BlackBerry (NYSE: BB) and ORBCOMM (NASDAQ:ORBC) are both telecommunications services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and dividends.

Risk and Volatility

BlackBerry has a beta of 1.12, meaning that its stock price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ORBCOMM has a beta of 0.96, meaning that its stock price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares BlackBerry and ORBCOMM’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
BlackBerry $1.31 billion 5.06 -$1.21 billion $0.66 18.73
ORBCOMM $186.74 million 3.97 -$23.51 million ($0.79) -12.65

ORBCOMM has lower revenue, but higher earnings than BlackBerry. ORBCOMM is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than BlackBerry, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for BlackBerry and ORBCOMM, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BlackBerry 3 7 5 0 2.13
ORBCOMM 0 0 5 0 3.00

BlackBerry presently has a consensus price target of $10.75, suggesting a potential downside of 13.03%. ORBCOMM has a consensus price target of $14.00, suggesting a potential upside of 40.14%. Given ORBCOMM’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe ORBCOMM is more favorable than BlackBerry.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

57.9% of BlackBerry shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.3% of ORBCOMM shares are held by institutional investors. 22.7% of BlackBerry shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.5% of ORBCOMM shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares BlackBerry and ORBCOMM’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BlackBerry 37.36% 3.70% 2.44%
ORBCOMM -25.32% -8.01% -3.94%


BlackBerry beats ORBCOMM on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

BlackBerry Company Profile

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).

ORBCOMM Company Profile

ORBCOMM Inc. is a provider of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, including network connectivity, devices, device management and Web reporting applications. The Company’s IoT products and services are designed to track, monitor and manage security for a range of assets, such as trailers, trucks, rail cars, sea containers, generators, fluid tanks, marine vessels, diesel or electric powered generators (gensets), oil and gas wells, pipeline monitoring equipment, irrigation control systems, and utility meters, in industries for transportation and supply chain, heavy equipment, fixed asset monitoring, maritime and government. It also provides Automatic Identification System (AIS) data services to assist in vessel navigation and to manage maritime safety for government and commercial customers across the world. It provides its services using various network platforms, including its own constellation of low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites.

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