E BlackBerry: A Speculative Rebound

After BlackBerry (BBRY) reported quarterly results, speculators held the upper hand. Still, they will get tired and will lose the long (duration) game on one condition: future FCF growth. The company's FCF generation is as good as may be expected. Bears latched on to CEO John Chen's apparent stumble, not realizing the company is bound by confidentiality.

It takes a long time for corporations to test and implement BES12, but those who do are satisfied, at MOBL's expense. VMWare (VMW), Microsoft (MSFT), and IBM (IBM) are only a few firms also in the MDM market but they are not pure plays. They are also upselling the vertical. Not all companies – especially small ones – need all of that. Still, MobileIron’s customer loss may stabilize now, since BlackBerry’s free license trade ended a few quarters ago.

Quick review on BlackBerry's quarter

- Patents are being monetized. Previous expectation was there would be no CF generation
- 12M buyback approval yesterday means the $3 drop peak to trough saves $36M. That's $36M worth of value free for hiring and rewarding top staff.
- QNX in the auto is gold. Apple's (AAPL) success in auto is QNX, which is BBRY's.
- Finance vertical wins for BES 12 was..meh...but there's room for bigger wins
- Hospital BES wins were good
- Ad spend is weak but expected. Better to spend on enterprise FTE than consumer.
- BBM was weak but Protected suite is compelling. Just look at BBM and the app is needlessly complex. BB needs to simplify the app/offering/premium version

Fundamental chart here.

Hardware challenges

Chen and Co. may absolutely make hardware a profitable business. The one rule is selling the profitably. As the bears below will attest again (repeatedly), revenue is falling off a cliff and with it, market share. This is a partial truth.

1. Market share will stabilize in the single digits, but hardware will be/is profitable.
2. BBRY offset ad and distribution with carriers. This works up to a certain point. Other than keyboard devices, the all touch does not differentiate with WP10, Android, or iPhone.

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Farah Kincaid 4 years ago Member's comment

Excellent article, but I'm confused by one of your closing points. Though the Turing Phones are very impressive, why would Blackberry purchase an Android phone company? You mean to switch over the operating system from Android to it's own proprietary OS? It is my understand that the Turning Phone was a cipher phone built to be integrated with android so that wouldn't make much sense. But why else would Blackberry want to get into the android market?

I don't pretend to be an expert on Blackberry so perhaps I'm missing some crucial piece of info, but your article intrigued be enough to look deeper at Blackberry as a potential buy.

Chris Lau 4 years ago Author's comment

I will need to consult some BB Admins on the technical feasibility of taking Turing's approach to security and merging it with that of QNX/BB10. Otherwise, the idea is about having an entirely new line that's all about android and has the security no other phone has. Unbelievable that no one cares much about security when there's all the hacking going on and lack of privacy. One other minor critique on Turing phone is the specifications. It's low/mid, and BBRY's implementation of android should be the tier 1 components right from the start.

Dan Jackson 4 years ago Member's comment

Actually there's been a lot of talk that the BlackBerry Venice will be an android powered phone. Should be exciting to see how it all plays out.

Duanne Johnson 4 years ago Member's comment

Excellent analysis on $BBRY. I've been skeptical that BlackBerry could rebound but I believe you right that now is the time to buy. I also like your idea of giving chat to BlackBerry users for free while charging others.