BlackBerry Reports Fiscal 2016 Second Quarter Results

BlackBerry today reported financial results for the three months ended August 29, 2015 (all figures in U.S. dollars and U.S. GAAP, except where otherwise indicated).

Q2 Highlights

  • Non-GAAP software and services revenue of $74 million, a 19% increase over Q2 FY15 driven by 33% growth in software licensing revenue
  • Positive free cash flow of $100 million in the quarter
  • Cash and investments balance of $3.35 billion at the end of the fiscal quarter, an increase of $37 million over Q1 FY16 after using $47 million on share repurchases
  • Non-GAAP loss of ($0.13) per share, basic GAAP earnings of $0.10 per share
  • Non-GAAP operating loss of ($84) million, with GAAP operating income of $33 million
  • Non-GAAP gross margin of 40.9% and GAAP gross margin of 37.8%
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $68 million
  • After the close of the quarter, BlackBerry closed the acquisition of AtHoc and announced an agreement to acquire Good Technology
  • Today, the company also confirmed plans to launch a flagship handheld device that will run on the Android operating system with BlackBerry security

Q2 Results

Non-GAAP revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2016 was $491 million with GAAP revenue of $490 million. GAAP revenue reflects a purchase accounting write down of deferred revenue associated with the acquisition of WatchDox. The revenue breakdown for the quarter was approximately 15% for software and services, 41% for hardware, and 43% for service access fees (SAF). BlackBerry had 2,400 enterprise customer wins in the quarter. Approximately 60% of the licenses associated with these deals are cross-platform. During the second quarter, the Company recognized hardware revenue on over 800,000 BlackBerry smartphones with an ASP of approximately $240.

Non-GAAP loss for the second quarter was ($66) million, or ($0.13) per share. GAAP basic net income for the quarter was $51 million, or $0.10 per basic share. Basic GAAP net income includes the aforementioned purchase accounting impact on GAAP revenue, a non-cash credit associated with the change in the fair value of the debentures of $228 million (the “Q2 Fiscal 2016 Debentures Fair Value Adjustment”), pre-tax charges of $85 million related to restructuring, stock compensation of $14 million, and amortization of acquired intangibles of $11 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 $3.35 billion as of August 29, 2015. The cash balance increased $37 million in the second quarter. The company repurchased 6 million shares during the quarter for a total of $47 million. Excluding $1.25 billion in the face value of our debt, the net cash balance at the end of the quarter was $2.1 billion. Purchase orders with contract manufacturers totaled approximately $248 million at the end of the second quarter, compared to $238 million at the end of the first quarter and down from $344 million in the year ago quarter. Excluding the impact of foreign exchange rates, operating cash flow was $110 million with free cash flow (operating cash flow minus capital expenditures) of $100 million.

“I am confident in our strategy and continued progress, highlighted by our fourth consecutive quarter of year-over-year double digit growth in software licensing revenue and sixth consecutive quarter of positive free cash flow,” said Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Chen.

“In order to expand our leadership in cross-platform software and services, we are investing strategically – organically through new products and services based on the BES platform, and through acquisitions like AtHoc and Good.”

“At the same time, we are focused on making faster progress to achieve profitability in our handset business.

Today, I am confirming our plans to launch Priv, an Android device named after BlackBerry’s heritage and core mission of protecting our customers’ privacy. Priv combines the best of BlackBerry security and productivity with the expansive mobile application ecosystem available on the Android platform,” continued Mr. Chen.

“From these initiatives, we anticipate modest sequential revenue growth in each of the remaining quarters of fiscal 2016.”

Expanding Leadership in Mobile Cross-Platform Software and Services

Acquisitions of Good Technology and AtHoc

On September 4, BlackBerry announced it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Good Technology for $425 million in cash. The acquisition is aligned with BlackBerry’s strategy to offer customers the most complete, end-to-end solution that secures the entire mobile enterprise, across all platforms. The acquisition will further build on BlackBerry’s strong leadership in Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) value-added services. Good will bring complementary capabilities and technologies to BlackBerry, including secure application management and containerization that protects end user privacy – with the majority of its activations from iOS devices. This experience combined with BlackBerry’s strength in BlackBerry 10 and Android management will provide customers with increased choice for securely deploying any leading operating system in their organization.

The transaction is expected to close toward the end of the company’s 2016 fiscal third quarter and is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.

