Canadian Manufacturing

BlackBerry posts higher-than-forecast revenue

The smartphone maker has also reported a smaller loss than analysts were expecting



WATERLOO, Ont.—BlackBerry’s revenue was US$557 million, which is $64 million above the general estimate and up from US$548 million a year ago.

The company’s net loss was US$89 million or 17 cents per share under standard accounting rules. After adjustments, BlackBerry’s loss was US$15 million or three cents per share—far less than estimates.

A survey of analysts by Thomson Reuters projected that BlackBerry would report a loss of 14 cents per share and US$489 million of revenue for the quarter.

BlackBerry chief executive John Chen says the company saw higher revenue across all areas of the company’s focus.

He also says the new Priv device, the first BlackBerry to use the Android operating system, has been well received since it was launched in November, late in the company’s third quarter.

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