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BlackBerry Reports 2015 Fiscal First Quarter GAAP Profitability

WATERLOO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 06/19/14 -- BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB), a global leader in mobile communications, today reported financial results for the three months ended May 31, 2014 (all figures in U.S. dollars and U.S. GAAP, except where otherwise indicated).

Q1 Highlights:

--  Cash and investments balance of $3.1 billion at the end of the fiscal
    first quarter, up from $2.7 billion in the prior quarter 
--  Adjusted Q1 gross margin of 48%, up from 43% in the prior quarter 
--  Reduced adjusted operating expenses by 57% year over year and 13%
    quarter over quarter 
--  Successfully launched the new Z3 device in Indonesia; 8 additional
    countries to follow 
--  EZ Pass Program resulted in a total of 1.2 million licenses issued for
    BES10, including more than 10% of total licenses traded in from
    competitors' Mobile Device Management platforms 
--  Launched Project Ion focused on the "Internet of Things" market 

Q1 Results

Revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 was $966 million, down $10 million or 1% from $976 million in the previous quarter. The revenue breakdown for the quarter was approximately 39% for hardware, 54% for services and 7% for software and other revenue. During the first quarter, the Company recognized hardware revenue on approximately 1.6 million BlackBerry smartphones compared to approximately 1.3 million BlackBerry smartphones in the previous quarter. During the first quarter, approximately 2.6 million BlackBerry smartphones were sold through to end customers, which included shipments made and recognized prior to the first quarter and which reduced the Company's inventory in channel.

GAAP net income for the first quarter was $23 million, or $0.04 earnings per share ("EPS"). The net income includes non-cash income associated with the change in the fair value of the Debentures of $287 million (the "Q1 Fiscal 2015 Debentures Fair Value Adjustment") and pre-tax restructuring charges of $226 million related to the Cost Optimization and Resource Efficiency ("CORE") program. Excluding these items, adjusted loss for the first quarter was $60 million, or $0.11 per share. These impacts on GAAP net income and EPS are summarized in the table below.

The total of cash, cash equivalents, short-term and long-term investments was $3.1 billion as of May 31, 2014, compared to $2.7 billion at the end of the previous quarter - a net increase of $429 million. Excluding receipt of a tax refund of $397 million and proceeds on the sale of real estate of $287 million, the Company used $255 million in the first quarter. This represents a decrease from $784 million used last quarter, after excluding proceeds of $250 million related to convertible debt issuance. Purchase obligations and other commitments amounted to approximately $1.8 billion as at May 31, 2014, with purchase orders with contract manufacturers representing approximately $317 million of the total.

"Our performance in fiscal Q1 demonstrates that we are firmly on track to achieve important milestones, including our financial objectives and delivering a strong product portfolio," said John Chen, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BlackBerry. "Over the past six months, we have focused on improving efficiency in all aspects of our operations to drive cost reductions and margin improvement. Looking forward, we are focusing on our growth plan to enable our return to profitability."


The Company anticipates maintaining its strong cash position, while increasingly looking for opportunities to prudently invest in growth. The Company is targeting break-even cash flow results by the end of fiscal 2015.

Reconciliation of GAAP gross margin, gross margin percentage, loss before income taxes, and net income to adjusted gross margin, adjusted gross margin percentage, adjusted loss before income taxes, adjusted net loss and adjusted loss per share:

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

                margin(1) Gross margin Loss before                  Earnings
                  (before  %(1)(before      income  Net income    (loss) per
                   taxes)       taxes)       taxes      (loss)         share
As reported    $      451          47% $       (6) $       23  $       0.04 
CORE charges                                                                
 (2)                   12           1%        226         204               
Q1 Fiscal 2015                                                              
 Debenture Fair                                                             
 Adjustment (3)         -           -%       (287)       (287)              
Adjusted       $      463          48% $      (67) $      (60) $      (0.11)

Note: Adjusted gross margin, adjusted gross margin percentage, adjusted loss before income taxes, adjusted net loss and adjusted 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 first quarter of fiscal 2015, the Company reported GAAP    
      gross margin of $451 million or 47% of revenue. Excluding the impact  
      of the CORE charges included in cost of sales, the adjusted gross     
      margin was $463 million, or 48%.                                      
(2)   During the first quarter of fiscal 2015, the Company incurred charges 
      related to the CORE program of $226 million pre-tax, or $204 million  
      after tax, of which $12 million were included in cost of sales, $41   
      million were included in research and development and $173 million    
      were included in selling, marketing, and administration expenses.     
(3)   During the first quarter of fiscal 2015, the Company recorded the Q1  
      Fiscal 2015 Debentures Fair Value Adjustment of $287 million. This    
      adjustment was presented on a separate line in the Consolidated       
      Statement of Operations.                                              

