BlackBerry shares fall after mix-up in news report

The struggling device maker confirms it did not sell 80,000 smartphones to the US Department of Defense, as reported earlier in the week.

By Staff Jan 24, 2014 2:55PM

The new BlackBerry Q10 is displayed for a photograph in San Francisco, Calif. on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 (© David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images)By Shawn Ingram

BlackBerry (BBRY) fell 4.7 percent to $9.95 Friday after confirmation from the Department of logoDefense that it isn't buying 80,000 smartphones from the Canadian company, as previously reported.

Earlier this week, the DOD issued a press release detailing a new mobile network for the agency. The mobile network will support more than 100,000 devices, including 80,000 BlackBerry devices.

Some reports took that to mean the agency purchased 80,000 new devices from the Canadian company, but that is untrue.

In a statement given to The Verge, the DOD confirmed the network will simply support 80,000 BlackBerry smartphones that are already deployed. The agency announced no plan to purchase new devices from the company.

BlackBerry notably issues press releases when it sells units to enterprise customers. The company issued no press release concerning a sale to the DOD.

TheStreet Ratings team rates BlackBerry as a "sell" with a ratings score of "D." TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about its recommendation:

"This is driven by some concerns, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • BlackBerry has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, BlackBerry swung to a loss, reporting -$1.20 versus $2.24 in the prior year.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Communications Equipment industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 49,000 percent when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $9 million to -$4.4 billion.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the communications equipment industry and the overall market, BlackBerry's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$81 million or 108.45 percent when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 41.93 percent, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 28000 percent compared to the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.

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Jan 24, 2014 5:36PM
Why can't the DOD use U.S. taxpayer dollars to buy phones Made in the US of A??  Rather than trying to be Politically Correct (PC) and or Not Offend Our Northern Neighbors, the DOD should be more concerned about angry U.S. taxpayers.
Jan 24, 2014 4:37PM
this story must have been originally written by the weather reporters.

Dont the writers confirm their sources before the rush to print????

[This is the reason why]

OK people on the Blackberry assembly line, go back to sleep... No need to rush or anything... No order for 80K phones coming thru the door....

Jan 24, 2014 6:19PM
Some brother-in -law at the DOD just made a killing on that fake announcement.
Jan 24, 2014 5:27PM
Jan 24, 2014 5:47PM



This is the most secure phone made.  That is why DOD and the President use them.  They are not given away as Regan/Bush phones.

Jan 24, 2014 7:18PM
These phones are totally unsecure from hacking. That is why the president is not allowed to carry and use one.
Jan 24, 2014 8:05PM
Only people that like to think they are important have blackberries.
Jan 24, 2014 7:54PM
First Bieber, now this. Rough week for Canada.
Jan 24, 2014 5:53PM
Because they still have an over-supply of oBamaphones.
Jan 24, 2014 8:53PM
Why buy phones when they can get free Obammy phones?

Who's gonna but them for their patants and intellectual poperty ?

Jan 24, 2014 6:01PM
Let's see. All spending bills come from the House of Representatives, controlled by the Republicans. Never mind....
Jan 24, 2014 5:33PM

That is proof that even the government doen't want dingleberry's.  Those phones are the biggest pieces of crap.  Guess thats why they own the Obamaphone market.

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