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BlackBerry (BB) reports year-over-year revenue growth in IoT and Cybersecurity divisions, with record revenue quarter and QNX royalty backlog of $815 million. Operating cash usage improves, aiming for cashflow and adjusted EBITDA positive for FY25. Non-GAAP earnings per share surpass expectations.
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The reported financial results by BlackBerry Limited indicate a notable year-over-year revenue growth, particularly within its IoT and Cybersecurity divisions. The IoT division's record revenue and substantial QNX royalty backlog represent a strategic pivot towards high-growth areas in automotive and IoT systems. The Cybersecurity division's stabilization and sequential growth in ARR (Annual Recurring Revenue) suggest a positive trend in customer retention and possibly an expansion in its service offerings.

From a market perspective, the improvement in operating cash usage and the expectation to be cash flow and adjusted EBITDA positive in FY25 could signal a stronger financial position and operational efficiency, potentially increasing investor confidence. The non-GAAP earnings per share exceeding expectations might reflect operational resilience and a successful cost management strategy, which could be attractive to shareholders focused on profitability and earnings quality.

BlackBerry's strategic announcements, such as the launch of QNX Software Development Platform 8.0 and partnerships with Stellantis and AWS, underscore its commitment to innovation and collaboration within the software space. The appointment of Philip Brace to the Board of Directors could bring fresh insights and drive further growth in the IoT sector. However, the company's guidance for Q1 FY25 indicates a potential revenue contraction compared to the previous quarter, which may raise concerns about the sustainability of growth in the short term.

The use of non-GAAP financial measures, while providing a clearer picture of operational performance by excluding certain expenses, requires careful consideration as it may not fully represent the company's financial health. Investors should monitor how these figures reconcile with GAAP measures to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the company's financial position.

BlackBerry's inability to provide a reconciliation of expected Adjusted EBITDA and expected Non-GAAP basic EPS for the first quarter and full fiscal year 2025 to GAAP measures due to uncertainty in predicting restructuring and impairment charges is not uncommon in financial reporting. This lack of guidance may introduce an element of risk for investors, as it obscures the potential impact of these charges on the company's future financial results. Stakeholders should be aware of the legal and regulatory environment surrounding non-GAAP financial measures, ensuring that their investment decisions are informed by both the non-GAAP metrics presented and the potential implications of the excluded GAAP items.

  • Delivers year-over-year revenue growth for both IoT and Cybersecurity divisions
  • IoT division reports record revenue quarter and QNX royalty backlog of $815 million
  • Cybersecurity division stabilizes ARR, with sequential growth and DBNRR improvement
  • Significantly improves operating cash usage sequentially and expects to be cashflow and adjusted EBITDA positive for FY25
  • Non-GAAP earnings per share beats expectations

WATERLOO, Ontario, April 3, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today reported financial results for the three months and fiscal year ended February 29, 2024 (all figures in U.S. dollars and U.S. GAAP, except where otherwise indicated).

"BlackBerry delivered a solid finish to the fiscal year, setting a number of new records in the process. Despite industry delays to automotive software development programs, our IoT division delivered its strongest ever quarter for revenue, as well as its best year for adding new QNX royalty backlog from design wins that resulted in 27% year-over-year growth to approximately $815 million," said John J. Giamatteo, CEO, BlackBerry. "We also took small, but important steps forward for the Cybersecurity division, with ARR stabilizing and even increasing by 3% sequentially.  At a Corporate level, we are making good progress with efforts to both separate the divisions and drive towards profitability, and operating cash usage more than halved sequentially this quarter."

Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2024 Financial Highlights

  • Total company revenue was $173 million.
  • Total company non-GAAP and GAAP gross margin increased to 75%.
  • IoT revenue was an all-time quarterly record $66 million, a 25% year-over-year increase; IoT gross margin remained at 85%.
  • Cybersecurity revenue was $92 million, a 5% year-over-year increase; Cybersecurity gross margin was 65%.
  • Cybersecurity ARR increased sequentially by 3% to $280 million.
  • Licensing and Other revenue was $15 million.
  • Non-GAAP operating profit was $16 million and GAAP operating loss was $56 million.
  • Non-GAAP basic earnings per share was $0.03 and GAAP basic loss per share was $0.10.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $21 million.
  • Total cash, cash equivalents, short-term and long-term investments was $298 million and cash used by operations decreased by 52% sequentially to $15 million.

Full Year Fiscal 2024 Financial Highlights

  • Total company revenue was $853 million, including $218 million relating to the sale of legacy patent portfolio in Q1.
  • Total company non-GAAP and GAAP gross margin was 61%.
  • Non-GAAP operating profit was $36 million and GAAP operating loss was $125 million.
  • Non-GAAP basic earnings per share was $0.05 and GAAP basic loss per share was $0.22.

Business Highlights & Strategic Announcements

  • BlackBerry QNX announces general availability of QNX® Software Development Platform (SDP) 8.0, its scalable, high-performance foundation for next generation automotive and IoT systems
  • Stellantis, BlackBerry QNX and AWS launch virtual cockpit, transforming in-vehicle software engineering
  • BlackBerry launches QNX® Sound, an audio and acoustics innovation platform for software-defined vehicles
  • Mobility in Harmony (MIH) consortium, a Foxconn initiative, selects BlackBerry IVY® to power its next-generation electric production vehicles
  • BlackBerry is first Mobile Device Management vendor to receive BSI clearance for BlackBerry® UEM Brightsite usage with Apple iNDIGO
  • BlackBerry's new Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (CCoE) in Kuala Lumpur will offer SANS training courses to help grow and upskill cyber workforces in Malaysia
  • BlackBerry completes $200 million, 5-year 3.00% convertible notes private offering, and fully repays $150 million of short-term extendable debentures
  • BlackBerry appoints Philip Brace, an IoT technology industry veteran, to its Board of Directors

Outlook

BlackBerry is providing the following guidance for the first quarter (ending May 31, 2024) and the full fiscal year 2025 (ending February 28, 2025).





Q1 FY25    

Full fiscal year FY25

Total BlackBerry revenue:  

$130 - $138 million  

$586 - $616 million

IoT revenue:  

$48 - $52 million      

$220 - $235 million

Cyber revenue:  

$78 - $82 million      

$350 - $365 million

Licensing & Other revenue:

Approximately $4 million

Approximately $16 million

Adjusted EBITDA:  

($15) – ($25) million    

Breakeven - +$10 million 

Non-GAAP basic EPS:  

($0.04) – ($0.06)        

($0.03) – ($0.07)

 

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The 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 first 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 Webcast

A 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 (BlackBerry.com/Investors) 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 8962207.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry (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 BlackBerry.com and follow @BlackBerry.  

Investor Contact:
BlackBerry Investor Relations
+1 (519) 888-7465
investorrelations@blackberry.com

Media Contact:
BlackBerry Media Relations
+1 (519) 597-7273
mediarelations@blackberry.com

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 www.sedarplus.ca or www.sec.gov). 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 the company 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


For the Years Ended


February 29, 2024


November 30, 2023


February 28, 2023


February 29, 2024


February 28, 2023

Revenue

$             173


$              175


$              151


$             853


$              656

Cost of sales

44


48


51


333


237

Gross margin

129


127


100


520


419

Gross margin %

74.6 %


72.6 %


66.2 %


61.0 %


63.9 %

Operating expenses










Research and development

40


42


48


186


207

Sales and marketing

41


42


48


171


176

General and administrative

53


43


35


181


164

Amortization

12


13


18


54


96

Impairment of goodwill

35



245


35


245

Impairment of long-lived assets

4


11


231


15


235

Gain on sale of property, plant and equipment, net





(6)

Debentures fair value adjustment


(13)


(26)


3


(138)

