BlackBerry reports a surprise operating profit for its fiscal third quarter
Despite the positive cash flow and operating profit, BlackBerry reported a net loss of $148 million or 28 cents a share, which was an improvement from the $4.4 billion or $8.37 a share it lost in last year's third quarter. After reporting the earnings on Friday, BlackBerry CEO John Chen, who has been presiding over the company's comeback, said "Sometime in FY 2016 we'll turn profitable, and our plan is once we turn profitable, we'll sustain it."
During its fiscal third quarter, BlackBerry successfully launched its flagshipBlackBerry Passport. With its 4.5-inch screen and 1440 x 1440 resolution, the wide display is made for reading spreadsheets, emails and other business documents. The unique QWERTY on the device doubles as a trackpad, and based on what you are writing, certain punctuation, symbols and numbers appear on the screen for the user to tap. The ultimate business machine runs more than a day on a single battery charge. Powered by BlackBerry 10.3.1, the device now features BlackBerry Assistant which is the manufacturers answer to Siri, Google Now and Cortana.
On Wednesday, the throwback BlackBerry Classic was launched, but its results didn't appear in the manufacturer's Q3 report. The Classic is designed for current 'Berry users who love their BlackBerry Bold 9900, but want a device running the latest BlackBerry 10.3.1 OS build. The handset brings back the trackpad and function keys.
During the quarter, BlackBerry sold 2 million phones with 1.9 million going to end-users. The stock closed on Friday at $9.99, off 9 cents a share after CEO Chen said that there is still a lot of work to be done.