Black Box Corporation (BBOX) & Verizon Communications (VZ) Head to Head Review

Black Box Corporation (NASDAQ: BBOX) and Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Black Box Corporation and Verizon Communications, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Black Box Corporation 0 1 0 0 2.00
Verizon Communications 0 20 5 0 2.20

Black Box Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $10.00, suggesting a potential upside of 194.12%. Verizon Communications has a consensus price target of $53.02, suggesting a potential upside of 9.66%. Given Black Box Corporation’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Black Box Corporation is more favorable than Verizon Communications.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Black Box Corporation and Verizon Communications’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Black Box Corporation $828.90 million 0.06 $20.29 million ($1.08) -3.15
Verizon Communications $123.64 billion 1.60 $43.95 billion $3.90 12.40

Verizon Communications has higher revenue and earnings than Black Box Corporation. Black Box Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Verizon Communications, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Black Box Corporation and Verizon Communications’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Black Box Corporation -1.97% 3.05% 1.00%
Verizon Communications 12.88% 63.06% 6.27%

Dividends

Black Box Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 14.1%. Verizon Communications pays an annual dividend of $2.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.9%. Black Box Corporation pays out -44.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Verizon Communications pays out 60.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Black Box Corporation has raised its dividend for 10 consecutive years. Black Box Corporation is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

91.0% of Black Box Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.2% of Verizon Communications shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.7% of Black Box Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.1% of Verizon Communications shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Black Box Corporation has a beta of 0.69, suggesting that its stock price is 31% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Verizon Communications has a beta of 0.56, suggesting that its stock price is 44% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Verizon Communications beats Black Box Corporation on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Black Box Corporation Company Profile

Black Box Corporation is a technology solutions provider. The Company is engaged in designing, building, managing and securing the information technology (IT) infrastructure. Offerings under the Company’s Products platform include IT infrastructure, specialty networking, multimedia and keyboard/video/mouse (KVM) switching. Offerings under its Services platform include unified communications, data infrastructure and managed services. It conducts business globally and manages its business on a geographic-service type basis consisting of four segments: North America Products, North America Services, International Products and International Services. The offerings of its Products platform are distributed through value-added resellers, direct marketing manufacturers, mass merchandisers, Web retailers and others. The offerings of its Services platform are distributed through value-added resellers, manufacturers and large system integrators, among others.

Verizon Communications Company Profile

Verizon Communications Inc. is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, provides communications, information and entertainment products and services to consumers, businesses and governmental agencies. Its segments include Wireless and Wireline. The Wireless segment offers communications products and services, including wireless voice and data services and equipment sales, to consumer, business and government customers across the United States. The Wireline segment offers voice, data and video communications products and services, such as broadband video, data center and cloud services, security and managed network services, and local and long distance voice services. The Company has combined Yahoo! Inc.’s operating assets with its existing AOL Inc. business to create a new subsidiary, Oath Inc., owns a diverse house of more than 50 media and technology brands. The Oath portfolio includes HuffPost, Yahoo Sports, AOL.com, MAKERS, Tumblr, Yahoo Finance and Yahoo Mail.

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