Research In Motion Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2013 Results

Thu Dec 20, 2012 4:11pm EST

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Research In Motion

December 20, 2012 - 04:11:23 PM

Research In Motion Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2013 Results

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 20, 2012) - Research In Motion Limited
(RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM), a world leader in the mobile communications
market, today reported third quarter results for the three months ended
December 1, 2012 (all figures in U.S. dollars and U.S. GAAP, except where
otherwise indicated).


--  Cash increase of approximately $600 million to $2.9 billion 
--  Cash flow from operations was approximately $950 million 
--  Revenue of $2.7 billion 
--  GAAP net income from continuing operations of $14 million, or $0.03 per
    share diluted, including a $166 million favorable tax settlement 
--  Adjusted net loss of $114 million, or $0.22 per share diluted 
--  BlackBerry subscriber base of approximately 79 million users 
--  Shipments of 6.9 million smartphones and 255,000 PlayBooks 
--  RIM's Chief Information Officer, Robin Bienfait, announces retirement 

Q3 Results

Revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 was $2.7 billion, down 5% from
$2.9 billion in the previous quarter and down 47% from $5.2 billion in the
same quarter of fiscal 2012. The revenue breakdown for the quarter was
approximately 60% for hardware, 36% for service and 4% for software and other
revenue. During the quarter, RIM shipped approximately 6.9 million BlackBerry
smartphones and approximately 255,000 BlackBerry PlayBook tablets.

GAAP net income for the quarter from continuing operations was $14 million, or
$0.03 per share diluted. GAAP net income for the quarter, including loss from
discontinued operations, was $9 million, or $0.02 per share diluted, compared
with the GAAP net loss of $235 million, or $0.45 per share diluted, in the
prior quarter and a GAAP net income of $265 million, or $0.51 per share
diluted, in the same quarter last year.

Adjusted net loss for the third quarter was $114 million, or $0.22 per share
diluted. Adjusted net loss and adjusted diluted loss per share exclude the
impact of pre-tax charges of $55 million ($38 million on an after-tax basis)
related to the Cost Optimization and Resource Efficiency ("CORE") program and
excludes the impact of an income tax benefit of $166 million. These impacts on
GAAP net income from continuing operations and diluted earnings per share are
summarized in the table below.

"RIM continued to execute on its product roadmap plans and to deliver on key
financial metrics as it gets set for the global launch of BlackBerry 10," said
Thorsten Heins, President and CEO. "During the third quarter, we continued to
demonstrate our strong financial position, generating $950 million in cash
flow from operations, and increasing our cash position significantly to more
than $2.9 billion. More than 150 carriers are currently completing technical
acceptance programs for the first BlackBerry 10 products, and beta trials of
BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 are underway at more than 120 enterprises
including 64 Fortune 500 companies. This is an exciting time and our carrier
partners, application developers and employees are all looking forward to
unveiling the innovation and excitement of BlackBerry 10 to our customers on
January 30, 2013."

RIM also announced today that Robin Bienfait, Chief Information Officer for
RIM has made the decision to retire at the end of this year following 6 years
of service to the Company. Robin has committed to continue supporting RIM in
an advisory capacity to enable a smooth launch and seamless transition.

Under Robin's watch, the BlackBerry service infrastructure has grown from 47
petabytes per year to more than 33 petabytes per month at the same time as the
internal corporate infrastructure for RIM has grown at a remarkable pace.
Robin joined RIM in the beginning of 2007 with the mandate to take RIM's
BlackBerry data services infrastructure from a single presence in Canada to a
distributed model connecting to over 650 carrier partners worldwide. In
addition, over this past year, Robin has led RIM's Enterprise business unit
focused on enabling services for Enterprise customers and preparing for the
launch of the BlackBerry 10 platform. Robin has led a distinguished career.
Before joining RIM, Robin held a number of senior leadership positions at AT&T
and Bell Labs for over 22 years.

"Robin has been an outstanding CIO and has built a world class organization.
Her team has diligently prepared us for the launch of BlackBerry 10 and
beyond, and I will remain deeply grateful for her leadership and commitment,"
said Thorsten Heins, President and CEO of Research In Motion.


