Research In Motion has published quarterly results for the first three months of its current financial year, which ended on 2nd June. It shipped 7.8 million BlackBerry smartphones and 260,000 BlackBerry PlayBook tablets in the quarter.
Revenue was $2.8 billion (£1.8 billion), down 33% from the previous quarter and down 43% from the same quarter in 2012. The company reported a net quarterly loss of $518 million.
In addition to the financial figures, RIM says its BlackBerry 10 smartphone launch has been pushed back to early 2013 and said it’ll be reducing its workforce by approximately 5,000 employees.
Thorsten Heins, President and CEO of RIM, said “Our first quarter results reflect the market challenges I have outlined since my appointment as CEO at the end of January. I am not satisfied with these results and continue to work aggressively with all areas of the organization and the Board to implement meaningful changes to address the challenges, including a thoughtful realignment of resources and honing focus within the Company on areas that have the greatest opportunities.”
“Our top priority going forward is the successful launch of our first BlackBerry 10 device, which we now anticipate will occur in the first quarter of calendar 2013. In parallel with the roll out of BlackBerry 10, we are aggressively working with our advisors on our strategic review and are actively evaluating ways to better leverage our assets and build on our strengths, including our growing BlackBerry subscriber base of approximately 78 million, our large enterprise installed base, our unique network architecture and our industry leading security capabilities.”