Litigation settlement





165


185


138


599


645


1,144

Operating loss

(56)


(11)


(499)


(125)


(725)

Investment income, net

4


5


6


19


5

Loss before income taxes

(52)


(6)


(493)


(106)


(720)

Provision for income taxes

4


15


2


24


14

Net loss

$             (56)


$              (21)


$            (495)


$           (130)


$            (734)

Loss per share










Basic

$          (0.10)


$           (0.04)


$           (0.85)


$          (0.22)


$           (1.27)

Diluted

$          (0.10)


$           (0.05)


$           (0.85)


$          (0.22)


$           (1.35)











Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding (000s)










Basic

587,523


584,331


581,493


584,543


578,654

Diluted

587,523


638,470


581,493


584,543


639,487

Total common shares outstanding (000s)

589,233


585,340


582,157


589,233


582,157

 

BlackBerry Limited

Incorporated under the Laws of Ontario

(United States dollars, in millions) (unaudited)

 

Consolidated Balance Sheets




As at



February 29, 2024


February 28, 2023

Assets





Current





Cash and cash equivalents


$                           175


$                           295

Short-term investments


62


131

Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $6 and $1, respectively


199


120

Other receivables


21


12

Income taxes receivable


4


3

Other current assets


47


182



508


743

Restricted cash and cash equivalents


25


27

Long-term investments


36


34

Other long-term assets


57


8

Operating lease right-of-use assets, net


32


44

Property, plant and equipment, net


21


25

Intangible assets, net


154


203

Goodwill


562


595



$                        1,395


$                        1,679

Liabilities





Current





Accounts payable


$                             17


$                             24

Accrued liabilities


117


143

Income taxes payable


28


20

Debentures



367

Deferred revenue, current


194


175



356


729

Deferred revenue, non-current


28


40

Operating lease liabilities


38


52

Other long-term liabilities


3


1

Long-term notes


194




619


822

Shareholders' equity





Capital stock and additional paid-in capital


2,948


2,909

Deficit


(2,158)


(2,028)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(14)


(24)



776


857



$                        1,395


$                        1,679

 

BlackBerry Limited

Incorporated under the Laws of Ontario

(United States dollars, in millions) (unaudited)

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows



For the Years Ended


February 29, 2024


February 28, 2023

Cash flows from operating activities




Net loss

$                          (130)


$                          (734)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:




Amortization

59


105

Stock-based compensation

33


34

Impairment of goodwill

35


245

Impairment of long-lived assets

15


235

Intellectual property disposed of by sale

147


Gain on sale of property, plant and equipment, net


(6)

Debentures fair value adjustment

3


(138)

Operating leases

(13)


(16)

Other

3


5

Net changes in working capital items




Accounts receivable, net of allowance

(79)


18

Other receivables

(9)


13

Income taxes receivable

(1)


6

Other assets

(53)


(1)

Accounts payable

(7)


2

Accrued liabilities

(21)


(11)

Income taxes payable

8


9

Deferred revenue

7


(29)

Net cash used in operating activities

(3)


(263)

Cash flows from investing activities




Acquisition of long-term investments

(2)


(3)

Acquisition of property, plant and equipment

(7)


(7)

Proceeds on sale of property, plant and equipment


17

Acquisition of intangible assets

(14)


(34)

Acquisition of short-term investments

(154)


(514)

Proceeds on sale or maturity of short-term investments

223


717

Net cash provided by investing activities

46


176

Cash flows from financing activities




Issuance of common shares

6


6

Maturity of 2020 Debentures and Extension Debentures

(515)


Proceeds from issuance of Extension Debentures and Notes, net

344


Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

(165)


6

Effect of foreign exchange loss on cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, and restricted cash equivalents


(3)

Net decrease in cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, and restricted cash equivalents during the period

(122)


(84)

Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, and restricted cash equivalents, beginning of period

322


406

Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, and restricted cash equivalents, end of period

