China Unicom (Hong Kong) (NYSE: CHU) and BlackBerry Limited (NYSE:BB) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for China Unicom (Hong Kong) and BlackBerry Limited, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
China Unicom (Hong Kong) 3 2 4 0 2.11
BlackBerry Limited 3 10 4 0 2.06

BlackBerry Limited has a consensus target price of $9.54, indicating a potential downside of 11.05%. Given BlackBerry Limited’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe BlackBerry Limited is more favorable than China Unicom (Hong Kong).

Risk and Volatility

China Unicom (Hong Kong) has a beta of 0.71, indicating that its stock price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BlackBerry Limited has a beta of 1.04, indicating that its stock price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

1.2% of China Unicom (Hong Kong) shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.8% of BlackBerry Limited shares are owned by institutional investors. 77.5% of China Unicom (Hong Kong) shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 22.7% of BlackBerry Limited shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares China Unicom (Hong Kong) and BlackBerry Limited’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
China Unicom (Hong Kong) $41.29 billion 0.88 $90.00 million N/A N/A
BlackBerry Limited $1.31 billion 4.35 -$1.21 billion $0.84 12.77

China Unicom (Hong Kong) has higher revenue and earnings than BlackBerry Limited.

Profitability

This table compares China Unicom (Hong Kong) and BlackBerry Limited’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
China Unicom (Hong Kong) N/A N/A N/A
BlackBerry Limited 49.62% 2.70% 1.78%

Summary

BlackBerry Limited beats China Unicom (Hong Kong) on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

China Unicom (Hong Kong) Company Profile

China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited is a Hong Kong-based investment holding company principally engaged in the provision of telecommunications services. The Company’s businesses include mobile businesses, fixed-line businesses and others. Its mobile businesses include the provision of call services, roaming services, mobile broadband services, traditional value-added services such as short message services, multimedia message services and wireless Internet access card, as well as new value-added services such as mobile music, mobile television and Wo portal services. Its fixed-line businesses include broadband and Internet networks businesses, among others. The Company’s subsidiaries include CUCL, China Unicom Global Limited and China Unicom (Europe) Operations Limited.

BlackBerry Limited 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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