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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 6/10

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industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 1.67
BBRY's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
67% of the 707 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 2.35 vs. BBRY: 1.67 )
BBRY' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 1.55   Max: No Debt
Current: 1.67

Equity to Asset 0.51
BBRY's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
60% of the 685 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 0.57 vs. BBRY: 0.51 )
BBRY' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.48   Max: 0.99
Current: 0.51

0.48
0.99
F-Score: 2
Z-Score: 1.85
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 3/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) -23.46
BBRY's Operating margin (%) is ranked lower than
57% of the 700 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 3.34 vs. BBRY: -23.46 )
BBRY' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -105.14   Max: 28.81
Current: -23.46

-105.14
28.81
Net-margin (%) -20.75
BBRY's Net-margin (%) is ranked lower than
56% of the 700 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 3.18 vs. BBRY: -20.75 )
BBRY' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -86.2   Max: 21.53
Current: -20.75

-86.2
21.53
ROE (%) -26.83
BBRY's ROE (%) is ranked lower than
54% of the 696 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 4.98 vs. BBRY: -26.83 )
BBRY' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -95.71   Max: 41.87
Current: -26.83

-95.71
41.87
ROA (%) -13.81
BBRY's ROA (%) is ranked lower than
54% of the 708 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 2.84 vs. BBRY: -13.81 )
BBRY' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -59.97   Max: 30.19
Current: -13.81

-59.97
30.19
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) -143.44
BBRY's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
59% of the 707 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 9.26 vs. BBRY: -143.44 )
BBRY' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -332.38   Max: 162.98
Current: -143.44

-332.38
162.98
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) -26.80
BBRY's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
53% of the 574 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 3.50 vs. BBRY: -26.80 )
BBRY' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 93.1
Current: -26.8

0
93.1
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Guru Trades

Q1 2014

BBRY Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Steven Cohen 11,241,055 sh (New)
Irving Kahn 450,000 sh (+125.00%)
PRIMECAP Management 54,863,039 sh (+60.23%)
Charles Brandes 23,320 sh (unchged)
Francis Chou 529,040 sh (unchged)
Jim Simons Sold Out
Daniel Loeb Sold Out
Yacktman Fund Sold Out
Donald Yacktman Sold Out
Mario Gabelli Sold Out
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
Yacktman Focused Fund Sold Out
Prem Watsa 46,654,700 sh (-10.03%)
Jeremy Grantham 6,693,769 sh (-22.43%)
Andreas Halvorsen 3,888,791 sh (-46.56%)
John Griffin 1,172,500 sh (-50.00%)
Chuck Royce 8,000 sh (-94.41%)
Prem Watsa 96,783,700 sh (-5.10%)
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Q2 2014

BBRY Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Jim Simons 49,200 sh (New)
Irving Kahn 1,670,450 sh (+271.21%)
PRIMECAP Management 56,617,257 sh (+3.20%)
Francis Chou 529,040 sh (unchged)
Prem Watsa 46,654,700 sh (unchged)
Andreas Halvorsen 3,888,791 sh (unchged)
Chuck Royce 8,000 sh (unchged)
John Griffin 1,172,500 sh (unchged)
Charles Brandes 13,000 sh (-44.25%)
Jeremy Grantham 613,300 sh (-90.84%)
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Q3 2014

BBRY Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Jim Simons 564,443 sh (+1047.24%)
PRIMECAP Management 58,290,957 sh (+2.96%)
Chuck Royce 8,000 sh (unchged)
Charles Brandes 13,000 sh (unchged)
Francis Chou 529,040 sh (unchged)
Prem Watsa 46,654,700 sh (unchged)
Andreas Halvorsen Sold Out
John Griffin Sold Out
Irving Kahn 1,556,050 sh (-6.85%)
Jeremy Grantham 455,500 sh (-25.73%)
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Q4 2014

BBRY Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Paul Tudor Jones 70,343 sh (New)
Jim Simons 3,273,943 sh (+480.03%)
Chuck Royce 10,000 sh (+25.00%)
Irving Kahn 1,846,010 sh (+18.63%)
PRIMECAP Management 60,476,157 sh (+3.75%)
Charles Brandes 13,000 sh (unchged)
Francis Chou 529,040 sh (unchged)
Prem Watsa 46,654,700 sh (unchged)
Jeremy Grantham 67,300 sh (-85.23%)
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Guru Investment Theses on BlackBerry Ltd

