BlackBerry reports a small profit, but revenue slumps by Reuters @FortuneMagazine March 27, 2015, 7:41 AM EDT E-mail Tweet Facebook Google Plus Linkedin Share icons BlackBerry posted better-than-expected quarterly earnings on Friday, offering signs its turnaround efforts may be beginning to gain traction, but a larger-than-expected drop in revenue gave investors cause for concern. Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry BBRY reported net profit of $28 million, or 5 cents a share, in the fourth quarter ended Feb. 28. That compared with a year-earlier loss of $148 million, or 28 cents a share. Excluding one-time items, quarterly profit was $20 million, or 4 cents a share. Analysts, on average, expected a loss of 4 cents a share in the period, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Quarterly revenue, however, slid to $660 million from $793 million, and was well below Wall Street expectations of $786.4 million. In a positive sign, software revenue rose 20 percent from a year earlier to $67 million. The revenues are a key metric that analysts are looking at this quarter, given the company’s ongoing transition to a more software-driven revenue stream, away from its more traditional hardware- and services-driven model. Analysts and investors are looking for signs that the company, which has suffered as a result of stiff competition from Apple’s AAPL iPhone, is succeeding as it pivots to become more of a software and services player.