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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="- Total company non-GAAP revenue of $280 million , or 23% growth year-over-year; total company GAAP revenue of $267 million , or 18% growth year-over-year” data-reactid=”11″>- Total company non-GAAP revenue of $280 million , or 23% growth year-over-year; total company GAAP revenue of $267 million , or 18% growth year-over-year

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="- Total non-GAAP Software and Services revenue of $275 million , or 26% growth year-over-year; total GAAP Software and Services revenue of $262 million , or 21% growth year-over-year; both are record quarterly highs” data-reactid=”12″>- Total non-GAAP Software and Services revenue of $275 million , or 26% growth year-over-year; total GAAP Software and Services revenue of $262 million , or 21% growth year-over-year; both are record quarterly highs

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WATERLOO, Ontario , Dec. 20, 2019 /CNW/ — BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today reported financial results for the three months ended November 30, 2019 (all figures in U.S. dollars and U.S. GAAP, except where otherwise indicated).

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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Third Quarter Fiscal 2020 Results” data-reactid=”36″>Third Quarter Fiscal 2020 Results

  • Total company non-GAAP revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2020 was $280 million , up 23% year-over-year. Total company GAAP revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2020 was $267 million , up 18% year-over-year. Total non-GAAP software and services revenue was $275 million , up 26% year-over-year. Total GAAP software and services revenue was $262 million , up 21% year-over-year. Third quarter recurring non-GAAP software and services revenue (excluding IP licensing and professional services) was over 90%. Non-GAAP gross margin was 77% and GAAP gross margin was 74%.
  • Total company non-GAAP operating earnings was $20 million . Total company GAAP operating loss was $29 million . Non-GAAP earnings per share was $0.03 (basic and diluted). GAAP net loss was $0.06 per basic share and $0.07 per diluted share. GAAP net loss includes $35 million for acquired intangibles amortization expense, $15 million in stock compensation expense, $10 million in restructuring charges, a benefit of $20 million related to the fair value adjustment on the debentures, and other amounts as summarized in a table below.
  • Total cash, cash equivalents, short-term and long-term investments was $970 million as of November 30, 2019 . Free cash flow generated, before considering the impact of acquisition and integration expenses, restructuring costs and legal proceedings, was $41 million . Cash generated from operations was $40 million and capital expenditures were $3 million .

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content=""BlackBerry achieved sequential growth in revenue across all of our software businesses while generating healthy non-GAAP profitability and free cash flow as we continue to invest in our future," said John Chen , Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry.&nbsp; "I am pleased with our progress.&nbsp; Our pipeline is growing as we deliver against our product roadmap and execute on our go-to-market expansion." ” data-reactid=”43″>“BlackBerry achieved sequential growth in revenue across all of our software businesses while generating healthy non-GAAP profitability and free cash flow as we continue to invest in our future,” said John Chen , Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry.  “I am pleased with our progress.  Our pipeline is growing as we deliver against our product roadmap and execute on our go-to-market expansion.”

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BlackBerry will provide fiscal year 2020 outlook in connection with the quarterly earnings announcement on its earnings conference call.&nbsp; The earnings call transcript will be made available on our website and on SEDAR.” data-reactid=”44″>Outlook
BlackBerry will provide fiscal year 2020 outlook in connection with the quarterly earnings announcement on its earnings conference call.  The earnings call transcript will be made available on our website and on SEDAR.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Reconciliation of GAAP revenue, gross margin, gross margin percentage, income (loss) before income taxes, net income (loss) and basic earnings (loss) per share to Non-GAAP revenue, gross margin, gross margin percentage, income before income taxes, net income and basic earnings per share for the three months ended November 30, 2019 :” data-reactid=”45″>Reconciliation of GAAP revenue, gross margin, gross margin percentage, income (loss) before income taxes, net income (loss) and basic earnings (loss) per share to Non-GAAP revenue, gross margin, gross margin percentage, income before income taxes, net income and basic earnings per share for the three months ended November 30, 2019 :

Q3 Fiscal 2020 Non-GAAP Adjustments

For the Three Months Ended November 30, 2019

(in millions, except for per share amounts)

Income statement
location

Revenue

Gross
margin
(before taxes)