The Company expects that there will be continued pressure on operating results
as it gets set to launch its BlackBerry 10 platform in the fourth quarter. The
Company intends to continue to consider using pricing initiatives on
BlackBerry 7 devices and service fees in some markets as a way to maintain our
subscriber base and drive more BlackBerry users. The timing of the BlackBerry
10 launch event for January 30, 2013 could also impact sales of current
BlackBerry 7 products as some customers may defer purchasing decisions and
wait for BlackBerry 10 devices. All these factors are expected to impact unit
volumes, subscribers, margins and service fees. In addition, the company will
be significantly increasing its marketing spending this quarter as expected,
to support the global launch of BlackBerry 10, and the Company expects to
report an operating loss for the fourth quarter. Further details about the
Company's outlook will be discussed on the conference call and live webcast to
be held beginning at 5 pm ET today, information for which is set forth below.

Reconciliation of GAAP net income and diluted earnings per share from
continuing operations to adjusted net loss and adjusted diluted loss per share
from continuing operations:

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

                                          For the quarter ended December 1, 
                                               Net income  Diluted earnings 
                                              (loss) from  (loss) per share 
                                               continuing   from continuing 
                                          operations (net   operations (net 
                                           of income tax)    of income tax) 
As reported                               $            14   $          0.03 
CORE Program (net of tax)(1)                           38              0.07 
Income Tax Benefit(2)                                (166)            (0.32)
Adjusted                                  $          (114)  $         (0.22)

Note: Adjusted net loss and adjusted diluted loss per share from continuing
operations 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 adjusted net loss and adjusted
diluted loss per share from continuing operations enables the Company and its
shareholders to better assess RIM'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 RIM's GAAP results.

(1)  As part of the Company's ongoing effort to streamline its operations   
     and increase efficiency, the Company commenced the CORE program in     
     March 2012. During the third quarter of fiscal 2013, the Company       
     incurred approximately $55 million in total pre-tax charges related to 
     the CORE program. Substantially all of the pre-tax charges are related 
     to one-time employee termination benefits, facilities costs and        
     manufacturing network simplification costs. During the third quarter of
     fiscal 2013, pre-tax charges of approximately $32 million were included
     in cost of sales, charges of approximately $4 million were included in 
     research and development and charges of approximately $19 million were 
     included in selling, marketing, and administration expenses. Additional
     charges for headcount related costs associated with the CORE program   
     will also be incurred in subsequent quarters.                          
(2)  Reflects the favorable impact of the settlement of uncertain income tax
     positions, including related interest and foreign exchange gains, the  
     Company recorded in the third quarter of fiscal 2013 that resulted from
     the restructuring of RIM's international operations.                   

Conference Call and Webcast

A conference call and live webcast will be held beginning at 5 pm ET, December
20, 2012, which can be accessed by dialing-1-800-814-4859 (North America),
(+1)416-644-3414 (outside North America), or through your personal computer or
BlackBerry(R) PlayBook(TM) tablet at
A replay of the conference call will also be available at approximately 7 pm
ET by dialing (+1)416-640-1917 and entering pass code 4501370#. A replay of
the webcast will be available on your personal computer or BlackBerry PlayBook
tablet by clicking the link above. This replay will be available until
midnight ET, January 3, 2013.

About Research In Motion

Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation,
revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry(R)
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, visit or

