BlackBerry to Face Tough Questions at Annual Meeting Next Week

Posted by Rob Lewis

BlackBerry disappointed shareholders with an abysmal quarterly earnings report late last month. This means the Canadian smartphone maker is apt to face tough questions from unhappy investors during its annual meeting next week.

The Waterloo smartphone pioneer posted $3.1 billion in revenue but lost $84 million. The stock plummeted more than 27% in trading following the report and now sits in single digit territory, down from $14 last month and $140 in 2008.

There is a renewed demand for BlackBerry to sell all or part of the company, including its patent portfolio. However, government officials have said they would thouroughly review any foreign company attempting to acquire all or part of BlackBerry.

BlackBerry says it intends to stick to its current strategy.

“We stay the course. This is the course that management has created and it is course that the board has accepted,” chief executive officer Thorsten Heins told Reuters. “This is a year of investment. We have managed our cash carefully and prudently, and we now have the funds to invest, so this is the ‘create the future’ year.

Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, Hudson Square Research, Needham, Citi, Jefferies, and Credit Suisse all downgraded their views of BlackBerry recently.

“We fear enterprise and consumer opinion of BB10 could have been materially harmed by Friday’s earnings, which if left unaddressed, could negatively influence the actual performance of the business,” a Morgan Stanley analyst was quoted as saying in the Wall Street Journal.

“Despite the significant post-earnings reaction, we continue to see further downside,” a Credit Suisse analyst wrote.

One Needham analyst targeted the devices themselves in his report, claiming neither the Q10 or Z10 possesses a "wow factor" and affirming that "BlackBerrys are no match for iPhones and Androids."

Some analysts now believe BlackBerry shares will drop to as little as $6, an all-time low.

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