Gross margin %
(before
taxes)

Income (loss)
before
income taxes

Net income
(loss)

Basic earnings
(loss) per
share

As reported

$

267

$

198

74.2

%

$

(30)

$

(32)

$

(0.06)

Debentures fair value adjustment (2)

Debentures fair value adjustment

%

(20)

(20)

Restructuring charges (3)

Cost of sales

3

1.1

%

3

3

Restructuring charges (3)

Selling, marketing and administration

%

7

7

Software deferred revenue acquired (4)

Revenue

13

13

1.1

%

13

13

Software deferred commission expense acquired (5)

Selling, marketing and administration

%

(4)

(4)

Stock compensation expense (6)

Cost of sales

1

0.4

%

1

1

Stock compensation expense (6)

Research and development

%

4

4

Stock compensation expense (6)

Selling, marketing and administration

%

10

10

Acquired intangibles amortization (7)

Amortization

%

35

35

Adjusted

$

280

$

215

76.8

%

$

19

$

17

$

0.03

Note: Non-GAAP revenue, non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP gross margin percentage, non-GAAP income before income taxes, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP basic earnings per share do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and thus are not comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other issuers. The Company believes that the presentation of these non-GAAP measures enables the Company and its shareholders to better assess the Company’s operating results relative to its operating results in prior periods and improves the comparability of the information presented. Investors should consider these non-GAAP measures in the context of the Company’s GAAP results.

(1)

During the third quarter of fiscal 2020, the Company reported GAAP gross margin of $198 million or 74.2% of revenue. Excluding the impact of stock compensation expense and restructuring charges included in cost of sales and software deferred revenue acquired included in revenue, non-GAAP gross margin was $215 million, or 76.8% of revenue.

(2)

During the third quarter of fiscal 2020, the Company recorded the Q3 Fiscal 2020 Debentures Fair Value Adjustment of $20 million. This adjustment was presented on a separate line in the Consolidated Statements of Operations.

(3)

During the third quarter of fiscal 2020, the Company incurred restructuring charges of approximately $10 million, of which $3 million was included in cost of sales and $7 million was included selling, marketing and administration expense.

(4)

During the third quarter of fiscal 2020, the Company recorded software deferred revenue acquired but not recognized due to business combination accounting rules of $13 million, which was included in BlackBerry Cylance revenue.

(5)

During the third quarter of fiscal 2020, the Company recorded deferred commission expense acquired but not recognized due to business combination accounting rules of approximately of $4 million.

(6)

During the third quarter of fiscal 2020, the Company recorded stock compensation expense of $15 million, of which $1 million was included in cost of sales, $4 million was included in research and development, and $10 million was included in selling, marketing and administration expense.

(7)

During the third quarter of fiscal 2020, the Company recorded amortization of intangible assets acquired through business combinations of $35 million, which was included in amortization expense.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Supplementary Geographic Revenue Breakdown” data-reactid=”51″>Supplementary Geographic Revenue Breakdown

BlackBerry Limited

(United States dollars, in millions)

Revenue by Region

For the Quarters Ended

November 30, 2019

August 31, 2019

May 31, 2019

February 28, 2019

November 30, 2018

North America

$

188

70.4

%

$

179

73.4

%

$

160

64.8

%

$

176

69.0

%

$

151

66.8

%

Europe, Middle East and Africa

60

22.5

%

47

19.3

%

61

24.7

%

61

23.9

%

56

24.8

%

Other regions

19

7.1

%

18

7.3

%

26

10.5

%

18

7.1

%

19

8.4

%

Total

$

267

100.0

%

$

244

100.0

%

$

247

100.0

%

$

255

100.0

%

$

226

100.0

%

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BlackBerry Limited

(United States dollars, in millions)