$                            200


$                            322


As at

February 29, 2024


February 28, 2023

Cash and cash equivalents

$                            175


$                            295

Restricted cash and cash equivalents

25


27

Short-term investments

62


131

Long-term investments

36


34


$                            298


$                            487

 

Reconciliations of the Company's Segment Results to the Consolidated Results

The following tables show information by operating segment for the three months ended February 29, 2024 and February 28, 2023. The Company reports segment information in accordance with U.S. GAAP Accounting Standards Codification Section 280 based on the "management" approach. The management approach designates the internal reporting used by the CODM for making decisions and assessing performance of the Company's reportable operating segments


For the Three Months Ended

(in millions) (unaudited)


Cybersecurity


IoT


Licensing and Other


Segment Totals


Feb 29


Feb 28


Feb 29


Feb 28


Feb 29


Feb 28


Feb 29


Feb 28


2024


2023


2024


2023


2024


2023


2024


2023

Segment revenue

$          92


$          88


$          66


$          53


$          15


$          10


$        173


$        151

Segment cost of sales

32


36


10


10


2


4


44


50

Segment gross margin

$          60


$          52


$          56


$          43


$          13


$            6


$        129


$        101

Segment gross margin %

65 %


59 %


85 %


81 %


87 %


60 %


75 %


67 %

 

The following table reconciles the Company's segment results for the three months ended February 29, 2024 to consolidated U.S. GAAP results:


For the Three Months Ended February 29, 2024


(in millions) (unaudited)


Cybersecurity


IoT

Licensing and Other

Segment Totals


Reconciling Items


Consolidated U.S. GAAP

Revenue

$                92


$                66


$                15


$               173


$                 —


$               173

Cost of sales

32


10


2


44



44

Gross margin (1)

$                60


$                56


$                13


$               129


$                 —


$               129

Operating expenses









185


185

Investment income, net









4


4

Loss before income taxes











$               (52)

______________________________

(1)

See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" for a reconciliation of selected U.S. GAAP-based measures to adjusted measures for the three months and year ended February 29, 2024.

 

The following table reconciles the Company's segment results for the three months ended February 28, 2023 to consolidated U.S. GAAP results:


For the Three Months Ended February 28, 2023


(in millions) (unaudited)


Cybersecurity


IoT

Licensing and Other

Segment Totals


Reconciling Items


Consolidated U.S. GAAP

Revenue

$                88


$                53


$                10


$               151


$                 —


$               151

Cost of sales

36


10


4


50


1


51

Gross margin (1)

$                52


$                43


$                  6


$               101


$                  (1)


$               100

Operating expenses









599


599

Investment income, net









6


6

Loss before income taxes











$             (493)

______________________________

(1)

See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" for a reconciliation of selected U.S. GAAP-based measures to adjusted measures for the three months and year ended February 28, 2023.

 

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures with the Nearest Comparable U.S. GAAP Measures

In the Company's internal reports, management evaluates the performance of the Company's business on a non-GAAP basis by excluding the impact of certain items from the Company's U.S. GAAP financial results. The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures and non-GAAP ratios provide management, as well as readers of the Company's financial statements, with a consistent basis for comparison across accounting periods and are useful in helping management and readers understand the Company's operating results and underlying operational trends. For purposes of comparability, the Company's non-GAAP financial measures for the three months ended and years ended February 28, 2023 have been updated to conform to the current year's presentation.

Readers are cautioned that adjusted gross margin, adjusted gross margin percentage, adjusted operating expense, adjusted net income (loss), adjusted earnings (loss) per share, adjusted research and development expense, adjusted sales and marketing expense, adjusted general and administrative expense, adjusted amortization expense, adjusted operating income (loss), adjusted EBITDA, adjusted operating income (loss) margin percentage, adjusted EBITDA margin percentage and free cash flow (usage) and similar measures do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by U.S. GAAP and are therefore unlikely to be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. Commencing with this fiscal quarter and consistent with the presentation of the corresponding U.S. GAAP measures, the Company is presenting adjusted sales and marketing expense and adjusted general and administrative expense separately, whereas they were previously aggregated. These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in the context of the U.S. GAAP results, which are described in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 29, 2024 and presented in the Consolidated Financial Statements contained therein.

