time."

In addition, David Yach will be retiring from his role as CTO, Software after 13 years with the Company and after 4 years with the company and following an open dialogue on the future of global operations, Jim Rowan, COO, Global Operations, has decided to pursue other interests. The Company is currently undertaking a search to hire a single COO with responsibilities to run the Company's operations.

"RIM would like to thank David Yach and Jim Rowan for their years of service and many contributions to RIM," said Thorsten Heins, President and CEO. "We wish them well in their future pursuits."

Conference Call and Webcast

A conference call and live webcast will be held beginning at 5 pm ET, March 29, 2012, which can be accessed by dialing 1-800-814-4859 (North America), (+1)416-644-3414 (outside North America) or through your personal computer or BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet at A replay of the conference call will also be available at approximately 7 pm ET by dialing (+1)416-640-1917 and entering passcode 4466496#. A replay of the webcast will be available on your personal computer or BlackBerry PlayBook tablet by clicking the link above. This replay will be available until midnight ET, April 12, 2012.

About Research In Motion

Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry® solution in 1999. Today, BlackBerry products and services are used by millions of customers around the world to stay connected to the people and content that matter most throughout their day. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. RIM is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market (NASDAQ: RIMM - News) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM.TO - News). For more information, visit or

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 relating to RIM's plans, strategies and objectives, statements relating to RIM's ability to leverage its business strengths, the anticipated timing of the launch of RIM's BlackBerry 10 platform, statements regarding the challenges RIM faces, opportunities and initiatives that RIM intends to consider or pursue, statements regarding RIM's guidance practices in the future, and the Company's expectations regarding revenue and earnings in fiscal 2012. The terms and phrases "discontinue", "can", "leverage", "offering", "challenges", "plan", "next several quarters", "take", "on track", "refocus", "opportunities", "drive", "initiatives", "undertaking", "maximize", "outlook", "will", "ongoing", "expects" and similar terms and phrases are intended to identify these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by RIM in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that RIM believes are appropriate in the circumstances, including but not limited to general economic conditions, product pricing levels and competitive intensity, supply constraints, the timing and success of new product introductions, RIM's expectations regarding its business, strategy and prospects, and RIM's confidence in the cash flow generation of its business.

Many factors could cause RIM's actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation: RIM's ability to enhance current products and develop new products and services in a timely manner or at competitive prices, including risks related to further delays in new product introductions, such as the Company's BlackBerry 10 smartphones; risks related to intense competition, including RIM's ability to compete in the tablet market, and strategic alliances or transactions within the wireless communications industry; risks relating to RIM's ability to maintain or grow its services revenue; RIM's reliance on carrier partners and distributors; security risks and risks related to the collection, storage, transmission, use and disclosure of user and personal information; risks relating to network disruptions and other business interruptions, including costs, potential liabilities, lost revenue and reputational damage associated with service disruptions; RIM's ability to manage inventory and asset risk; RIM's ability to implement and realize the anticipated benefits of its Be Bold Excellence program (formerly referred to as the CORE program); RIM's ability to maintain or increase its cash balance; potential additional charges relating to the impairment of goodwill or other intangible assets recorded on RIM's balance sheet; RIM's ability to attract and retain key personnel; RIM's reliance on suppliers of functional components for its products and risks relating to its supply chain; RIM's ability to maintain and enhance the BlackBerry brand; risks related to RIM's international operations; risks related to government regulations, including regulations relating to encryption technology; RIM's reliance on third-party network infrastructure developers, software platform vendors and service platform vendors; RIM's ability to expand and manage its BlackBerry App World applications catalogue; RIM's reliance on third-party manufacturers; risks relating to litigation, including litigation claims arising from the Company's past practice of providing forward-looking guidance; potential defects in RIM's products; RIM's ability to manage its past growth and its ongoing development of service and support operations; disruptions to RIM's business as a result of shareholder activism; risks related to intellectual property; and difficulties in forecasting RIM's financial results, particularly over longer periods 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 RIM are discussed in greater detail in the "Risk Factors" section of RIM'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 RIM'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 RIM's forward-looking statements. RIM 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.