Revenue by Product and Service Type

U.S. GAAP

Adjustments

Non-GAAP

For the Three Months Ended

For the Three Months Ended

For the Three Months Ended

November 30,
2019

November 30,
2018

November 30,
2019

November 30,
2018

November 30,
2019

November 30,
2018

IoT

$

145

$

148

$

$

2

$

145

$

150

BlackBerry Cylance

40

1

13

53

1

Licensing

77

68

77

68

Other

5

9

5

9

Total

$

267

$

226

$

13

$

2

$

280

$

228

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A conference call and live webcast will be held today beginning at 8 a.m. ET , which can be accessed by dialing 1- 877-682-6267 or by logging on at BlackBerry.com/Investors. A replay of the conference call will also be available at approximately 11 a.m. ET by dialing 1-800-585-8367 and entering Conference ID #9608207 and at the link above.” data-reactid=”57″>Conference Call and Webcast
A conference call and live webcast will be held today beginning at 8 a.m. ET , which can be accessed by dialing 1- 877-682-6267 or by logging on at BlackBerry.com/Investors. A replay of the conference call will also be available at approximately 11 a.m. ET by dialing 1-800-585-8367 and entering Conference ID #9608207 and at the link above.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="About BlackBerry
BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) is a trusted security software and services company that provides enterprises and governments with the technology they need to secure the Internet of Things. Based in Waterloo, Ontario , the company is unwavering in its commitment to safety, cybersecurity and data privacy, and leads in key areas such as artificial intelligence, endpoint security and management, encryption and embedded systems. For more information, visit BlackBerry.com and follow @BlackBerry.” data-reactid=”58″>About BlackBerry
BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) is a trusted security software and services company that provides enterprises and governments with the technology they need to secure the Internet of Things. Based in Waterloo, Ontario , the company is unwavering in its commitment to safety, cybersecurity and data privacy, and leads in key areas such as artificial intelligence, endpoint security and management, encryption and embedded systems. For more information, visit BlackBerry.com and follow @BlackBerry.

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BlackBerry Investor Relations
+1-519-888-7465
investor_relations@blackberry.com

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This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of certain securities laws, including under the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities laws, including statements regarding: BlackBerry’s plans, strategies and objectives including the anticipated benefits of its strategic initiatives and its intentions to expand and enhance its product and service offerings.