Reconciliation of non-GAAP based measures with most directly comparable U.S. GAAP based measures for the three months ended February 29, 2024 and February 28, 2023

A reconciliation of the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP financial measures for the three months ended February 29, 2024 and February 28, 2023 to adjusted financial measures is reflected in the table below:

For the Three Months Ended (in millions)


February 29, 2024


February 28, 2023

Gross margin


$                       129


$                       100

Stock compensation expense



1

Adjusted gross margin


$                       129


$                       101






Gross margin %


74.6 %


66.2 %

Stock compensation expense


— %


0.7 %

Adjusted gross margin %


74.6 %


66.9 %

 

Reconciliation of U.S. GAAP operating expense for the three months ended February 29, 2024 and February 28, 2023 to adjusted operating expense is reflected in the table below:

For the Three Months Ended (in millions)


February 29, 2024


February 28, 2023

Operating expense


$                           185


$                           599

Restructuring charges


20


7

Stock compensation expense


5


9

Debentures fair value adjustment



(26)

Acquired intangibles amortization


8


15

Goodwill impairment charge


35


245

LLA impairment charge


4


231

Adjusted operating expense


$                           113


$                           118

 

Reconciliation of U.S. GAAP net income (loss) and U.S. GAAP basic earnings (loss) per share for the three months ended February 29, 2024 and February 28, 2023 to adjusted net income (loss) and adjusted basic earnings (loss) per share is reflected in the table below:

For the Three Months Ended (in millions, except per share amounts)


February 29, 2024


February 28, 2023





Basic earnings (loss)

per share




Basic loss

per share

Net loss


$          (56)


$(0.10)


$        (495)


$(0.85)

Restructuring charges


20




7



Stock compensation expense


5




10



Debentures fair value adjustment





(26)



Acquired intangibles amortization


8




15



Goodwill impairment charge


35




245



LLA impairment charge


4




231



Adjusted net income (loss)


$            16


$0.03


$          (13)


$(0.02)

 

Reconciliation of U.S. GAAP research and development, sales and marketing, general and administrative, and amortization expense for the three months ended February 29, 2024 and February 28, 2023 to adjusted research and development, sales and marketing, general and administrative, and amortization expense is reflected in the table below:

For the Three Months Ended (in millions)


February 29, 2024


February 28, 2023


Research and development


$                             40


$                             48


Stock compensation expense


2


3


Adjusted research and development


$                             38


$                             45








Sales and marketing


$                             41


$                             48


Stock compensation expense


1


2


Adjusted sales and marketing


$                             40


$                             46








General and administrative


$                             53


$                             35


Restructuring charges


20


7


Stock compensation expense


2


4


Adjusted general and administrative


$                             31


$                             24








Amortization


$                             12


$                             18


Acquired intangibles amortization


8


15


Adjusted amortization


$                               4


$                               3


 

Adjusted operating income (loss), adjusted EBITDA, adjusted operating income (loss) margin percentage and adjusted EBITDA margin percentage for the three months ended February 29, 2024 and February 28, 2023 are reflected in the table below. These are non-GAAP financial measures and non-GAAP ratios that do not have any standardized meaning as prescribed by U.S. GAAP and are therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies.

For the Three Months Ended (in millions)


February 29, 2024


February 28, 2023

Operating loss


$                           (56)


$                         (499)

Non-GAAP adjustments to operating loss





Restructuring charges


20


7

Stock compensation expense


5


10

Debentures fair value adjustment



(26)

Acquired intangibles amortization


8


15

Goodwill impairment charge


35


245

LLA impairment charge


4


231

Total non-GAAP adjustments to operating loss


$                             72


482

Adjusted operating income (loss)


16


(17)

Amortization


13


20

Acquired intangibles amortization


(8)


(15)

Adjusted EBITDA


$                             21


$                           (12)






Revenue


$                           173


$                           151

Adjusted operating income (loss) margin % (1)


9 %


(11 %)

Adjusted EBITDA margin % (2)


12 %


(8 %)

______________________________

(1)

Adjusted operating income (loss) margin % is calculated by dividing adjusted operating income (loss) by revenue.