Supplementary Geographic Revenue Breakdown

                             Blackberry Limited                             
                    (United States dollars, in millions)                    
                              Revenue by Region                             
                                     For the quarter ended                  
                         May 31, 2014       March 1, 2014  November 30, 2013
North America     $      276    28.6% $     297    30.4% $      340    28.5%
Europe, Middle                                                              
 East and Africa         414    42.9%       412    42.2%        549    46.0%
Latin America            125    12.9%       127    13.0%        135    11.3%
Asia Pacific             151    15.6%       140    14.4%        169    14.2%
                    -----------------  -------------------------------------
Total             $      966   100.0% $     976   100.0% $    1,193   100.0%

                           For the quarter ended         
                       August 31, 2013       June 1, 2013
North America     $      414    26.3% $      761    24.8%
Europe, Middle                                           
 East and Africa         686    43.6%      1,343    43.7%
Latin America            196    12.5%        449    14.6%
Asia Pacific             277    17.6%        518    16.9%
Total             $    1,573   100.0% $    3,071   100.0%

Conference Call and Webcast

A conference call and live webcast will be held beginning at 8 am ET, which can be accessed by dialing 1-877-974-0445 or through your BlackBerry® 10 smartphone, personal computer or BlackBerry® PlayBook(TM) tablet at http://ca.blackberry.com/company/investors/events.html. A replay of the conference call will also be available at approximately 10 am by dialing (+1)416-640-1917 and entering pass code 4680440# or by clicking the link above on your BlackBerry® 10 smartphone, personal computer or BlackBerry® PlayBook(TM) tablet. This replay will be available until midnight ET July 4, 2014.

About BlackBerry

A global leader in mobile communications, the Company revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry® solution in 1999. Today, the Company aims to inspire the success of its millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, the Company operates offices in North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Company's common shares are listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market (NASDAQ:BBRY) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:BB). For more information, visit www.blackberry.com.

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; BlackBerry's ability to achieve break-even cash flow results by the end of fiscal 2015; 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 BES 10, BES 12, BlackBerry 10 smartphones, services related to BBM and QNX software products; 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 second quarter 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 accounting policies. The terms and phrases "expect", "anticipate", "estimate", "may", "will", "should", "intend", "believe", "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, including: 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 planned transition to an operating unit organizational structure consisting of the Devices business, Enterprise Services, QNX Embedded business and Messaging; BlackBerry's ability to maintain existing enterprise customer relationships and to transition such customers to the BES 10 and BES 12 platform and deploy BlackBerry 10 smartphones, and the risk that current BES 10 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; the risk that uncertainty relating to BlackBerry's previously disclosed announcements concerning its operational restructuring, recent management changes and workforce reductions, may adversely impact BlackBerry's business, existing and future relationships with business partners and end customers of its products and services, and its ability to attract and retain key employees; 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 BlackBerry's ability to adapt to, and realize the anticipated benefit of, recent management changes.

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 www.sedar.com or www.sec.gov). 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.

