RIM shares fall on lower outlook, job cuts

Shares in Research In Motion (RIM) plunged in after-hours trading Thursday after the BlackBerry maker lowered its outlook and announced plans to cut jobs.

Shares in the Waterloo, Ontario-based company tumbled 14.04 percent to $30.35 in electronic trading after the close of Wall Street.

The Canadian handset maker posted a net profit of $695 million, or $1.33 per share, in the first quarter of its 2012 fiscal year, compared with $769 million, or $1.38 per share, a year ago.

RIM, which is facing increased competition from Apple’s iPhone and mobile phones running Google’s Android software, said revenue grew 16 percent to $4.9 billion, short of the $5.1 billion expected by Wall Street analysts.

RIM said it shipped 13.2 million BlackBerry smartphones during the quarter, down from 14.9 million last quarter, and 500,000 of its new BlackBerry Playbook tablet computers, RIM’s answer to Apple’s iPad.

RIM said it would begin cutting jobs in the second quarter as part of a plan to “streamline operations across the organization.” It did not say how many jobs would be eliminated.

“Fiscal 2012 has gotten off to a challenging start,” RIM co-chief executive Jim Balsillie said in a statement.

“The slowdown we saw in the first quarter is continuing into the second quarter, and delays in new product introductions into the very late part of August is leading to a lower than expected outlook in the second quarter.”… Read More [via google]

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