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BlackBerry Reports First Quarter Fiscal Year 2025 Results

Exceeds quarterly revenue guidance for both IoT and Cybersecurity divisions IoT achieves 18% year over year revenue growth in the quarter Delivers sequential improvement in key Cybersecurity ARR and DBNRR metrics Exceeds guidance for adjusted EBITDA and non-GAAP earnings per share Makes significant progress in operational separation of IoT and Cybersecurity businesses WATERLOO, ON, June 26, 2024 /CNW/ -- BlackBerry Limited (NYSE:BB, TSX:BB) today reported financial results for the three months ended May 31, 2024 (all figures in U.S. dollars and U.S. GAAP, except where otherwise indicated). "BlackBerry's strategy is delivering results. The Company is making significant progress towards operational independence for our IoT and Cybersecurity businesses, as well as towards profitability. We exceeded our outlook range for both adjusted EBITDA and non-GAAP EPS this quarter and achieved a third consecutive sequential improvement in free cash usage. BlackBerry remains on track to be both profitable on a non-GAAP basis and generating positive cashflow in the fourth quarter," said John J. Giamatteo, CEO, BlackBerry. "Both our IoT and Cybersecurity businesses beat revenue expectations.  QNX recorded solid royalty revenue while our Cybersecurity division delivered a second consecutive quarter of ARR growth, as well as further enhancing dollar-based net retention." First Quarter Fiscal 2025 Financial Highlights Total company revenue was $144 million. Total company non-GAAP and GAAP gross margin was 67%. IoT revenue grew 18% year-over-year and exceeded previously-provided guidance at $53 million; IoT gross margin was 81%. Cybersecurity exceeded previously-provided guidance at $85 million; Cybersecurity gross margin was 59%. Cybersecurity ARR increased by 2% sequentially to $285 million; DBNRR increased sequentially for third consecutive quarter to 87%. Licensing and Other revenue was $6 million. Non-GAAP operating loss was $12 million and GAAP operating loss was $39 million. Non-GAAP basic loss per share beat the previously-provided guidance at $0.03 and GAAP basic loss per share was $0.07. Adjusted EBITDA was negative $7 million. Total cash, cash equivalents, short-term and long-term investments was $283 million; Operating cash usage was sequentially flat at $15 million, while free cash usage decreased sequentially for the third consecutive quarter to $16 million. Business Highlights & Strategic Announcements ETAS and BlackBerry QNX® forge partnership to jointly sell and market software solutions to provide the safe and secure foundation for the Software-Defined Vehicle (SDV). BlackBerry announces collaboration with AMD to advance foundational precision and control for robotics industry by enabling new levels of low latency and jitter, and repeatable determinism. BlackBerry launches CylanceMDR™, an expert driven and AI-powered Managed Detection and Response (MDR) solution, including an innovative "On-Demand" solution. BlackBerry introduces Cylance Assistant, a generative AI cybersecurity advisor that will help organizations speed up decision-making and stop more threats faster with fewer resources. BlackBerry® UEM places in upper-right quadrant as a 2024 Gartner® Peer Insights™ Customers' Choice for Unified Endpoint Management tools for second year running. Independent test lab, The Tolly Group, identifies BlackBerry CylanceENDPOINT™ as detecting up to 25 percent more threats and with up to eight times less system impact than competitors. BlackBerry nominates Lori O'Neill, an experienced corporate director and financial expert, for election to its Board of Directors. Outlook BlackBerry is providing the following guidance for the second quarter (ending August 31, 2024) and the full fiscal year 2025 (ending February 28, 2025). Q2 FY25 Full fiscal year FY25 Total BlackBerry revenue: $136 - $144 million $586 - $616 million IoT revenue: $50 - $54 million   $220 - $235 million Cybersecurity revenue: $82 - $86 million $350 - $365 million Licensing & Other revenue: Approximately $4 million   Approximately $16 million Adjusted EBITDA:   ($5) – ($15) million Breakeven – +$10 million  Non-GAAP basic EPS: ($0.02) – ($0.04)   ($0.03) – ($0.07)   Use of Non-GAAP Financial MeasuresThe tables at the end of this press release include a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures and non-GAAP financial ratios used by the company to comparable U.S. GAAP measures and an explanation of why the company uses them. The Company does not provide a reconciliation of expected Adjusted EBITDA and expected Non-GAAP basic EPS for the second quarter and full fiscal year 2025 to the most directly comparable expected GAAP measures because it is unable to predict with reasonable certainty, among other things, restructuring charges and impairment charges and, accordingly, a reconciliation is not available without unreasonable effort. These items are uncertain, depend on various factors, and could have a material impact on GAAP reported results for the guidance period. For more information on the non-GAAP financial measures, please refer to the tables at the end of this press release.  Conference Call and WebcastA conference call and live webcast will be held today beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET, which can be accessed using the following link (here) or through the Company's investor webpage ( or by dialing toll free +1 (877) 883-0383 and entering Elite Entry Number 6322676. A replay of the conference call will be available at approximately 8:30 p.m. ET today, using the same webcast link (here) or by dialing Canada toll free +1 (855) 669-9658 or US toll free +1 (877) 344-7529 and entering Replay Access Code 5225167. About BlackBerryBlackBerry (NYSE:BB, TSX:BB) provides intelligent security software and services to enterprises and governments around the world. The company's software powers over 235M vehicles. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company leverages AI and machine learning to deliver innovative solutions in the areas of cybersecurity, safety and data privacy, and is a leader in the areas of endpoint security management, encryption, and embedded systems. BlackBerry's vision is clear - to secure a connected future you can trust. BlackBerry. Intelligent Security. Everywhere. For more information, visit and follow Investor Contact:BlackBerry Investor Relations+1 (519) Media Contact:BlackBerry Media Relations+1 (519) This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of certain securities laws, including under the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities laws, including statements regarding BlackBerry's plans, strategies and objectives including its expectations with respect to increasing and enhancing its product and service offerings.  