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For embattled Canadian phonemaker Researcher in Motion, Ltd. (TSE:RIM), there was rare good news on Thursday.  The company announced its fiscal Q2 2013 results, and they handily beat the average analyst consensus.

Coming into the earnings report a mood of gloom and doom was pervasive, with many predicting the quarter to be a final nail in the tentative coffin for the smartphone maker.  A poll of 36 analysts by Financial Times showed a consensus of $2.53B USD in revenue, a prediction which ZDNet's Larry Dignan described as "ugly", remarking, "[A]  miss wouldn't surprise anyone." 

But instead there was a surprise: RIM defying the odds and posting significantly better-than-expected financials.  RIM's actual revenue was $2.9B USD -- blowing past the analyst average by almost 15 percent.

That still was only good for a (GAAP) net loss of $235M USD (down from a profit of $329M USD a year ago in fiscal Q2 2012) [1][2].  However, that's substantially better than the $518M USD loss RIM posted a quarter ago.

The smaller loss comes largely thanks to RIM's downsizing and "efficiency" efforts, which involved laying off nearly a third of its workforce.  

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RIM beat analyst expectations despite lower device sales. [Image Source: BGR]

On the device unit sales front the news wasn't so pretty.  

Sales of the PlayBook tablet slumped to around 130,000 units amid SKU cuts -- down substantially from the 260,000 units sold last quarter and also down from 200,000 moved in fiscal Q2 a year ago.  Likewise smartphone sales dropped, with 7.4m BlackBerries moving this quarter, compared to 7.8m in fiscal Q1 2013 and 10.6m in fiscal Q4 2012.

More importantly thanks to sales of certain assets RIM increased its cash pile to $2.3B USD.  The bad news there is simply that RIM is selling off assets and may not be able to keep pace with losses unless its next generation smartphones win back buyers.

Speaking of which, video of RIM's upcoming BlackBerry 10 handsets has (supposedly) leaked, courtesy of a video editor (Rob Jury) hired to edit the clip.



The above video shows the L series (full-touch) and the N series (QWERTY).  The film reportedly was not for official distribution.

Sources: RIM on MarketWatch, CrackBerry



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By Reclaimer77 on 9/27/2012 7:30:29 PM , Rating: 2
Not that I agree with ANY point of view of Pirks....but as much as Mick makes RIM look like a disaster, the fact is they sold like three times more phones as his beloved Windows Phone last year, and they still have more marketshare lol.


By Pirks on 9/27/2012 7:42:25 PM , Rating: 2
There's nothing bad in agreeing with a person who's smarter than you Reclaimer, so don't be ashamed :P

And yeah Windows Phone is a sad joke in market share, true, but this may change if MS leverages similarities between WinRT, Win8 and WP8. This three screens strategy might just work in the end, who knows?

Besides, only now with WP8 MS has developed a solid phone OS, not a joke that WP7 was. With such architecturally solid contenders as WP8 and BB10... well, I don't have much hope for Android world domination anymore. But we'll see, we'll see, 2013 is going to be very very interesting year. War between closed ecosystems of Apple/MS/RIM and open ecosystem of Google is gonna be fun to watch.

Man I don't even know who to root for anymore, they all look so good now even Android is not as ugly as it's used to be.

Tough choice.


By Pirks on 9/27/2012 9:14:44 PM , Rating: 1
Boring, clown, booorinnn
Try harder to entertain me :)))


By Belard on 9/28/2012 2:49:37 AM , Rating: 2
Look! A new RIM phone in the same of a dildo!

No way Apple will sue them!


By othercents on 9/28/2012 9:06:33 AM , Rating: 2
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No way Apple will sue them!


That's an interesting comment especially since even if Apple couldn't win they might cause enough financial damage to close RIM for good if they preemptively sued RIM for making a rectangular device with rounded corners. This is all dependent on RIM not already having an agreement with Apple or RIM might already have evolutionary prior art coming from the pagers which were rectangular with rounded corners.

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