BlackBerry Reports 43 Percent Year-over-Year Organic Growth in Software License Revenue for the Fiscal 2016 Third Quarter

December 18, 2015

Total software and services revenue grows 183 percent year over year

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Dec. 18, 2015) - BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB), a global leader in mobile communications, today reported financial results for the three months ended November 28, 2015 (all figures in U.S. dollars and U.S. GAAP, except where otherwise indicated).

Q3 Highlights

  • Non-GAAP total revenue of $557 million, up 14 percent over Q2 FY16
  • Non-GAAP software and services revenue of $162 million, up 183 percent year over year and up 119 percent quarter over quarter
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $114 million
  • Cash and investments balance of $2.71 billion at the end of the fiscal quarter, including the impact of the recent acquisitions of AtHoc and Good Technology
  • Non-GAAP loss of ($0.03) per share
  • Completed the acquisitions of AtHoc and Good Technology
  • Launched the PRIV in November, the only smartphone that combines BlackBerry-level security with the Google Play App Store's 1.6 million apps
  • Confirmed plans to release OS version 10.3.3 on BlackBerry 10 to support NIAP certification

Q3 Results

Non-GAAP revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2016 was $557 million with GAAP revenue of $548 million. GAAP revenue reflects a purchase accounting write down of deferred revenue associated with recent acquisitions. The non-GAAP revenue breakdown for the quarter was approximately 29% for software and services, 31% for service access fees (SAF), and 40% for hardware and other revenue.

BlackBerry had 2,713 enterprise customer wins in the quarter. Approximately 70% of third quarter software revenue was recurring.

Non-GAAP net loss for the third quarter was ($15) million, or ($0.03) per share. GAAP net loss for the quarter was ($89) million, or ($0.17) per basic share. Basic GAAP net income reflects a purchase accounting impact of $9 million on GAAP revenue, a non-cash credit associated with the change in the fair value of the debentures of $5 million (the "Q3 Fiscal 2016 Debentures Fair Value Adjustment"), pre-tax charges of $38 million related to restructuring and acquisition costs, stock compensation of $14 million, and amortization of acquired intangibles of $18 million. 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 $2.71 billion as of November 28, 2015. This reflects $15 million of positive free cash flow, $636 million used in acquisition costs for AtHoc and Good Technology and $10 million used to repurchase 1.6 million shares. Excluding $1.25 billion in the face value of our debt, the net cash balance at the end of the quarter was $1.46 billion. Purchase orders with contract manufacturers totaled approximately $298 million at the end of the third quarter, compared to $248 million at the end of the second quarter and down from $565 million in the year ago quarter. Operating cash flow was $19 million.

"I am pleased with our continued progress on BlackBerry's strategic priorities, leading to 14 percent sequential growth in total revenue for Q3. We delivered accelerating growth in enterprise software and higher revenue across all of our areas of focus," said Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Chen. "Our new PRIV device has been well received since its launch in November, and we are expanding distribution to additional carriers around the world in the next several quarters.

"BlackBerry has a solid financial foundation, and we are executing well. To sustain our current direction, we are stepping up investments to drive continued software growth and the additional PRIV launches. I anticipate this will result in sequential revenue growth in our software, hardware and messaging businesses in Q4."


The company continues to anticipate positive free cash flow and adjusted EBITDA.

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)

Q3 Fiscal 2016 Non-GAAP Adjustments
For the Three Months Ended November 28, 2015
(in millions)


margin %



As reported $ 236 43.1 % $ (120 ) $ (89 ) $ (0.17 )
Debentures fair value adjustment(2) Debentures fair value
- %
RAP charges (3) Cost of sales 5 0.9 % 5 5
RAP charges (3) Research and
- %
RAP charges (3) Selling, marketing and
- %
CORE program charges(4) Selling, marketing and
- %
Software deferred revenue acquired(5) Revenue
0.9 %
Stock compensation expense(6) Research and
- %
Stock compensation expense(6) Selling, marketing and
- %
Acquired intangibles amortization(7) Amortization - - % 18 18
Business acquisition costs(8) Selling, marketing and


- %


Adjusted $ 250 44.9 % $ (46 ) $ (15 ) $ (0.03 )

