Head-To-Head Comparison: OI (OIBR) vs. Black Box (BBOX)

Black Box (NASDAQ: BBOX) and OI (NYSE:OIBR) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends, valuation, risk and institutional ownership.


Black Box pays an annual dividend of $0.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 10.7%. OI does not pay a dividend. Black Box pays out -7.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk & Volatility

Black Box has a beta of 0.7, meaning that its share price is 30% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, OI has a beta of 1.91, meaning that its share price is 91% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Black Box and OI, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Black Box 0 1 0 0 2.00
OI 0 0 0 0 N/A

Black Box currently has a consensus target price of $10.00, indicating a potential upside of 344.44%. Given Black Box’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Black Box is more favorable than OI.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

56.0% of Black Box shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.7% of Black Box shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Black Box and OI’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Black Box $855.70 million 0.04 -$7.05 million ($3.37) -0.67
OI N/A N/A N/A ($3.30) -2.06

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


This table compares Black Box and OI’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Black Box -6.44% -9.54% -2.82%
OI -0.43% 0.37% -0.13%


Black Box beats OI on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Black Box

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.

About OI

Oi S.A. is an integrated telecommunications service provider in Brazil. The Company is a switched fixed-line telephony services (STFC) concessionaire. It is engaged in the provision of STFC as a local and intraregional long-distance carrier. Its segments include Residential Services, Personal Mobility, and SMEs/Corporate. It offers a range of integrated telecommunications services that include fixed and mobile, broadband, pay television (TV), data transmission and Internet provider services. The Company’s Residential Services segment is focused on the sale of fixed telephony services, including voice services, data communication services (broadband), and pay TV. The Personal Mobility segment is focused on the sale of mobile telephony services to subscription and prepaid customers, and mobile broadband customer. The SMEs/Corporate segment includes corporate solutions offered to its small, medium-sized, and large corporate customers.

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