BlackBerry (NYSE:BB) and Great Elm Capital Group (NASDAQ:GEC) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Volatility and Risk

BlackBerry has a beta of 1.79, indicating that its stock price is 79% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Great Elm Capital Group has a beta of 0.51, indicating that its stock price is 49% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares BlackBerry and Great Elm Capital Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
BlackBerry $904.00 million 4.15 $93.00 million $0.13 52.69
Great Elm Capital Group $5.93 million 15.85 -$11.06 million N/A N/A

BlackBerry has higher revenue and earnings than Great Elm Capital Group.

Profitability

This table compares BlackBerry and Great Elm Capital Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BlackBerry 12.58% 1.84% 1.23%
Great Elm Capital Group -12.10% -13.20% -4.96%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for BlackBerry and Great Elm Capital Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BlackBerry 1 5 2 0 2.13
Great Elm Capital Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

BlackBerry presently has a consensus target price of $10.57, indicating a potential upside of 54.33%. Given BlackBerry’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe BlackBerry is more favorable than Great Elm Capital Group.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

49.2% of BlackBerry shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 46.6% of Great Elm Capital Group shares are held by institutional investors. 22.7% of BlackBerry shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 17.0% of Great Elm Capital Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

BlackBerry beats Great Elm Capital Group on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

BlackBerry Company Profile

BlackBerry Limited provides enterprise software and services worldwide. The company offers BlackBerry Enterprise Mobility Suite, which combines and integrates mobile security, management, productivity, and collaboration solutions, such as BlackBerry UEM, BlackBerry Dynamics, and BlackBerry Workspaces; BlackBerry AtHoc, a networked crisis communications solution; SecuSUITE for Government, a voice encryption software solution; BlackBerry Enterprise Consulting and BlackBerry Cybersecurity Consulting services; and BBM Enterprise, an enterprise-grade instant messaging solution, as well as BlackBerry Spark Communication services. It also provides CylancePROTECT, an endpoint threat prevention solution; CylanceOPTICS, an endpoint detection and response solution; BlackBerry QNX real-time operating systems, middleware, development tools, and professional services; BlackBerry Jarvis, a cloud-based binary static application security testing platform; and BlackBerry Certicom that offers device security, anti-counterfeiting, and product authentication. In addition, the company offers Paratek, which provides adaptive radio frequency antenna tuning technology; and BlackBerry Radar, an asset tracking and telematics solution, as well as intellectual property and licensing, mobility licensing, and other licensing programs. Further, it is involved in developing BlackBerry 10 platform, and delivering BlackBerry productivity applications to Android smartphone; developing and licensing of device software and outsourcing to partners; and providing of Android smartphones, smartphone accessories, and non-warranty repair services. Additionally, the company engages in the operations related to subscribers using mobile devices with its legacy BlackBerry 7 and prior operating systems. The company was formerly known as Research In Motion Limited and changed its name to BlackBerry Limited in July 2013. BlackBerry Limited was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Waterloo, Canada.

Great Elm Capital Group Company Profile

Great Elm Capital Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in investment management and real estate property rental businesses. It provides investment advisory services. The company was formerly known as Unwired Planet, Inc. and changed its name to Great Elm Capital Group, Inc. in June 2016. Great Elm Capital Group, Inc. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

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