The words “expect”, “anticipate”, “estimate”, “may”, “will”, “should”, “could”, “intend”, “believe”, “target”, “plan” and similar expressions are intended to identify these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by BlackBerry in light of its experience, historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that BlackBerry believes are appropriate in the circumstances. Many factors could cause BlackBerry’s actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including the following risks: BlackBerry’s ability to enhance, develop, introduce or monetize products and services for the enterprise market in a timely manner with competitive pricing, features and performance; BlackBerry’s ability to maintain or expand its customer base for its software and services offerings to grow revenue or achieve sustained profitability; the intense competition faced by BlackBerry; the occurrence or perception of a breach of BlackBerry’s network or product security measures or an inappropriate disclosure of confidential or personal information could significantly harm its business; risks related to BlackBerry’s continuing ability to attract new personnel, retain existing key personnel and manage its staffing effectively; BlackBerry’s dependence on its relationships with resellers and channel partners; risks related to acquisitions, divestitures, investments and other business initiatives, which may negatively affect BlackBerry’s results of operations; risks related to BlackBerry’s products and services being dependent upon interoperability with rapidly changing systems provided by third parties; the risk that failure to protect BlackBerry’s intellectual property could harm its ability to compete effectively and BlackBerry may not earn the revenues it expects from intellectual property rights; the risk that BlackBerry could be found to have infringed on the intellectual property rights of others; the risk that litigation against BlackBerry may result in adverse outcomes; risks related to the use and management of user data and personal information, which could give rise to liabilities as a result of legal, customer and other third-party requirements; BlackBerry’s ability to obtain rights to use third-party software; the risk that network disruptions or other business interruptions could have a material adverse effect on BlackBerry’s business and harm its reputation; BlackBerry’s ability to generate revenue and profitability through the licensing of security software and services or the BlackBerry brand to device manufacturers; the substantial asset risk faced by BlackBerry, including the potential for charges related to its long-lived assets and goodwill; risks related to BlackBerry’s indebtedness, which could adversely affect its operating flexibility and financial condition; risks related to government regulations applicable to BlackBerry’s products and services, including products containing encryption capabilities, which could negatively impact BlackBerry’s business; risks related to foreign operations, including fluctuations in foreign currencies; risks associated with any errors in BlackBerry’s products and services, which can be difficult to remedy and could have a material adverse effect on BlackBerry’s business; risks related to the failure of BlackBerry’s suppliers, subcontractors, channel partners and representatives to use acceptable ethical business practices or to comply with applicable laws, which could negatively impact BlackBerry’s business; BlackBerry’s reliance on third parties to manufacture and repair its hardware products; risks related to the Company’s success in fostering an ecosystem of third-party application developers; risks related to regulations regarding health and safety, hazardous materials usage and conflict minerals, and to product certification risks; risks related to tax provision changes, the adoption of new tax legislation or exposure to additional tax liabilities, which could materially impact BlackBerry’s financial condition; risks related to the fluctuation of BlackBerry’s quarterly revenue and operating results; the volatility of the market price of BlackBerry’s common shares; and risks related to adverse economic and geopolitical conditions, which may negatively affect BlackBerry.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="These risk factors and others relating to BlackBerry are discussed in greater detail in BlackBerry's Annual Information Form, which is included in its Annual Report on Form 40-F and the "Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" section of BlackBerry's MD&amp;A (copies of which filings may be obtained at www.sedar.com or www.sec.gov). All of these factors should be considered carefully, and readers should not place undue reliance on BlackBerry’s forward-looking statements. Any statements that are forward-looking statements are intended to enable BlackBerry’s shareholders to view the anticipated performance and prospects of BlackBerry from management’s perspective at the time such statements are made, and they are subject to the risks that are inherent in all forward-looking statements, as described above, as well as difficulties in forecasting BlackBerry’s financial results and performance for future periods, particularly over longer periods, given changes in technology and BlackBerry’s business strategy, evolving industry standards, intense competition and short product life cycles that characterize the industries in which BlackBerry operates. BlackBerry has no intention and undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.” data-reactid=”67″>These risk factors and others relating to BlackBerry are discussed in greater detail in BlackBerry’s Annual Information Form, which is included in its Annual Report on Form 40-F and the “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” section of BlackBerry’s MD&A (copies of which filings may be obtained at www.sedar.com or www.sec.gov). All of these factors should be considered carefully, and readers should not place undue reliance on BlackBerry’s forward-looking statements. Any statements that are forward-looking statements are intended to enable BlackBerry’s shareholders to view the anticipated performance and prospects of BlackBerry from management’s perspective at the time such statements are made, and they are subject to the risks that are inherent in all forward-looking statements, as described above, as well as difficulties in forecasting BlackBerry’s financial results and performance for future periods, particularly over longer periods, given changes in technology and BlackBerry’s business strategy, evolving industry standards, intense competition and short product life cycles that characterize the industries in which BlackBerry operates. BlackBerry has no intention and undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.

BlackBerry Limited

Incorporated under the Laws of Ontario

(United States dollars, in millions except share and per share amounts) (unaudited)

Consolidated Statements of Operations

For the Three Months Ended

For the Nine Months Ended

November 30,
2019

August 31,
2019

November 30,
2018

November 30,
2019

November 30,
2018

Revenue

$

267

$

244

$

226

$

758

$

649

Cost of sales

69

68

56

207

157

Gross margin

198

176

170

551

492

Gross margin %

74.2

%

72.1

%

75.2

%

72.7

%

75.8

%

Operating expenses

Research and development

66

62

55

199

167

Selling, marketing and administration

132

132

93

385

299

Amortization

49

48

33

146

105

Debentures fair value adjustment

(20)

(23)

(69)

(71)

(111)

227

219

112

659

460

Operating income (loss)

(29)

(43)

58

(108)

32

Investment income (loss), net

(1)

2

2

13

Income (loss) before income taxes

(30)

(43)

60

(106)

45

Provision for income taxes

2

1

1

5

3

Net income (loss)

$

(32)

$

(44)

$

59

$

(111)

$

42

Earnings (loss) per share

Basic

$

(0.06)

$

(0.08)

$

0.11

$

(0.20)

$

0.08

Diluted

$

(0.07)

$

(0.10)

$

(0.01)

$

(0.27)

$

(0.09)

Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding (000s)

Basic

554,585

552,343

540,406

552,931

538,251

Diluted

615,085

612,843

600,906

613,431

598,751

Total common shares outstanding (000s)

552,132

548,336

547,084

552,132

547,084

 

