Vodafone Group PLC (NASDAQ: VOD) and BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk and profitability.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Vodafone Group PLC and BlackBerry Limited, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vodafone Group PLC 1 4 7 1 2.62
BlackBerry Limited 2 11 4 0 2.12

Vodafone Group PLC presently has a consensus price target of $31.52, suggesting a potential upside of 8.65%. BlackBerry Limited has a consensus price target of $9.19, suggesting a potential upside of 4.09%. Given Vodafone Group PLC’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Vodafone Group PLC is more favorable than BlackBerry Limited.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Vodafone Group PLC and BlackBerry Limited’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Vodafone Group PLC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
BlackBerry Limited $1.14 billion 4.11 $124.00 million $0.20 44.15

BlackBerry Limited has higher revenue and earnings than Vodafone Group PLC.

Dividends

Vodafone Group PLC pays an annual dividend of $1.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.7%. BlackBerry Limited does not pay a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Vodafone Group PLC and BlackBerry Limited’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vodafone Group PLC N/A N/A N/A
BlackBerry Limited 11.68% -1.67% -1.01%

Risk & Volatility

Vodafone Group PLC has a beta of 0.52, indicating that its stock price is 48% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BlackBerry Limited has a beta of 0.97, indicating that its stock price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

10.8% of Vodafone Group PLC shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.9% of BlackBerry Limited shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Vodafone Group PLC shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 22.7% of BlackBerry Limited shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Vodafone Group PLC beats BlackBerry Limited on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Vodafone Group PLC Company Profile

Vodafone Group Plc (Vodafone) is a telecommunications company. The Company’s business is organized into two geographic regions: Europe, and Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific (AMAP). Its segments include Europe and AMAP. Its Europe segment includes geographic regions, such as Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain and Other Europe. The Other Europe includes the Netherlands, Portugal, Greece, Hungary and Romania, among others. Its AMAP segment includes India, South Africa, Tanzania, Mozambique, Lesotho, Africa, Turkey, Australia, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, New Zealand and Qatar, among others. The Company provides a range of services, including voice, messaging and data across mobile and fixed networks. The Company acquires spectrum and licenses to use radio frequencies that deliver mobile services. Its fixed capabilities include cable, fiber and copper networks to enable television, broadband and voice services.

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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