BlackBerry (NASDAQ: RIMM) and AT&T (NYSE:T) are both telecommunications services companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, valuation, profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and dividends.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

55.3% of AT&T shares are held by institutional investors. 0.1% of AT&T shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares BlackBerry and AT&T’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BlackBerry 285.53% 112.26% 73.92%
AT&T 7.77% 14.22% 4.37%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for BlackBerry and AT&T, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BlackBerry 0 0 0 0 N/A
AT&T 0 17 11 0 2.39

AT&T has a consensus target price of $44.00, suggesting a potential upside of 22.26%. Given AT&T’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe AT&T is more favorable than BlackBerry.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares BlackBerry and AT&T’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
BlackBerry N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
AT&T $162.62 billion 1.36 $48.95 billion $2.04 17.64

AT&T has higher revenue and earnings than BlackBerry.

Dividends

AT&T pays an annual dividend of $1.96 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.4%. BlackBerry does not pay a dividend. AT&T pays out 96.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. BlackBerry has increased its dividend for 32 consecutive years.

Summary

AT&T beats BlackBerry on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

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).

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. is a holding company. The Company is a provider of communications and digital entertainment services in the United States and the world. The Company operates through four segments: Business Solutions, Entertainment Group, Consumer Mobility and International. The Company offers its services and products to consumers in the United States, Mexico and Latin America and to businesses and other providers of telecommunications services worldwide. It also owns and operates three regional TV sports networks, and retains non-controlling interests in another regional sports network and a network dedicated to game-related programming, as well as Internet interactive game playing. Its services and products include wireless communications, data/broadband and Internet services, digital video services, local and long-distance telephone services, telecommunications equipment, managed networking, and wholesale services. Its subsidiaries include AT&T Mobility and SKY Brasil Servicos Ltda.

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