                             BlackBerry Limited                             
                   Incorporated under the Laws of Ontario                   
   (United States dollars, in millions except share and per share amounts)  
                    Consolidated Statements of Operations                   
                                    For the three months ended              
                        May 31, 2014      March 1, 2014      June 1, 2013   
Revenue              $         966     $         976      $       3,071     
Cost of sales                  515               423              2,029     
Gross margin                   451               553              1,042     
  Gross margin %              46.7%             56.7     %         33.9%    
Operating expenses                                                          
  Research and                                                              
   development                 237               246                358     
  Selling, marketing                                                        
   and administration          400               355                673     
  Amortization                  81               107                180     
  Debentures fair                                                           
   value adjustment           (287)              382                  -     
                               431             1,090              1,211     
Operating income                                                            
 (loss)                         20              (537)              (169)    
  Investment income                                                         
   (loss), net                 (26)              (20)                 5     
Loss before income                                                          
 taxes                          (6)             (557)              (164)    
Recovery of income                                                          
 taxes                         (29)             (134)               (80)    
Net income (loss)    $          23     $        (423)     $         (84)    
Earnings (loss) per                                                         
  Basic              $        0.04     $       (0.80)     $       (0.16)    
  Diluted            $       (0.37)    $       (0.80)     $       (0.16)    
 number of common                                                           
 shares outstanding                                                         
  Basic                    526,742           526,374            524,160     
  Diluted                  658,228           526,374            524,160     
Total common shares                                                         
 outstanding (000's)       526,908           526,552            524,160     
                             BlackBerry Limited                             
                   Incorporated under the Laws of Ontario                   
   (United States dollars, in millions except per share data) (unaudited)   
                         Consolidated Balance Sheets                        
As at                                      May 31, 2014      March 1, 2014  
  Cash and cash equivalents             $           1,710 $           1,579 
  Short-term investments                              975               950 
  Accounts receivable, net                            745               972 
  Other receivables                                   225               152 
  Inventories                                         107               244 
  Income taxes receivable                              75               373 
  Other current assets                                395               505 
  Deferred income tax asset                            48                73 
  Assets held for sale                                 76                99 
                                                    4,356             4,947 
Long-term investments                                 333               129 
Restricted cash                                        69                 - 
Property, plant and equipment, net                    626             1,037 
Intangible assets, net                              1,432             1,439 
                                        $           6,816 $           7,552 
  Accounts payable                      $             261 $             474 
  Accrued liabilities                                 998             1,214 
  Deferred revenue                                    512               580 
                                                    1,771             2,268 
Long term debt                                      1,340             1,627 
Deferred income tax liability                          32                32 
                                                    3,143             3,927 
Shareholders' Equity                                                        
Capital stock and additional paid-in                                        
 capital                                            2,432             2,418 
Treasury stock                                       (177)             (179)
Retained earnings                                   1,417             1,394 
Accumulated other comprehensive income                                      
 (loss)                                                 1                (8)
                                                    3,673             3,625 
                                        $           6,816 $           7,552 
                             BlackBerry Limited                             
                   Incorporated under the Laws of Ontario                   
   (United States dollars, in millions except per share data) (unaudited)   
                    Consolidated Statements of Cash Flow                    

                                                 Three Months Ended         
                                           May 31, 2014      June 1, 2013   
Cash flows from operating activities                                        
Net income (loss)                        $             23 $             (84)
Adjustments to reconcile net income                                         
 (loss) to net cash provided by                                             
 operating activities:                                                      
  Amortization                                        191               399 
  Deferred income taxes                                25                (6)
  Stock-based compensation                             14                20 
  Loss on disposal of property, plant                                       
   and equipment                                      108                 - 
  Debentures fair value adjustment                   (287)                - 
  Other                                                 6                25 
Net changes in working capital items:                                       
  Accounts receivable, net                            227              (183)
  Other receivables                                   (73)                7 
  Inventories                                         137              (284)
  Income tax receivable, net                          298               564 
  Other current assets                                104               145 
  Accounts payable                                   (213)              105 
  Accrued liabilities                                (190)              118 
  Deferred revenue                                    (68)             (196)
Net cash provided by operating                                              
 activities                                           302               630 
Cash flows from investing activities                                        
Acquisition of long-term investments                 (215)             (159)
Proceeds on sale or maturity of long-                                       
 term investments                                      11                96 
Acquisition of property, plant and                                          
 equipment                                            (26)             (111)
Proceeds on sale of property, plant and                                     
 equipment                                            292                28 
Acquisition of intangible assets                     (142)             (335)
Business acquisitions, net of cash                                          
 acquired                                               -                (7)
Acquisition of short-term investments                (824)             (740)
Proceeds on sale or maturity of short-                                      
 term investments                                     799               649 
Net cash used in investing activities                (105)             (579)
Cash flows from financing activities                                        
Issuance of common shares                               2                 - 
Tax deficiencies related to stock-based                                     
 compensation                                           -                (1)
Transfer to restricted cash                           (69)                - 
Net cash used in financing activities                 (67)               (1)
Effect of foreign exchange gain (loss)                                      
 on cash and cash equivalents                           1                (8)
Net increase in cash and cash                                               
 equivalents during the period                        131                42 
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of                                     
 period                                             1,579             1,549 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $          1,710 $           1,591 
As at                                         May 31, 2014     March 1, 2014
Cash and cash equivalents                $          1,710 $           1,579 
Short-term investments                                975               950 
Long-term investments                                 333               129 
Restricted cash                                        69                 - 
                                         $          3,087 $           2,658 

Investor Contact:
BlackBerry Investor Relations
[email protected]

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