BlackBerry (NYSE: BB) is one of 34 public companies in the “Wireless Telecommunications Services” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare BlackBerry to related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, risk, dividends and profitability.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for BlackBerry and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BlackBerry 3 10 4 0 2.06
BlackBerry Competitors 529 1705 1875 62 2.35

BlackBerry currently has a consensus price target of $9.54, suggesting a potential downside of 8.58%. As a group, “Wireless Telecommunications Services” companies have a potential upside of 31.89%. Given BlackBerry’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe BlackBerry has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.


This table compares BlackBerry and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BlackBerry 49.62% 2.70% 1.78%
BlackBerry Competitors -302.90% -4.40% -9.74%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

59.2% of BlackBerry shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 40.3% of shares of all “Wireless Telecommunications Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 22.7% of BlackBerry shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.5% of shares of all “Wireless Telecommunications Services” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares BlackBerry and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
BlackBerry $1.31 billion -$1.21 billion 10.88
BlackBerry Competitors $27.09 billion $1.51 billion -192.67

BlackBerry’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than BlackBerry. BlackBerry is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Volatility & Risk

BlackBerry has a beta of 1.09, indicating that its share price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BlackBerry’s rivals have a beta of 0.84, indicating that their average share price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500.


BlackBerry beats its rivals on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry Limited (BlackBerry) provides mobile communications solutions. The Company is engaged in the sale of smartphones and enterprise software and services. The Company’s products and services include Enterprise Solutions and Services, Devices, BlackBerry Technology Solutions and Messaging. It is engaged in providing enterprise mobility management (EMM) and mobile security, and offers a portfolio of enterprise software solutions and services that can be deployed across a range of ecosystems and devices, including BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES) 12 and Good Platforms, BES12 Cloud, enterprise file-sync-and-share (EFSS), SecuSUITE for Enterprise, Enhanced subscriber identity module (SIM)-Based Licensing (ESBL), WorkLife by BlackBerry solution and Professional Cybersecurity Services. The BlackBerry Technology Solutions business unit consists of five units: QNX, Certicom, Paratek, the BlackBerry IoT Platform and Intellectual Property and Patent Licensing (IPPL).

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