BlackBerry Limited (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 Limited to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and institutional ownership.

Volatility & Risk

BlackBerry Limited has a beta of 1.04, meaning that its stock price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BlackBerry Limited’s rivals have a beta of 0.85, meaning that their average stock price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BlackBerry Limited 49.62% 2.70% 1.78%
BlackBerry Limited Competitors -313.89% -3.38% -9.52%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

59.8% of BlackBerry Limited shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 39.8% of shares of all “Wireless Telecommunications Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 22.7% of BlackBerry Limited shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.5% of shares of all “Wireless Telecommunications Services” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
BlackBerry Limited $1.31 billion -$1.21 billion 12.77
BlackBerry Limited Competitors $27.09 billion $1.51 billion -179.98

BlackBerry Limited’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than BlackBerry Limited. BlackBerry Limited 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for BlackBerry Limited and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BlackBerry Limited 3 10 4 0 2.06
BlackBerry Limited Competitors 530 1699 1865 60 2.35

BlackBerry Limited presently has a consensus price target of $9.54, indicating a potential downside of 11.05%. As a group, “Wireless Telecommunications Services” companies have a potential upside of 31.04%. Given BlackBerry Limited’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe BlackBerry Limited has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.


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

BlackBerry Limited 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).

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