Planar Systems (NASDAQ: PLNR) and Microvision (NASDAQ:MVIS) are both technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Planar Systems and Microvision’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Planar Systems -0.69% -2.40% -1.40%
Microvision -224.93% -677.56% -107.29%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

29.8% of Microvision shares are held by institutional investors. 3.0% of Microvision shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Planar Systems and Microvision’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Planar Systems N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Microvision $9.15 million 16.59 -$19.53 million ($0.33) -6.42

Planar Systems has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Microvision.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for Planar Systems and Microvision, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Planar Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A
Microvision 0 0 3 0 3.00

Microvision has a consensus target price of $3.83, indicating a potential upside of 80.82%. Given Microvision’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Microvision is more favorable than Planar Systems.

Summary

Microvision beats Planar Systems on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Planar Systems

Planar Systems, Inc. is engaged in designing display solutions. The Company offers display and digital signage technology. It categorizes the products into approximately two areas, including Digital Signage, and Commercial and Industrial. It markets and sells its products under the Planar, Clarity and Runco brands. The Company’s products include LCD Video Walls, Rear Projection Video Walls, LED Video Walls, Clarity LED3 series, Large Format LCD Displays, Planar LookThru Series, Desktop and Touch Screen Monitors, Processing and Players, Open Frame and Custom Displays, and Planar Accessories. Its Digital Signage solutions are installed in various environments, including retail locations, airports and sports arenas. It serves commercial and industrial display markets. The Company caters to retailers, educational institutions, government agencies, businesses, utilities and energy firms, and home theater enthusiasts.

About Microvision

Microvision, Inc. is a developer of laser beam scanning (LBS) technology. The Company markets its technology under the brand name, PicoP. It has developed PicoP scanning technology that can be adopted by its customers to create high-resolution miniature projection, and three-dimensional sensing and image capture solutions that use laser diodes as the light source. The Company offers key components for inclusion in a scanning engine, including its Micro-Electrical Mechanical Systems (MEMS) and Application-Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs). Its PicoP scanning technology incorporates its expertise in two-dimensional MEMS, lasers, optics and electronics to create a small form factor scanning engine with lower power needs. It licenses PicoP scanning technology to original design manufacturers (ODMs) or original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Its technology creates a platform that can support multiple applications and markets, including enterprise, medical, industrial and automotive.

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