The words "expect", "anticipate", "estimate", "may", "will", "should", "could", "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, including but not limited to, BlackBerry's expectations regarding its business, strategy, opportunities and prospects, the launch of new products and services, general economic conditions, competition, BlackBerry's expectations regarding its financial performance, and BlackBerry's expectations regarding the planned separation of its businesses.  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, risks related to the following factors:  BlackBerry's ability to maintain or expand its customer base for its software and services offerings to grow revenue or achieve sustained profitability; BlackBerry's sales cycles and the time and expense of its sales efforts; the intense competition faced by BlackBerry; BlackBerry's ability to enhance, develop, introduce or monetize products and services for the enterprise market in a timely manner with competitive pricing, features and performance; the occurrence or perception of a breach of BlackBerry's network cybersecurity measures, or an inappropriate disclosure of confidential or personal information; potential impacts of BlackBerry's proposed business unit separation and cost reduction initiatives; BlackBerry's continuing ability to attract new personnel, retain existing key personnel and manage its staffing effectively; risks arising from a failure or perceived failure of BlackBerry's solutions to detect or prevent security vulnerabilities; BlackBerry's dependence on its relationships with resellers and channel partners; litigation against BlackBerry; adverse macroeconomic and geopolitical conditions; network disruptions or other business interruptions; BlackBerry's ability to foster an ecosystem of third-party application developers; BlackBerry's products and services being dependent upon interoperability with rapidly changing systems provided by third parties; failure to protect BlackBerry's intellectual property and to earn expected revenues from intellectual property rights; BlackBerry's ability to obtain rights to use third-party software and its use of open source software; BlackBerry potentially being found to have infringed on the intellectual property rights of others; BlackBerry's indebtedness, which could impact its operating flexibility and financial condition; the substantial asset risk faced by BlackBerry, including the potential for charges related to its long-lived assets and goodwill; tax provision changes, the adoption of new tax legislation or exposure to additional tax liabilities; the use and management of user data and personal information; government regulations applicable to BlackBerry's products and services, including products containing encryption capabilities; environmental, social and governance expectations and standards; the failure of BlackBerry's suppliers, subcontractors, channel partners and representatives to use acceptable ethical business practices or comply with applicable laws; potential impacts of acquisitions, divestitures and other business initiatives; risks associated with foreign operations, including fluctuations in foreign currencies; environmental events; the fluctuation of BlackBerry's quarterly revenue and operating results; and the volatility of the market price of BlackBerry's common shares. These risk factors and others relating to BlackBerry are discussed in greater detail in BlackBerry's Annual Report on Form 10-K and the "Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" section of BlackBerry's MD&A (copies of which filings may be obtained at or All of these factors should be considered carefully, and readers should not place undue reliance on BlackBerry's forward-looking statements. Any statements that are forward-looking statements are intended to enable BlackBerry's shareholders to view the anticipated performance and prospects of BlackBerry from management's perspective at the time such statements are made, and they are subject to the risks that are inherent in all forward-looking statements, as described above, as well as difficulties in forecasting BlackBerry's financial results and performance for future periods, particularly over longer periods, given changes in technology and BlackBerry's business strategy, evolving industry standards, intense competition and short product life cycles that characterize the industries in which BlackBerry operates. Any forward-looking statements are made only as of today and BlackBerry has no intention and undertakes no obligation to update or revise any of them, except as required by law. BlackBerry Limited Incorporated under the Laws of Ontario (United States dollars, in millions except share and per share amounts) (unaudited) Consolidated Statements of Operations Three Months Ended May 31, 2024 February 29, 2024 May 31, 2023 Revenue $                    144 $                     173 $                     373 Cost of sales 48 44 194 Gross margin 96 129 179 Gross margin % 66.7 % 74.6 % 48.0 % Operating expenses Research and development 42 40 54 Sales and marketing 38 41 45 General and administrative 40 53 54 Amortization 12 12 15 Impairment of goodwill — 35 — Impairment of long-lived assets 3 4 — Debentures fair value adjustment — — 22 135 185 190 Operating loss (39) (56) (11) Investment income, net 5 4 3 Loss before income taxes (34) (52) (8) Provision for income taxes 8 4 3 Net loss $                    (42) $                     (56) $                     (11) Loss per share Basic $                 (0.07) $                  (0.10) $                  (0.02) Diluted $                 (0.07) $                  (0.10) $                  (0.02) Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding (000s) Basic 589,821 587,523 582,812 Diluted 589,821 587,523 582,812 Total common shares outstanding (000s) 590,171 589,233 583,237   BlackBerry Limited Incorporated under the Laws of Ontario (United States dollars, in millions) (unaudited) Consolidated Balance Sheets As at May 31, 2024 February 29, 2024 Assets Current Cash and cash equivalents $                           143 $                           175 Short-term investments 86 62 Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $5 and $6, respectively 148 199 Other receivables 21 21