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Research In Motion Rushes Ahead: Fool by Numbers

On June 28, BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (Nasdaq: RIMM  ) released first-quarter 2008 earnings for the period ended June 2, 2007.

  • Yowza! That's one spicy quarter. RIM managed to beat its own estimates by a very comfortable margin on both the top and bottom lines, despite a significant slip in gross margin.

  • Cost controls and aggressive share buybacks neutralized that threat before it reached the net income line. Fiscal discipline is always good practice.

  • Conservative accounting is another Foolish plus. In this case, that meant cash flow figures zooming past the GAAP income numbers, on the back of massive improvements in working capital balances.

(Figures in millions, except per-share data)

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Get back to basics with the income statement.

Margin Checkup

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*Expressed in percentage points.

Margins are the earnings engine.

Balance Sheet Highlights


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The balance sheet reflects the company's health.

Cash Flow Highlights

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Free cash flow is a Fool's best friend.

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Fool by Numbers is designed to give you the raw earnings information in a timely fashion, putting all the numbers you need in one easy-to-read place. But at The Motley Fool, we believe numbers tell only part of the story, so check for more of our in-depth discussion of what the numbers mean.

At the time of publication, Anders Bylund had no position in any company mentioned; nor did he own a cell phone of any kind. Fool rules are here.

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Anders Bylund

Anders Bylund is a Foolish Technology and Entertainment Specialist. Where the two markets intersect, you'll find his wheelhouse. He has been an official Fool since 2006 but a jester all his life.

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