BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY) and Sprint Corporation (NYSE:S) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, valuation, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for BlackBerry Limited and Sprint Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BlackBerry Limited 2 10 4 0 2.13
Sprint Corporation 5 10 3 0 1.89

BlackBerry Limited currently has a consensus target price of $9.27, suggesting a potential downside of 0.05%. Sprint Corporation has a consensus target price of $10.41, suggesting a potential upside of 34.19%. Given Sprint Corporation’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Sprint Corporation is more favorable than BlackBerry Limited.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

63.4% of BlackBerry Limited shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 14.0% of Sprint Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 22.7% of BlackBerry Limited shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.2% of Sprint Corporation shares are owned 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.

Profitability

This table compares BlackBerry Limited and Sprint Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BlackBerry Limited 11.68% -1.67% -1.01%
Sprint Corporation -2.08% -3.66% -0.84%

Risk and Volatility

BlackBerry Limited has a beta of 0.99, suggesting that its share price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sprint Corporation has a beta of 0.93, suggesting that its share price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares BlackBerry Limited and Sprint Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
BlackBerry Limited $1.14 billion 4.32 $124.00 million $0.20 46.35
Sprint Corporation $33.49 billion 0.93 $10.80 billion ($0.18) -43.11

Sprint Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than BlackBerry Limited. Sprint Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than BlackBerry Limited, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

BlackBerry Limited beats Sprint Corporation on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

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).

Sprint Corporation Company Profile

Sprint Corporation (Sprint) is a holding company. The Company, along with its subsidiaries, is a communications company offering a range of wireless and wireline communications products and services that are designed to meet the needs of consumers, businesses, government subscribers and resellers. It operates through two segments: Wireless and Wireline. The Company offers wireless services on a postpaid and prepaid payment basis to retail subscribers and also on a wholesale basis. The Wireline segment provides voice, data and Internet Protocol (IP) communication services to its Wireless segment. The Company offers wireless and wireline services to subscribers in approximately 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands under the Sprint corporate brand, which includes its retail brands of Sprint, Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile and Assurance Wireless on its wireless networks utilizing various technologies.

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