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: RIM's plans and expectations
relating to the global launch of BlackBerry 10, including the timing of the
January 30, 2013 launch event; RIM's expectation that there will be continued
pressure on operating results in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013; RIM's
intention to continue to use pricing initiatives to maintain its subscriber
base and drive more BlackBerry users; the anticipated impact of the timing of
the BlackBerry 10 launch on sales of current BlackBerry 7 products;
expectations regarding lower unit volumes, subscribers, margins and service
fees; anticipated marketing spending in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013; the
Company's current expectation that it will report an operating loss in the
fourth quarter of fiscal 2013; and the Company's anticipated cash position in
the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013. The terms and phrases "continued", "get
set", "completing", "underway", "looking forward", "expects", "intends",
"drive", "could", "may", "will", "anticipates", 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, the timing and success of new product introductions, RIM's
expectations regarding its business, strategy, opportunities and prospects,
including its ability to implement meaningful changes to address its business
challenges, and RIM's expectations regarding the cash flow generation of its
business. 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:
RIM's ability to enhance current products and develop new products and
services in a timely manner or at competitive prices, including risks related
to further delays in new product introductions, including the Company's
BlackBerry 10 smartphones; risks related to intense competition, including
RIM's ability to compete in the tablet market, strategic alliances or
transactions within the wireless communications industry, and risks relating
to RIM's ability to maintain or grow its services revenues including risks
related to the anticipated decline in RIM's infrastructure access fees and
RIM's ability to mitigate the impact of such decline on its consolidated
revenues; RIM's reliance on carrier partners and distributors; risks relating
to network disruptions and other business interruptions, including costs,
potential liabilities, lost revenue and reputational damage associated with
service interruptions; RIM's ability to manage inventory and asset risk; RIM's
ability to implement and realize the anticipated benefits of its CORE program;
RIM's ability to maintain or increase its cash balance; security risks and
risks related to the collection, storage, transmission, use and disclosure of
confidential and personal information; RIM's ability to attract and retain key
personnel; RIM's ability to adapt to recent management changes and headcount
reductions; RIM's reliance on suppliers of functional components for its
products and risks relating to its supply chain; RIM's ability to maintain and
enhance the BlackBerry brand; risks related to RIM's international operations;
risks related to government regulations, including regulations relating to
encryption technology; RIM's reliance on third-party network infrastructure
developers, software platform vendors and service platform vendors; RIM's
ability to expand and manage its BlackBerry App World applications catalogue;
RIM's reliance on third-party manufacturers;
potential defects and vulnerabilities in RIM's products; risks relating to
litigation, including litigation claims arising from the Company's past
practice of providing forward-looking guidance; RIM's ability to manage its
past growth and its ongoing development of service and support operations;
potential additional charges relating to the impairment of goodwill or other
intangible assets recorded on RIM's balance sheet; disruptions to RIM's
business as a result of shareholder activism; risks related to intellectual
property; and difficulties in forecasting RIM's financial results given the
rapid technological changes, evolving industry standards, intense competition
and short product life cycles that characterize the wireless communications
industry. 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 the "Cautionary Note
Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" section of RIM's MD&A (copies of which
filings may be obtained at or 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.

The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the
exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited. RIM,
Research In Motion and BlackBerry 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.

