BlackBerry reports Q3 Fiscal 2016 earnings results

As expected, BlackBerry has now announced their Q3 Fiscal 2016 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.

"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."

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

Noted on the company's earnings call by Chief Financial Officer James Yersh, the company recognized revenue on 700,000 devices in the third quarter, but the average selling price on each smartphone rose to $315 from $240.

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

Total software and services revenue grows 183 percent year over year

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - 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."

Conference Call and Webcast

A conference call and live webcast will be held beginning at 8 am ET, which can be accessed by dialing 1-866-438-1903 or by logging on at http://ca.blackberry.com/company/investors/events.html. A replay of the conference call will also be available at approximately 11 am ET by dialing 1-855-859-2056 or 1-404-537-3406 and entering Conference ID # 47747014 or by clicking the link above.

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 www.BlackBerry.com.

Source: Marketwired