LG Display Co. (NYSE: LPL) and Microvision (NASDAQ:MVIS) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, earnings, risk and dividends.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

3.7% of LG Display Co. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 27.1% 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 hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

LG Display Co. has a beta of 0.35, meaning that its share price is 65% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Microvision has a beta of 0.06, meaning that its share price is 94% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares LG Display Co. and Microvision’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
LG Display Co. 8.94% 17.43% 9.52%
Microvision -224.93% -677.56% -107.29%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for LG Display Co. and Microvision, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
LG Display Co. 4 1 2 0 1.71
Microvision 0 0 3 0 3.00

LG Display Co. currently has a consensus price target of $20.40, indicating a potential upside of 45.61%. Microvision has a consensus price target of $3.67, indicating a potential upside of 35.80%. Given LG Display Co.’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe LG Display Co. is more favorable than Microvision.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares LG Display Co. and Microvision’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
LG Display Co. $25.32 billion 0.40 $5.02 billion $2.90 4.83
Microvision $9.15 million 21.13 -$19.53 million ($0.33) -8.18

LG Display Co. has higher revenue and earnings than Microvision. Microvision is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than LG Display Co., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

LG Display Co. beats Microvision on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

LG Display Co. Company Profile

LG Display Co., Ltd. manufactures thin-film transistor liquid crystal display, organic light emitting diode and other display panel technologies. The Company manufactures display panels in a range of sizes and specifications primarily for use in televisions, notebook computers, desktop monitors, tablet computers and various other applications, including mobile devices. The Company supplies ultra-high definition television panels. It also manufactures display panels for industrial and other applications, including entertainment systems, automotive displays, portable navigation devices and medical diagnostic equipment. It operates fabrication facilities, which include separately designated sets of fabrication production lines housed in certain facilities, located in its Display Clusters in Gumi and Paju, Korea and in Guangzhou China, and approximately four separately designated sets of fabrication production lines housed in certain facilities.

Microvision Company Profile

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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