Edited Transcript of BB.TO earnings conference call or presentation 17-Dec-20 10:30pm GMT

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Q3 2021 BlackBerry Ltd Earnings Call WATERLOO Dec 18, 2020 (Thomson StreetEvents) -- Edited Transcript of BlackBerry Ltd earnings conference call or presentation Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 10:30:00pm GMT TEXT version of Transcript ================================================================================ Corporate Participants ================================================================================ * John S. Chen BlackBerry Limited - Executive Chairman & CEO * Steve Rai BlackBerry Limited - CFO * Tim Foote ================================================================================ Conference Call Participants ================================================================================ * Daniel Chan TD Securities Equity Research - Research Analyst * Michael Walkley * Paul Michael Treiber RBC Capital Markets, Research Division - Director of Canadian Technology & Analyst * Steven Li Raymond James Ltd., Research Division - Director & Equity Research Analyst * Todd Adair Coupland CIBC Capital Markets, Research Division - MD of Institutional Equity Research * Tripatinder S. Chowdhry Global Equities Research, LLC - MD of Equity Research & Senior Analyst ================================================================================ Presentation -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Operator [1] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Good afternoon, and welcome to the BlackBerry Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2021 Results Conference Call. My name is David, and I will be your conference moderator for today's call. (Operator Instructions) As a reminder, this conference is being recorded for replay purposes. I would now like to turn today's call over to Tim Foote, BlackBerry Investor Relations. Please go ahead. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tim Foote, [2] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thank you, David. Good afternoon, and welcome to BlackBerry's Third Quarter Fiscal 2021 Earnings Conference Call. With me on the call today are Executive Chair and Chief Executive Officer, John Chen; and Chief Financial Officer, Steve Rai. After I read our cautionary note regarding forward-looking statements, John will provide a business update, and Steve will review the financial results. We will then open the call for a brief Q&A session. This call is available to the general public via call-in numbers and via webcast in the Investor Information section at blackberry.com. The replay will also be available on the blackberry.com website. As noted in our press release earlier this afternoon, slides will be shown during today's live webcast. These slides relate to the recent BlackBerry IVY announcement. For those of you not on the webcast or joining via the call-in numbers, the slides are available for you to access on the investor information section at blackberry.com. Some of the statements we'll be making today constitute forward-looking statements and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of applicable U.S. and Canadian securities laws. We will indicate forward-looking statements by using words such as expect, will, should, model, intend, believe and similar. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by the company in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments as well as other factors that the company believes are relevant. Many factors could cause the company's actual results or performance to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. These factors include the risk factors that are discussed in the company's annual filings and MD&A, including the COVID-19 pandemic. You should not place undue reliance on the company's forward-looking statements. The company has no intention and undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, except as required by law. As is customary during the call, John and Steve will reference non-GAAP numbers in a summary of our quarterly results. For a reconciliation between our GAAP and non-GAAP numbers, please see the earnings press release and supplement published earlier today, which are available on the EDGAR, SEDAR and blackberry.com websites. And with that, I'll turn the call over to John. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- John S. Chen, BlackBerry Limited - Executive Chairman & CEO [3] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thank you, Tim. Good afternoon, everybody. Today, I'd like to keep the financial and business updates relatively brief because I'd like to spend a little bit more time discussing our recent BlackBerry IVY announcement. This third fiscal quarter, we continue to build on the momentum from our second quarter, delivering results in line with our outlook we provided. We delivered sequential revenue growth both in the total Software and Services section and as well as BTS. We continue to deliver positive EPS and positive free cash flow this quarter. BlackBerry reported total revenue -- company revenue of $224 million. Software and Services revenue came in at $168 million, 1-6-8. License was $656 million. Gross margin was 70%. Earnings per share was positive $0.02. Cash generated from operation was $29 million. Total ending cash and investment at November 30 was $757 million. I'll start my business