Blackberry, Thomson Reuters Ranked Amongst the World’s Top Brands

Two companies with stocks that have struggled are still worth something according to this valuation metric.

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Every year, a company by the name of Interbrand posts their annual list of the world’s 100 most valuable brands.  As implied by the title, the only two Canadian companies that made the cut for the most recent list were Thomson Reuters (TSX:TRI,NYSE:TRI) and Blackberry (TSX:BB,NASDAQ:BBRY).

Interbrand, which labels itself as the world’s largest brand consultancy, works with many of the world’s best known companies to bolster their brand.  What was once thought of as no more than a logo, the concept of branding has steadily grown in importance as corporate executives, and investors, now understand the important role it can play in a business’s day-to-day success.

To value a brand, Interbrand uses 3 criteria.  The financial performance of the branded products or services are measured, the role of the brand in the purchase decision process is gauged, as is the overall strength of the brand.

The combination of these three items led Interbrand to determine that the Thomson Reuters brand was worth about $8.4 billion, good for 44th on the most current list.  Sandwiched between Heineken and MasterCard, Blackberry checked in further down the list in 93rd spot with a brand valued at $3.9 billion.

Both brands have slipped from their all-time highs.  Thomson peaked in 2011 when its brand was valued at $9.5 billion.  Blackberry achieved its pinnacle in 2010 at $6.8 billion.

Interbrand sighted a loss of market share to rival Bloomberg as well as some organizational turmoil as reasons for the decline in Thomson.  We probably need not go into the reasons behind Blackberry’s tumble.  Let’s just say, they’ve been well documented.

Foolish Takeaway

With a current market cap of $7.1 billion, Blackberry currently trades at a multiple to Interbrand’s brand value of just 1.8.  This compares to Thomson which trades at a multiple to its brand value of 3.3.  The world’s top 2 brands, Coca-Cola and Apple, trade at a multiple to their brand value of 2.3 and 5.3 respectively.  Especially when we consider Apple’s multiple, this is just one more metric that indicates Blackberry is cheap, if it can survive.  The results of this year’s Z10 and Q10 rollouts are likely to dictate whether or not this company moves up in next year’s ranking or disappears off the list for good.

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