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Why BlackBerry Stock Popped Friday

Daniel Sparks, The Motley Fool

What happened

Shares of enterprise software and services company BlackBerry (NYSE: BB) shot higher on Friday, rising as much as 15.7%. As of 11:00 a.m. EDT, the stock was up 13.7%.

The stock's gain follows fiscal fourth-quarter results that crushed analysts' expectations.

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So what

For its fourth quarter of fiscal 2019, BlackBerry reported non-GAAP revenue of $257 million, up 8% year over year. GAAP revenue was $255 million, up 9% year over year. The company's non-GAAP earnings per share for the period was $0.11, up from $0.05 in the year-ago quarter.

On average, analysts were expecting revenue of $241.1 million and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.06.

BlackBerry CEO John Chen was pleased with the company's strong finish to the year, noting that BlackBerry achieved all of its fiscal 2019 financial commitments.

Now what

In 2019, investors should look for BlackBerry to stabilize its enterprise software and services revenue and sustain its licensing, IP, and other revenue. BlackBerry's enterprise software and services revenue declined 18% year over year on a non-GAAP basis, and licensing, IP, and other revenue jumped 71%.

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Daniel Sparks has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends BlackBerry. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.