Corning (NYSE: GLW) and Planar Systems (NASDAQ:PLNR) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, profitabiliy, valuation, risk, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Corning and Planar Systems, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Corning 1 8 4 0 2.23
Planar Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A

Corning presently has a consensus price target of $27.13, indicating a potential downside of 9.73%. Given Corning’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Corning is more favorable than Planar Systems.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Corning and Planar Systems’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Corning $9.72 billion 2.84 $2.71 billion $3.67 8.19
Planar Systems N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Corning has higher revenue and earnings than Planar Systems.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

72.6% of Corning shares are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of Corning shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Corning pays an annual dividend of $0.62 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Planar Systems does not pay a dividend. Corning pays out 16.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Planar Systems has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Corning 42.69% 11.25% 6.28%
Planar Systems -0.69% -2.40% -1.40%

Summary

Corning beats Planar Systems on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Corning Company Profile

Corning Incorporated is engaged in manufacturing specialty glass and ceramics. Its segments include Display Technologies, Optical Communications, Environmental Technologies, Specialty Materials, Life Sciences and All Other. The Display Technologies segment manufactures glass substrates for flat panel liquid crystal displays (LCDs). The Optical Communications segment manufactures carrier and enterprise network components for the telecommunications industry. The Environmental Technologies segment manufactures ceramic substrates and filters for automotive and diesel emission control applications. As of December 31, 2016, the Specialty Materials segment manufactured products, which provided more than 150 material formulations for glass, glass ceramics and fluoride crystals. The Life Sciences segment manufactures glass and plastic labware, equipment, media and reagents. The All Other segment consists of its Pharmaceutical Technologies business and non-LCD glass business, and among others.

Planar Systems Company Profile

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.

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