BlackBerry (NYSE: BB) and TIM Participacoes (NYSE:TSU) are both mid-cap telecommunications services companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for BlackBerry and TIM Participacoes, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BlackBerry 3 8 4 0 2.07
TIM Participacoes 0 1 6 0 2.86

BlackBerry presently has a consensus price target of $10.03, indicating a potential downside of 25.86%. TIM Participacoes has a consensus price target of $19.50, indicating a potential downside of 3.99%. Given TIM Participacoes’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe TIM Participacoes is more favorable than BlackBerry.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

58.5% of BlackBerry shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 15.5% of TIM Participacoes shares are owned by institutional investors. 22.7% of BlackBerry shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares BlackBerry and TIM Participacoes’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
BlackBerry $1.31 billion 5.54 -$1.21 billion $0.96 14.09
TIM Participacoes $4.50 billion 2.19 $215.14 million $0.63 32.24

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

Risk and Volatility

BlackBerry has a beta of 1.09, meaning that its stock price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TIM Participacoes has a beta of 1.49, meaning that its stock price is 49% more volatile than the S&P 500.


TIM Participacoes pays an annual dividend of $0.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. BlackBerry does not pay a dividend. TIM Participacoes pays out 25.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. TIM Participacoes has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.


This table compares BlackBerry and TIM Participacoes’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BlackBerry 37.36% 3.70% 2.44%
TIM Participacoes 5.57% 5.71% 3.02%


TIM Participacoes beats BlackBerry on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

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).

TIM Participacoes Company Profile

TIM Participacoes S.A. (TIM) is a provider of mobile telecommunication services in Brazil. The Company, through its subsidiaries in various telecommunications markets, operates mobile, fixed and long distance telephony, data transmission and ultra-broadband services. Its direct subsidiaries include TIM Celular S.A., which provides landline telephone services (commuted fixed telephonic service (STFC))-domestic long distance and international long distance voice services, personal mobile service (SMP) and multimedia communication service (multimedia service of communication (SCM)) in all Brazilian states and in the Federal District, and Intelig Telecomunicacoes Ltda., which provides STFC-local voices services and SCM services in all Brazilian states and in the Federal District. Its consumer plans include prepaid plans, post-paid plans and controle plans. It offers value-added services, including short message services or text messaging, multimedia messaging services and push-mail.

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