BlackBerry Limited

Incorporated under the Laws of Ontario

(United States dollars, in millions) (unaudited)

Consolidated Balance Sheets

As at

November 30, 2019

February 28, 2019

Assets

Current

Cash and cash equivalents

$

515

$

548

Short-term investments

367

368

Accounts receivable, net

216

233

Other receivables

13

19

Income taxes receivable

10

9

Other current assets

58

56

1,179

1,233

Restricted cash and cash equivalents

32

34

Long-term investments

56

55

Other long-term assets

23

28

Deferred income tax assets

2

Operating lease right-of-use assets

133

Property, plant and equipment, net

76

85

Goodwill

1,459

1,463

Intangible assets, net

955

1,068

$

3,913

$

3,968

Liabilities

Current

Accounts payable

$

27

$

48

Accrued liabilities

193

192

Income taxes payable

19

17

Debentures

609

Deferred revenue, current

264

253

1,112

510

Deferred revenue, non-current

117

136

Operating lease liabilities

127

Other long-term liabilities

8

19

Long-term debentures

665

Deferred income tax liabilities

1

2

1,365

1,332

Shareholders’ equity

Capital stock and additional paid-in capital

2,742

2,688

Deficit

(157)

(32)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(37)

(20)

2,548

2,636

$

3,913

$

3,968

 

BlackBerry Limited

Incorporated under the Laws of Ontario

(United States dollars, in millions) (unaudited)

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

For the Nine Months Ended

November 30, 2019

November 30, 2018

Cash flows from operating activities

Net income (loss)

$

(111)

$

42

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash used in operating activities:

Amortization

160

116

Stock-based compensation

46

53

Non-cash consideration received from contract with a customer

(8)

Debentures fair value adjustment

(71)

(111)

Other long-term assets

2

Operating leases

(12)

Other

9

4

Net changes in working capital items:

Accounts receivable, net

17

13

Other receivables

6

46

Income taxes receivable

(1)

13

Other assets

3

(1)

Accounts payable

(21)

(14)

Income taxes payable

2

(1)

Accrued liabilities

(24)

(57)

Deferred revenue

(10)

(23)

Other long-term liabilities

7

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

(8)

82

Cash flows from investing activities

Acquisition of long-term investments

(1)

(2)

Proceeds on sale or maturity of long-term investments

2

Acquisition of property, plant and equipment

(9)

(14)

Proceeds on sale of property, plant and equipment

1

Acquisition of intangible assets

(24)

(24)

Business acquisitions, net of cash acquired

1

Acquisition of short-term investments

(829)

(2,754)

Proceeds on sale or maturity of short-term investments

830

2,962

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

(32)

171

Cash flows from financing activities

Issuance of common shares

8

5

Finance lease liability

(2)

Net cash provided by financing activities

6

5

Effect of foreign exchange loss on cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, and restricted cash equivalents

(1)

(3)

Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, and restricted cash equivalents during the period

(35)

255

Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, and restricted cash equivalents, beginning of period

582

855

Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, and restricted cash equivalents, end of period

$

547

$

1,110

As at

November 30, 2019

February 28, 2019

Cash and cash equivalents

$

515

$

548

Restricted cash and cash equivalents

$

32

$

34

Short-term investments

$

367

$

368

Long-term investments

$

56

$

55

 

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The Big Five Banks is a term used in Canada to describe the five largest banks: Royal Bank, The Bank of Montreal, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, The Bank of Nova Scotia, and TD Canada Trust.

Occasionally, the term “Big Six Banks” is used, with the sixth bank referring to the National Bank of Canada. As of March 2008, the Big Six Banks and Laurentian Bank of Canada are the largest banks in Canada. The Five Big Banks hold over $100 billion in assets, and they are all based in Toronto. World Atlas provides the following data on each of the Big Five Banks.

1. Royal Bank of Canada

The Royal Bank of Canada is the largest of the Big Five with respect to net revenue (C$12.431 billion in 2018) and capitalization (C$150.35 billion as of early 2020). The Royal Bank of Canada has over 16 million clients worldwide, over 74,000 full-time employees and over 1,300 branches. Founded in 1864 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the bank financed the lumber and timber industries. It was known as the Merchants Bank of Halifax. The Royal Bank of Canada gives 1% of its income to charity.

