Announces Plans to Streamline Operations and Accelerate New Product Introductions
Board of Directors Approves Share Repurchase Program
WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – June 16, 2011) – Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM), a world leader in the mobile communications market, today reported first quarter results for the three months ended May 28, 2011 (all figures in U.S. dollars and U.S. GAAP).
- Revenue in the first quarter of fiscal 2012 grew 16% over the same quarter last year
- International revenue1 in Q1 grew 67% year over year
- Gross margin in the quarter was approximately 44%, slightly higher than expected due to product mix
- RIM launched the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet in North America and shipped approximately 500,000 units in the first quarter
Q1 Fiscal 2012 Results:
Revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 was $4.9 billion, down 12% from $5.6 billion in the previous quarter and up 16% from $4.2 billion in the same quarter of last year. The revenue breakdown for the quarter was approximately 78% for hardware revenue, 20% for service and 2% for software and other revenue. During the quarter, RIM shipped approximately 13.2 million BlackBerry handheld devices and approximately 500,000 BlackBerry Playbook tablets.
“Fiscal 2012 has gotten off to a challenging start. The slowdown we saw in the first quarter is continuing into Q2, and delays in new product introductions into the very late part of August is leading to a lower than expected outlook in the second quarter.” said Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO at Research In Motion. “RIM’s business is profitable and remains solid overall with growing market share in numerous markets around the world and a strong balance sheet with almost $3 billion in cash. We believe that with the new products scheduled for launch in the next few months and realigning our cost structure, RIM will see strong profit growth in the latter part of fiscal 2012.”
Net income for the quarter was $695 million, or $1.33 per share diluted, compared with net income of $934 million, or $1.78 per share diluted, in the prior quarter and net income of $769 million, or $1.38 per share diluted, in the same quarter last year.
The total of cash, cash equivalents, short-term and long-term investments was $2.9 billion as of May 28, 2011, compared to $2.7 billion at the end of the previous quarter, an increase of approximately $170 million from the prior quarter. Cash flow from operations in Q1 was approximately $1 billion. Uses of cash included intangible asset additions of approximately $560 million, capital expenditures of approximately $220 million and business acquisitions of approximately $30 million.
1 Includes revenue outside of the U.S. and Canada
Cost Optimization Program:
The company also announced that it will begin a program to streamline operations across the organization, which will include a headcount reduction. This realignment will be focused on taking out redundancies and a reallocation of resources to allow us to focus on the areas that offer the highest growth opportunities and align with RIM strategic objectives, such as accelerating new product introductions. We expect to implement this program beginning in the second quarter with the benefits impacting results primarily in Q3 and beyond. Any one-time charges associated with this initiative are not included in our Q2 and full year outlook but will be identified and disclosed when we report our second quarter results.
Share Repurchase Program:
RIM’s Board of Directors today also approved a share repurchase program to purchase for cancellation through the facilities of the NASDAQ Stock Market (NASDAQ) or by way of private agreement up to 5% of RIM’s outstanding common shares. The share repurchase program may commence after July 10, 2011 and will remain in place for up to 12 months or until the purchases are completed or the program is terminated by RIM.
The price that RIM will pay for any shares purchased over NASDAQ will be the prevailing market price at the time of purchase. The share repurchase program will be effected in accordance with Rule 10b-18 under the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, which contains restrictions on the number of shares that may be purchased on a single day, subject to certain exceptions for block purchases, based on the average daily trading volumes of RIM’s shares on NASDAQ. Any purchases made by way of private agreement may be at a discount to the prevailing market price at the time of purchase, and would be subject to regulatory approval.
RIM’s Board of Directors believes that a share repurchase program at this time is in the best interests of RIM and its shareholders, and will not impact RIM’s ability to execute its growth plans. Any shares purchased under the program will increase the proportionate interest of, and may be advantageous to, all remaining shareholders of RIM.
The actual number of shares purchased, the timing of purchases, and the price at which the shares would be bought under the share repurchase program will depend on future market conditions and upon potential alternative uses for cash resources. There is no assurance that any shares will be purchased under the share repurchase program and RIM may elect to suspend or discontinue the program at any time.
