Head to Head Review: BlackBerry (BB) vs. Liberty Global plc – Class C (LILAK)

BlackBerry (NYSE: BB) and Liberty Global plc – Class C (NASDAQ:LILAK) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation and profitability.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

57.7% of BlackBerry shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 51.5% of Liberty Global plc – Class C 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 company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares BlackBerry and Liberty Global plc – Class C’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BlackBerry 37.36% 3.70% 2.44%
Liberty Global plc – Class C N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for BlackBerry and Liberty Global plc – Class C, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BlackBerry 3 7 5 0 2.13
Liberty Global plc – Class C 0 2 1 0 2.33

BlackBerry currently has a consensus price target of $10.75, suggesting a potential downside of 7.41%. Liberty Global plc – Class C has a consensus price target of $26.50, suggesting a potential upside of 22.35%. Given Liberty Global plc – Class C’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Liberty Global plc – Class C is more favorable than BlackBerry.

Risk & Volatility

BlackBerry has a beta of 1.13, meaning that its stock price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Liberty Global plc – Class C has a beta of 1.6, meaning that its stock price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares BlackBerry and Liberty Global plc – Class C’s 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 4.76 -$1.21 billion $0.54 21.50
Liberty Global plc – Class C N/A N/A N/A ($2.38) -9.10

Liberty Global plc – Class C has lower revenue, but higher earnings than BlackBerry. Liberty Global plc – Class C is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than BlackBerry, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

BlackBerry beats Liberty Global plc – Class C on 9 of the 12 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).

Liberty Global plc – Class C Company Profile

LiLAC Group provides various broadband services over cable distribution systems, and mobile services in Chile and Puerto Rico. It offers triple-play services consisting of video, broadband Internet, and fixed-line telephony services in 34 communities within Santiago; and 42 communities outside Santiago, including Iquique, Antofagasta, Concepción, Viña del Mar, Valparaiso, and Rancagua, as well as smaller cities across Chile. The company also carries domestic Chilean cable programming, which includes local events, such as football (soccer) matches and regional content; and provides a range of digital video services and video on demand services, including catch-up television. In addition, it offers digital broadband services in the San Juan metropolitan area and other municipalities in Puerto Rico; and video services, including digital programming and video on demand services. LiLAC Group is based in London, the United Kingdom. LiLAC Group is a subsidiary of Liberty Global plc.

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