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

                   Consolidated Statements of Operations

                         Three months ended            For the year ended
                ------------------------------------ -----------------------
                 March 3, November 26, February 26,   March 3, February 26,
                     2012         2011         2011       2012         2011
---------------------------------------------------- -----------------------

Revenue         $   4,190  $     5,169  $     5,556  $  18,435  $    19,907
Cost of sales       2,789        3,759        3,103     11,856       11,082
                ------------------------------------ -----------------------
Gross margin        1,401        1,410        2,453      6,579        8,825
                ------------------------------------ -----------------------

  Gross margin %     33.4%        27.3%        44.2%      35.7%        44.3%

 Research and
  development         386          369          383      1,559        1,351
  marketing and
  administration      650          567          705      2,604        2,400
 Amortization         152          146          125        571          438
 Impairment of
  goodwill            355            -            -        355            -
                ------------------------------------ -----------------------
                    1,543        1,082        1,213      5,089        4,189
                ------------------------------------ -----------------------

Income (Loss)
 from operations     (142)         328        1,240      1,490        4,636

  income, net           5            2            3         21            8
                ------------------------------------ -----------------------

Income (Loss)
 before income
 taxes               (137)         330        1,243      1,511        4,644

Provision for
 (recovery of)
 income taxes         (12)          65          309        347        1,233

                ------------------------------------ -----------------------
Net income
 (loss)         $    (125) $       265  $       934  $   1,164  $     3,411
                ------------------------------------ -----------------------
                ------------------------------------ -----------------------

Earnings (loss)
 per share
  Basic         $   (0.24) $      0.51  $      1.79  $    2.22  $      6.36
                ------------------------------------ -----------------------
                ------------------------------------ -----------------------
  Diluted       $   (0.24) $      0.51  $      1.78  $    2.22  $      6.34
                ------------------------------------ -----------------------
                ------------------------------------ -----------------------

 number of
 common shares
  Basic           524,160      524,139      522,764    524,101      535,986
  Diluted         524,160      524,139      524,334    524,190      538,330

Total common
 (000's)          524,160      524,160      523,869    524,160      523,869

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

                        Consolidated Balance Sheets

                                                     March 3,  February 26,
As at                                                    2012          2011
  Cash and cash equivalents                       $     1,527   $     1,791
  Short-term investments                                  247           330
  Accounts receivable, net                              3,062         3,955
  Other receivables                                       496           324
  Inventories                                           1,027           618
  Income taxes receivable                                 135             -
  Other current assets                                    365           241
  Deferred income tax asset                               197           229
                                                        7,056         7,488

Long-term investments                                     337           577
Property, plant and equipment, net                      2,748         2,504
Goodwill                                                  304           508
Intangible assets, net                                  3,286         1,798
                                                  $    13,731   $    12,875

  Accounts payable                                $       744   $       832
  Accrued liabilities                                   2,382         2,511
  Income taxes payable                                      -           179
  Deferred revenue                                        263           108
                                                        3,389         3,630
Deferred income tax liability                             232           276
Income taxes payable                                       10            31
                                                        3,631         3,937

Shareholders' Equity
Capital stock and additional paid-in capital            2,446         2,359
Treasury stock                                           (299)         (160)
Retained earnings                                       7,913         6,749
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)              40           (10)
                                                       10,100         8,938
                                                  $    13,731   $    12,875

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

                  Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

                                              For the year ended

                                        March 3. 2012   February 26, 2011

Cash flows from operating activities
Net income                           $          1,164  $            3,411

Adjustments to reconcile net income
 to net cash provided by
operating activities:
 Amortization                                   1,523                 927
 Deferred income taxes                             (5)                 92
 Income taxes payable                             (21)                  2
 Stock-based compensation                          97                  72
 Impairment of goodwill                           355                   -
 Other                                              9                   1
Net changes in working capital items             (210)               (496)
Net cash provided by operating
 activities                                     2,912               4,009

Cash flows from investing activities
Acquisition of long-term investments             (355)               (784)
Proceeds on sale or maturity of
 long-term investments                            376                 893
Acquisition of property, plant and
 equipment                                       (902)             (1,039)
Acquisition of intangible assets               (2,217)               (557)
Business acquisitions, net of cash
 acquired                                        (226)               (494)
Acquisition of short-term
 investments                                     (250)               (503)
Proceeds on sale or maturity of
 short-term investments                           550                 786
Net cash used in investing
 activities                                    (3,024)             (1,698)

Cash flows from financing activities
Issuance of common shares                           9                  67
Tax deficiencies related to stock-
 based compensation                                (2)                 (1)
Purchase of treasury stock                       (156)                (76)
Common shares repurchased                           -              (2,077)
Net cash used in financing
 activities                                      (149)             (2,087)
Effect of foreign exchange gain
 (loss) on cash and cash equivalents               (3)                 16

Net increase (decrease) in cash and
 cash equivalents for the period                 (264)                240
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning
 of period                                      1,791               1,551
Cash and cash equivalents, end of
 period                              $          1,527  $            1,791

As at                                   March 3, 2012   November 26, 2011

Cash and cash equivalents            $          1,527  $            1,123
Short-term investments                            247                 184
Long-term investments                             337                 195
                                     $          2,111  $            1,502