Q2 and Full Year 2012 Outlook:
Revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 ending August 27, 2011 is expected to be in the range of $4.2-$4.8 billion. Gross margin percentage for the second quarter is expected to be approximately 39%. Earnings per share for the second quarter are expected to be $0.75-$1.05 diluted, excluding any one-time charges. Earnings per share for the full year fiscal 2012 are now expected to be between $5.25-$6.00 diluted, excluding any one-time charges or share repurchases.
Conference Call and Webcast:
A conference call and live webcast will be held beginning at 5 pm ET, June 16, 2011, which can be accessed by dialing 1-800-814-4859 (North America), 416-644-3414 (outside North America). The replay of the company’s Q1 conference call can be accessed after 7 pm ET, June 16, 2011 until midnight ET, June 30, 2011. It can be accessed by dialing 416-640-1917 and entering passcode 4445546#. The conference call will also appear on the RIM website live at 5 pm ET and will be archived at http://www.rim.com/investors/events/index.shtml.
About Research In Motion
Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry® solution in 1999. Today, BlackBerry products and services are used by millions of customers around the world to stay connected to the people and content that matter most throughout their day. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. RIM is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market (NASDAQ:RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:RIM). For more information, visitwww.rim.com or 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 relating to RIM’s revenue, gross margin and earnings expectations for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 as well as its earnings expectations for fiscal 2012; its plans to streamline operations and accelerate new product introductions; its plans and expectations relating to its cost optimization program; its current expectations for earnings growth in the later part of fiscal 2012; new product introductions and timing; anticipated growth opportunities relating to new products and technology; and RIM’s intentions with respect to the share repurchase program and RIM’s expectation that its strong balance sheet and expected cash flow generation will enable it to effect the share repurchase program without adversely affecting its growth plans. The terms and phrases “plans”, “continuing”, “expect” “outlook”, “believe”, “will”, “intend”, and similar terms and phrases are intended to identify these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by RIM in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that RIM believes are appropriate in the circumstances including but not limited to general economic conditions, product pricing levels and competitive intensity, supply constraints, new product introductions, RIM’s expectations regarding its business, strategy and prospects, RIM’s beliefs regarding the value of its shares and the investment community’s perception thereof, RIM’s expectations regarding its continued commitment to the share repurchase program, market conditions, RIM’s confidence in the cash flow generation of its business over the next several quarters and regulatory requirements.
Many factors could cause RIM’s actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation: risks relating to RIM’s intellectual property rights; RIM’s ability to enhance current products and develop new products and services; risks related to delays in new product launches; RIM’s ability to implement and realize the anticipated benefits of its cost optimization program; risks related to intense competition; RIM’s reliance on carrier partners, third-party manufacturers, third-party network developers and suppliers, including potential risks to RIM’s supply chain for functional components caused by the recent earthquake in Japan; risks relating to network disruptions and other business interruptions; RIM’s reliance on key personnel; risks related to third party manufacturers and RIM’s ability to manage its production processes; risks related to RIM’s international operations; security risks and risks related to encryption technology; potential defects in RIM’s products; RIM’s ability to manage inventory and other asset risk; RIM’s ability to maintain and enhance its brand; RIM’s ability to successfully compete in the tablet market; RIM’s ability to manage growth; difficulties in forecasting RIM’s quarterly financial results, particularly over longer periods given the rapid technological changes, evolving industry standards, intense competition and short product life cycles that characterize the wireless communications industry; fluctuations in the market price for RIM’s shares; RIM’s ability to comply with regulatory requirements relating to the share repurchase program; and future alternative uses for RIM’s cash. These risk factors and others relating to RIM are discussed in greater detail in the “Risk Factors” section of RIM’s Annual Information Form, which is included in its Annual Report on Form 40-F and RIM’s MD&A (copies of which filings may be obtained at www.sedar.com or www.sec.gov). In addition, it is important to note that the share repurchase program does not require RIM to purchase a minimum number of shares, and it may be modified, suspended or terminated at any time without prior notice. These factors should be considered carefully, and readers should not place undue reliance on RIM’s forward-looking statements. RIM 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.
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