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After BlackBerry's Mixed Q1, BofA Says Its Valuation Reflects Risk

June 25, 2020 7:01 pm
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After BlackBerry's Mixed Q1, BofA Says Its Valuation Reflects Risk

BlackBerry Ltd (NYSE:BB) reported light first-quarter revenue while still delivering an earnings beat. 

The company’s QNX auto software segment came under pressure due to a slowdown in auto production, while the traditional Enterprise segment remained flat, according to BofA Securities.

The BlackBerry Analyst

Daniel Bartus maintained a Neutral rating on BlackBerry with an unchanged $5.50 price target. 

The BlackBerry Thesis

BlackBerry’s low organic growth and the risks associated with its exposure to highly competitive markets are reflected in the stock valuation, Bartus said in a Thursday note. (See his track record here.)

The company reported mixed first-quarter results, with revenue of $214 million missing the Street estimate of $215.3 million.

Despite gross margins coming in weaker than expected, operating margins outperformed due to a 26% decline in BlackBerry’s sales and marketing spend, the analyst said. 

The QNX auto software segment was hurt by a slowdown in royalties that accrue to BlackBerry upon auto production and pauses in key partner projects, he said. 

BofA estimates that QNX sales have declined as much as 55%, Bartus said. 

BlackBerry indicated the traditional enterprise segment was roughly flat.

The AtHoc crisis communications segment has growth potential due to COVID-19 and BlackBerry offering it as a managed service, the analyst said.

Bartus also expects Cylance to return to growth, as it is also now being delivered as a managed service and with new added endpoint detection and response capabilities.

BB Price Action

Shares of BlackBerry ended Thursday's session down 1.42% at $4.85.

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