Prem Watsa Comments on BlackBerry - Mar 11, 2014

No sooner had the ink dried (almost!) after I wrote to you in last year's Annual Report about BlackBerry (BBRY), than BlackBerry became a daily headline. The Board of Directors of BlackBerry decided to form a Special Committee to look at all options for the company. As we were the biggest shareholder in the company (almost 10%) and were potentially conflicted by my being on the Board, I decided to resign as a director so we could review all our options. On September 23, 2013, Fairfax made an offer to take BlackBerry private at $9 per share, subject to a six-week due diligence period. To do our due diligence, we hired a very experienced team led by Sanjay Jha, who ran Motorola, Sandeep Chennakeshu, who was President of Ericsson Mobile Platforms, and John Bucher, who was Chief Strategy Officer at Motorola Mobility. Briefly stated, their conclusions were simply: 1) the company had excellent assets, 2) the management teams had made many mistakes along the way, and 3) the company could not afford high cost LBO debt. For the first time in our history, our due diligence resulted in our not being able to complete an announced deal. After discussions with the Special Committee, led by its Chair Tim Dattels, instead of continuing with a go-private transaction, we proposed to raise $1.25 billion for BlackBerry in the form of 6% seven-year convertible debentures (convertible at $10 per share into BlackBerry stock) and proposed that John Chen be concurrently appointed as Executive Chairman of BlackBerry.

John Chen has an extraordinary background. After immigrating to the U.S. from Hong Kong at the age of 16, John gained a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Brown and a Master's from Caltech. He then trained at Burroughs (Unisys), turned around Pyramid Technology Corp., and then very successfully resurrected Sybase and ran it profitably for about 15 years. When John took over Sybase in 1998, it had lost money for four years, its stock price

was down 90% (ring a bell?) and most analysts were predicting bankruptcy within six months. Within a year, Sybase was profitable and in 2010, 12 years later, SAP came knocking to buy it at $65 per share, more than ten times the $5 – $6 per share it sold at when John took it over! John has also been on the Board of Wells Fargo for eight years and Disney for ten years.

Since his appointment as Executive Chairman at BlackBerry in November 2013, John has bolstered the management team (mainly with people he has worked with), done a joint venture with FoxConn to manufacture low cost phones for emerging markets, brought back the ''BB Classic'' phone (the Q20) and publicly said that BlackBerry would break even by the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 (i.e., the quarter ending January 2015). John is on his way – and all BlackBerry shareholders are fortunate that he decided to take the job of saving Canada's iconic technology company. I must also say, BlackBerry would not have survived if not for the extraordinary leadership of Tim Dattels as Chair of the Special Committee. You may understand why I say this if you read the recent book on Nortel's bankruptcy ''100 Days: The rush to judgment that killed Nortel'', by James Bagnall.

We purchased $500 million of the BlackBerry convertible debentures and have said that we would sell some of our common shares over time to rebalance our position (we have sold 5 million shares at about $10 per share as of this writing). The rest of the convertible debentures were purchased by six contrarian long term investors, of whom four were Canadian.

Interestingly, Twitter went public, just after BlackBerry announced its convertible debt issue, at $26 per share, giving it a market value of $18 billion. It had revenues of $665 million and losses of $645 million, and most investors could not get a single share unless they were very good clients of the major houses underwriting the issue. On that day, BlackBerry traded in excess of 100 million shares at $6 per share, giving it a market value of $3 billion. BlackBerry had revenues of approximately $8 billion with cash of $2.6 billion and no debt other than the new convertible debt to be issued. If you thought that Twitter was grossly overvalued at $26 per share, it promptly doubled and currently is selling at $55 per share, with a market value of $39 billion.

Twitter is no exception – please see the recently compiled table below to see the extraordinary speculation in high tech companies. This sort of speculation will end just like the previous tech boom in 1999 – 2000 – very badly!



From Prem Watsa (Trades, Portfolio)'s annual 2013 letter to shareholders.

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Donald Yacktman Comments on BlackBerry - Sep 09, 2013

Blackberry (BBRY)’s shares, which represent a small position in the funds, fell sharply at the end of June after the company reported sales of its new phones lagged expectations. In the previous two quarters we used the sharp price rise to significantly reduce our holding in Blackberry, which helped cushion the decline.