2. Toronto-Dominion Bank

The second-largest bank in Canada, the Toronto-Dominion Bank has the most assets, which are valued at C$1.4 trillion as of July 2019. This bank has over 22 million clients worldwide, 85,000 full-time employees and over 1,100 branches. The bank was the result of a merger of the Bank of Toronto and the Dominion Bank in 1955.

3. Bank of Nova Scotia

The Bank of Nova Scotia, or Scotiabank, is the next largest bank in Canada with assets valued at C$998 billion as of late 2019, the revenue of C$28.8 billion in 2018 and capitalization of C$87.55 billion. The bank has over 23 million customers worldwide, 89,000 full-time employees and over 1,000 branches in Canada. This bank offers to trade on both the New York and Toronto Stock Exchanges.

Also founded in Halifax, Nova Scotia—this one in 1832—the bank moved its headquarters to Toronto in 1900 to improve the transAtlantic trade industry.

4. Bank of Montreal

The Bank of Montreal is the fourth largest Canadian bank with C$852.2 billion worth of assets in late 2019, the revenue of C$22.8 billion and capitalization of C$64.81 billion as of early 2020. The bank has over 7 million clients in Canada and 939 branches. The bank has over 47,000 employees. It was founded in 1817 and is the oldest bank in Canada. Throughout crises such as World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, and the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, the Bank has consistently met dividend payments.

5. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce has C$597 billion in assets, the revenue of C$17.834 billion for 2018, and capitalization of C$48.01 billion. The bank has over 11 million clients worldwide, 1,100 branches in Canada and over 44,000 full-time employees worldwide. The bank was formed in 1961 when the Canadian Bank of Commerce and the Imperial Bank of Canada merged.

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U.S. lawmakers press GM CEO on California emissions

General Motors Chief Executive Mary Barra faced questions from U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday on a workers’ vote at a company plant in Mexico and the company’s support for emissions reductions.

Barra met with House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other senior Democrats on Capitol Hill, and touted the company’s decision announced earlier in the day to boost spending on electric and autonomous vehicles to $35 billion through 2025.

“We’re committed to an all-EV future,” Barra said in brief comments to Reuters after the meeting. “We had a lot of conversations about a lot of things that we can do to enable EV adoption.”

Until November, GM backed the Trump administration’s effort to block California from setting tougher emissions standards than the federal government.

Pelosi had expressed disappointment with GM’s support for Republican President Donald Trump’s position on the emissions rules, a source briefed on the matter said, and she urged GM to work with California and the Biden administration to reach the strongest possible vehicle emissions standards.

The administration of Democratic President Joe Biden is set to unveil revised vehicle emissions rules in July.

GM said last week it backs emissions reductions outlined in a 2019 deal struck between California and other major automakers, but wants the federal government to endorse changes to speed the adoption of electric vehicles.

Barra also faced questions about a delayed worker vote at a GM plant in Silao, Mexico.

Mexico’s Labor Ministry scrapped an initial union-led vote in April, citing “serious irregularities,” and later ordered the GM union to hold a new ballot within 30 days of its May 11 statement. No vote has been scheduled

The U.S. Trade Representative’s Office in May asked Mexico to review potential labor abuses at the Silao plant under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

Last month, U.S. Representatives Dan Kildee, Bill Pascrell and Earl Blumenauer, all Democrats, pressed GM to answer questions about potential abuses in Mexico.

“We want to see some real demonstration of embracing the labor standards in Mexico — more than compliance,” Kildee told Reuters after the meeting. “The situation in Silao — I raised that with Mary — that’s a problem.”

The Democrats urged GM to commit to providing workers with physical copies of the contract, publicly posting contracts and to meet other requirements.

Kildee offered additional steps GM could take to support workers and meet USMCA requirements, and the three lawmakers followed up with a written list of suggested actions, congressional aides said.

The suggestions “would be tangible demonstrations of GM’s commitment to lead on compliance with the new labor standards,” Kildee told Reuters.

Earlier Wednesday, some House lawmakers on a trade panel, including Kildee, had a virtual meeting with Mexico’s ambassador to the United States in which the GM labor issued was raised.