commentary with the Software and Services group. ARR was approximately $475 million. Dollar-based net retention rate was 90%. Net customer churn reduced to around 1%. Spark is the combination of -- as a reminder, is a combination of our UEM and UES, the unified endpoint security offerings. This quarter, we made good progress in both the government and financial services verticals, with customer wins, including U.S. Army, U.S. Postal Service, the IRS, the Department of Energy and Department of Justice as well as Raymond James Financials -- Raymond James Financial -- sorry, Citibank, the German Bundesbank, the Bank of India and the Government of Rwanda. In addition, we have customer wins in other verticals, including health care and manufacturing. We continue to see progress in upgrading BlackBerry UEM customer to the full Spark Suite, i.e., adding our UES suite. Example in the quarter including Deutsche Bank, Deutsche (inaudible) and multiple Ministry of the Dutch government. Significantly during the quarter, we released Blackberry Cyber Suite, our AI-powered Cyber Suite, which combines our industry-leading EPP, EDR and MDR product. It's further strengthened by the continuous authentication and the Mobile Threat Defense capabilities. This Cyber Suite is highly competitive against both traditional and the next-gen player in the cybersecurity market. This has been validated by 451 Research and other industry experts. Cyber Suite brings together the best of the BlackBerry and Cylance technology. Further, Cyber Suite will be available in version that integrate with all major UEM offerings, including Microsoft Intune, VMware's Workspace One, MobileIron as well as IBM MaaS360. This integration will allow BlackBerry to provide additional security to users of our rival UEMs. Cyber Suite has only been in the market for a month, but the early interest is strong, both in the new logo and existing customer base, with significant pipeline growth this past quarter. Cyber Suite [always] allows us to give our prospect and customer greater options for increasing their cybersecurity while protecting their UEM investment. As a result of these technology enhancement and positive customer receptivity, we will, in turn, step up our investment in sales and marketing to compete more aggressively. Before I move to BTS, I'd like to highlight the security certifications we have achieved. This quarter, BlackBerry UEM achieved the National Security Agency, NSA, Commercial Solutions for Classified Program approval. This adds to a portfolio of U.S. government certifications we have received for BlackBerry UEM, including the NIAP certification, the Department of Defense Information Network approval product list, which I think we talked about last quarter called IN-APL or -INAPL, FedRAMP FIPS 140-2. No other software vendor in the cybersecurity space has been awarded most security certification by the U.S. government than BlackBerry. BlackBerry achieving NSA certification comes at a time when most of our major competitors have been identified having vulnerabilities that are being exploited by nation state hackers. This should give our customer and prospect a higher degree of comfort about the cybersecurity protection they received from BlackBerry. Now moving on to BTS. QNX, the largest component of BTS, report sequential revenue growth. QNX remain on track to be back to its normal run rate by early next fiscal year. In the quarter, we have 17 new designs, 1-7, design wins -- sorry, 6 in auto and 11 in generally embedded market. Our expansion in the GEM continues, which, with diverse wins, including a controller system for power turbines, a next-generation satellite receiver system and a rail traffic management system from the Seoul (inaudible) subway. In auto, we have designed wins in full kinetic cars and electric vehicle. The wins included, instrument clusters, a couple of them in domain controller, a handful of them in ADAS designs, the [Advanced Driver Assist] -- sorry, the Advanced Driver Assist . Speaking of united vehicles, we are very pleased to share with you our strong position in the EV market. QNX now has design wins with 19 of the top 25 electric vehicle OEMs, which, together, had 61% of the EV market in the first half of this calendar year. We are working hard to recruit the remaining 6. Moving on to secure communication, which includes AtHoc and Secusmart. Secure communication had a strong quarter. This strength was primarily due to ongoing transition to remote working, which has been obviously greatly accelerated by the pandemic. AtHoc has some strategic wins this quarter, including the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, a rehab -- Department of Corrections and Rehab as well as the California Department of Justice. I believe that no one now can claim to power the entire state of California. Other notable renews and upsell from AtHoc in the quarter, including the United States Army, Navy as well as the Air Force as well as the Federal Aviation Administration, FAA. We also renew within the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, U.S. Department of the Energy, Treasury and Agricultural as well as the FEMA, Federal Emergency Management Agency. Finally, I want to touch on licensing. Revenue for the quarter came in at $56 million. As before, the majority of the licensing revenue comes from our IP licensing business. As I mentioned at the beginning of the call, I'd like to spend some time