Note: Non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP gross margin percentage, non-GAAP 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 third quarter of fiscal 2016, the Company reported GAAP gross margin of $236 million or 43.1% of revenue. Excluding the impact of the resource alignment program ("RAP") charges included in cost of sales and software deferred revenue acquired included in revenue, the non-GAAP gross margin was $250 million or 44.9% of revenue.
(2) During the third quarter of fiscal 2016, the Company recorded the Q3 Fiscal 2016 Debentures Fair Value Adjustment of $5 million. This adjustment was presented on a separate line in the Consolidated Statement of Operations.
(3) During the third quarter of fiscal 2016, the Company incurred charges related to the RAP of $33 million pre-tax and after tax, of which $5 million were included in cost of sales, $2 million were included in research and development and $26 million were included in selling, marketing, and administration expenses.
(4) During the third quarter of fiscal 2016, the Company recovered charges related to the CORE program of $6 million, which were included in selling, marketing, and administration expenses.
(5) During the third quarter of fiscal 2016, he Company recorded software deferred revenue acquired but not recognized due to business combination accounting rules of $9 million, which were included in revenue.
(6) During the third quarter of fiscal 2016, the Company recorded stock compensation expense of $14 million, of which $4 million were included in research and development, and $10 million were included in selling, marketing, and administration expenses.
(7) During the third quarter of fiscal 2016, the Company recorded amortization of intangible assets acquired through business combinations of $18 million, which were included in amortization expense.
(8) During the third quarter of fiscal 2016, the Company recorded acquisition costs incurred through business combinations of $11 million, which 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
November 28, 2015 August 29, 2015 May 30, 2015 February 28, 2015 November 29, 2014
North America $ 275 50.2% $ 176 36.0% $ 285 43.3% $ 205 31.0% $ 213 26.9%
Europe, Middle East and










Latin America 24 4.4% 33 6.7% 42 6.4% 60 9.1% 84 10.6%
Asia Pacific 55 10.0% 79 16.1% 86 13.1% 112 17.0% 130 16.4%
Total $ 548 100.0% $ 490 100.0% $ 658 100.0% $ 660 100.0% $ 793 100.0%

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About BlackBerry

BlackBerry is securing a connected world, delivering innovative solutions across the entire mobile ecosystem and beyond. We secure the world's most sensitive data across all end points - from cars to smartphones - making the mobile-first enterprise vision a reality. 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 expectations regarding its cash flow and revenue trend and its ability to reach sustainable non-GAAP profitability by the end of fiscal 2016; BlackBerry's plans, strategies and objectives, including the anticipated benefits of its strategic initiatives; BlackBerry's expectations regarding 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 smartphones, services related to BBM and the BlackBerry IoT Platform; BlackBerry's expectations regarding software, hardware and messaging revenue and overall revenue for the next quarter; BlackBerry's expectations regarding the generation of revenue from its software, services and other technologies, including from technology licensing and the monetization of its patent portfolio; BlackBerry's anticipated levels of decline in service revenue for the next quarter; BlackBerry's expectations for gross margin for the next quarter; BlackBerry 's expectations for earnings per share for the next quarter; BlackBerry's expected benefits from its plans to reallocate resources through its resource alignment program; 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 relevant. Many factors could cause BlackBerry's actual results or performance to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward- looking statements, including 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 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 successfully market and distribute the PRIV device on the Android platform and positively differentiate it from competing products, and to receive broad market acceptance for the device without eroding BlackBerry's brand identity or impairing the economic viability of the BlackBerry 10 platform; risks related to acquisitions recently completed by BlackBerry, including its ability to integrate and manage the acquired businesses, personnel, and products, and to achieve strategic objectives, revenue generation, cost savings and other benefits from those acquisitions; 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 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 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.