(2)

Adjusted EBITDA margin % is calculated by dividing adjusted EBITDA by revenue.

 

Reconciliation of non-GAAP based measures with most directly comparable U.S. GAAP based measures for the years ended February 29, 2024 and February 28, 2023

A reconciliation of the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP financial measures for the years ended February 29, 2024 and February 28, 2023 to adjusted financial measures is reflected in the table below:

For the Fiscal Years Ended (in millions)


February 29, 2024


February 28, 2023

Gross margin


$                       520


$                       419

Stock compensation expense


3


3

Adjusted gross margin


$                       523


$                       422






Gross margin %


61.0 %


63.9 %

Stock compensation expense


0.3 %


0.4 %

Adjusted gross margin %


61.3 %


64.3 %

 

Reconciliation of U.S. GAAP operating expense for the years ended February 29, 2024 and February 28, 2023 to adjusted operating expense is reflected in the table below:

For the Fiscal Years Ended (in millions)


February 29, 2024


February 28, 2023

Operating expense


$                       645


$                    1,144

Restructuring charges


37


11

Stock compensation expense


30


28

Debentures fair value adjustment


3


(138)

Acquired intangibles amortization


38


82

Goodwill impairment charge


35


245

LLA impairment charge


15


235

Litigation settlement



165

Adjusted operating expense


$                       487


$                       516

 

Reconciliation of U.S. GAAP net income (loss) and U.S. GAAP basic earnings (loss) per share for the years ended February 29, 2024 and February 28, 2023 to the adjusted net income (loss) and adjusted basic earnings (loss) per share is reflected in the table below:

For the Fiscal Years Ended (in millions, except per share amounts)


February 29, 2024


February 28, 2023





Basic earnings
(loss) per share




Basic loss
per share

Net loss


$        (130)


$(0.22)


$        (734)


$(1.27)

Restructuring charges


37




11



Stock compensation expense


33




31



Debentures fair value adjustment


3




(138)



Acquired intangibles amortization


38




82



Goodwill impairment charge


35




245



LLA impairment charge


15




235



Litigation settlement





165



Adjusted net income (loss)


$            31


$0.05


$        (103)


$(0.18)

 

Reconciliation of U.S GAAP research and development, sales and marketing, general and administrative, and amortization expense for the years ended February 29, 2024 and February 28, 2023 to adjusted research and development, sales and marketing, general and administrative, and amortization expense is reflected in the table below:

For the Fiscal Years Ended (in millions)


February 29, 2024


February 28, 2023

Research and development


$                           186


$                           207

Stock compensation expense


8


9

Adjusted research and development


$                           178


$                           198






Sales and marketing


$                           171


$                           176

Stock compensation expense


6


5

Adjusted sales and marketing


$                           165


$                           171






General and administrative


$                           181


$                           164

Restructuring charges


37


11

Stock compensation expense


16


14

Adjusted general and administrative


$                           128


$                           139






Amortization


$                             54


$                             96

Acquired intangibles amortization


38


82

Adjusted amortization


$                             16


$                             14

 

Adjusted operating income (loss), adjusted EBITDA, adjusted operating income (loss) margin percentage and adjusted EBITDA margin percentage for the fiscal years ended February 29, 2024 and February 28, 2023 are reflected in the table below. These are non-GAAP financial measures and non-GAAP ratios that do not have any standardized meaning as prescribed by U.S. GAAP and are therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies.

