BlackBerry has posted a loss of $207m for its second quarter 2015 financial results, as revenues also fell to $916m. The company also claimed to have had 200,000 preorders for its new square Passport smartphone.
CEO John Chen also revealed on an earnings call discussing the results that BES 12 will launch on 13 November and that there are already a number of Fortune 500 companies beta-testing the service.
The revenue figure of $916m was down from $966m in the previous quarter and $1.6bn in the same period last year. The loss was also a return to recent form, after a surprise $23m profit last quarter.
The loss of $207m was an improvement on the same period last year, though, when BlackBerry lost almost $1bn.
The revenue of $961m was split between 46 percent hardware, 46 percent services and eight percent software. Hardware sales of smartphones were 2.1 million, while BlackBerry also revealed that there are 91 million BlackBerry Messenger users.
This is an extra of six percent over the previous quarter, Chen added. BlackBerry also revealed that the sale of real estate in Canada helped net the company an extra $56m in cash.
Chen said he was confident the company is heading in the right direction and said he expected software revenues to double in the next financial year.
“Our workforce restructuring is now complete, and we are focusing on revenue growth with judicious investments to further our leadership position in enterprise mobility and security, driving us towards profitability during FY16."
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