discussing BlackBerry IVY, which we are very excited about. Modern cars continue to generate huge amount of data. I think you all agree and know. The auto industry is not prepared to capture and create value from the analytics because these data is difficult to collect and interact with, with our very costly integrations. BlackBerry IVY's mission is to make it easy to gather, securely, transport and analyze these data in a standard and a cost-efficient way across multiple brands and models on a common platform. This will allow the developer's ecosystem to use the data to provide intelligent insights and application on a global scale. We have entered into a multiyear exclusive co-development and co-marketing agreement with AWS. This type of agreement is rare. BlackBerry and AWS engineers have been working very closely to jointly build the platform. Under the terms of our agreement, BlackBerry will own all the commercial relationships with customers and will share revenues with AWS. Each side contributes the key capabilities required. On the BlackBerry side, Blackberry QNX brings over 20 years of auto industry experience as well as relationship as well as a huge footprint of over 175 million cars. We are a trusted leader with a deep knowledge of automotive safety and security software system. AWS is the world's largest cloud provider with a vast developer community and outstanding expertise in consumer experience, interfaces as well as IoT. Combined, we're able to provide a full end-to-end platform. We expect an ecosystem of apps and services developed on the BlackBerry IVY platform over time. We will work with AWS a proven (inaudible) with successful developer communities to help drive the process. With BlackBerry IVY, we're creating a recurring revenue data business -- recurring revenue model, that is, targeting revenue on a usage as well as a subscription base. An important difference between BlackBerry IVY and competitors in this space is that we allow the OEM to own the data, and with that, the relationship with their customers. We are already in discussion with some automakers who were granted early access, and we have received positive initial feedback. The target is to be in the 2023 auto model -- 2023 year's model with possibly potentially some professional services prior to it. While it is too early for us to provide a revenue outlook, we are confident that BlackBerry IVY addresses a very large market opportunity that will greatly increase our ASP. With that, let me turn the call over to Steve to provide more details about our financial performance. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Steve Rai, BlackBerry Limited - CFO [4] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thank you, John. My comments on our financial performance for the first -- sorry, for the fiscal quarter will be in non-GAAP terms, unless otherwise noted. Please refer to the supplemental table in the press release for the GAAP and non-GAAP details. We delivered third quarter non-GAAP total company revenue of $224 million and GAAP total company revenue of $218 million. Third quarter total company gross margin was 70%. Our non-GAAP gross margin includes software deferred revenue acquired but not recognized of $6 million, and excludes stock compensation expense of $1 million. Third quarter operating expenses were $142 million. Our non-GAAP operating expenses exclude $32 million in amortization of acquired intangibles, $11 million in stock compensation expense, $4 million for software deferred commissions expense acquired and $95 million fair value adjustment on the convertible debentures, which is a noncash accounting adjustment driven by market conditions. Third quarter non-GAAP operating income was $14 million, and third quarter non-GAAP net income was $11 million. Non-GAAP earnings per share was $0.02 in the quarter. Our adjusted EBITDA was $31 million this quarter, excluding the non-GAAP adjustments previously mentioned. And I will now provide a breakdown of our revenue in the quarter. Software and Services revenue was $168 million. Software product revenue remained in the range of 80% to 85% of the total, with professional services comprising the balance. The proportion of software product revenue that is recurring was approximately 83% due to product mix. The decrease in ARR this quarter, similar to the prior quarter, is primarily due to BTS. We include QNX royalties in our ARR metric to give a total company view. We expect to see the impact of COVID on ARR normalize early next fiscal year as we return to our normal revenue run rate there. Licensing and other revenue was $56 million. Now moving to our balance sheet and cash flow performance. Total cash, cash equivalents and investments were $757 million at November 30, 2020, a decrease of $220 million during the quarter. This is mainly due to the early redemption of the $605 million of convertible debentures and issuance of $365 million of new convertible debentures on September 1. This represented a $240 million reduction in debt financing, partially offset by cash generated in the period. Our net cash position increased to $392 million at the end of the quarter. Third quarter free cash flow was $27 million, and cash generated from operations was $29 million, with capital expenditures of $2 million. That concludes my comments, and I'll now turn the call back to John. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- John S. Chen, BlackBerry Limited - Executive Chairman & CEO [5] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thank you, Steve. Before I provide our outlook for the remaining of the current fiscal year, I'd like to highlight some noteworthy partnership in addition to the BlackBerry IVY that we're very excited about. This quarter, we partnered with Zoom to provide a BlackBerry secure version of Zoom, which is highly secure way to hold virtual meetings in this new work-from-anywhere environment. It provides increased protection from corporate data leakage as well as cyber threats. In the quarter, Verizon launched their business Internet secure offering, which includes our BlackBerry Smart AV antivirus product and Cisco Umbrella security service. This new product is aimed at a rise in large number of small and medium-sized business customer. During the quarter, we announced the integration of AtHoc with both Microsoft Team and ServiceNow Now Platform. Team, as most of you know, is the market leader in collaboration software, with over 115, 1-1-5, 115 million daily active user. And the Now Platform adds 51% of the IT service management market. This integration will further enhance AtHoc's reach and the ability of enterprise to protect their assets. I'll now move on to our outlook. We continue to expect total company revenue for the year to be around $950 million, as we indicated last quarter. We expect licensing revenue will finish the fiscal year a little stronger than previously indicated. We expect revenue for BTS to continue to grow sequentially in the fourth quarter, and as we talk about, as to return to its normal run rate early next fiscal year. This quarter, we continue to make good progress. We delivered solid financial as per our outlook. We have developed exciting new business model, the recurring revenue model for QNX, as well as partnership, which Rai outlined, and we deliver industry-leading products as per our road map. With that, I'd like to turn the call over to our operator to conduct the Q&A session, please. David? ================================================================================ Questions and Answers -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Operator [1] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Operator Instructions) Our first question today will be from Daniel Chan with TD Securities. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Daniel Chan, TD Securities Equity Research - Research Analyst [2] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The -- I don't know if you guys mentioned it, but if I missed it. Did you provide a metric on the billings growth? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- John S. Chen, BlackBerry Limited - Executive Chairman & CEO [3] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- No, we did not. You sure didn't miss it, we haven't provided that. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Daniel Chan, TD Securities Equity Research - Research Analyst [4] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Okay. And then on the ARR declining, Steve, you talked about how it's declining because of BTS. Can you just remind us what you're including there from BTS and why that's causing it to drop? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- John S. Chen, BlackBerry Limited - Executive Chairman & CEO [5] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The numbers -- go ahead. Go ahead. Go ahead. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Steve Rai, BlackBerry Limited - CFO [6] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sure. So the -- our ARR is a total company metric, well, for Software and Services. The QNX part of it, we include -- it's basically a trailing 4 quarters that feed into that metric. So there is a lag affecting. So it's got the COVID impact that we've been discussing consistently, that's kind of lagged effect, making it back into the metric as we move forward and recover. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Operator [7] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Our next question comes from the line of Mike Walkley with Canaccord Genuity. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Michael Walkley, [8] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Just a question for me. Just building on IVY, lots of interest and excitement around it. I know you're not sizing it yet because it's early days, John. But as you've shared longer-term about getting to kind of ASPs into the high teens to $20 per car, how does this help close the gap if things go really well? How do you see ASP for car developing over time? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- John S. Chen, BlackBerry Limited - Executive Chairman & CEO [9] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- As I said, we don't really have all our kind of the revenue laid out yet because the earliest we'll get the revenue, I believe, is the model year 2023. So we do expect this to help close the gap in a very -- or increase ASP in a very big way. It has to do -- a lot to do with not only the base platform to collect sensor datas and analyze it over the edge and in the cloud, and OEM could then take advantage of all these sensor datas and the combination of those sensor datas to make certain decisions and either real-time or in the long term, but we're also depending a lot on how many applications could we spin up. So -- and the OEM is going to build the application. The Tier 1 will build the application using our platform, and so will other third parties. So if there are more applications, then obviously, there are more instances that could increase our ASP per vehicle. So we're very hopeful that this not only have a recurring part of it, but it's also bring us a good chunk of revenue going forward. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Michael Walkley, [10] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Okay. And just my follow-up question kind of longer-term also with BlackBerry, you guys have launched several new different software security modules. As you look at your sales force, what are they feeding back to you in terms of their ability to land and expand customers? What are they leading with? And what are some of the upsell opportunities that they're excited about with the new modules that you've launched over the last several quarters? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- John S. Chen, BlackBerry Limited - Executive Chairman & CEO [11] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Yes. So first off, on the product side, our cybersecurity suite is a very timely offering to the market because of all the hacks and the vulnerabilities going on right now. We have been invited to more cases nowadays because of the environment and the attention switch to cyber protection and other hacking that's going on out there. So for example, knock on wood, we haven't been successfully, I guess, intruded yet. That's not to say -- this is not a challenge. This is just the state of the affair at this point. So on a medium term, when we -- our sales force are very focused on upgrading all our UEM base, which accounts for -- depending on who you listen to -- in terms of analysts, industry analysts, is somewhere between 9% to 12% of the market shares of UEM space. So we are very busy upgrading that. So to sell them to UES on top of the UEM. And then very soon, and literally, we're talking in months, we will release our UES platform onto the competitor's UEM, which are Intune, MobileIron, Airwatch and IBM S/360, not only at the same time, by the way, sequentially. But we're probably going to start with Microsoft first. So that's another aspect of it. And the fact that we are -- so that part is the cybersecurity play. So that should keep us busy for the next couple of years and give us a lot of opportunities going after the market. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Michael Walkley, [12] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Perfect. And just one last question, and I'll pass the line. Just on the UES, going to other UEM platforms, what is the feedback or interest level for that? And who do you see is even able to offer those similar capabilities for the mobile market? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- John S. Chen, BlackBerry Limited - Executive Chairman & CEO [13] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The interest levels are reasonably high. I mean, I don't have a specific quantitative answer to your question. But when I speak to customers and make -- or groups of customers at the same time, they all think that makes sense, it gives them an ability to protect your current investment. Whatever UEM that they already invested in, if you're happy and comfortable with, your pros and cons on each of the vendors, but they could then use this BlackBerry security, which we believe is the best of the bunch in terms of technology, and I laid out all the certification we got from governments. And so obviously, we have the best technology in protection -- in cyber protection. So that gives them the best of both world without having to rip out the investment, which, of course, there's no big hurry to do that, even if they wanted to do it in the long term. So this helped to add value to what they have and keep their investments. So everybody is happy about, at least at that choice, to look at. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Operator [14] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Your next question comes from the line of Trip Chowdhry with Global Equities Research. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tripatinder S. Chowdhry, Global Equities Research, LLC - MD of Equity Research & Senior Analyst [15] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- John, this quarter was phenomenal, both from execution point of view and from partnership point of view, 2 strongest companies, Amazon AWS and Zoom. My question is more on the IVY platform. When do you think the developers can get a hand off of 3 alpha versions? So that the excitement in the developer community is very strong, and I was hoping that they could start capitalizing the imagination on your platform sometime in 2021. Do you think that's reasonable to expect? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- John S. Chen, BlackBerry Limited - Executive Chairman & CEO [16] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I -- good question. Thank you, Trip. I know that we will have a beta version to be ready in the third quarter of next year -- third quarter outquarter -- sorry. Outquarter, third quarter is a September day. We will have a developer version -- we're hoping to have a developer version before that. So I would say -- we say to say that about midyear next year, the application provider will be able to lay their hands on that. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tripatinder S. Chowdhry, Global Equities Research, LLC - MD of Equity Research & Senior Analyst [17] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Beautiful. And also, in terms of some OEMs, EV OEM, you did not name them. If possible, can you name a few that you think we can keep an eye on as we move forward and see what kind of applications and how they're embracing your platform? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- John S. Chen, BlackBerry Limited - Executive Chairman & CEO [18] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Well, I don't think they will appreciate me naming them. And I might -- so -- but I would say this, the initial groups of company that we have been in contact with and have gotten positive feedback, it's in a group of about 20 people, 20 different OEMs. So obviously, not all 20 will sign up, but I will commit to the following thing. As we're getting customers sign up, we will try to make a public announcement when, obviously, the customer has to agree to it. Both Amazon and us very excited and have -- is very busy in making presentation and getting strong feedback today. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Operator [19] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Our next question comes from the line of Paul Treiber with RBC Capital Markets. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Paul Michael Treiber, RBC Capital Markets, Research Division - Director of Canadian Technology & Analyst [20] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A couple of follow-up questions on the Amazon relationship. I know you're not giving details on revenue, but could you speak to the details of the partnership itself in terms of the duration of the exclusivity period and then maybe the magnitude of Amazon's commitment for co-development and co-marketing? And then also related to that, does the agreement allow you to open it up from Amazon to other cloud providers at some point in the future? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- John S. Chen, BlackBerry Limited - Executive Chairman & CEO [21] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Yes. So we agreed for a multiple number of years that we will be exclusive with using the Amazon Cloud and developing that product. They will be exclusive with us. They will not market or develop with any other party with the same -- in the auto sector in the same area of data platform, analytical platform. So it's a very broad agreement. It does allow us to open it up for other cloud, but we probably won't do that until this particular one is done. Not meaning the exclusive period is done, at least, set the product out and presenting to the customer. It's a co-development and co-marketing agreement exclusively in both dimension. And as I pointed out, BlackBerry will hold the commercial relationship, meaning that we will transact the deal with the OEM or the GEM or the application provider. We'll lean on the help of AWS to get the ecosystem up and going with us. They have a lot of engineers that signed to this. If you will -- I will refer you to a number of keynote speaker at the AWS Reinvent Conference. It's public information. Starting with Andy Jassy, the CEO, and how he describes our relationship with AWS as well as the head of the IoT when he made his keynote, he specifically spend quite a bit of time on this relationship. So you can see that they're very serious. Its seriousness not only comes from the cloud side, but it comes from the IoT side also at Amazon. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Paul Michael Treiber, RBC Capital Markets, Research Division - Director of Canadian Technology & Analyst [22] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Very interesting. Secondly, I'm just looking at the transition to work-from-home globally and all the uptake of various cybersecurity and other applications. How do you see Blackberry benefiting from that? And then also, or how high locker benefited from that trend? And then could you dovetail that against the net revenue retention in the quarter? What's been driving the net revenue retention? It fell, I think, a little bit in the quarter versus its transition to work-from-home? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- John S. Chen, BlackBerry Limited - Executive Chairman & CEO [23] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Yes. So the -- I'd only tell you that the UEM license, we're doing well and initially the -- in the COVID-19 shutdown because a lot of our customers wanted to expand their number of licenses to cover everybody to work-from-home and work remotely. As you know, most of our customers are large institutional, in the banking industry as well as in the government. So the volumes are quite high at that time. Now, gradually, it shifted to 2 other areas: one in the secure voice technology area. I'd say we work remote from home, both government and all the regulated industry sectors are seriously looking at the secure voice. And then the emergency alert systems, now I think it used to be that our reasonably focused by user recently focused in the government space. But now the -- it's now expanded to medium to larger enterprise where they want to be able to reach their employees and all the constituents. So we see very good pickup in those areas that clearly has benefited from the, unfortunately, the pandemic situation, but the pandemic situation drove the realization of secured communications is very important. So there, we see a lot. And then, of course, there is an indirect effect on Cyber Suite. Although we just released a Cyber Suite, and as you know, we've been behind in EDR, but we believe we all caught up and we ran enough test to show that. So you should see some revenue start coming from those areas. So those are kind of the area related to the work-from-remote. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Paul Michael Treiber, RBC Capital Markets, Research Division - Director of Canadian Technology & Analyst [24] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- And just reading between the lines, the one you didn't mention was the legacy Cylance business. The -- so is that the -- should we see... -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- John S. Chen, BlackBerry Limited - Executive Chairman & CEO [25] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- No. That's part of the Cyber Suite -- sorry. Sorry, sorry. Sorry, that was part of the Cyber Suite. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Paul Michael Treiber, RBC Capital Markets, Research Division - Director of Canadian Technology & Analyst [26] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Net revenue retention, the slight drop there. Is that driven from just the older cyber -- the older Cylance products, maybe some churn there? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- John S. Chen, BlackBerry Limited - Executive Chairman & CEO [27] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- That number is the total company number. So it's not just the so-called older Cylance products, it's a combination of our enterprise product. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Operator [28] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Your next question comes from the line of Todd Coupland with CIBC. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Todd Adair Coupland, CIBC Capital Markets, Research Division - MD of Institutional Equity Research [29] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I just wanted to ask you about the Q4 outlook, $950 million or so for the year. So it's, I don't know, $20 million or so higher than where Street is for the year or the FactSet and then you called out IP being higher. So I'm wondering within that mix, will Software and Services be up sequentially? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- John S. Chen, BlackBerry Limited - Executive Chairman & CEO [30] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I always get into trouble with lawyers when I answer that. It is my expectation in the current model that it is up sequentially. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Todd Adair Coupland, CIBC Capital Markets, Research Division - MD of Institutional Equity Research [31] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Okay. And can you characterize sort of the puts and takes within that? I know there's a few pieces in the bucket there, just close out a little for us on that. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- John S. Chen, BlackBerry Limited - Executive Chairman & CEO [32] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Yes. We believe secure communication will continue to do well. It's a combination of AtHoc and Secusmart. And we believe that UEM will be relatively flat. BTS will have a sequential outquarter. And those are kind of the major pieces. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Todd Adair Coupland, CIBC Capital Markets, Research Division - MD of Institutional Equity Research [33] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Yes. Okay. And you've talked in the past about sort of COVID slowing new customers deciding. And as your -- for, I guess, enterprise decisions, just broadly, I know there were some other questions about this earlier. But as you are thinking about the next fiscal year, is there enough loosening now sort of post the vaccine, et cetera, where you can start to see some of those enterprise decisions loosen up? Can you just talk about your thinking on that for the next year or so? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- John S. Chen, BlackBerry Limited - Executive Chairman & CEO [34] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Yes. Our assumption is they will loosen up, and we are in the process of building our annual operating plan, our AOP for next year. So our assumption that it will loosen up and get back to normal. From the auto sector point of view, so we will start seeing it also on the commercial side. I'm reasonably sure. Cybersecurity is, like I said earlier, it's a topic that everybody wants to talk about. And so we have to kind of double down on that ourselves in terms of reaching the marketplace, and we have, a long -- a number of products and channel programs and -- which I didn't -- but in the interest of time, I didn't put it in my script, but we have a very robust channel program that combines the Cylance and BlackBerry channel program together. So there are a few things that we're doing, we believe, will both see the growth and be able to execute for the growth next year. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Todd Adair Coupland, CIBC Capital Markets, Research Division - MD of Institutional Equity Research [35] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Okay. Last question is, I guess it's not really stock specific to certainly my thesis, but just curious, you've seen a few major tech companies come out and say back to the office by September, work 3 days in the office, you can still work from home. Have you decided how you're thinking about BlackBerry from that perspective once that opportunity is there? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- John S. Chen, BlackBerry Limited - Executive Chairman & CEO [36] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- No. We have not decided. September of next year seems to be a little far away. And well, let me just say, we would have been talking -- we will be speaking at least a little 3 times, yes, before that. So -- but we're open. We're open-minded. I'm an applicator -- I'm an old-fashioned guy. I'm an applicator that we should be together to build the business together, to build a team in person, that's just me. But I also recognize the fact that there are some reality, and there are people who like the flexibility. So as long as it doesn't lose productivity, I'm willing to try a couple of things. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Operator [37] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Your next question is from the line of Steven Li with Raymond James. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Steven Li, Raymond James Ltd., Research Division - Director & Equity Research Analyst [38] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- John, just a clarification first. The $950 million outlook, that's your non-GAAP revenue number, correct? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- John S. Chen, BlackBerry Limited - Executive Chairman & CEO [39] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Yes, that's a non-GAAP revenue number, yes, correct. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Steven Li, Raymond James Ltd., Research Division - Director & Equity Research Analyst [40] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Okay. And you'd expect BTS to grow sequentially, and you said enterprise software as well to grow a little bit sequentially in Q4. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- John S. Chen, BlackBerry Limited - Executive Chairman & CEO [41] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Yes, that's what I said. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Steven Li, Raymond James Ltd., Research Division - Director & Equity Research Analyst [42] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Okay. All right. And John, on IVY, do you see IVY as a bit higher ARPU compared to some of the other modules? Or would you expect it to be in the same range? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- John S. Chen, BlackBerry Limited - Executive Chairman & CEO [43] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Oh, no. In terms of the ASP? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Steven Li, Raymond James Ltd., Research Division - Director & Equity Research Analyst [44] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Yes. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- John S. Chen, BlackBerry Limited - Executive Chairman & CEO [45] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I'm hoping that -- I'm hoping it's higher than -- okay. To be fair, let me maybe reset here for the following. So you know that our current module, whether it's hypervisor, ADAS, clusters, cockpit, IBI, ranges anywhere from the low single-digit dollars to literally high single-digit or low double-digit dollars per module. So that's a range. I would expect this to be more towards the higher end of that spectrum. So when I said oh no earlier, I was thinking about IBI. So this -- compared to IBI, this will be a lot more. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Steven Li, Raymond James Ltd., Research Division - Director & Equity Research Analyst [46] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Right. Okay. And -- but you will split that with AWS? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- John S. Chen, BlackBerry Limited - Executive Chairman & CEO [47] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Yes. That will have a revenue split with AWS, correct. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Operator [48] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I would like to turn the call back over to John Chen, Executive Chair and CEO of BlackBerry, for closing remarks. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- John S. Chen, BlackBerry Limited - Executive Chairman & CEO [49] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thank you. Thank you, David. So thank you very much, everyone, for attending today's call. And I know it's -- this is -- we have this thing now on your early evening or most of your early evening, if you're in the East Coast, I apologize for that, but a, I'm sheltering in the West Coast. And b, we had our Board meeting today. So this is one of the reason why we're doing it this hour. I hope it's not overly inconvenient to you all. Before I sign off, I'd like to wish you and your family a very safe and happy holidays. And I hope to see each and every one of you in person next year. So with that, have a good day. Thank you. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Operator [50] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This concludes today's call. Thank you for your participation. You may now disconnect.