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Research In Motion Reports Fourth Quarter and Year-End Results for Fiscal 2006

Waterloo, Ontario: Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM), a world leader in the mobile communications market, today reported results for the three months and fiscal year ended March 4, 2006 (all figures in U.S. dollars and U.S. GAAP).

Revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2006 was $561.2 million, up 39% from $404.8 million in the same quarter of last year. The revenue breakdown for the quarter was approximately 70% for handhelds, 21% for service, 5% for software and 4% for other revenue. Revenue for the fiscal year ended March 4, 2006 was $2.07 billion, up 53% from $1.35 billion last year.   Total handheld devices shipped in the quarter were approximately 1.1 million, for a total of approximately 4.0 million handheld devices shipped during fiscal 2006. 

RIM has updated its accounting for the patent litigation following the settlement announced on March 3, 2006.  At the end of RIM’s fiscal third quarter, RIM had an accrued liability of $450 million relating to the patent litigation.   The $162.5 million difference between the amount previously accrued and the full and final settlement amount of $612.5 million, was expensed and recorded in operating results in the quarter ended March 4, 2006. 

“We recently passed the $2 billion annual revenue and 5 million subscribers milestones and we have begun the new fiscal year with over 150 carrier partners around the world,” said Jim Balsillie, Chairman and Co-CEO at RIM. “Our strong market position together with our continuing technology leadership and our unique ability to provide customers and partners with a comprehensive wireless solution presents great opportunity for RIM in the new fiscal year.

GAAP net income for the quarter was $18.4 million, or $0.10 per share diluted, as compared with a net loss of $2.6 million or $(0.01) per share diluted, in the same quarter last year.  Adjusted EPS, excluding the settlement and litigation related charges and the related tax impact, was $0.65 per share diluted.   A reconciliation of adjusted EPS to GAAP EPS is provided in the table below.  Adjusted earnings per share do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and may not be comparable to similar metrics presented by other companies.

RIM added approximately 625,000 new subscriber accounts during the quarter and at the end of the quarter, the total BlackBerry subscriber account base was approximately 4.9 million.  The number of subscriber accounts is a non-financial metric and does not have any standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and is unlikely to be comparable to similar metrics reported by other companies.  It is intended to illustrate the growth in RIM’s subscriber account base and should not be relied upon as an indicator of RIM’s financial performance. 

“We have seen a recovery in subscriber additions and business momentum since RIM settled the patent litigation,” said Dennis Kavelman, Chief Financial Officer at RIM.  “We have been very encouraged by the increasingly positive indications from customers and partners over the past several weeks, but we also believe it is important to remain prudent in our outlook as we continue to monitor and foster the post-settlement momentum throughout Q1 and Q2.”

Revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2007 ending June 3, 2006 is expected to be in the range of $580-$610 million.  Subscriber account additions in the first quarter are expected to be approximately 675,000.   GAAP earnings per share for the first quarter are expected to be in the range of 60-65 cents per share diluted.  Adjusted earnings per share for the first quarter, which excludes stock option expense of approximately $4 - 5 million, are forecast to be in the range of 62-67 cents per share diluted.  

The total of cash, cash equivalents, short-term and long-term investments was $1.25 billion as at March 4, 2006, compared to $1.6 billion at the end of the previous quarter, a decrease of $356 million over the prior quarter.  This decrease reflects the additional funding in the quarter of approximately $414 million required to settle the patent litigation. 

Reconciliation of GAAP net income as reported to adjusted net income

(United States dollars, in thousands except per share data)
 
For the three
months ended
March 4, 2006

GAAP net income, as reported $18,354
 
Adjustments:
 
     Settlement and Litigation provision $162,500
     Less: Notional tax recovery at 34.6% (56,300) 106,200
 

Adjusted net income $124,554
 
Adjusted net income per share, diluted $0.65
   
Note: the adjusted net income and adjusted net income per share do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and thus are not comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. Investors are encouraged to consider this adjusted measure in the context of RIM's GAAP results.

