Superconductor Technologies (NASDAQ: SCON) and BlackBerry (NYSE:BB) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Superconductor Technologies and BlackBerry’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Superconductor Technologies -6,897.30% -97.45% -88.94%
BlackBerry 49.62% 2.70% 1.78%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

1.9% of Superconductor Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.2% of BlackBerry shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.4% of Superconductor Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 22.7% of BlackBerry shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Superconductor Technologies and BlackBerry, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Superconductor Technologies 0 0 2 0 3.00
BlackBerry 3 10 4 0 2.06

Superconductor Technologies currently has a consensus price target of $3.00, suggesting a potential upside of 185.71%. BlackBerry has a consensus price target of $9.54, suggesting a potential downside of 11.55%. Given Superconductor Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Superconductor Technologies is more favorable than BlackBerry.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Superconductor Technologies and BlackBerry’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Superconductor Technologies $130,000.00 86.91 -$11.11 million ($1.34) -0.78
BlackBerry $1.31 billion 4.37 -$1.21 billion $0.84 12.85

Superconductor Technologies has higher earnings, but lower revenue than BlackBerry. Superconductor Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than BlackBerry, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility and Risk

Superconductor Technologies has a beta of 1.03, meaning that its share price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BlackBerry has a beta of 1.09, meaning that its share price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

BlackBerry beats Superconductor Technologies on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Superconductor Technologies Company Profile

Superconductor Technologies Inc. is engaged in developing and commercializing high temperature superconductor (HTS) materials and related technologies. The Company operates through the research, development, manufacture and marketing of high performance products used in cellular base stations segment. The Company develops products for the utility and telecommunications industries. The Company offers family of products, including SuperLink, which combines a specialized filter using HTS technology with a cryogenic cooler and a low-noise amplifier; AmpLink, which provides duplexing and uplink enhancement for personal communications service (PCS) and advanced wireless services (AWS) base stations, and SuperPlex, which provides a line of multiplexing solutions to reduce the need for additional antennas and coaxial cable feed lines, while providing functionality in both the 850 megahertz (MHz) cellular band and the 1,900 MHz PCS band.

BlackBerry 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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