Beleaguered RIM’s plunge adds pressure to ‘sell, break up or die’

“Research In Motion Ltd. (RIMM) plunged as much as 20 percent, the most in more than nine months, after posting a loss and delaying the next BlackBerry operating system, increasing pressure on the company to find an acquirer,” Hugo Miller and Serena Saitto report for Bloomberg.

“RIM reported a first-quarter loss yesterday of 37 cents a share, excluding some items, more than five times bigger than what analysts had predicted,” Miller and Saitto report. “Sales tumbled 43 percent to $2.8 billion, missing a prediction of $3.05 billion, and the company said it would cut 5,000 jobs.”

Miller and Saitto report, “‘They either sell, break up the company or die,’ said Matt Thornton, an analyst at Avian Securities LLC in Boston who has a neutral rating on RIM. ‘It is just a question of when.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: We can hear DCW’s death rattle from here.

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  1. Monte Hall: As you can see, behind door number two is—(opens door)—a jackass. Now, do you still want to choose door number one, or will you switch to door number three?

  2. Wow… a lot of people down on RIM today.

    It’s not as though it’s not justified. Thorsten’s doing a ‘fine’ job.

    I mean, slashing 30% of your workforce? Yeh, that’s the key to profitability…

    “The cure for Apple is not cost-cutting. The cure for Apple is to innovate its way out of its current predicament.” Steve Jobs in Apple Confidential 2.0: The Definitive History of the World’s Most Colorful Company, by Owen W. Linzmayer.

    Not gonna happen at RIM, though.

  3. They keep letting people go, what’s left to acquire? A few outdated phones, an unfinished ‘savior’ BB 10 OS and some messaging server centers?

  4. Innovation that truly works appears to be a much rarer commodity than previously thought. The folks in Redmond assume any wild stab at something different is innovation. Different isn’t innovation. I assume they passionlessly pick features by throwing darts at a labeled dart board. Or the crap on the wall technique and whatever sticks thrown Monkey (Boy) style natch.

  5. >>more than five times bigger than what analysts had predicted

    RIM has another record breaking quarter, blowing away all analyst predictions.

    That’s how you write it up, RIM…

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