                         Research In Motion Limited                         
                   Incorporated under the Laws of Ontario                   
  (United States dollars, in millions except share and per share amounts)   
                   Consolidated Statements of Operations                    
                                                        For the nine months 
                        For the three months ended             ended        
                    --------------------------------- ----------------------
                     December   September   November    December   November 
                      1, 2012     1, 2012   26, 2011     1, 2012   26, 2011 
----------------------------------------------------- ----------------------
Revenue             $   2,727  $    2,861  $   5,166   $   8,396  $  14,242 
Cost of sales           1,897       2,117      3,759       6,036      9,067 
                    --------------------------------- ----------------------
Gross margin              830         744      1,407       2,360      5,175 
                    --------------------------------- ----------------------
  Gross margin %         30.4%       26.0%      27.2%       28.1%      36.3%
Operating expenses                                                          
 Research and                                                               
  development             393         366        366       1,126      1,170 
 Selling, marketing                                                         
  and administration      487         556        567       1,589      1,954 
 Amortization             180         180        146         533        419 
 Impairment of                                                              
  goodwill                  -           -          -         335          - 
                    --------------------------------- ----------------------
                        1,060       1,102      1,079       3,583      3,543 
                    --------------------------------- ----------------------
Operating income                                                            
 (loss)                  (230)       (358)       328      (1,223)     1,632 
 Investment income,                                                         
  net                      18           -          2          21         16 
                    --------------------------------- ----------------------
Income (loss) from                                                          
 operations before                                                          
 income taxes            (212)       (358)       330      (1,202)     1,648 
Provision for                                                               
 (recovery of)                                                              
 income taxes            (226)       (129)        65        (480)       359 
Income (loss) from                                                          
 operations                14        (229)       265        (722)     1,289 
Loss from                                                                   
 operations, net of                                                         
 tax                       (5)         (6)         -         (22)         - 
                    --------------------------------- ----------------------
Net income (loss)   $       9  $     (235) $     265   $    (744) $   1,289 
                    --------------------------------- ----------------------
                    --------------------------------- ----------------------
Earnings (loss) per                                                         
 Basic and diluted                                                          
  earnings (loss)                                                           
  per share from                                                            
  operations             0.03       (0.44)      0.51       (1.38)      2.46 
 Basic and diluted                                                          
  loss per share                                                            
  from discontinued                                                         
  operations            (0.01)      (0.01)         -       (0.04)         - 
 Total basic and                                                            
  diluted earnings                                                          
  (loss) per share  $    0.02  $    (0.45) $    0.51   $   (1.42) $    2.46 
                    --------------------------------- ----------------------
                    --------------------------------- ----------------------
 number of common                                                           
 shares outstanding                                                         
 Basic                524,160     524,160    524,139     524,160    524,079 
 Diluted              524,852     524,160    524,139     525,541    524,279 
Total common shares                                                         
 outstanding (000's)  524,160     524,160    524,160     524,160    524,160 
                         Research In Motion Limited                         
                   Incorporated under the Laws of Ontario                   
   (United States dollars, in millions except per share data) (unaudited)   
                        Consolidated Balance Sheets                         
                                                   December 1,     March 3, 
As at                                                     2012         2012 
    Cash and cash equivalents                    $       1,910  $     1,516 
    Short-term investments                                 821          247 
    Accounts receivable, net                             2,174        3,062 
    Other receivables                                      366          486 
    Inventories                                            457        1,027 
    Income taxes receivable                                333          135 
    Other current assets                                   478          356 
    Deferred income tax asset                              217          195 
    Assets held for sale                                    70           32 
                                                         6,826        7,056 
Long-term investments                                      207          337 
Property, plant and equipment, net                       2,493        2,748 
Goodwill                                                     -          304 
Intangible assets, net                                   3,113        3,286 
                                                 $      12,639  $    13,731 
    Accounts payable                             $         661  $       744 
    Accrued liabilities                                  1,844        2,382 
    Deferred revenue                                       555          263 
                                                         3,060        3,389 
Deferred income tax liability                              225          232 
Income taxes payable                                        12           10 
                                                         3,297        3,631 
Shareholders' Equity                                                        
Capital stock and additional paid-in capital             2,417        2,446 
Treasury stock                                            (242)        (299)
Retained earnings                                        7,169        7,913 
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)               (2)          40 
                                                         9,342       10,100 
                                                 $      12,639  $    13,731 
                         Research In Motion Limited                         
                   Incorporated under the Laws of Ontario                   
   (United States dollars, in millions except per share data) (unaudited)   
                   Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows                    
                                                 For the nine months ended  
                                                 December 1,   November 26, 
                                                        2012           2011 
Cash flows from operating activities                                        
Net income (loss) from continuing operations            (722)         1,289 
Net loss from discontinued operations                    (22)             - 
Net income (loss)                              $        (744) $       1,289 
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to                               
 net cash provided by operating activities:                                 
 Amortization                                          1,524          1,134 
 Deferred income taxes                                   (15)             5 
 Income taxes payable                                      2            (17)
 Stock-based compensation                                 63             63 
 Impairment of goodwill                                  335              - 
 Other                                                    25             17 
Net changes in working capital items                     903           (634)
Net cash provided by operating activities              2,093          1,857 
Cash flows from investing activities                                        
Acquisition of long-term investments                    (200)          (166)
Proceeds on sale or maturity of long-term                                   
 investments                                             180            366 
Acquisition of property, plant and equipment            (325)          (713)
Acquisition of intangible assets                        (770)        (1,178)
Business acquisitions, net of cash acquired             (105)          (226)
Acquisition of other assets                                -           (779)
Acquisition of short-term investments                   (837)          (137)
Proceeds on sale or maturity of short-term                                  
 investments                                             392            462 
Net cash used in investing activities                 (1,665)        (2,371)
Cash flows from financing activities                                        
Issuance of common shares                                  -              9 
Tax deficiencies related to stock-based                                     
 compensation                                            (10)            (2)
Purchase of treasury stock                               (25)          (150)
Net cash used in financing activities                    (35)          (143)
Effect of foreign exchange gain (loss) on cash                              
 and cash equivalents                                      1            (16)
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash                                    
 equivalents for the period                              394           (673)
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period         1,516          1,791 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period       $       1,910  $       1,118 
                                                 December 1,   September 1, 
As at                                                   2012           2012 
Cash and cash equivalents                      $       1,910  $       1,506 
Short-term investments                                   821            554 
Long-term investments                                    207            278 
                                               $       2,938  $       2,338 

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