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Motion’s (RIM) worldwide handset sales grew by 41.9 percent in its fiscal
fourth quarter to 14.9 million and by more than 43 percent in fiscal 2011 to a
record 52.3 million, the company reported.
RIM said it remained the No. 1 selling
smartphone brand in the United States, Canada and Latin America. Worldwide,
however, RIM’s fourth-quarter shipments of 14.9 million were slightly behind
the 16.2 million iPhones sold by Apple in its fourth quarter ending December.
For the quarter ending Feb. 26 and for the full
fiscal year, RIM’s revenues, operating income and net income rose at
double-digit percentage rates. Gross margins, on the other hand, fell to 44.2
percent in the quarter from the year-ago 45.7 percent but grew in the full
fiscal year to 44.3 percent from 44 percent.
Total revenues grew 36 percent in
the fiscal fourth quarter to $5.6 billion compared with the year-ago period and
grew 33 percent in the fiscal year to $19.9 billion.
Operating income rose 22.5
percent in the quarter to $1.24 billion and for the year by 43.2 percent to
Net income rose 31.5 percent in the quarter to
$934 million and by 38.8 percent for the year to $3.41 billion.
For 2012’s first quarter ending
May 28, RIM forecasts revenues of $5.2 billion to $5.6 billion, well above
first-quarter 2011’s revenues of more than $4 billion, but the sales could
potentially be lower on a sequential basis for the first time in eight
quarters, company records show.
The company also projects a dip
in gross margins in the first quarter to about 41.5 percent from the fourth
quarter’s 44.2 percent, reflecting a shift in handset mix toward lower-priced
products and an increased investment in research, development, sales and
marketing related to the company’s tablet initiatives. The revenue-guidance
range is slightly wider than normal, the company said, because of the potential
supply-chain disruption caused by the Japan earthquake.