BlackBerry posts smaller than expected loss in fiscal Q1
For the fiscal quarter ending in May of this year, the beleaguered Canadian smartphone manufacturer has reported a loss of $0.11 per share, which is up from the consensus estimate of $0.25 per share. Although the company's $966 million in first quarter revenue missed estimates of $976 million, it was still able to ship some 1.6 million smartphones - an increase of 300,000 over the previous quarter.
BlackBerry started off the year hopeful by unveiling their new Z3 flagship, as well as bringing back their bread-and-butter QWERTY experience with the Q20. While neither device can be considered a top seller, it appears that there was a fair amount of interest in the devices, resulting in a slightly more optimistic outlook from BlackBerry's camp.
As of May 31, the company is worth $3.1 billion in cash, cash equivalents, and investments, which represents an increase by $429 million over the previous quarter. Since CEO John Chen took the helm back in November, the company has reduced its operating expenses by 57% year-over-year. Chen had this to say about the Q1 results:
"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. 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."
BlackBerry is hopeful that it will be able to break even by the end of its fiscal 2015.
Blackberry is doing great, cant wait for 10.3 update on my Z10!!!
- 30 Jun 2014
BlackBerry will not be going bankrupt anytime soon. They are growing cash: "Cash climbed to $3.1 billion, up from last quarter's $2.7 billion". Depending on what region you are in, that will determine whether you get the Z3 or not. ...
- 21 Jun 2014
i have BB z10 it's an amazing phone and BB is the best OS ever even with this hard challange with the other handsets ... BB needs more focus from their markteing team to show the world how it's still amaizng phones and my z10 can defet the iphone 5 w...
- 20 Jun 2014