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BlackBerry Reports 2015 Fiscal First Quarter GAAP Profitability

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Jun 19, 2014) - BlackBerry Limited (BBRY)(BB.TO), a global leader in mobile communications, today reported financial results for the three months ended May 31, 2014 (all figures in U.S. dollars and U.S. GAAP, except where otherwise indicated).

Q1 Highlights:

  • Cash and investments balance of $3.1 billion at the end of the fiscal first quarter, up from $2.7 billion in the prior quarter

  • Adjusted Q1 gross margin of 48%, up from 43% in the prior quarter

  • Reduced adjusted operating expenses by 57% year over year and 13% quarter over quarter

  • Successfully launched the new Z3 device in Indonesia; 8 additional countries to follow

  • EZ Pass Program resulted in a total of 1.2 million licenses issued for BES10, including more than 10% of total licenses traded in from competitors' Mobile Device Management platforms

  • Launched Project Ion focused on the "Internet of Things" market

Q1 Results

Revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 was $966 million, down $10 million or 1% from $976 million in the previous quarter. The revenue breakdown for the quarter was approximately 39% for hardware, 54% for services and 7% for software and other revenue. During the first quarter, the Company recognized hardware revenue on approximately 1.6 million BlackBerry smartphones compared to approximately 1.3 million BlackBerry smartphones in the previous quarter. During the first quarter, approximately 2.6 million BlackBerry smartphones were sold through to end customers, which included shipments made and recognized prior to the first quarter and which reduced the Company's inventory in channel.

GAAP net income for the first quarter was $23 million, or $0.04 earnings per share ("EPS"). The net income includes non-cash income associated with the change in the fair value of the Debentures of $287 million (the "Q1 Fiscal 2015 Debentures Fair Value Adjustment") and pre-tax restructuring charges of $226 million related to the Cost Optimization and Resource Efficiency ("CORE") program. Excluding these items, adjusted loss for the first quarter was $60 million, or $0.11 per share. These impacts on GAAP net income and EPS are summarized in the table below.

The total of cash, cash equivalents, short-term and long-term investments was $3.1 billion as of May 31, 2014, compared to $2.7 billion at the end of the previous quarter - a net increase of $429 million. Excluding receipt of a tax refund of $397 million and proceeds on the sale of real estate of $287 million, the Company used $255 million in the first quarter. This represents a decrease from $784 million used last quarter, after excluding proceeds of $250 million related to convertible debt issuance. Purchase obligations and other commitments amounted to approximately $1.8 billion as at May 31, 2014, with purchase orders with contract manufacturers representing approximately $317 million of the total.

"Our performance in fiscal Q1 demonstrates that we are firmly on track to achieve important milestones, including our financial objectives and delivering a strong product portfolio," said John Chen, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BlackBerry. "Over the past six months, we have focused on improving efficiency in all aspects of our operations to drive cost reductions and margin improvement. Looking forward, we are focusing on our growth plan to enable our return to profitability."

Outlook

The Company anticipates maintaining its strong cash position, while increasingly looking for opportunities to prudently invest in growth. The Company is targeting break-even cash flow results by the end of fiscal 2015.

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

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

Gross margin(1)(before taxes)

Gross margin %(1)(before taxes)

Loss before income taxes

Net income (loss)

Earnings (loss) per share

As reported

$

451

47

%

$

(6

)

$

23

$

0.04

Adjustments:

CORE charges (2)

12

1

%

226

204

Q1 Fiscal 2015 Debenture Fair Value Adjustment (3)

-

-

%

(287

)

(287

)

Adjusted

$

463

48

%

$

(67

)

$

(60

)

$

(0.11

)

Note: Adjusted gross margin, adjusted gross margin percentage, adjusted loss before income taxes, adjusted net loss and adjusted 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 2015, the Company reported GAAP gross margin of $451 million or 47% of revenue. Excluding the impact of the CORE charges included in cost of sales, the adjusted gross margin was $463 million, or 48%.

(2)

During the first quarter of fiscal 2015, the Company incurred charges related to the CORE program of $226 million pre-tax, or $204 million after tax, of which $12 million were included in cost of sales, $41 million were included in research and development and $173 million were included in selling, marketing, and administration expenses.

(3)

During the first quarter of fiscal 2015, the Company recorded the Q1 Fiscal 2015 Debentures Fair Value Adjustment of $287 million. This adjustment was presented on a separate line in the Consolidated Statement of Operations.

Supplementary Geographic Revenue Breakdown

Blackberry Limited

(United States dollars, in millions)

Revenue by Region

For the quarter ended

May 31, 2014

March 1, 2014

November 30, 2013

August 31, 2013

June 1, 2013

North America

$

276

28.6

%

$

297

30.4

%

$

340

28.5

%

$

414

26.3

%

$

761

24.8

%

Europe, Middle East and Africa

414

42.9

%

412

42.2

%

549

46.0

%

686

43.6

%

1,343

43.7

%

Latin America

125

12.9

%

127

13.0

%

135

11.3

%

196

12.5

%

449

14.6

%

Asia Pacific

151

15.6

%

140

14.4

%

169

14.2

%

277

17.6

%

518

16.9

%

Total

$

966

100.0

%

$

976

100.0

%

$

1,193

100.0

%

$

1,573

100.0

%

$

3,071

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 1-877-974-0445 or through your BlackBerry® 10 smartphone, personal computer or BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet at http://ca.blackberry.com/company/investors/events.html. A replay of the conference call will also be available at approximately 10 am by dialing (+1)416-640-1917 and entering pass code 4680440# or by clicking the link above on your BlackBerry® 10 smartphone, personal computer or BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet. This replay will be available until midnight ET July 4, 2014.

