BlackBerry (NYSE: BB) and Superconductor Technologies (NASDAQ:SCON) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations and risk.


This table compares BlackBerry and Superconductor Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BlackBerry 49.62% 2.70% 1.78%
Superconductor Technologies -6,897.30% -97.45% -88.94%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares BlackBerry and Superconductor Technologies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
BlackBerry $1.31 billion 4.15 -$1.21 billion $0.84 12.20
Superconductor Technologies $130,000.00 87.74 -$11.11 million ($1.34) -0.79

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for BlackBerry and Superconductor Technologies, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BlackBerry 3 10 4 0 2.06
Superconductor Technologies 0 0 2 0 3.00

BlackBerry presently has a consensus price target of $9.54, indicating a potential downside of 6.89%. Superconductor Technologies has a consensus price target of $3.00, indicating a potential upside of 183.02%. Given Superconductor Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Superconductor Technologies is more favorable than BlackBerry.

Risk and Volatility

BlackBerry has a beta of 1.09, meaning that its stock price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Superconductor Technologies has a beta of 1.03, meaning that its stock price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

59.2% of BlackBerry shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.9% of Superconductor Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 22.7% of BlackBerry shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.4% of Superconductor Technologies shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


BlackBerry beats Superconductor Technologies 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).

Superconductor Technologies Company Profile

Superconductor Technologies Inc. is engaged in developing and commercializing high temperature superconductor (HTS) materials and related technologies. The Company operates through the research, development, manufacture and marketing of high performance products used in cellular base stations segment. The Company develops products for the utility and telecommunications industries. The Company offers family of products, including SuperLink, which combines a specialized filter using HTS technology with a cryogenic cooler and a low-noise amplifier; AmpLink, which provides duplexing and uplink enhancement for personal communications service (PCS) and advanced wireless services (AWS) base stations, and SuperPlex, which provides a line of multiplexing solutions to reduce the need for additional antennas and coaxial cable feed lines, while providing functionality in both the 850 megahertz (MHz) cellular band and the 1,900 MHz PCS band.

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