For the Fiscal Years Ended (in millions)


February 29, 2024


February 28, 2023

Operating loss


$                     (125)


$                     (725)

Non-GAAP adjustments to operating loss





Restructuring charges


37


11

Stock compensation expense


33


31

Debentures fair value adjustment


3


(138)

Acquired intangibles amortization


38


82

Goodwill impairment charge


35


245

LLA impairment charge


15


235

Litigation settlement



165

Total non-GAAP adjustments to operating loss


161


631

Adjusted operating income (loss)


36


(94)

Amortization


59


105

Acquired intangibles amortization


(38)


(82)

Adjusted EBITDA


$                         57


$                       (71)






Revenue


$                       853


$                       656

Adjusted operating income (loss) margin % (1)


4 %


(14 %)

Adjusted EBITDA margin % (2)


7 %


(11 %)

______________________________

(1)

Adjusted operating income (loss) margin % is calculated by dividing adjusted operating income (loss) by revenue.

(2)

Adjusted EBITDA margin % is calculated by dividing adjusted EBITDA by revenue.

 

The Company uses free cash flow (usage) when assessing its sources of liquidity, capital resources, and quality of earnings. The Company believes that free cash flow (usage) is helpful in understanding the Company's capital requirements and provides an additional means to reflect the cash flow trends in the Company's business.

Reconciliation of U.S. GAAP net cash used in operating activities for the three months ended February 29, 2024 and February 28, 2023 to free cash flow (usage) is reflected in the table below:

For the Three Months Ended (in millions)


February 29, 2024


February 28, 2023

Net cash used in operating activities


$                           (15)


$                             (7)

Acquisition of property, plant and equipment


(2)


(2)

Free cash usage


$                           (17)


$                             (9)

 

Reconciliation of U.S. GAAP net cash provided used in operating activities for the years ended February 29, 2024 and February 28, 2023 to free cash flow (usage) is reflected in the table below:

For the Fiscal Years Ended (in millions)


February 29, 2024


February 28, 2023

Net cash used in operating activities


$                             (3)


$                         (263)

Acquisition of property, plant and equipment


(7)


(7)

Free cash usage


$                           (10)


$                         (270)

 

For the year ended February 28, 2023, free cash usage includes $165 million paid in relation to a legal settlement.

Key Metrics

The Company regularly monitors a number of financial and operating metrics, including the following key metrics, in order to measure the Company's current performance and estimated future performance. Readers are cautioned that Cybersecurity annual recurring revenue ("ARR"), Cybersecurity dollar-based net retention rate ("DBNRR"), Cybersecurity total contract value ("TCV") billings, recurring software product revenue percentage and QNX royalty backlog do not have any standardized meaning and are unlikely to be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

For the Three Months Ended (in millions)


February 29, 2024

Cybersecurity Annual Recurring Revenue


$                       280

Cybersecurity Dollar-Based Net Retention Rate


85 %

Cybersecurity Total Contract Value Billings


$                         91

Recurring Software Product Revenue Percentage


~ 90%

QNX Royalty Backlog


$                       815

 

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SOURCE BlackBerry Limited

BlackBerry reported total company revenue of $173 million with non-GAAP and GAAP gross margin increasing to 75%.

BlackBerry's IoT division achieved an all-time quarterly record revenue of $66 million with a gross margin of 85%.

BlackBerry's Cybersecurity division revenue was $92 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2024.

Cybersecurity ARR for BlackBerry increased by 3% sequentially to $280 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2024.

BlackBerry's adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2024 was $21 million.

BlackBerry's total company revenue for the full fiscal year 2024 was $853 million.

BlackBerry QNX announced the general availability of QNX Software Development Platform 8.0 and launched virtual cockpit with Stellantis and AWS.

BlackBerry provided guidance for the first quarter and full fiscal year 2025 with total revenue ranging from $130-$138 million for Q1 and $586-$616 million for FY25, and adjusted EBITDA ranging from ($15)-($25) million for Q1 and breakeven to +$10 million for FY25.
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