BlackBerry tops $9 as Street cheers EPS/cash flow improvement

|About: BlackBerry Ltd. (BBRY)|By:, SA News Editor

"The short trade is over in this name for now - for now," says BGC's Colin Gillis after taking stock of BlackBerry's (BBRY +11.2%) FQ1 numbers. "They've got enough liquidity, (and) they've given us clear profitability targets."

Cowen's Timothy Arcuri likes the bottom-line improvement, as well as BlackBerry's gross margin expansion and better-than-expected services numbers. "We still see BES 12 transition as the key to sustained LT growth, but current momentum will certainly resonate with investors."

Services revenue, affected by BB10-related consumer price cuts, fell to 54% of revenue in FQ1 from 56% in FQ4. Hardware rose to 39% from 37%, and software/other was steady at 7%.

On the CC, John Chen mentioned early sales of BlackBerry's $200 Z3 phone (5", touch-only, launched in Indonesia) have been strong, and that inventory has run low at times. FQ1 end-user phone purchases of 2.6M were down from FQ4's 3.4M and FQ3's 4.3M.

Job cuts at work: SG&A spend fell 41% Y/Y to $400M, and R&D spend 34% to $237M. 19% of the float was shorted as of May 30.

Earlier: FQ1 results, details