BB Stock: Why Blackberry Has a Chance at Turning Into a Growth Stock

Blackberry (NYSE:BB), the automotive embedded software program firm, produced constructive free money circulate (FCF) of $74 million final fiscal yr ending Might 31. However its fiscal Q1 showed a loss of $35 million in FCF. This didn’t do something to assist BB inventory. If fell from a near-term peak of $15.88 on June 3 (earlier than the June 24 Q1 outcomes) to $9.56 on Aug. 19. The inventory may very well be close to a trough now.

Image of the BlackBerry logo on the side of a building.

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I nonetheless consider that as I wrote on June 4, BB inventory may very well be price $20.91 per share, assuming its FCF turns constructive this yr. All eyes will subsequently be on its upcoming Sept. 22 fiscal Q2 earnings launch. Traders will wish to see if income is rising and the corporate achieves constructive FCF.

For instance, final quarter ending Might 31 income fell by 15.5% year-over-year (YOY) from $206 million final yr to $174 million this quarter. In actual fact, it was additionally down by 17.1% from the prior quarter as effectively.

That’s virtually like a curse for a inventory like Blackberry. Traders and analysts wish to see constructive development on a gentle YoY and quarter-over-quarter (QOQ) foundation. This most likely explains why the inventory fell a lot.

The place This Leaves BlackBerry

Final yr BlackBerry produced $893 million in income, however for this fiscal yr ending Might 2022 analysts nonetheless see decrease gross sales at $781.6 million. Nonetheless, in addition they anticipate a restoration by Might 2023 to $954.1 million. However is the market keen to attend till then? That’s the reason the upcoming fiscal Q2 2022 earnings launch will probably be so vital. Traders wish to see if the corporate is again on a development observe.

Whether it is, then the probability that it may well produce constructive free money circulate for the yr will enhance, and this can assist BB inventory recuperate.

For instance, as I identified in my final article, BlackBerry reported FCF throughout This fall of $49 million. This was an enormous 23.33% of its $210 million in income in the course of the quarter. Assuming it may well pull off the identical factor subsequent yr the corporate may make $222.3 million in FCF that yr. That’s primarily based on 23.33% of gross sales of $954.1 million.

Nonetheless, to be extra conservative let’s assume that it may well solely make half of that or an 11.5% FCF margin. That lowers its forecast FCF to $109.7 million. Furthermore, its current worth utilizing a ten% low cost fee and a yr and a half sooner or later is 86.68% occasions this FCF quantity. That lowers it to $95.1 million.

What BlackBerry Inventory Might Be Price

If we use an FCF yield of between 1% we are able to calculate the corporate’s ongoing worth. That is calculated by dividing the free money circulate estimates by its FCF yield ratio.

For instance, utilizing $95.1 million in FCF forecast for Blackberry in 2023 brings its worth to $9.51 billion. That is 55.7% over at the moment’s market worth for Blackberry of $6.109 billion.

And if we use a 1.5% FCF yield, the goal market worth falls to $6.34 billion (i.e., $95.1/0.015=$6.34b). That’s simply 3.78% over at the moment’s worth.

Subsequently, BB inventory has a goal worth between 3.78% and 55.7% over at the moment’s worth. The common is 29.74%, or mainly 30% over at the moment’s worth of $10.73. That places its worth at $13.95 per share (estimate rounded to $14).

What to do With BB Inventory

Analysts are usually not very constructive about BB inventory. For instance, seven analysts surveyed by Refinitiv (reported by Yahoo! Finance) have a median goal worth of $8.36. That suggests a possible drop of twenty-two% from at the moment’s worth.

One other survey by says that 4 analysts have an average price of $9.50 or 11.5% beneath at the moment’s worth. Nonetheless, 9 Wall Avenue analysts surveyed by In search of Alpha have an average target of $8.19, or 23.7% beneath at the moment.

So the typical of all three of those surveys is a worth of $8.68, or 19% decrease. I might not be too bothered by this although. Analysts generally tend to lift their worth targets after the inventory has already risen.

Enterprising buyers who’re keen to anticipate extra constructive outcomes for the yr ending Might 2023 (and possibly earlier than that) may see the inventory rise 30% to $13.95 per share.

On the date of publication, Mark R. Hake didn’t maintain any positions (both instantly or not directly) in any of the securities talked about on this article. The opinions expressed on this article are these of the author, topic to the Publishing Guidelines.

Mark Hake writes about private finance on and runs the Total Yield Value Guide which you’ll assessment here. | BB Inventory: Why Blackberry Has a Probability at Turning Right into a Development Inventory


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