China Telecom Corp (NYSE: CHA) and BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY) are both mid-cap utilities companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, earnings and valuation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.4% of China Telecom Corp shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.4% of BlackBerry Limited shares are held by institutional investors. 22.7% of BlackBerry Limited shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

China Telecom Corp pays an annual dividend of $1.21 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. BlackBerry Limited does not pay a dividend.

Risk and Volatility

China Telecom Corp has a beta of 0.62, suggesting that its stock price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BlackBerry Limited has a beta of 0.99, suggesting that its stock price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares China Telecom Corp and BlackBerry Limited’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
China Telecom Corp $53.84 billion 0.77 $13.67 billion N/A N/A
BlackBerry Limited $1.14 billion 4.32 $124.00 million $0.20 46.35

China Telecom Corp has higher revenue and earnings than BlackBerry Limited.

Profitability

This table compares China Telecom Corp and BlackBerry Limited’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
China Telecom Corp N/A N/A N/A
BlackBerry Limited 11.68% -1.67% -1.01%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for China Telecom Corp and BlackBerry Limited, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
China Telecom Corp 0 0 5 0 3.00
BlackBerry Limited 2 10 4 0 2.13

BlackBerry Limited has a consensus target price of $9.27, indicating a potential downside of 0.05%. Given BlackBerry Limited’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe BlackBerry Limited is more favorable than China Telecom Corp.

Summary

China Telecom Corp beats BlackBerry Limited on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

China Telecom Corp Company Profile

China Telecom Corporation Limited is an investment holding company principally engaged in telecommunications and related businesses. The Company provides integrated information services, including wireline and mobile telecommunications services, Internet access services, information services and other value-added telecommunications services. The Company mainly operates its business in domestic market.

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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