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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 28,
August 29,
November 29,
November 28,
November 29,
Revenue $ 548 $ 490 $ 793 $ 1,696 $ 2,675
Cost of sales
Cost of sales 304 301 365 935 1,358
Inventory write-down 9 4 24 33 54
Supply commitment charges (1 ) - (6 ) (3 ) (23 )
312 305 383 965 1,389
Gross margin 236 185 410 731 1,286
Gross margin % 43.1 % 37.8 % 51.7 % 43.1 % 48.1 %
Operating expenses
Research and development 100 122 154 361 577
Selling, marketing and administration 177 191 171 542 766
Amortization 68 67 74 200 230
Debentures fair value adjustment (5 ) (228 ) 150 (390 ) 30
340 152 549 713 1,603
Operating income (loss) (104 ) 33 (139 ) 18 (317 )
Investment loss, net (16 ) (12 ) (21 ) (44 ) (67 )
Income (loss) before income taxes (120 ) 21 (160 ) (26 ) (384 )
Recovery of income taxes (31 ) (30 ) (12 ) (56 ) (52 )
Net income (loss) $ (89 ) $ 51 $ (148 ) $ 30 $ (332 )
Earnings (loss) per share
Basic $ (0.17 ) $ 0.10 $ (0.28 ) $ 0.06 $ (0.63 )
Diluted $ (0.17 ) $ (0.24 ) $ (0.28 ) $ (0.46 ) $ (0.63 )
Weighted-average number of common
shares outstanding (000's)
Basic 525,103 526,314 528,090 526,879 527,350
Diluted 525,103 667,321 528,090 651,879 527,350
Total common shares outstanding 525,701 524,211 528,511 525,701 528,511
BlackBerry Limited
Incorporated under the Laws of Ontario
(United States dollars, in millions except per share data) (unaudited)
Consolidated Balance Sheets

As at
November 28,

February 28,
Cash and cash equivalents $ 1,123 $ 1,233
Short-term investments 1,175 1,658
Accounts receivable, net 380 503
Other receivables 45 97
Inventories 144 122
Income taxes receivable 9 169
Other current assets 134 375
Deferred income tax asset 2 10
3,012 4,167
Long-term investments 350 316
Restricted cash 58 59
Property, plant and equipment, net 449 556
Goodwill 607 85
Intangible assets, net 1,413 1,375
$ 5,889 $ 6,558
Accounts payable $ 269 $ 235
Accrued liabilities 402 667
Deferred revenue 430 470
1,101 1,372
Long-term debt 1,317 1,707
Deferred income tax liability 17 48
2,435 3,127
Shareholders' Equity
Capital stock and additional paid-in capital 2,454 2,444
Retained earnings 1,018 1,010
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (18 ) (23 )
3,454 3,431
$ 5,889 $ 6,558
BlackBerry Limited
Incorporated under the Laws of Ontario
(United States dollars, in millions except per share data) (unaudited)
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
Nine Months Ended
November 28,
November 29,
Cash flows from operating activities
Net income (loss) $ 30 $ (332 )
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:
Amortization 489 532
Deferred income taxes (67 ) 47
Stock-based compensation 42 36
Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment 46 126
Debentures fair value adjustment (390 ) 30
Other 23 13
Net changes in working capital items:
Accounts receivable, net 158 351
Other receivables 54 13
Inventories (22 ) 142
Income taxes receivable 157 229
Other current assets 222 176
Accounts payable 13 (256 )
Accrued liabilities (281 ) (369 )
Deferred revenue (217 ) (135 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 257 603
Cash flows from investing activities
Acquisition of long-term investments (275 ) (215 )
Proceeds on sale or maturity of long-term investments 141 19
Acquisition of property, plant and equipment (25 ) (71 )
Proceeds on sale of property, plant and equipment - 348
Acquisition of intangible assets (43 ) (388 )
Business acquisitions, net of cash acquired (689 ) (40 )
Acquisition of short-term investments (2,091 ) (1,973 )
Proceeds on sale or maturity of short-term investments 2,674 1,701
Net cash used in investing activities (308 ) (619 )
Cash flows from financing activities
Issuance of common shares 3 6
Common shares repurchased (57 ) -
Transfer from (to) restricted cash 4 (65 )
Net cash used in financing activities (50 ) (59 )
Effect of foreign exchange loss on cash and cash equivalents (9 ) (6 )
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents during the period (110 ) (81 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 1,233 1,579
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 1,123 $ 1,498
As at November 28,
August 29,
Cash and cash equivalents $ 1,123 $ 1,447
Short-term investments 1,175 1,573
Long-term investments 350 277
Restricted cash 58 56
$ 2,706 $ 3,353
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