Daktronics (NASDAQ: DAKT) and LG Display Co. (NYSE:LPL) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, earnings and valuation.

Dividends

Daktronics pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. LG Display Co. does not pay a dividend. Daktronics pays out 121.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Daktronics $586.54 million 0.72 $34.81 million $0.23 41.39
LG Display Co. $24.16 billion 0.47 $4.27 billion N/A N/A

LG Display Co. has higher revenue and earnings than Daktronics.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Daktronics and LG Display Co., as provided by MarketBeat.

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

Daktronics currently has a consensus price target of $12.25, indicating a potential upside of 28.68%. LG Display Co. has a consensus price target of $13.18, indicating a potential downside of 16.37%. Given Daktronics’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Daktronics is more favorable than LG Display Co..

Insider & Institutional Ownership

51.8% of Daktronics shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 3.9% of LG Display Co. shares are held by institutional investors. 8.4% of Daktronics shares are held by 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.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Daktronics 1.76% 5.14% 2.90%
LG Display Co. 6.16% 12.08% 6.59%

Risk and Volatility

Daktronics has a beta of 1.31, suggesting that its stock price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, LG Display Co. has a beta of 0.39, suggesting that its stock price is 61% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Daktronics beats LG Display Co. on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Daktronics Company Profile

Daktronics, Inc. is a supplier of electronic scoreboards, electronic display systems, digital messaging solutions, software and services for sporting, commercial and transportation applications. The Company operates through five segments: Commercial, Live Events, High School Park and Recreation, Transportation, and International. The Company offers a range of products, from small scoreboards and electronic displays to video display systems, as well as related control, timing and sound systems. It designs, markets, manufactures, installs and services integrated systems displaying real-time data, graphics, animation and video. Its product families include video displays, scoreboards and timing systems, message displays, intelligent transportation systems (ITS) dynamic message signs, space availability displays, audio systems, advertising displays, digit and price displays and digital messaging systems.

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.

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