Fourth Quarter Highlights 

  • U.S. Cellular launched BlackBerry in the U.S.
  • TELUS announced availability of the BlackBerry 7130e™ in Canada.
  • Cable & Wireless announced availability of BlackBerry in Panama.
  • Movilnet announced plans to introduce BlackBerry in Venezuela.
  • PERSONAL announced plans to launch BlackBerry in Argentina.
  • Telefónica Móviles announced plans to launch BlackBerry in 13 Latin American countries.
  • TSTT launched BlackBerry in Trinidad and Tobago.
  • COSMOTE launched BlackBerry in Greece.
  • Bouygues Telecom launched the BlackBerry 8700g in France.
  • Orange launched the BlackBerry 8700f™ in France and in the U.K.
  • T-Mobile launched the BlackBerry 8700g in the U.K. and Germany.
  • O2 launched the BlackBerry 8700g in the U.K and Germany.
  • E-Plus launched the BlackBerry 8700g in Germany.
  • Telefónica Móviles launched the BlackBerry 8700g™ in Spain.
  • Vodafone launched the BlackBerry 8700v in Italy and Spain.
  • TIM launched the BlackBerry 8700g in Italy.
  • mobilkom austria launched the BlackBerry 8700v™ in Austria.
  • Dialog Telekom launched BlackBerry in Sri Lanka.
  • Telstra launched the BlackBerry 7130e in Australia.
  • Vodafone launched the BlackBerry 8700v in Australia.
  • Optus launched the BlackBerry 8700g in Australia.
  • StarHub launched the BlackBerry 8700g in Singapore.
  • SingTel launched the BlackBerry 8700g in Singapore.
  • M1 launched the BlackBerry 8700v in Singapore.
  • CSL launched the BlackBerry 8700g in Hong Kong.
  • SmarTone-Vodafone launched the BlackBerry 8700v in Hong Kong.
  • 3 Hong Kong launched the BlackBerry 8700g
  • RIM announced BlackBerry Connect for the Sony Ericsson P990 and M600 phones.
  • Proximus launched BlackBerry Connect on the Nokia 9500 Communicator and Nokia 9300 in Belgium.
  • Telstra launched BlackBerry Connect on the Nokia 9300 smartphone in Australia.
  • RIM announced support for Google Talk™ and Google Local on the BlackBerry wireless platform.
  • BlackBerry ISV Alliance members continued to build upon the BlackBerry platform with a range of new products and services that help customers extend their wireless data strategies beyond wireless email.

Highlights Subsequent to Quarter End: 

  • RIM surpassed the 5 million subscribers milestone.
  • RIM acquired Ascendent Systems.
  • Yahoo! and RIM announced an expanded global relationship.
  • RIM launched BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.1 and BlackBerry Enterprise Server – Small Business Edition v4.1 for Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and Novell GroupWise.
  • RIM announced support for Cisco Unified CallManager 5.0 with the BlackBerry WLAN solution.
  • Alltel launched the BlackBerry 7130e in the U.S.
  • Dobson Cellular Systems launched the BlackBerry 8700g in the U.S.
  • Cbeyond launched BlackBerry in the U.S.
  • KPN launched the BlackBerry 8700g in the Netherlands.
  • Mobistar launched the 8700f in Belgium.
  • Airtel launched the BlackBerry 8700g in India.
  • AIS launched the BlackBerry 8700g in Thailand.
  • Maxis launched the BlackBerry 8700g in Malaysia.
  • Entel PCS launched the BlackBerry 8700g in Chile.
  • SouthernLINC announced plans to introduce BlackBerry in the United States.

The replay of the company’s Q4 conference call can be accessed after 7 p.m. (eastern), April 6, 2006 until midnight (eastern), April 20, 2006.  It can be accessed by dialing 416-640-1917 and entering passcode 21117895#.  The conference will also appear on the RIM web site, live at 5:00 pm (eastern) and archived at http://www.rim.com/investors/events/index.shtml until midnight April 20, 2006.

About Research In Motion (RIM)

Research In Motion is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. Through the development of integrated hardware, software and services that support multiple wireless network standards, RIM provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including email, phone, SMS messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. RIM technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity. RIM’s portfolio of award-winning products, services and embedded technologies are used by thousands of organizations around the world and include the BlackBerry® wireless platform, the RIM Wireless Handheld™ product line, software development tools, radio-modems and software/hardware licensing agreements. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. RIM is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and Canadian securities laws, including statements relating to RIM's revenue and earnings expectations for the first quarter of fiscal 2007, RIM’s views regarding anticipated growth in subscribers, plans relating to RIM, including plans for new product launches, and its expectations regarding its carrier partners. The terms and phrases, "presents great opportunity","momentum","guidance","expected", "plans", and similar terms and phrases are intended to identify these forward-looking statements.   Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by RIM in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that RIM believes are appropriate in the circumstances.   Many factors could cause RIM's actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation: risks relating to RIM's intellectual property rights; RIM's ability to enhance current products and develop and introduce new products; RIM's reliance on carrier partners, third-party network developers and suppliers; and intense competition.  These risk factors and others relating to RIM are discussed in greater detail in the "Risk Factors" section of RIM's Annual Information Form, which is included in its Annual Report on Form 40-F (copies of which filings may be obtained at www.sedar.com or www.sec.gov) and RIM’s other public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and Canadian securities regulators.  These factors should be considered carefully, and readers should not place undue reliance on RIM's forward-looking statements.  RIM has no intention and undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited.   RIM, Research In Motion and BlackBerry are registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be pending or registered in other countries.   All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners.