About BlackBerry

A global leader in mobile communications, the Company revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry® solution in 1999. Today, the Company aims to inspire the success of its millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, the Company operates offices in North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Company's common shares are listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market (BBRY) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (BB.TO). 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; BlackBerry's ability to achieve break-even cash flow results by the end of fiscal 2015; 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 BES 10, BES 12, BlackBerry 10 smartphones, services related to BBM and QNX software products; 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 second quarter 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 accounting policies. The terms and phrases "expect", "anticipate", "estimate", "may", "will", "should", "intend", "believe", "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, including: 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 planned transition to an operating unit organizational structure consisting of the Devices business, Enterprise Services, QNX Embedded business and Messaging; BlackBerry's ability to maintain existing enterprise customer relationships and to transition such customers to the BES 10 and BES 12 platform and deploy BlackBerry 10 smartphones, and the risk that current BES 10 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; the risk that uncertainty relating to BlackBerry's previously disclosed announcements concerning its operational restructuring, recent management changes and workforce reductions, may adversely impact BlackBerry's business, existing and future relationships with business partners and end customers of its products and services, and its ability to attract and retain key employees; 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 BlackBerry's ability to adapt to, and realize the anticipated benefit of, recent management changes.

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

May 31, 2014

March 1, 2014

June 1, 2013

Revenue

$

966

$

976

$

3,071

Cost of sales

515

423

2,029

Gross margin

451

553

1,042

Gross margin %

46.7

%

56.7

%

33.9

%

Operating expenses

Research and development

237

246

358

Selling, marketing and administration

400

355

673

Amortization

81

107

180

Debentures fair value adjustment

(287

)

382

-

431

1,090

1,211

Operating income (loss)

20

(537

)

(169

)

Investment income (loss), net

(26

)

(20

)

5

Loss before income taxes

(6

)

(557

)

(164

)

Recovery of income taxes

(29

)

(134

)

(80

)

Net income (loss)

$

23

$

(423

)

$

(84

)

Earnings (loss) per share

Basic

$

0.04

$

(0.80

)

$

(0.16

)

Diluted

$

(0.37

)

$

(0.80

)

$

(0.16

)

Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding (000's)

Basic

526,742

526,374

524,160

Diluted

658,228

526,374

524,160

Total common shares outstanding (000's)

526,908

526,552

524,160

BlackBerry Limited

Incorporated under the Laws of Ontario

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

Consolidated Balance Sheets

As at

May 31, 2014

March 1, 2014

Assets

Current

Cash and cash equivalents

$

1,710

$

1,579

Short-term investments

975

950

Accounts receivable, net

745

972

Other receivables

225

152

Inventories

107

244

Income taxes receivable

75

373

Other current assets

395

505

Deferred income tax asset

48

73

Assets held for sale

76

99

4,356

4,947

Long-term investments

333

129

Restricted cash

69

-

Property, plant and equipment, net

626

1,037

Intangible assets, net

1,432

1,439

$

6,816

$

7,552

Liabilities

Current

Accounts payable

$

261

$

474

Accrued liabilities

998

1,214

Deferred revenue

512

580

1,771

2,268

Long term debt

1,340

1,627

Deferred income tax liability

32

32

3,143

3,927

Shareholders' Equity

Capital stock and additional paid-in capital

2,432

2,418

Treasury stock

(177

)

(179

)

Retained earnings

1,417

1,394

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

1

(8

)

3,673

3,625

$

6,816

$

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

Three Months Ended

May 31, 2014

June 1, 2013

Cash flows from operating activities

Net income (loss)

$

23

$

(84

)

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:

Amortization

191

399

Deferred income taxes

25

(6

)

Stock-based compensation

14

20

Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment

108

-

Debentures fair value adjustment

(287

)

-

Other

6

25

Net changes in working capital items:

Accounts receivable, net

227

(183

)

Other receivables

(73

)

7

Inventories

137

(284

)

Income tax receivable, net

298

564

Other current assets

104

145

Accounts payable

(213

)

105

Accrued liabilities

(190

)

118

Deferred revenue

(68

)

(196

)

Net cash provided by operating activities

302

630

Cash flows from investing activities

Acquisition of long-term investments

(215

)

(159

)

Proceeds on sale or maturity of long-term investments

11

96

Acquisition of property, plant and equipment

(26

)

(111

)

Proceeds on sale of property, plant and equipment

292

28

Acquisition of intangible assets

(142

)

(335

)

Business acquisitions, net of cash acquired

-

(7

)

Acquisition of short-term investments

(824

)

(740

)

Proceeds on sale or maturity of short-term investments

799

649

Net cash used in investing activities

(105

)

(579

)

Cash flows from financing activities

Issuance of common shares

2

-

Tax deficiencies related to stock-based compensation

-

(1

)

Transfer to restricted cash

(69

)

-

Net cash used in financing activities

(67

)

(1

)

Effect of foreign exchange gain (loss) on cash and cash equivalents

1

(8

)

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents during the period

131

42

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

1,579

1,549

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$

1,710

$

1,591

As at

May 31, 2014

March 1, 2014

Cash and cash equivalents

$

1,710

$

1,579

Short-term investments

975

950

Long-term investments

333

129

Restricted cash

69

-

$

3,087

$

2,658