Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO (NYSE: MBT) and BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY) are both mid-cap telecommunications services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, profitability and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO and BlackBerry Limited’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO 13.92% 43.87% 10.61%
BlackBerry Limited 11.68% -1.67% -1.01%

Risk & Volatility

Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO has a beta of 0.91, indicating that its stock price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BlackBerry Limited has a beta of 0.99, indicating that its stock price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.6%. BlackBerry Limited does not pay a dividend. Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO pays out 82.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

32.1% of Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.3% of BlackBerry Limited shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 22.7% of BlackBerry Limited shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO and BlackBerry Limited’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO $14.03 billion 0.76 $4.86 billion $0.87 12.47
BlackBerry Limited $1.14 billion 4.26 $124.00 million $0.20 45.70

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO and BlackBerry Limited, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO 0 2 3 0 2.60
BlackBerry Limited 2 10 4 0 2.13

Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO presently has a consensus target price of $10.97, suggesting a potential upside of 1.08%. BlackBerry Limited has a consensus target price of $9.27, suggesting a potential upside of 1.37%. Given BlackBerry Limited’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe BlackBerry Limited is more favorable than Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO.

About Mobil'nye Telesistemy PAO

Mobile TeleSystems Public Joint Stock Company, formerly Mobile TeleSystems Open Joint Stock Company, is a provider of telecommunications services. The Company provides mobile and fixed line voice and data telecommunications services, including data transfer, broadband, pay-television (pay-TV) and various value-added services, as well as selling equipment and accessories. The Company operates through segments, which include Russia convergent, Moscow fixed line and Ukraine. Its Russia Convergent segment includes mobile and fixed line operations, which encompasses services rendered to customers across regions of Russia, including voice and data services, transmission, broadband, pay-TV and other value-added services. Its Moscow fixed line segment includes fixed line operations carried out in Moscow by the Company’s subsidiary MGTS. Its Ukraine segment includes mobile and fixed line operations carried out across multiple regions of Ukraine.

About BlackBerry Limited

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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