Research In Motion Reports Fourth Quarter and Year-End Results for Fiscal 2009
Waterloo, ON – Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM), a world leader in the mobile communications market, today reported results for the three months and fiscal year ended February 28, 2009 (all figures in U.S. dollars and U.S. GAAP).
Revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009 was $3.46 billion, up 24.5% from $2.78 billion in the previous quarter and up 84% from $1.88 billion in the same quarter of last year. The revenue breakdown for the quarter was approximately 83% for devices, 12% for service, 2% for software and 3% for other revenue. Revenue for the fiscal year ended February 28, 2009 was $11.07 billion, up 84% from $6.01 billion last year. RIM shipped approximately 7.8 million devices in the fourth quarter and approximately 26 million devices during fiscal 2009.
Approximately 3.9 million net new BlackBerry subscriber accounts were added in the quarter. At the end of the quarter, the total BlackBerry subscriber account base was approximately 25 million.
“We are very pleased to report another record quarter with standout subscriber growth that speaks volumes about the early success and momentum of our new BlackBerry products,” said Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO at RIM. “RIM experienced an extraordinary year in fiscal 2009, shipping our 50 millionth BlackBerry smartphone and generating $11 billion in revenue. Looking ahead into fiscal 2010, we see exceptional opportunities for RIM and its partners to leverage the investments and success of the past year to continue growing market share and profitability.”
Net income for the quarter was $518.3 million, or $0.90 per share diluted, compared with net income of $396.3 million, or $0.69 per share diluted, in the prior quarter and net income of $412.5 million, or $0.72 per share diluted, in the same quarter last year. There was no material foreign exchange impact on RIM’s tax rate in the quarter. For the fiscal year 2009, net income was $1.89 billion, or $3.30 per share diluted, up 46.3% over fiscal 2008.
Revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 ending May 30, 2009 is expected to be in the range of $3.3-$3.5 billion. Gross margin for Q1 is expected to be approximately 43-44%. Net subscriber account additions in the first quarter are expected to be between 3.7 – 3.9 million. Earnings per share for the first quarter are expected to be in the range of $0.88-$0.97 per share diluted.
The total of cash, cash equivalents, short-term investments and long-term investments was $2.24 billion as at February 28, 2009, compared to $2.49 billion at the end of the previous quarter, a decrease of $250 million over the prior quarter. Uses of cash in the quarter included capital expenditures of $252 million and the acquisition of intangible assets of $222 million.