On September 22, BlackBerry closed its acquisition of AtHoc, a leading provider of secure, networked crisis communications for $250 million in cash. AtHoc’s platform alerts any device – including iOS, Android, PC and Mac desktops, digital displays, radios, IP phones, and endpoints such as sirens, fire panels and speakers – helping organizations and people to connect and share information in times of crisis. The acquisition is well aligned with BlackBerry’s strength in government and public sector, and AtHoc will become a key component of the company’s Internet of Things (IoT) platform. The leading provider to the U.S. Departments of Defense (DoD) and Homeland Security, AtHoc also supports public and private enterprises across the world, including healthcare providers and industrial facilities. The AtHoc platform will integrate with BBM and BlackBerry’s enterprise portfolio and trusted global network to offer customers new capabilities for safety, security and mission-critical business communication.

Handheld Device Roadmap

Today, BlackBerry is announcing two new additions to its handheld device roadmap.

First, the company will launch a flagship slider device, Priv, which will run on the Android operating system, bringing together the best of BlackBerry security and productivity with the expansive mobile application ecosystem available on the Android platform. In combination with BlackBerry’s efforts to support Android for Work on the BES12 platform, the new device will offer best in class security for enterprise customers. BlackBerry expects the device to be available late in the calendar year in major markets in-store and online, and will release further details in the coming weeks. While the new device will provide a choice in OS to new and existing customers, the company remains committed to the BlackBerry 10 operating system, which enables industry-leading security and productivity benefits.

Second, the company will continue to develop and enhance the BlackBerry 10 operating system and is confirming plans to release platform updates focused on security and privacy enhancements, with version 10.3.3 scheduled to be available in March 2016.


The company anticipates modest sequential growth in total revenue in each of the remaining quarters of fiscal 2016.

The company continues to anticipate positive free cash flow. The company targets sustainable non-GAAP profitability in the fiscal 2016 fourth quarter.

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)
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Q2 Fiscal 2016 Non-GAAP AdjustmentsFor the three months ended August 29, 2015
(in millions)
Income statement locationGross margin (before taxes)(1)Gross margin % (before taxes)(1)Income (loss) before income taxesNet income (loss)Basic earnings (loss) per share
As reported$18537.8%$21$51$0.10
Debentures Fair Value Adjustment (2)Debentures fair value adjustment%(228)(228)
RAP Charges (3)Cost of sales142.9%1414
RAP Charges (3)Research and development%1414
RAP Charges (3)Selling, marketing and administration%5151
CORE Program Charges (4)Selling, marketing and administration%66
Software deferred revenue acquired (5)Revenue10.1%11
Stock compensation expense (6)Cost of sales10.1%11
Stock compensation expense (6)Research and development%44
Stock compensation expense (6)Selling, marketing and administration%99
Acquired intangibles amortization (7)Amortization%1111

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 second quarter of fiscal 2016, the Company reported GAAP gross margin of $185 million or 37.8% of revenue. Excluding the impact of the resource alignment program (RAP) charges and stock compensation expense included in cost of sales, along with software deferred revenue acquired included in revenue, the non-GAAP gross margin was $201 million, or 40.9% of revenue.
  2. During the second quarter of fiscal 2016, the Company recorded the Q2 Fiscal 2016 Debentures Fair Value Adjustment of $228 million. The adjustment was presented on a separate line in the Consolidated Statements of Operations
  3. During the second quarter of fiscal 2016, the Company incurred charges related to the RAP of $79 million pre-tax and after tax, of which $14 million were included in cost of sales, $14 million were included in research and development and $51 million were included in selling, marketing, and administration expenses.
  4. During the second quarter of fiscal 2016, the Company incurred charges related to the CORE program of $6 million, which were included in selling, marketing, and administration expenses.
  5. During the second quarter of fiscal 2016, the Company recorded software deferred revenue acquired but not recognized due to business combination accounting rules of $1 million, which were included in revenue.
  6. During the second quarter of fiscal 2016, the Company recorded stock compensation expense of $14 million, of which $1 million were included in cost of sales, $4 million were included in research and development, and $9 million were included in selling, marketing, and administration expenses.
  7. During the second quarter of fiscal 2016, the Company recorded amortization of intangible assets acquired through business combinations of $11 million, which were included in amortization expense.

Supplementary Geographic Revenue Breakdown

BlackBerry Limited
(United States dollars, in millions)
Revenue by Region

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For the quarter ended
August 29, 2015May 30, 2015February 28, 2015November 29, 2014August 30, 2014
North America$17636.0%$28543.3%$20531.0%$21326.9%$29732.4%
Europe, Middle East and Africa20241.2%24537.2%28342.9%36646.1%36840.2%
Latin America336.7%426.4%609.1%8410.6%11112.1%
Asia Pacific7916.1%8613.1%11217.0%13016.4%14015.3%

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