Financial Comparison: pdvWireless (PDVW) versus BlackBerry (RIMM)

pdvWireless (NASDAQ: PDVW) and BlackBerry (NASDAQ:RIMM) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings and profitability.

Risk and Volatility

pdvWireless has a beta of 0.39, suggesting that its share price is 61% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BlackBerry has a beta of 1.04, suggesting that its share price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
pdvWireless -670.81% -16.24% -15.14%
BlackBerry 7.98% 2.77% 1.90%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for pdvWireless and BlackBerry, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
pdvWireless 0 0 1 0 3.00
BlackBerry 0 0 0 0 N/A

pdvWireless currently has a consensus price target of $59.00, suggesting a potential upside of 100.34%. Given pdvWireless’ higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe pdvWireless is more favorable than BlackBerry.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
pdvWireless $4.79 million 88.78 -$39.18 million ($2.60) -11.33
BlackBerry N/A N/A N/A $0.96 11.14

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

92.9% of pdvWireless shares are held by institutional investors. 10.9% of pdvWireless shares are held 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.

pdvWireless Company Profile

pdvWireless, Inc., formerly Pacific DataVision, Inc., is a wireless communications carrier and a provider of mobile workforce communication and location-based solutions. The Company’s solutions focus on enhancing the productivity of its customers’ field-based workers, and the efficiency of their dispatch and call center operations. The Company is deploying and operating the two-way radio networks that offer push-to-talk (PTT) communications services to primarily dispatch-centric, small and medium-sized businesses. The Company has launched its PTT networks in markets throughout the United States. The Company offers its DispatchPlus service, which combines pdvConnect, its suite of mobile communication and workforce management applications with digital network architecture and mobile devices. Developed for dispatch-centric businesses, pdvConnect enables businesses to locate and communicate with their field workers.

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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