From the Yacktman Funds' second quarter 2013 commentary.
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Ratios

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Forward P/E 625.00
BBRY's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
72% of the 762 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. BBRY: 625.00 )
N/A
P/B 1.80
BBRY's P/B is ranked higher than
72% of the 762 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 2.37 vs. BBRY: 1.80 )
BBRY' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.35   Max: 20.38
Current: 1.8

0.35
20.38
P/S 1.37
BBRY's P/S is ranked higher than
58% of the 762 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 1.58 vs. BBRY: 1.37 )
BBRY' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.22   Max: 16.28
Current: 1.37

0.22
16.28
PFCF 43.60
BBRY's PFCF is ranked higher than
74% of the 762 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 212.80 vs. BBRY: 43.60 )
BBRY' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 5.42   Max: 205.56
Current: 43.6

5.42
205.56
POCF 9.89
BBRY's POCF is ranked higher than
86% of the 762 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 23.55 vs. BBRY: 9.89 )
BBRY' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 1.06   Max: 121.39
Current: 9.89

1.06
121.39
EV-to-EBIT -5.35
BBRY's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
53% of the 762 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 76.17 vs. BBRY: -5.35 )
BBRY' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: -107.4   Max: 353.4
Current: -5.35

-107.4
353.4
Shiller P/E 585.00
BBRY's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
72% of the 762 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. BBRY: 585.00 )
BBRY' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 1.87   Max: 840.75
Current: 585

1.87
840.75
Current Ratio 2.79
BBRY's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
79% of the 699 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 2.10 vs. BBRY: 2.79 )
BBRY' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.72   Max: 80.85
Current: 2.79

1.72
80.85
Quick Ratio 2.72
BBRY's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
83% of the 699 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 1.71 vs. BBRY: 2.72 )
BBRY' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 1.48   Max: 69.85
Current: 2.72

1.48
69.85
Days Inventory 22.83
BBRY's Days Inventory is ranked higher than
93% of the 762 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 74.24 vs. BBRY: 22.83 )
BBRY' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 21.17   Max: 275.68
Current: 22.83

21.17
275.68
Days Sales Outstanding 63.70
BBRY's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
77% of the 762 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 80.78 vs. BBRY: 63.70 )
BBRY' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 48.55   Max: 409.65
Current: 63.7

48.55
409.65

Valuation & Return

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Price/Net Current Asset Value 49.80
BBRY's Price/Net Current Asset Value is ranked higher than
84% of the 762 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. BBRY: 49.80 )
BBRY' s 10-Year Price/Net Current Asset Value Range
Min: 0.88   Max: 37
Current: 49.8

0.88
37
Price/Tangible Book 3.00
BBRY's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
65% of the 762 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 3.81 vs. BBRY: 3.00 )
BBRY' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 0.56   Max: 31.76
Current: 3

0.56
31.76
Price/DCF (Projected) 0.70
BBRY's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
93% of the 762 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 34.80 vs. BBRY: 0.70 )
BBRY' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.16   Max: 83.33
Current: 0.7

0.16
83.33
Price/Median PS Value 0.70
BBRY's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
92% of the 762 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 1.27 vs. BBRY: 0.70 )
BBRY' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.09   Max: 43.16
Current: 0.7

0.09
43.16
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) -19.00
BBRY's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked lower than
60% of the 692 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 2.20 vs. BBRY: -19.00 )
BBRY' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: -19.2   Max: 47.3
Current: -19

-19.2
47.3
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) -7.32
BBRY's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
58% of the 341 Companies
in the Global Communication Equipment industry.

( Industry Median: 9.08 vs. BBRY: -7.32 )
BBRY' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -10.4   Max: 106.5
Current: -7.32

-10.4
106.5

Analyst Estimate

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EPS($) -0.01 -0.15 0.03
EPS without NRI($) -0.01 -0.15 0.03

Business Description

Industry: Communication Equipment » Communication Equipment
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Traded in other countries:BB.Canada, RI1.Germany, BBRYN.Mexico, BBRY.Argentina, 0R0P.UK, BB.Switzerland,
BlackBerry Ltd, formerly Research in Motion Ltd was incorporated under the Business Corporations Act (Ontario) on March 7, 1984 and commenced operations at that time. Through the development of integrated hardware, software and services that support multiple wireless network standards, the Company provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to information, including email, voice, instant messaging, short message service, internet and intranet-based applications and browsing. The Company's technology also enables third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services through software development kits, wireless connectivity to data and third-party support programs. The Company's portfolio of award-winning products, services and embedded technologies are used by thousands of organizations and millions of consumers and include the BlackBerry wireless solution, the BlackBerry Wireless Handheld product line, software development tools and other software and hardware. The Company currently sells an integrated BlackBerry wireless communications platform solution, which includes the sale of BlackBerry handheld devices and the provision of data communication, compression and security infrastructure services, which enable BlackBerry handheld wireless devices to send and receive wireless messages and data.
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