RIM Surges on Higher-Than-Expected Earnings

by Alyssa Oursler | September 28, 2012 9:45 am

It’s never a good sign when a company beats expectations but still posts a loss.

Or when a company surges on such news … but is still in the red nearly 50% year-to-date.

But that’s exactly what’s happening to crumbling tech company[1] Research in Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM[2]).

In its earnings report yesterday, it announced that it only lost $235 million and brought in revenue of $2.9 billion. That made for a loss of 27 cents per share, while analysts had been bracing for a whopping 47 cents per share in the red.

Wall Street had also been expecting sales of only $2.47 billion. And so, shares of RIMM opened up 12%.

The company also surprised investors this week by announcing around 2 million new subscribers[3].

Still, the stock has been on a downward trend thanks to the Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL[4]) iPhone 5 release, along with its sliding market share and phone sales.

In fact, despite the higher-than-expected ‘earnings,’ the company still saw a 30% drop in smartphones shipped from last quarter, and a 40% fall year-over-year.

The company is betting on the release of its Blackberry 10 — now slated for 2013 — to turn that trend around.

There is also chatter than Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ[5]) could be eyeing the company for an acquisition[6].

  1. crumbling tech company: http://investorplace.com/2012/09/rimm-good-fortune-is-all-tapped-out/
  2. RIMM: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=RIMM
  3. 2 million new subscribers: http://investorplace.com/2012/09/rim-manages-to-add-2m-subscribers-attempts-comeback/
  4. AAPL: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=AAPL
  5. HPQ: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=HPQ
  6. eyeing the company for an acquisition: http://investorplace.com/2012/09/happy-belated-anniversary-meg-whitman-hpq/

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