 

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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Presenting Your Professional Experience: Numbers Are Your Friends

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B.C. has met its goal of hiring more than 1200 contact tracers

Numbers rule the business world—revenue, headcount, process time, value increase, number of clients, inventory count, profit margin, credit rating, customer satisfaction score. Numbers indicate and measure success or failure, whether a business activity is positive or negative to the bottom line. You’d be hard-pressed to find a business decision made without some factoring in of “the numbers,” be it stats, cost, the potential return on investment.

 

Hiring is a business decision.

 

To make a strong case for yourself (Envision your selling features.) throughout your resume use numbers, the language of business, to quantify your results and establish yourself as someone who can bring value to an employer. Using numbers shows you understand how companies operate and that they exist to make a profit. Most importantly, using results-achieved numbers displays your value.

 

Which job seeker displays better value?

 

Candidate 1: Duties included taking field measurements and maintaining records, setting up and tracking project using Microsoft Project.

 

Candidate 2: Spearheaded the Hazzard County water decontamination project, finishing $125,000 under budget due to a 25% decrease in staff allocation time.

 

Which job seeker gives a clearer picture of their responsibilities?

 

Candidate 1: Supervised team leaders.

 

Candidate 2: Supervised 3 team leaders, collectively responsible for 40 CSRs answering 1,750 – 2,500 calls daily.

 

Which job seeker shows their work ethic?

 

Candidate 1: Completed first editing pass on articles.

 

Candidate 2: Reviewed and evaluated 50 – 75 articles per week, deciding whether to reject the article, forward it to the editorial team, or send it back to the author with revision suggestions.

 

Information quantified means something. Information not quantified is just an opinion. Most resumes are just a list of opinions, thus quantifying your professional experience will set you apart from your competition.

 

TIP: Always use bullets, not paragraphs, to describe your professional experiences.

 

For each position you list on your resume, ask yourself:

 

  • Did I increase my employer’s revenue? How?
  • Did I save my employer money?
  • Did I save time?
  • Was my boss(es), colleagues, staff, customers, vendors, and leadership team members happier because of me?
  • How did I contribute to improving my employer’s business?

 

When answering these questions, quantify (percentage, range, monetary, frequency, before/after comparison, ratio). Creating a resume that WOWs requires filling it with quantified results-rich statements.

 

  • Reduced customer complaints by 47% by implementing a formal feedback system.
  • Improved product delivery time 22% after assigning clarified monthly job tasks to team members.
  • In 2020, grew revenue 33%, and improved gross margin by 22%, by standardizing business operating procedures.
  • Produced $1.75M in cost-savings after renegotiating the company’s supply and service contracts (14 vendors).
  • Built sales organization from the ground up, hiring and training 15 sales representatives within 6 months.
  • In 2019, generated over $7.25M in additional revenue by identifying, pursuing, and securing 4 new international contracts.

 

As I mentioned a few columns back, your resume must clearly and succinctly answer one question: How did you add or bring value to your employers? When it comes to answering this question, numbers are your friends.

 

Something to keep in mind: The king of numbers, the only metric in business that matters, the one that keeps a business alive and profitable, is revenue. As much as possible, throughout your resume and cover letter, demonstrate the results you’ve achieved that were added value to your employer’s financial success.

 

Don’t write on your resume what’s become a cliche, “result-oriented.” Don’t write it on your LinkedIn profile. Don’t say it during an interview. Show your results! “In 2017, I increased sales by 29% by creating upsell opportunities for my 8-member sales team to offer.”

 

Additional tips when bulleting your professional experience:

 

  • Employment dates need to be month/year. Only indicating years is a red flag you’re trying to cover up employment gaps.
  • Under 2 Lines. Your bullets shouldn’t be more than 2 lines.
  • The first 5 – 8 words are critical. When skimming a resume, the reader will likely read the first few words of a bullet then, unless their interest is piqued, move on to the next bullet. The first few words need to be captivating.

 

Next week I’ll cover presenting your education, skills, and certifications. These need to demonstrate your career path, not that you simply attended classes.

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Nick Kossovan, a well-seasoned veteran of the corporate landscape, offers advice on searching for a job. You can send him your questions at artoffindingwork@gmail.com.

 

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