RIM ships record 14.2 million BlackBerry units in fiscal Q310

Research In Motion Limited today reported record third quarter results for the three months ended November 27, 2010 (all figures in U.S. dollars and U.S. GAAP).

• Record BlackBerry smartphone shipments of approximately 14.2 million grew 40% over the same quarter last year
• Revenue grew 40% over the same quarter last year to $5.5 billion
• Q3 Earnings per share of $1.74 were up 58% over the same quarter last year
• Cash increased by $446 million to $2.5 billion at the end of the quarter

Revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 was $5.49 billion, up 19% from $4.62 billion in the previous quarter and up 40% from $3.92 billion in the same quarter of last year. The revenue breakdown for the quarter was approximately 82% for devices, 15% for service, and 3% for software and other revenue.

Approximately 5.1 million net new BlackBerry subscriber accounts were added in the quarter. At the end of the quarter, the total BlackBerry subscriber account base was over 55 million.

“We are pleased to report another record quarter with strong growth in shipments of BlackBerry smartphones leading to record revenue, subscriber additions and earnings. RIM’s business continues to grow and diversify as BlackBerry adoption accelerates in markets around the world,” said Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO at Research In Motion, in the press release. “With strong results and momentum from our recent product introductions, as well as growing excitement from our partners and customers around upcoming smartphone, tablet, software and service offerings, we are setting the stage for continuing success.”

The Company’s net income for the quarter was $911.1 million, or $1.74 per share diluted, compared with net income of $796.7 million, or $1.46 per share diluted, in the prior quarter and net income of $628.4 million, or $1.10 per share diluted, in the same quarter last year.

The total of cash, cash equivalents, short-term and long-term investments was $2.47 billion as of November 27, 2010, compared to $2.03 billion at the end of the previous quarter, an increase of $446 million from the prior quarter. Cash flow from operations in Q3 was approximately $975 million. Uses of cash included capital expenditures of approximately $300 million, common share repurchases of approximately $133 million, and intangible asset purchases of approximately $45 million.

Q4 Outlook: Revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 ending February 26, 2011 is expected to be in the range of $5.5-$5.7 billion. Gross margin percentage for the fourth quarter is expected to be similar to third quarter levels. Earnings per share for the fourth quarter are expected to be in the range of $1.74-$1.80 per share diluted.

Update on RIM’s Board of Directors: RIM announced today that its board of directors has appointed co-Chief Executive Officers Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis as co-chairmen of the board. John Richardson remains as lead independent director of RIM and will continue to facilitate the functioning of the board independently of management. The board believes these appointments, in conjunction with Mr. Richardson serving as lead independent director, represent an appropriate and effective leadership structure for RIM. RIM also announced today that Jim Estill has resigned his position as a director of RIM due to a business conflict. RIM thanks Mr. Estill for his 13 years of service on the board.

Source: Research In Motion

MacDailyNews Take: High-water mark.

It’s rather amazing how many poor saps can be saddled with antiques due to never-ending Buy One Get One Free promos and myopic corporate IT doofuses.

Unfortunately, Apple’s and RIM’s quarters do not line up very neatly, so good quarterly comparisons are impossible.

For the record, Apple’s last four quarterly iPhone sales figures were:

Q410 (ended September 25, 2010) – 14.1 million
Q310 (ended June 26, 2010) – 8.4 million
Q210 (ended March 27, 2010) – 8.75 million
Q110 (ended December 26, 2009) – 8.7 million


  1. informal survey by myself on latest business trip…
    in airport phone users seem to be divided 50/50
    50% BB
    50% Touchscreen
    of the 50% Touchscreen – 95% of that is iPhone

    not sure where the huge Android presence is?

    (your mileage may vary)

  2. I work for a company with myopic corporate IT Doofuses that provides us with BlackBerries. (and therefore also carry an iPhone)
    Their viewpoint is that BBerries are for email and phone use only and all the rest of the stuff you can do on an iPhone is corporate time-wasting so they are happy to provide dysfunctional pieces of crap.

  3. Hey, RIM (along with Apple and Nokia) is one of the few remaining smartphone makers that takes responsibility for the OS on their devices. Almost everyone else is lazy and just hands over something as important as the software that operates their products to a third party (Google or Microsoft).

    iPhone will outgrow BlackBerry with no difficulty, so I’m glad RIM had a decent quarter.

  4. Isn’t it fairly obvious RIM pushed to ship just a tad more than Apple’s 14.1 million units in the quarter? They filled the channel with product to make it look like they’re ahead, when in reality they were likely very close but slightly behind 14.1 million iPhones. It’s a short-term win because next quarter they’ll have to sell that extra stock before shipping more.

  5. I was on a commuter bus this morning and saw a guy using a phone I took to be an adnroid. It had a Tmobile label on it.

    He was using it like an iPhone. Touching icons, going back to the home screen, paging between pages of icons on the home screen.

    I was shocked because it had to much of the look and feel of an iPhone. I feel like a wrong has been committed against Apple. How do they get away with such flagrant copying?

  6. comparisons will indeed be impossible since ending on nov29 includes black friday sales so it already factors in some christmas sales, apple’s quarter ending at the start of october wouldn’t really have christmas sales factored in yet

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