Research In Motion Limited
Incorporated under the Laws of Ontario
(United States dollars, in thousands except per share data)

Consolidated Statements of Operations

  For the three months ended For the year ended
  March 4, 2006 November 26, 2005 February 26, 2005 March 4, 2006 February 26, 2005

           
Revenue $ 561,219 $ 560,596 $ 404,802 $ 2,065,845 $ 1,350,447
Cost of sales 252,566 247,851 174,878 925,215 635,914
 
Gross margin 308,653 312,745 229,924 1,140,630 714,533
 
           
    Gross margin % 55.0% 55.8% 56.8% 55.2% 52.9%
           
Expenses          
Research and development 43,851 41,567 29,076 157,629 101,180
Selling, marketing and administration 92,321 83,965 56,595 311,420 190,730
Amortization 15,322 12,797 9,114 49,951 35,941
Litigation 162,500 26,176 294,194 201,791 352,628
 
  313,994 164,505 388,979 720,791 680,479
 
           
Income (loss) from operations (5,341) 148,240 (159,055) 419,839 34,054
           
Investment income 19,219 17,483 11,926 66,218 37,107
 
           
Income (loss) before income taxes 13,878 165,723 (147,129) 486,057 71,161
 
Provision for (recovery of) income taxes  
     Current (70,725) 75,929 (905) 14,515 1,425
      Deferred 66,249 (30,355) (143,651) 89,464 (143,651)
 
  (4,476) 45,574 (144,556) 103,979 (142,226)
 
           
 
Net income (loss) $ 18,354 $ 120,149 $ (2,573) $ 382,078 $ 213,387
 
           
Earnings (loss) per share          
     Basic $ 0.10 $ 0.63 $ (0.01) $ 2.02 $ 1.14
 
     Diluted $ 0.10 $ 0.61 $ (0.01) $ 1.96 $ 1.09
 
           
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding (000’s)          
     Basic 185,558 189,341 189,184 188,914 187,653
     Diluted 191,509 196,339 189,184 194,942 196,439


Research In Motion Limited
Incorporated under the Laws of Ontario
(United States dollars, in thousands)

Consolidated Balance Sheets

As at March 4, 2006 February 26,
2005

Assets    
  Current    
     Cash and cash equivalents $ 459,540 $ 610,354
     Short-term investments 175,553 315,495
     Trade receivables 315,278 227,750
     Other receivables 31,861 13,125
     Inventory 134,523 92,489
     Restricted cash - 111,978
     Other current assets 45,035 22,857
     Deferred income tax asset 94,789 150,200
 
  1,256,579 1,544,248
     
     
Investments 614,309 753,868
Capital assets 326,313 210,112
Intangible assets 85,929 83,740
Goodwill 29,026 29,026
 
  $ 2,312,156 $ 2,620,994
 
     
Liabilities    
  Current    
     Accounts payable $ 94,954 $ 68,464
     Accrued liabilities 144,912 87,133
     Accrued litigation and related expenses - 455,610
     Income taxes payable 17,584 3,149
     Deferred revenue 20,968 16,235
     Current portion of long-term debt 262 223
 
  278,680 630,814
     
Long-term debt 6,851 6,504
Deferred income tax liability 27,858 -
 
  313,389 637,318
 
     
Shareholders’ Equity    
  Capital stock 1,852,713 1,892,266
  Retained earnings 148,028 94,181
  Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (1,974) (2,771)
 
  1,998,767 1,983,676
 
  $ 2,312,156 $ 2,620,994
 


Research In Motion Limited
Incorporated under the Laws of Ontario
(United States dollars, in thousands)

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

  For the three
months ended
March 4, 2006
For the year ended
March 4, 2006

Cash flows from operating activities    
Net income $ 18,354 $ 382,078
     
Items not requiring an outlay of cash:    
  Amortization 25,216 85,873
  Deferred income taxes 61,835 77,938
  Issuance of restricted share units 118 159
  Gain on disposal of capital assets (129) (147)
  Loss on foreign currency translation of long-term debt 534 597
  Unrealized foreign exchange loss 57 57
Net changes in working capital items (413,577) (396,464)
 
  (307,592) 150,091
 
Cash flows from financing activities    
Issuance of share capital 7,779 23,269
Common shares repurchased pursuant to Common Share Repurchase Program - (391,212)
Repayment of long-term debt (61) (229)
 
  7,718 (368,172)
 
Cash flows from investing activities    
Acquisition of investments (11,407) (103,179)
Proceeds on sale or maturity of investments 24,982 61,495
Acquisition of capital assets (48,141) (178,732)
Acquisition of intangible assets (6,360) (23,702)
Business acquisition - (3,795)
Acquisition of short-term investments (15,093) (199,194)
Proceeds on sale or maturity of short-term investments 82,379 514,431
 
  26,360 67,324
 
Effect of foreign exchange on cash and cash equivalents (57) (57)
 
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents for the period (273,571) (150,814)
     
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 733,111 610,354
 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 459,540 $ 459,540
 
     
     
     
As at March 4, 2006 November 26, 2005

     
Cash and cash equivalents $ 459,540 $ 733,111
Short-term investments 175,553 181,537
Investments 614,309 690,949
 
  $ 1,249,402 $ 1,605,597