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BlackBerry Achieves Non-GAAP Profitability and Positive Cash Flow for the Fiscal 2015 Third Quarter




WATERLOO, ONTARIO — (Marketwired) — 12/19/14 — BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY)(TSX: BB), a global leader in mobile communications, today reported financial results for the three months ended November 29, 2014 (all figures in U.S. dollars and U.S. GAAP, except where otherwise indicated).

Q3 Highlights:

Q3 Results

Revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2015 was $793 million. The revenue breakdown for the quarter was approximately 46% for hardware, 46% for services and 8% for software and other revenue. During the third quarter, the Company recognized hardware revenue on approximately 2 million BlackBerry smartphones. During the third quarter, approximately 1.9 million BlackBerry smartphones were sold through to end customers, which included shipments made and recognized prior to the third quarter and which reduced the Company–s inventory in channel.

Non-GAAP profit for the third quarter was $6 million, or $0.01 per share, reversing a loss of $0.02 last quarter. GAAP net loss for the quarter was $148 million, or $0.28 per share. The GAAP net loss includes a non-cash charge associated with the change in the fair value of the debentures of $150 million (the “Q3 Fiscal 2015 Debentures Fair Value Adjustment”) and pre-tax restructuring charges of $5 million related to the restructuring program. The impact of these adjustments on GAAP net loss and loss per share is summarized in a table below.

Total cash, cash equivalents, short-term and long-term investments was $3.1 billion as of November 29, 2014. The cash balance increased $43 million in the third quarter, excluding net outlays of $31 million related to acquisitions during the quarter. Purchase obligations and other commitments amounted to approximately $1.6 billion as of November 29, 2014, with purchase orders with contract manufacturers representing approximately $565 million of the total, compared to $344 million at the end of the second quarter.

“We achieved a key milestone in our eight quarter plan with positive cash flow. We also attained another important milestone in the release of our new enterprise software products and devices,” said Executive Chairman and CEO John Chen. “Our focus now turns to expanding our distribution and driving revenue growth.”

Outlook

The Company continues to anticipate maintaining its strong cash position, while increasingly looking for opportunities to prudently invest in growth. The Company continues to anticipate break-even or better cash flow from operations.

The Company is expanding its distribution capability, and expects traction from these efforts to manifest some time in fiscal 2016. The company continues to target sustainable non-GAAP profitability some time in fiscal 2016.

Reconciliation of GAAP loss before income taxes, net income (loss) and earnings (loss) per share to Non-GAAP loss before income taxes, net income (loss) and earnings (loss) per share:

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

Note: Non-GAAP loss before income taxes, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP 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 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.

Supplementary Geographic Revenue Breakdown

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

Conference Call and Webcast

A conference call and live webcast will be held today beginning at 8 am ET, which can be accessed by dialing 1-888-503-8168 or by logging on at . A replay of the conference call will also be available at approximately 10 am ET by dialing 1-647-436-0148 and entering pass code 8015758# or by clicking the link above. This replay will be available until midnight ET January 2nd, 2015.

About BlackBerry

A global leader in mobile communications, BlackBerry® revolutionized the mobile industry when it was introduced in 1999. Today, BlackBerry aims to inspire the success of our millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. 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 maintaining its strong cash position while investing in growth opportunities, and the anticipated opportunities and challenges in fiscal 2015 and fiscal 2016; BlackBerry–s ability to reach sustainable non-GAAP profitability some time in fiscal 2016 and expectations regarding its cash flow and revenue trend; 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 BES10, BES12, BlackBerry 10 smartphones, services related to BBM and QNX software products; BlackBerry–s expectations regarding expanding its distribution capability and realizing the related benefits some time in fiscal 2016; 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 fourth quarter of fiscal 2015; BlackBerry–s expectations for software revenue in fiscal 2015 and 2016 and BBM revenue in fiscal 2016; BlackBerry–s expectations for gross margin for the next several quarters; BlackBerry–s expectations for operating expenses for the remainder 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 significant accounting policies.

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 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, and the following: 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 transition to an operating unit organizational structure consisting of the Devices business, Enterprise Services, BlackBerry Technology Solutions, including the QNX embedded business, and Messaging; BlackBerry–s ability to maintain existing enterprise customer relationships and to transition such customers to the BES10 and BES12 platforms and deploy BlackBerry 10 smartphones, and the risk that current BES10 and BES12 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; risks related to acquisitions, divestitures and investments that may negatively affect the Company–s results of operations; risks related to BlackBerry–s ability to increase BBM and software revenue for the remainder of fiscal 2015 and during fiscal 2016, including predicting anticipated demand for BES software, technical support, and other value-added services being promoted by BlackBerry and risks related to BlackBerry–s ability to expand its distribution capabilities; 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 acquisitions, divestitures and investments which may negatively affect BlackBerry–s results of operations. 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 or ). 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.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

Consolidated Balance Sheets

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Investor Contact:
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